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Basketball

Liberty Report: Finding a Way

by Sean Hahner, James Decker

Sean Hahner : WFUV Sports

After a successful 2-1 road trip in which the Liberty won two games by a combined six points, New York found a way to win another close one, defeating the Washington Mystics 80-76 on Tuesday night at the Garden. The Liberty now sit at 11-14, which may not seem like a record to be excited about, but after a 4-11 start to the season, New York is getting hot at the right time.

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.

Liberty Report 7/16: Early Worm Gets The Win

by Sam Torres Jr

Sam Torres Jr : WFUV Sports 

School is now in session. Well, no it isn’t, but at least for Cappie Pondexter it is. On a day where Madison Square Garden hosted about 12,000 out of school summer campers for Camp Day, Pondexter was still teaching an important lesson; do not leave her wide open on the game-winning shot. 

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.