Here is your NBA Vegas Summer League schedule

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Summer League is the Spring Training of the NBA. Kind of. It’s very casual, fans can get a lot closer to players than during the regular season, you get to see a lot of prospects up close, you can follow the top draft rookies and/or the guys trying to get that 15th roster spot, and everyone from the industry seems to be there.

PBT will have you covered. I will be there for the opening half (I’m in Vegas before for part of USA Basketball training camp for the Olympics) and Scott Schroeder will be there for almost every minute of the action. If you can’t get out to melt in the desert in the middle of July, NBA TV will show all 60 games (39 live) and some other networks will carry specific teams (MSG will have some Knicks games, for example).

Below is the schedule, so you know when to set your DVR (the first Anthony Davis/Hornets game is Sunday night). The games are spread out across adjoining buildings (COX Pavilion and the Thomas & Mack) and run simultaneously at points.

Friday July 13
• COX Pavilion
1 PM — Atlanta vs. Washington
3 PM — Houston vs. Toronto
5 PM — Golden State vs. LA Lakers
7 PM — Sacramento vs. Charlotte

Saturday July 14
• COX Pavilion
1 PM — Memphis vs. New York
3 PM — Golden State vs. Denver
5 PM — LA Lakers vs. Sacramento
7 PM — Houston vs. Washington
Sunday July 15
• COX Pavilion
1 PM — New York vs. Phoenix
3 PM — Denver vs. Dallas
5 PM — San Antonio vs. Atlanta
7 PM — Washington vs. NBA D-League
• Thomas & Mack
3:30 PM — Toronto vs. Miami
5:30 PM — Cleveland vs. Charlotte
7:30 PM — New Orleans vs. Portland

Monday July 16
• COX Pavilion
1 PM — Atlanta vs. Boston
3 PM — Dallas vs. Toronto
5 PM — Cleveland vs. NBA D-League
7 PM — LA Clippers vs. Minnesota
• Thomas & Mack
3:30 PM — Houston vs. Sacramento
5:30 PM — LA Lakers vs. Miami
7:30 PM — Milwaukee vs. New Orleans

Tuesday July 17
• COX Pavilion
1 PM — Denver vs. New York
3 PM — Washington vs. Memphis
5 PM — Portland vs. Houston
7 PM — Chicago vs. Boston
• Thomas & Mack
3:30 PM — San Antonio vs. LA Lakers
5:30 PM — Cleveland vs. Phoenix
7:30 PM — Minnesota vs. Charlotte

Wednesday July 18
• COX Pavilion
1 PM — Milwaukee vs. Washington
3 PM — Chicago vs. Houston
5 PM — Atlanta vs. Dallas
7 PM — San Antonio vs. LA Clippers
• Thomas & Mack
3:30 PM — Sacramento vs. Toronto
5:30 PM — New Orleans vs. Phoenix
7:30 PM — Golden State vs. Miami

Thursday July 19
• COX Pavilion
1 PM — New York vs. Toronto
3 PM — Portland vs. Atlanta
5 PM — Cleveland vs. Minnesota
7 PM — NBA D-League vs. Milwaukee
• Thomas & Mack
3:30 PM — Boston vs. Sacramento
5:30 PM — LA Clippers vs. LA Lakers
7:30 PM — Charlotte vs. Denver

Friday July 20
• COX Pavilion
1 PM — New York vs. Cleveland
3 PM — Denver vs. Portland
5 PM — Miami vs. San Antonio
7 PM — NBA D-League vs. Phoenix
• Thomas & Mack
3:30 PM — Memphis vs. Charlotte
5:30 PM — Chicago vs. Golden State
7:30 PM — Dallas vs. New Orleans

Saturday July 21
• COX Pavilion
1 PM — Portland vs. Miami
3 PM — Dallas vs. San Antonio
5 PM — NBA D-League vs. Minnesota
7 PM — Memphis vs. Phoenix
• Thomas & Mack
3:30 PM — Golden State vs. New Orleans
5:30 PM — Chicago vs. LA Clippers
7:30 PM — Milwaukee vs. Boston

Sunday July 22
• COX Pavilion
1 PM — Chicago vs. Milwaukee
3 PM — Boston vs. LA Clippers
5 PM — Memphis vs. Minnesota

Geeking out on NBA prospects: R.J. Barrett almost dunks from free throw line, Zion Williamson does

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Duke is stacked this coming season. STACKED. They should have three lottery picks in next year’s draft. (Does that mean they are the team to beat in the NCAA? That’s not the way basketball works. But that’s another discussion.)

