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July 24th, 2008

2008 Las Vegas AAUs: Day 3

Thu, 07/24/2008 - 11:45pm

By Nick Prevenas

Wall or Favors?

That was the question everyone was asking heading into Day 3 of Las Vegas’ AAU hoops gathering. Who is the top player in the class of 2009?

July 23rd

Role Players Cashing In Abroad

Thu, 07/24/2008 - 1:59am

It’s official – the NBA has a big problem on its hands. This problem goes beyond dress code and player image, fixed games, gambling, and officiating scandals.

[img_assist|nid=1581|title=Josh Childress|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=300|height=450] The NBA is losing players to Europe, a huge dilemma for the League as a business and as a product on the court.

2008 Las Vegas AAUs: Day 2

Wed, 07/23/2008 - 11:06pm

By Nick Prevenas

Day 1 of Sin City’s AAU extravaganza opened with a bang. Some of the America’s best high school talent -- from John Wall to Kenny Boynton to everyone in between -- took to the floor with fire and intensity. The level of play exceeded expectations, setting the stage for what could possibly develop into a special week of basketball.

Was Day 2 able to match the standard set by the opening games? In a word, no.

The Euro Effect

Wed, 07/23/2008 - 10:45am


[img_assist|nid=1563|title=Josh Childress|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=300|height=429] By now, you might have heard that Brandon Jennings has elected to spend a post-graduate year in Europe prior to embarking on an NBA career.

While the short-term ramifications of such a decision hold some interest to casual basketball fans, the genuinely intriguing aspect will be how recruiters handle a new batch of competitors.

July 22nd

2008 NBA Summer League: Top (Non)Rookies

Tue, 07/22/2008 - 11:44pm

Aaron Brooks 16.8 pts/ 7 ast/ 2 rebs

Displaying the quickness and mentality necessary to run an NBA team, Brooks was impressive throughout the summer league. His size has always been an issue, but an explosive 1st step combined with his ability to effectively attack pick and roll situations could be more than enough to make up for it. What may end up being a determining factor for his future is his ability to keep the defense honest by consistently knocking down outside shots.

Ramon Sessions 15.3pts/ 7.3 ast/ 5.3 rebs

2008 Las Vegas AAUs: Day 1

Tue, 07/22/2008 - 9:23pm

By Nick Prevenas

Typically, a trip to Las Vegas begins with dreams of wealth beyond comprehension and ends with empty wallets.

This week, more than 6,000 high school hoops stars hope to see the opposite happen.

Nearly every major AAU team is in Sin City this week, along with representatives from every college basketball program and the holy trinity of shoe companies (Reebok, adidas, Nike) to form the summer's biggest amateur basketball event.

July 21st

2008 NBA Summer League: Top Rookies

Tue, 07/22/2008 - 1:35am

Top 10 Rookies

2008 NBA Summer League: Day 10

Mon, 07/21/2008 - 12:11pm

Timberwolves 111 Knicks 91

The Timberwolves, even without Kevin Love, were able to take the lead early on in the contest and cruise to an easy victory.

July 20th

2008 NBA Summer League: Day 9

Sun, 07/20/2008 - 1:29pm

Bobcats 103 Knicks 71

You know you're bad when you get blown out by a Bobcats team missing their floor general (DJ Augustin). The Knicks got run off the floor behind a balanced Bobcats attack.

Wilson Chandler struggled to perform to the level he had in previous games, and the Knicks were lacking in talent and cohesiveness. Chandler went for 10 on 5-13 shooting.

July 19th

Brandon Jennings: Trailblazer or guinea pig?

Sat, 07/19/2008 - 4:53pm

Brandon Jennings’ decision to sign with a European club rather than go to college has been a hot topic in basketball circles, the same question being pondered over and over: Will high school stars follow in his footsteps, or will he become another cautionary tale for young basketball players eager to turn pro too soon?