Will only be in Vegas for a couple of days so am going to live blog the games that I will be in attendance for.
Game 1: New York Knicks vs. New Orleans Pelicans
12:45 PM PST - Larry Johnson is in the house wearing cargo pocketed capris. Besides LJ, other NBA alumni in the house include Jerome “Junk Yard Dog” Williams, and Tim Hardaway.
The Knicks are wearing black shirseys which up close look like they have a built in tank top.
One half to the gym is empty and the other half is 2/3rds full. A good number of Knicks jerseys and Lakers jerseys are evenly spread throughout the crowd. Late arriving Vegas crowd?
Former Bucks and Kings center, Jon Brockman, is playing with the Pelicans and his beard is as glorious in person as you would expect.
Eric Snow is apparently an assistant coach with the Pelicans and to put it kindly he is looking svelte.
Walt “Clyde” Fraiser in just a NBATV Polo has to be a fashion crime.
The Knicks already lead Vegas Summer League in one category: mohawks.
1:22 PM PST: And the first quarter of the 2013 Vegas Summer League is in the books; was it one for the history books? Probably not.
Jon Brockman is being Jon Brockman, physical and just making Jeremy Tyler mad.
Tim Hardaway JR vs Austin Rivers was an early theme which as I have never seen Hardaway JR play before today shocked me. He was actively taking it to the basket and being aggressive.
Rivers has to improve on his terrible season last year and looks like he is at least trying to show people he is a NBA player.
Iman Shumpert’s blonde streak in his flat top is going to start a new trend.
2:00 PM PST: A high scoring-ish first half of basketball as the Pelicans lead the Knicks by 3; 37-34.
JR Smith’s brother, Chris Smith, is playing for the Knicks and made a small impact in the beginning of the half. He sadly is not wearing as on court flair as JR usually does. Probably won’t make the team because of this.
Play got stopped due to the ball hitting a ref and cutting his chin. What added insult to injury for this ref was that he was the lone NBA ref as his comrades are two other D-League refs.
Brian Roberts of the Pelicans had some rough sequences, getting blocked and turning the ball over on a steal but turned it around near the end of the quarter and is a big reason the Pelicans are up at the half. Austin Rivers has continued to attack and even hit a three pointer…he was wide open though but gotta give him credit when its due.
For some reason the arena announcer cannot pronounce Iman Shumpert’s name to save his life. Shump is definitely the biggest star in this game and is not getting his proper star treatment.
The arena announcer did give us a fun fact about the court. The court is made by Horner Sports Flooring which has been in business since 1891! The age of the company really amazed the announcer.
I walked around for most of the quarter, sitting in various seats and ended up sitting behind Walt Frazier and Mike Breen who are calling the game for NBATV. At one point the monitor showed Mike Woodson sitting in the stands, Frazier pointed to Woody’s midsection and looked at Breen. Breen just mouthed the word “fat” and they both had a hearty chuckle.
2:25 PM PST: The third quarter happened and the Knicks cut the lead to two, even though the quarter belonged to Austin Rivers and the Pelicans.
Iman Shumpert seems to be going through the motions throwing alley-oops and loosely playing defense. He does seem to be focusing on his ball handling so perhaps point guard Shump is in his future.
The arena announcer pronounced New Orleans as “Norlens”; nice to try but not anywhere close to the colloquial “Nawlins”
2:38 PM PST: Jeremy Tyler has dunked the Knicks back into this game.
Darius Miller is apparently a three point machine for the Pelicans.
The full spelling of Pelicans can’t fit on the scoreboard here:
2:50 PM PST:
The Knicks lose by 5 and the Pelicans win their first NBA Summer League game as the Pelicans.
I hope I see Iman Shumpert at Tao later tonight.
Game 2: Atlanta Hawks vs. LA Clippers
3:30PM PST: This game has a much faster pace than the first one drawing more “oohs” and “ahs” from the now packed gym.
Dennis Schröder is a skinny man. Isn’t Germany known for brats and beers? He does have one extremely vocal supporter in the stands who keeps encouraging him with shouts of, “All the way from Germany!”
