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NBA Summer League

When I Get My Card Back Activated, I’m Back to Vegas

by Kenny Ducey

Kenny Ducey/WFUV Sports

Shielding fans from scorching triple-digit Las Vegas temperatures, Thomas & Mack Center also provides sanctuary from the turbulence of NBA free agency. It’s an imperfect abode for basketball, but an abode nonetheless —the game breathes and entertains thousands for a few weeks in the heart of the summer. Draft prospects, some young and some old, provide optimism for franchises in need. Fringe roster players re-display skills that once made them coveted. Coaches are given the opportunity to mesh with team members.

Why I Love the NBA Summer League

by James Decker

Kenny Ducey/WFUV Sports

I’ve always casually watched the NBA Summer League. In a time where the focus is almost entirely on baseball, watching a couple of basketball games per day is a good way to have a change of pace and scout some young talent. But after being courtside in Las Vegas for five days, my appreciation for the Summer League has grown immensely.

Isaiah Austin Finding Work at NBA's Summer League

by Kenny Ducey

NBA TV

Marfan's Syndrome is doing all it can to slow former Baylor Forward Isaiah Austin, but it can't halt his pursuit of a career in basketball.

Austin will be at the NBA's Summer League in as Vegas until the 16th of July as an Intern with NBA TV. “It’s been fun," Austin told WFUV, in between signing autographs and taking pictures with fans. "I’m doing a lot of different things. I've been interviewing, been working with Bleacher Report a little bit. I'm really just getting to know TV broadcasting.”

Matthew Dellavedova: The True Point Guard

by James Decker

James Decker/WFUV

I remember watching Matthew Dellavedova play for St. Mary’s in the NCAA Tournament. He didn’t seem extremely quick or athletic then, and still doesn’t now. That said, Dellavedova knows how to play point guard better than anyone I’ve seen at the Summer League.

Two Games in, McDermott's Presence Felt

by Kenny Ducey

Kenny Ducey/WFUV Sports

With countless favorable impressions made in the first three days the NBA's Summer League in Las Vegas, Doug McDermott's strong start can get lost in the fold.

Through two games in Vegas, McDermott is shooting a cool 50% from three, 45% from the field, and has dropped 41 points. The folks inside the COX Pavilion were treated to a show Sunday night, as 31 of those points came during an exquisite 7/12 (5/9 3 PT) shooting performance.

Early Success In Vegas for the Knicks

by James Decker

Kenny Ducey/WFUV Sports

The Knicks began the 2014 NBA Summer League on a high note with a 76-64 win over the Dallas Mavericks Friday, a successful coaching debut for Derek Fisher. A starting five of Shane Larkin, Tim Hardaway Jr., Cleanthony Early, Cameron Moore, and Cole Aldrich provided a sense of the type of young talent that the Knicks are showcasing in Las Vegas.

Shane Larkin Not Fearful of Eastern Conference

by Kenny Ducey

James Decker/WFUV

Hours after LeBron James announced his decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Shane Larkin - fresh off a 10-point, 5-assist performance in the NBA's Summer League opener - shrugged off the news.

"I kind of had a feel for it," Larkin said. "The way things ended for them in the finals – for him to be averaging 30, 10, and 5 and get beat by 30 points – I just had a feeling that team was starting to unravel at the end of last season."