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Nuggets Take Down Rockets in Summer League Tournament Play
The 23rd seeded Denver Nuggets knocked off the 10 seed Houston Rockets this afternoon in Las Vegas. [...]
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Emmanuel Mudiay, Wilson Chandler, and Michael Malone to Highlight NBA Africa Game 2017
The Denver Nuggets are set to be represented by guards Emmanuel Mudiay and Wilson Chandler, and Head Coach Mike Malone at the NBA Africa [...]
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Jamal Murray warms up before Nuggets’ summer league loss, nearing return
LAS VEGAS — A few days after he had offseason surgery in April to repair two sports hernias, Jamal Murray gingerly walked around the Nuggets’ practice court on the second floor of the Pepsi Center looking for something, anything, to help him feel close to basketball. The most Murray could do was whip a heavy rope back and forth, his upper body doing the work. But something was better than nothing for a player who loathes to be idle. The 20-year-old guard’s recovery has accelerated since that day. Itching to take another step toward the court, Murray warmed up with the Nuggets at the Thomas & Mack Center on Sunday before their second summer league game on the UNLV campus. “He’s champing at the bit,” Nuggets summer league coach Micah Nori said of Murray. “He was hurt all last year. He had the hernia thing and still played 82 games. I think he’s finally back to normal and, to use a term from a former Nugget, he’s got fresh leg and he wants to use them.” Murray, who expects to be fully cleared by the start of training camp in September, ultimately played spectator during the Nuggets’ 90-71 loss to Minnesota, which dropped them to 0-2. The Nuggets know what they have in Murray, a second-team all-rookie selection. The hope for the Nuggets during the Las Vegas tournament is that they gain a clearer understanding of what some of their other young players could bring to the table next season. Malik Beasley seems determined to carve himself a role in the rotation. After scoring 29 points on 12-of-30 shooting in Denver’s loss to Houston on Friday, the second-year pro from Florida State vowed to be more efficient. For the most part he was, finishing with 20 points on 8-of-17 shooting. Beasley, who was 3-of-5 from 3-point range, has been one of the top scorers in the summer league. “It was a little bit better,” Beasley said. “I can still play better defense. I can attack the hole more. I would have gotten calls later if I kept attacking.” Beasley played in 22 games as a rookie, averaging 3.8 points. He spent most of the season in the G-League (formerly the D-League), where he excelled as a scorer. The 6-foot-5 guard displayed more of that ability over the weekend, creating off the dribble and finishing in transition. Related ArticlesJuly 11, 2017 Nuggets waive veteran guard Mike Miller July 10, 2017 Nuggets fall short in Las Vegas, lose to Raptors in Summer League play July 9, 2017 As Ball Mania swells in Las Vegas, a shift in basketball, business culture takes root July 8, 2017 Danilo Gallinari says joining Clippers gives him “best chance to win” July 8, 2017 Rapid migration of talent create challenging odds for Nuggets, others in Western Conference Juancho Hernangomez, the other second-year pro on the summer league roster, added 18 points on 6-of-15 shooting and a team-high seven rebounds. Hernangomez is likely to play at least one more game before he joins the Spanish national team in preparation for Eurobasket 2017. There weren’t many highlights to find overall for Denver in its second game. The Nuggets have given up an average of 96 points in two games, the highest yield of anyone in the 24-team field. Tyler Lydon, Denver’s first-round pick in last month’s NBA draft, had a quiet second professional game. The 6-10 forward from Syracuse scored two points in 24 minutes. He missed four of his five shots, including all three from 3-point range, while turning the ball over twice and collecting four rebounds. Footnotes. Former Colorado forward Xavier Johnson made his professional debut Sunday, playing the final four minutes of Denver’s loss. … Former University of Wyoming star Josh Adams scored nine points on 3-of-4 shooting for Dallas in its 88-77 win over Phoenix. [...]
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NBA eliminates timeouts to keep the ends of games moving
LAS VEGAS — The NBA has for years heard complaints that a free-flowing, fast-paced and athletic game grinds to a halt at the most important and compelling time, when everyone tunes in to watch the final few minutes of a tight game. Now the league is finally taking steps to make sure crunch time doesn’t get bogged down by commercial time. The league’s Board of Governors unanimously approved some changes that will potentially eliminate four timeouts per game, help speed up the final minutes of games and emphasize a timely resumption of play after halftime. The changes all go into effect starting this coming season, the NBA said Wednesday. Teams will be limited to two timeouts in the final three minutes of a game, instead of having up to three. All four quarters will have two mandatory timeouts, after the 7- and 3-minute marks. “We’re pretty happy with the length of the game,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. “We were more focused here on the pace and flow of the game. What we heard from our fans, what we heard from many of our teams, was that the end of the games in particular were too choppy. And I think since I was a kid, that was an issue people were talking about, the last two minutes of a game.” Silver said the full complement of commercial-showing opportunities will still be available to the league’s broadcast partners, and that the league doesn’t believe player in-game rest will be affected by speeding up some aspects. Also, all halftimes will be 15 minutes and delay of game penalties will be issued if teams are not ready to immediately play when intermission ends. Related ArticlesJuly 10, 2017 Vince Carter signs with Sacramento Kings July 10, 2017 Tim Hardaway Jr. ready for 2nd chance in New York with Knicks July 9, 2017 “Thank you”: Chris Bosh writes an open letter to Miami July 8, 2017 Danilo Gallinari says joining Clippers gives him “best chance to win” July 8, 2017 James Harden signs extension with Rockets, giving him richest NBA deal ever “These changes will help us fulfill our goal of improving game flow and pace of play,” NBA President of League Operations Byron Spruell said. “Fewer stoppages and less time without action, especially at the end of a game, will further enhance the viewing experience for our fans.” The league also changed