– Las Vegas Summer League: Day 7 grades (from DJ Foster/Fred Katz, ESPN):
Read about ” Thirteen notable performances from Day 7 at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas” here: http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/69874/las-vegas-summer-league-day-7-grades
– The seven best rookies at the 2014 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas (from Chris Fedor, cleveland.com):
” Cleveland started with a matchup against Milwaukee that many earmarked. It featured the first two picks in the draft, Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker, facing each other as pros for the first time. The two players have been highlighted since the draft, but some other members of the draft class have overshadowed them here.”
Read it here: http://www.cleveland.com/cavs/index.ssf/2014/07/the_seven_best_rookies_at_the.html
– Bruno Caboclo (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Pattern of Basketball):
” Bruno Caboclo’s stats though his first three games in Las Vegas don’t really jump off the page, but that’s not really what Summer League is about. Summer League is about getting rookies acclimated to more of an NBA-type atmosphere, giving them a first look at the philosophy and play calls of new their team and showing flashes of what they could do at the next level in a few years. From that perspective, Caboclo has been a revelation.”
Read it here: http://patternofbasketball.blogspot.com/2014/07/bruno-caboclo.html
– The Grizzlies have a crowd of 2’s and 3’s (from Kevin Lipe, memphisflyer.com):
” Way too many wings for all of them to have a consistent spot in the rotation. Too many wings to not be at least considering trading some of them.
Let’s run through the list and see who can contribute what and how likely they are to be a part of the team’s future plans.”
Read it here: http://www.memphisflyer.com/BeyondtheArc/archives/2014/07/16/grizzly-wild-wings-the-grizzlies-have-a-crowd-of-2s-and-3s
– NATALIE NAKASE (from Eric Patten, Clippers.com):
” There was no holding Natalie Nakase back.
Frankly, there never has been.
She was standing in the expansive loading dock inside Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. It was the third day of Summer League for the Clippers; the third day since Nakase, 34, had become the first female to sit amongst assistant coaches on an NBA bench.
The dream, or rather, the goal, was inching towards fruition. She was surrounded by a handful of reporters following the Clippers’ only win of the summer, a 91-85 victory over the Miami Heat. As she talked about her experience, working two years as a video intern with the Clippers before being assigned an assistant coach position for the two-week Summer League slate, Nakase was asked what the ultimate goal was. What was her endgame?
“To be a head coach in the NBA,” Nakase said with such confidence that it bordered on brash.”
Read it here: http://www.nba.com/clippers/talking-clips-natalie-nakase
– The Human Red Flag (from Jack Hamilton, Slate.com):
” Lance Stephenson is the most fascinatingly flawed player in the NBA.”
Read it here: http://www.slate.com/articles/sports/sports_nut/2014/07/lance_stephenson_hornets_was_charlotte_right_to_sign_the_nba_s_most_fascinatingly.html
– Pacers start life without Lance, Warriors bring back Rush, Lakers steal Davis (from Dan Devine, Yahoo Sports):
Read it here: https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/free-agent-roundup–pacers-start-life-without-lance–warriors-bring-back-rush–lakers-steal-davis-200427735.html
– Where have all the shooting guards gone? (from Sean Deveney, Sporting News):
Read it here: http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2014-07-17/nba-shooting-guards-derek-anderson-steve-smith-michael-jordan-james-harden-dwyane-wade
– Life on the Fringe of the NBA: The Dwayne Jones Story (from Tully Corcoran, Bleacher Report):
” In every corner of the world today, there are basketball coaches looking for a few good men who can be relied upon to show up on time, get rebounds and go home without causing a scene.
The supply of these good men is extraordinarily low, and the demand is increasingly high. So for the last nine years, Dwayne Jones, a 6’11” son of a construction worker from just outside Philadelphia, has made a robust living by traveling the globe, grabbing rebounds and making more than half of his free throws.
He has been on five teams in the NBA and five in the NBA Developmental League. He has played in Turkey, China, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Lebanon, Bahrain and Qatar, but even he isn’t completely sure he could name all the teams that have held his rights since he entered professional basketball with the D-League’s Florida Flame as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2005.”
Read it here: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2131675-life-on-the-fringe-of-the-nba-the-dwayne-jones-story
– A More Mature James Johnson Returns To The Raptors (from Stephen Brotherston, Pro Bball Report):
Read it here: http://probballreport.com/a-more-mature-james-johnson-returns-to-the-raptors/
And for those with access to ESPN Insider:
– Best, worst of Summer League (from Kevin Pelton):
Read it here: http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/11227086/doug-mcdermott-giannis-antetokounmpo-summer-league-superlatives-nba