Duke is in Toronto for a series of preseason exhibition games, and at the end of the workout likely No. 1 pick next June, R.J. Barrett tried to show off by almost dunking from the free throw line.

Then freak of nature Zion Williamson showed him how it’s done.

That’s worth more looks.

Damn Zion is a freak of nature. Can we just put him in the next dunk contest now?

Nancy Lieberman says more women need to follow coaching footsteps in NBA

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Whenever we discuss women assistant coaches in the NBA, the topic is usually Becky Hammon getting job interviews or being moved to the front row of seats in San Antonio. Occasionally it’s a discussion of Nancy Lieberman’s job in Sacramento — or the fact she is now a head coach in Ice Cube’s Big3 — or Jenny Boucek in Dallas.

However, when Lieberman discussed women coaches on the CBS Sports Network, she was asking a bigger question:

Who steps up next?

She has discussed the NBA version of the “Rooney Rule” before. Currently, it’s not anywhere near becoming a reality, whatever you think of the idea.

However, there needs to be real opportunities for women to get a foot in the NBA door, and more of them. Including at the entry level. There are qualified women out there, but it can be tough to crack the “old boy’s network” of the NBA coaching carousel — head coach and assistant. It exists in part because head coaches (and GMs) usually hire people they trust and worked with before, and right now those are men. Give women a chance at those entry-level positions and the dynamic starts to change.

Lieberman has been a groundbreaker her entire career. She and others are doing in the NBA again, but she’s right, the big win is changing the dynamic for the next generation. And the one after that.

In no-brainer move, Nets reportedly guarantee Spencer Dinwiddie’s $1.65 million contract

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Spencer Dinwiddie has worked hard at his game — I remember seeing him struggle some at his first Summer League and someone I trust telling me “watch this guy, he’s got the drive, he will make it” — and he is now a solid rotation NBA point guard that Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson can trust. He averaged 12.6 points per game last season with an above-average PER of 15.9.

He’s also on a steal of a current contract, so it makes sense the Nets are picking that up (it technically didn’t have to be guaranteed until Halloween). Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN had the report.

https://mobile.twitter.com/wojespn/status/1029496077320257536

Next summer, Dinwiddie is a free agent. While he’s not going to break the bank, he’s a young, solid backup point guard that a lot of teams could use and he’s going to get a nice pay raise.

Carmelo Anthony on his role with Rockets: “Let’s just let it play out”

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From the moment it became clear Carmelo Anthony was going to join the Rockets — which was a long time before he actually signed the contract on Monday — the questions started:

Would he accept a reduced role with the Rockets? Maybe come off the bench? Be Olympic ‘Melo and blend in with the team?

Coach Mike D’Antoni said he spoke with Anthony and said the player is open to coming off the bench, but he’s not sure what ‘Melo’s role will be. When ambushed by TMZ trying to walk to his car, Anthony said basically the same thing.

“Let’s just let it play out, though. I don’t even know what’s going on. I just signed, let it start first.”

Anthony coming off the bench, being the fulcrum of the offense when James Harden and Chris Paul are on the bench makes some sense (CP3 and Harden are better and more efficient shot creators than Anthony at this point). It’s a chance for Anthony to get his touches and help the other two rest. However, the idea of Anthony starting the first and third quarters and getting heavy touches then but sitting more later is not out of the question.

At the end of close games, D’Antoni is more likely to lean on James Ennis — a long, switchable defender who can shoot threes in the Trevor Ariza mold — than Anthony. It will be just a better fit. Will Anthony roll with that? Will it cause problems in the locker room?

Let’s just let it play out.