The Clippers are rocking white shirseys. Samardo Samuels fills his quite nice.
John Jenkins has a beautiful stroke.
Jerome Randle has handles for days.
Tyronn Lue is back in LA as an assistant coach for the Clippers. …
Lucas Nogueria aka Bebe for the Hawks is just a fun person to look at with his tattoos and crazy afro. He has thrown a couple of good dunks and even has shown flashes of being a defensive stopper.
3:50 PM PST: Samardo Samuels is taking a special interest in bullying Bebe – yelling and slapping the ball at dunks.
Hawks guard, Lou Williams is sitting courtside rocking jorts. The Clippers lead at half 53 to 37.
4:15 PM PST: Bebe was a fan favorite on Draft night and is now cementing that favoritism with his dunks on dunks. The Hawks love the three ball, unfortunately for them it is not falling. Johnny Flynn of Johnny Flynn fame is on the Clippers Summer League team but has not played yet. Hawks center, Mike Muscala, has displayed a nice touch from the outside.
Despite this being a blowout, the game is quite entertaining…as entertaining as a blowout Summer League can be.
At the end of the third the Clippers lead by 19: 77-58
4:45 PM PST: Boban Marjanovic, a hulking 7-3 center for the Hawks is quite awkward but threw down a dunk that was good for some mild excitement.
Samardo Samuels is trying to win the unofficial Summer League Slam Dunk contest.
A wide open Reggie Bullock is automatic from behind the three point. Looking like a solid pick by the Clippers.
With 3:46 left Jonny Flynn finally makes an appearance for the Clippers.
Muarry State’s Ed Daniel is on the Hawks roster and like Bebe has quite an Afro. Of note is that he has a Twitter account dedicated to his Afro.
Dennis Schröder is often compared to Rajon Rondo but unlike Rondo he isn’t afraid to shoot.
The Hawks made it a game near the end of the fourth quarter but the Clippers come away with the 90 – 83 win.
Game 3: LA Lakers vs. Charlotte Bobcats
5:15 PM PST: With their “wine” colored jerseys, the Cavs have the best jerseys so far in Summer League.
The Lakers are in white and purple shirseys.
Kyrie Irving is sitting on the Cavs bench just being Kyrie Irving.
A dunk by Tyler Zeller of all people ended a 4 minute scoring drought for the Cavs.
For being close to Los Angeles, the crowd has been very quiet in their support of the Lakers.
Compared to the last game, this game is moving at a snail’s pace.
The Lakers are leading the Cavs by 8, 18-10.
5:45 PM PST: The arena announcer has done a poor job of pronouncing names today but is somehow able to properly pronounce and annuciate Robert Sacre’s last name.
Halfway through the second quarter and the Cavs have only scored 6 points. Dion Waiters has none of them.
Robert Sacre loves to take jumpers which are not his strong suit.
The Cavs are somehow back in this game and are only down 3 at the half.
6:10 PM PST: The second half starts with Tyler Zeller laying up what could have been a wide open dunk.
Dion Waiters finally get some points on the board with a hard drive to the basket. Waiters has been focusing on passing and facilitating the offense but sometimes you just need to do what you do best.
With 7:57 left in the third quarter, the Cavs finally take the lead; 31-30.
Josh Selby is showing energy for the Lakers, sadly the pro-Lakers crowd is not.
Matched up against Selby, Carrick Felix has begun to make some hustle plays prompting the Cavs bench to show the only sign of emotion in the arena.
The arena is very dead. Third game fatigue?
6:48 PM PST: The Phoenix Suns walked in fresh off of practice which has caused some excitement in the crowd. The Morris twins are sitting courtside and despite the fact one of them is wearing a hat, I can’t tell them apart.
With five minutes to go in the game, Dion Waiters only has 3 points but the Cavs lead by 6.
The Cavs Summer League Coaching staff is doing a great job keeping their team fired up.
This game could have ended ten minutes early and I am pretty sure no one would have noticed.
The Cavs wine and golded the Lakers down in the second half and come away with the 70-62 victory.
Am skipping the last game of the night so that’s all from me tonight. Thanks for following along.