When the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas was started in 2004, its founder had no delusions of grandeur.
With the NBA Draft less than 72 hours away, many of those who will meet commissioner David Stern on Thursday in New York can start packing for a trip to Las Vegas next month.
NBA Summer League director Warren LeGarie took it as a promising and satisfying sign Thursday when he pulled into the Cox Pavilion parking lot in the early afternoon and most every spot was taken.
True, Donte Greene was was a first-round draft pick, but not many people outside of Baltimore and central New York state knew who he was when the NBA Summer League began play last week.
C.J. Watson thinks his play at the NBA Summer League was good enough to keep him employed in the league this fall. Whether the Golden State Warriors agree remains to be seen.
Stacey Augmon was too busy making a living as an NBA player to think about one day becoming a coach.
While JaVale McGee was trying to decide whether to turn pro or remain at UNR for another season, one number kept coming into play — 20.
Like the multitude of free agents trying to display their skills at the NBA Summer League, Bobby Brown hopes to make enough of a positive impression that he doesn’t have to spend next year in Europe.
It wasn’t that long ago that the NBA had a large presence in the Pacific Northwest.
First it was the Clippers’ Eric Gordon. Now it’s the New York Knicks’ Danilo Gallinari who is sidelined from the NBA Summer League with an injury.
By MAGGIE LILLIS
Shortly before he drafted Marreese Speights with the 16th overall pick in last month’s NBA Draft, Philadelphia 76ers president and general manager Ed Stefanski decided it was time to make a pact with the 6-foot-10-inch forward from the University of Florida.
As a second-round draft pick, Joe Crawford knows nothing is guaranteed as far as having a future in the NBA.