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Short ‘n not-so-sweet for Orton

Posted by Fran Blinebury

ORLANDO – Daniel Orton was looking forward to getting his first bit of NBA action behind him. But probably not that quickly.

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After shooting a nervous and hurried looking 1-for-8 from the field, the Orlando Magic’s first-round draft pick was ejected from his debut game in the Summer League after tangle with Indiana’s Josh McRoberts in the third quarter.

“It’s not the best way to end it all,” Orton said.  “I didn’t have a great start at all.  I really didn’t get started.  I didn’t get anything going with myself.

“They said that he threw a punch first and then I threw a punch. But neither one of us ever threw a punch.  He just kinda pushed me off and I tried to push him, so I think that’s what the deal was.  That threw me for a loop right there.”

Orton says he’s trying to use the fact that he slipped down to the No. 29 spot in the draft as positive motivation, but knows that he has to calm down and not try to prove everything to every right away.

“It was crazy today,” Orton said.  “I was talking to my brother and he asked, ‘Are you nervous?’  I said no.  Then I texted him back about 30 minutes later and said, ‘OK, I’m nervous now.’  I didn’t think I was gonna be that nervous, but I really was.  Just to get that first one over is just a relief.”

The Pacers were led by second-round draft pick Lance Stephenson, with 21 points, four rebounds and three assists in the 86-77 win over the MagicPatrick Ewing Jr. scored 15 points to top Orlando.

Hang Time Podcast (Episode 14)

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Posted by Sekou Smith

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – John Wall and Evan Turner are on the top of most people’s Draft boards.

The Hang Time Podcast crew is no different. We’re working hard on our Draft board right now as Thursday night’s NBA Draft gets closer.

That’s why we invited Ryan Blake, the NBA’s Director of Scouting, and former Kentucky and NBA star Tony Delk, now an assistant at UK,  to join on us on Episode 14 of the Hang Time Podcast.

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Blake is the son of legendary NBA scouting director Marty Blake and has been immersed in the family business for years. And we won’t even hold that whole “Darko Milicic is headed for the Hall of Fame” thing against him here, because we all make mistakes in the Draft game.

Delk worked this past season as an assistant coach on John Calipari‘s staff and worked closely with all five of the Wildcats’ draft prospect, led by Wall (above), DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson, Eric Bledsoe and Daniel Orton. Delk shared his insights on Wall and Cousins and also suggested that one of the others could be the real surprise of this Draft.

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Here’s a cheat sheet:

0:00- Intro, Finals recap, Gasol’s new legacy, Artest’s positive perception

18:40- Ryan Blake, NBA Director of Scouting

-This year’s Draft talent
-Previous Draft picks who didn’t pan out
-Is there a de-emphasis on high school and foreign prospects?
-Draft based on need vs. want
-Sleepers in Draft

41:28- Tony Delk, former Kentucky and NBA player, current assistant coach at Kentucky

-DeMarcus Cousins insight
-Patrick Patterson’s strengths and weaknesses
-John Wall’s high expectations (check out this link John Wall Dance to watch the infamous “dance”)
-Transitioning from NBA to college coach
-Favorite Draft pick from Kentucky

54:47- Kentucky’s 2009-10 team “Fab Five” and thoughts on how their Draft prospects will do

57:34- Wrap up