The NBA Summer League is about rookies and guys trying to make NBA rosters — basically it’s guys 10-15 on the NBA bench and a bunch of players who will be in Europe next season battling it out to impress scouts.
But each year a handful of name players (often top drafted rookies) are there to make things interesting for casual fans.
This year it could be the Knicks Iman Shumpert and his high top fade. That according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.
I seriously doubt he would play in every game (back-to-backs are very common) but he could get in some run and work on things.
The league would love it — people flock to see young stars up close, and this is not a draft that inspires that. Plus a few top picks such as Nerlens Noel will not even be there due to injury. So a name player like Shumpert is a draw.
And guys would go at them — as poor as the team quality of play can be at Summer League guys try hard because future paychecks are on the line. Guys would want to show what they can do against an elite NBA defender.
LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:
Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.
Eight days ago, Derrick Rose had surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone suffered in training camp. The Bulls said he would be ready to resume basketball activities in two weeks, and in the meantime will rejoin practice soon. That part is still on schedule — head coach Fred Hoiberg says Rose will be with the team when they return to Chicago on Monday following a two-game preseason road trip, but unless the swelling in his eye dies down, it could be a little longer before he can start practicing again.
Via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:
It’s not ideal, but since there’s no structural damage to Rose’s face, once he’s cleared to resume practicing, it’s just a matter of getting back into game shape before he can start playing in games. The team is still optimistic he’ll be able to play opening night against the Cavaliers on October 27.