Posts Tagged ‘Las Vegas Summer League’

Hang Time Podcast (Episode 127) Featuring Rockets Play-By-Play Announcer Craig Ackerman

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Leave it up to Rick Fox to skip out on his own birthday party on Episode 127 of the Hang Time Podcast.

Perhaps it was for the best, since we spent quite a bit of time discussing his least favorite subject of this free agent summer: Dwight Howard and his moving from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Houston Rockets. (Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni still can’t wrap his head around Howard leaving for Texas.)

While Rick is already on record as being a bit put off by the way Dwight handled himself with the Lakers and with his departure, Rockets play-by-play man Craig Ackerman couldn’t be happier with how things played out.

His phone has been ringing like crazy since Howard joined the Rockets. And things will only get more hectic the closer we get to training camp and the start of the 2013-14 season. He gives us some quality insight on what the Howard era of Rockets basketball will look like from an insider’s perspective and waxes on all things Rockets [sorry Rick].

We also break down the latest news, notes and happenings around the league, including a recap of what we saw during the Las Vegas Summer League, USA Basketball’s mini-camp in Vegas, Brandon Jennings and his fresh start in Detroit and the teams on the rise and fall after a wild July of action in free agency and trades.

You get all of that and so much more on Episode 127 of the Hang Time Podcast: Featuring Rockets Play-By-Play Announcer Craig Ackerman …

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Hang Time Podcast (Episode 86) With Warren LeGarie and Jerry Colangelo

LAS VEGAS – For at least a few more days, this sweltering city will serve as the center of the basketball universe, with a small satellite in Orlando orbiting the action here.

With USA Basketball training camp in full swing at UNLV, complete with Thursday night’s exhibition opener against the Dominican Republic, and 24 NBA teams converging upon the Las Vegas Strip for Summer League action that kicks off Friday, there are no basketball needs that can’t be satisfied here.

Two of basketball’s biggest power brokers, Summer League co-owner Warren LeGarie and USA Basketball chairman and managing director Jerry Colangelo, the two men most responsible for all of the attention focused here right now, joined us on Episode 86 of the Hang Time Podcast to talk Summer League, USA Basketball, the upcoming London Olympic Games and more.

When we say “more” we’re talking Day 200 of the Dwight Howard watch (don’t get excited, he still hasn’t been traded), the open of the free agent signing period and the day The Deron Williams Brooklyn Experience officially began and the day two-time MVP and Phoenix Suns icon Steve Nash joined the dark side in Los Angeles.

Check out all that and more on Episode 86 of the Hang Time Podcast featuring Las Vegas Summer League czar Warren LeGarie and USA Basketball boss Jerry Colangelo (who actually joined us from courtside at the Olympic team’s Wednesday morning workout, as you’ll hear in the background).

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As always, we welcome your feedback. You can follow the entire crew, including the Hang Time Podcast, co-hosts Lang Whitaker of SLAM Magazine and Sekou Smith of NBA.com, as well as our superproducer Micah Hart of NBA.com’s All Ball Blog and the best engineer in the business, Jarell “I Heart Peyton Manning” Wall.

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Vegas Summer League tips today

Posted by Art Garcia

LAS VEGASLeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh won’t be among those dripping sweat at the NBA Summer League over the next 10 days. They’re too busy basking in their self-generated glow to mess with the Vegas sun.
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But you can find a good chunk of the Three Kings’ supporting cast mixing it up on the campus of UNLV. Two of Miami’s three second-round picks — Dexter Pittman and Jarvis Varnado — headline the Heat’s summer squad, which debuts Sunday night against New Orleans. (The other second-rounder, Da’Sean Butler, is recovering from an injury.)

There’s also a chance some of the other 17 rookies making up the Heat team also find their way to training camp come October. Miami does have roster spots to fill and not much cash to go around.

Among the other notables to keep an eye on in Vegas:

  • John Wall debuts Sunday as Washington takes on Golden State. After a nightmare season, the Wizards are pinning their hopes on the playmaking No. 1 pick out of Kentucky.
  • Minnesota’s squad welcomes back two rookies from last season in Jonny Flynn and Wayne Ellington. Joining their experienced teammates are two new rookies, No. 4 pick Wesley Johnson and No. 30 Lazar Hayward.
  • Some contend DeMarcus Cousins slipped to No. 5, where he was promptly snatched up by Sacramento. The Kings roster also includes rookie Hassan Whiteside (No. 33), one of last year’s promising rookies in Omri Casspi and center Jason Thompson. Notable omission: Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans.
  • Considering San Antonio’s fortune in the Draft that last few years, don’t sleep on first-round pick James Anderson. Last season’s Big 12 Player of the Year hopes to join George Hill and DeJuan Blain as Draft Day “hits” for the Spurs.
  • In all, 22 NBA teams will compete in Las Vegas. Also returning is the NBA Development League Select team. The 58-game schedule tips off today with Dallas-Denver.
  • NBA TV is airing a full schedule of games. Games are also available on NBA.com through Summer League Broadband.