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- Aug 15, 2011
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Former Syracuse University forward Tyler Lydon will play for the Denver Nuggets in the NBA's summer league in Las Vegas. Lydon is one of four former SU players competing in the NBA's summer leagues in Utah and Las Vegas. (AP Photo)
NBA Summer League schedule for former Syracuse basketball players (PS; Waters)
Four former Syracuse players will participate in the NBA's summer leagues in Utah and Las Vegas.
One is recovering from a knee injury. Another is looking to mark his mark after two years in the NBA. A third is looking to resurrect his career. And a fourth is hoping to maintain his hold on a roster spot.
It will all make for an interesting two weeks as the NBA's summer league schedule tips off on Monday and continues through July 17.
Tyler Lydon, the Denver Nuggets' first round draft choice in 2017, will test out the knee that he injured last winter. Malachi Richardson, a first-round pick of the Sacramento Kings in 2016, will head into his third season in the NBA next fall. Now with the Toronto Raptors, Richardson must play well in order to get a second contract.
Chris McCullough, the No. 29 pick in the 2015 draft by the Brooklyn Nets, is a free agent in search of a contract. McCullough, who spent last season with the Washington Wizards, will play for the Philadelphia 76ers' summer league team.
Syracuse Basketball: Jerami Grant finally gets the money he deserves (itlh.com; Esden Jr)
An unheralded former Syracuse basketball star in Jerami Grant got a fat extension with the Oklahoma City Thunder shortly after free agency started.
It took approximately an hour and 14 minutes or 74 minutes or 4,440 seconds for former Syracuse basketball star Jerami Grant to get PAID in NBA Free Agency. Finally an unheralded player is getting the proper tender, love, and care he deserves.
Grant was set to be an unrestricted free agent after spending the past two seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder. But the Thunder didn’t let Grant slip through their proverbial fingers, making Grant an absolute priority right next to superstar Paul George.
Over the last week the Thunder have spent nearly $200 million on Carmelo Anthony(not their choice), PG13 (four-year $137 million ‘max deal’) and Grant who received a three-year $27 million contract with a player-option in the final year of the contract, per NBA guru Adrian Wojarowski.
In his first couple years with Philadelphia, Grant showed potential as a significant role player. Then he was traded off to the Oklahoma City Thunder and the rest is history.
RUMOR: Carmelo Anthony Likely To Be Waived Thanks To Jerami Grant Signing (clutchpoints.com; Manrique)
The Oklahoma City Thunder made the first bang of the free agency period, not only guaranteeing the return of Paul George, but getting him to commit long-term, rewarding him with a four-year, $137 million max deal and a welcome party to boot.
The franchise quickly followed with Jerami Grant, agreeing to a beefy three-year, $27 million deal for their reserve — a contract that only spells a massive luxury tax bill on the way and a quick break-up with Carmelo Anthony, according to several sources.
Anthony recently opted into the last year of his contract, a $28 million payment that the Thunder have been hesitant to shell out due to his poor performance in his first year with the team.
Melo was coming off 14 straight seasons averaging 20 or more points per game as one of the few big-time perennial scorers in this league, but his partnership with Russell Westbrook and Paul George pegged him as the third option after being the top scoring choice for the first 14 years of his career.
By the Numbers: Syracuse Basketball Recruiting Targets at EYBL Dallas (24x7 sports; McAllister)
The Nike EYBL held its first leg leading up to the Peach Jam in Dallas. Several Syracuse targets participated, and the Orange had two coaches there to watch them. Here is how they fared. Numbers represent averages for the weekend except shooting percentages.
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Washington Basketball: Can the Huskies win the Pac-12 title in 2019? (bustingbrackets.com; Burgess)
Washington Basketball returns all the team’s key players from last season. Do the Huskies have the goods to win the Pac-12 in 2018-19?
The Pac-12 had its share of defections to the NBA draft. That means a new team could ascend to the top of the conference in 2018-19. One team that could make that ascension is the Washington Huskies.
The Huskies finished last season at 21-13 and finished sixth in the conference with a 10-8 record. Coach Mike Hopkins and his team flirted with an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament in the last weeks of the season, but two losses to Oregon State, one of which came in the Pac-12 tournament dashed those hopes. As a result, they landed in the NIT, losing in the 2nd round to St. Mary’s.
The Huskies have three seniors returning who also happen to be three of their top four scorers from last season. Guards David Crisp and Matisse Thybulle return along with forward Noah Dickerson giving coach Hopkins a solid foundation to build upon. Also returning is the team’s leading scorer, guard Jaylen Nowell who will be just a sophomore. The 6-4 Seattle native led the team with 16 points per game last season. Nowell along with the trio of seniors accounted for 54 of the Huskies’ 75 points per contest last season. In addition to the quartet of scorers returning, Hopkins also returns every player that averaged double-digit minutes, meaning his entire eight-man rotation returns.
Kentucky’s Tough Schedule Not Impressive To ACC Teams (dukebasketballreport.com; King)
Lexington writer Mark Story points out that Kentucky will face Duke, UNC and Kansas this season.
Duke Basketball Report in return points out that Duke and UNC play each other twice annually and also typically have a Kentucky, Kansas or Michigan State in the mix, in addition to a rugged conference schedule - something you see in a legitimate basketball conference.
Last year for instance, Duke played Michigan State, Texas, Florida and Indiana before starting ACC play with UNC, Virginia, Louisville, Notre Dame, Miami, NC State, Clemson and Virginia Tech.
Different league, different world.
Syracuse Chiefs fry on the field: 'I think it's hell' (PS; Kramer)
Syracuse Chiefs' seasons are usually an exercise in atmospheric extremes.
The schedule usually begins with players dodging snowflakes and freezing drizzle in the early spring. That's often followed by a stretch of baseball played in pleasant afternoons and cool evenings.
Then there are the outliers like Saturday night and Sunday. The thermometer at NBT Bank Stadium climbed well into the 90s on both dates against Buffalo, with the high mark during Sunday's contest settling in at a beastly 97 (it reached 99 a couple hours after the game ended).
"That was hot. You felt it today,'' Syracuse infielder Chris Dominguez said of the jolting contrast. "Think about it. We played in cool weather the whole entire year. Last week it was cooler.''
Of course, those temperature swings come with the outdoor, spring/summer nature of the sport. But while fans can adjust their wardrobe and seat location to counteract the heat, players run around what amounts to a frying pan of a field while wearing long pants and socks as well as thick, heavy jerseys.