the trade deadline, moving it up so teams would not have their rosters significantly altered during the All-Star break. This season’s deadline will be Feb. 8 — 10 days before the All-Star Game in Los Angeles. Under the old system the deadline would have been Feb. 22, when teams are getting ready to resume their seasons after the break. If an All-Star is traded to the other conference before the game, Silver said the league will review which side that player should play for on a case-by-case basis. The NBA’s Competition Committee also considered making other tweaks — such as the oft-criticized play where so many shooting fouls are now called on 3-point attempts, often when the offending contact there seems to be initiated by the offensive player. But on that front, no changes are coming at this point. In other news from the Board of Governors meeting and Silver’s news conference: — One and done. Silver said the NBA will take “a complete, holistic look” at the one-and-done rule and how prepared players are going into their pro careers. He said that Kobe Bryant spoke with teams on Tuesday about his development before entering the league straight out of high school. “I don’t believe the system is working well for anyone,” Silver said. — Tanking. Silver addressed comments made by Dallas owner Mark Cuban that when the Mavericks were eliminated from playoff contention last season, they tanked with hopes of improving their draft lottery odds. “Yes, it’s not what you want to hear as commissioner,” Silver said. The league and Cuban discussed it, and moved on, Silver said. — Luxury tax. Silver said it’s too early to say if the NBA is concerned about the chance that 10 or more teams could be in the luxury tax for the 2018-19 season. Related ArticlesJuly 10, 2017 Vince Carter signs with Sacramento Kings July 10, 2017 Tim Hardaway Jr. ready for 2nd chance in New York with Knicks July 9, 2017 “Thank you”: Chris Bosh writes an open letter to Miami July 8, 2017 Danilo Gallinari says joining Clippers gives him “best chance to win” July 8, 2017 James Harden signs extension with Rockets, giving him richest NBA deal ever “These systems are so hard to calibrate. As the money’s gotten bigger, it [...]
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Nuggets Look to Cut Turnovers, Pick Up First Summer League Win
The directive for the Nuggets in their third game of summer league is simple: reduce the turnovers. [...]
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Tim Hardaway Jr. ready for 2nd chance in New York with Knicks
NEW YORK — Tim Hardaway Jr. thought that with Phil Jackson gone, maybe there was a chance someday he could come back to New York. Even he was surprised it was this soon. With Jackson and his triangle offense gone, the Knicks reached back to their past to sign Hardaway, a former first-round pick who didn’t fit under Jackson but they hope can flourish without him. “I definitely left with a bad taste in my mouth and just to have that opportunity to come back here is very rare, so you’ve got to make the most of that,” Hardaway said Monday. Jackson and the Knicks parted ways last month after three dismal seasons and were quiet at the start of free agency until signing Hardaway to an offer sheet for a four-year, $71 contract. When the Atlanta Hawks decided not to match the offer for the restricted free agent, Hardaway was officially a Knick again on Saturday. “You play here for two years and then you’re gone and then two years after you get a phone call and it’s like, ‘Wow, I wouldn’t expect it coming from them,'” Hardaway said. The 6-foot-6 guard was the No. 24 pick in the 2013 draft after helping Michigan reach the NCAA championship game and was voted to the All-Rookie first team. Jackson was hired as team president late in that season, fired coach Mike Woodson and hired Derek Fisher to replace him and implement the triangle. Hardaway shot just 39 percent in 2014-15 as the Knicks stumbled to a franchise-worst 17-65 finish, and Jackson dealt Hardaway to Atlanta in a three-team deal on draft night for the rights to first-round pick Jerian Grant. “It was a tough season for everybody on that team and they had to make changes. At the end of the day it’s a business and the goal is to make your team better,” Hardaway said. “They had a decision to make, they made it and I rolled with it, and I was grateful that a team like Atlanta really wanted me to be a part of their franchise.” It was rocky at first in Atlanta, where Hardaway was sent to the NBA Development League during his first season. But he averaged a career-best 14.5 points last season and the Knicks noticed, making an offer that not only was too much for the Hawks to match but seemed too high for a player who has never started more than 30 games. “I really don’t know what to say about it. All I know is I’m going to come in here and work my tail off,” Hardaway said. “I’m going to give the fans what they want to see and I’m a mature player now. Everything is in full effect right now. I’m taking everything very serious.” Related ArticlesJuly 10, 2017 Vince Carter signs with Sacramento Kings July 9, 2017 “Thank you”: Chris Bosh writes an open letter to Miami July 8, 2017 Danilo Gallinari says joining Clippers gives him “best chance to win” July 8, 2017 James Harden signs extension with Rockets, giving him richest NBA deal ever July 7, 2017 Malik Beasley’s high-scoring performance part of uneven summer league opener for Nuggets His role on the Knicks is unknown, as neither general manager Steve Mills nor coach Jeff Hornacek attended Hardaway’s reintroduction to the local media. Also unclear is how the roster around him will look as the Knicks seek a deal for Carmelo Anthony, whose locker was next to Hardaway’s in New York. “I mean it’s an odd feeling, but Melo’s got to do what’s best for his family and for him,” Hardaway said. “Yes, we definitely want him back, no question, and just having that veteran leader out there on the floor, a go-to guy that can get you a bucket at any given moment of the game, it’s great. It’s great to have that, you want to have that, and it’ll be tough for him to leave, but like I said, he has to do what’s best for him and his family.” There may be no Anthony, but there certainly won’t be Jackson or the triangle, and that should mean a better Hardaway than the one who left. “I think I can really excel in this type of offense, rather than when I was in my second year in the league,” he said. “But that was learning a new offense, learning a new system and that staff, they didn’t draft me, so it was different. I can see this being more like my rookie type of season but being more mature, being able to take bigger strides and bigger steps on both ends of the floor.” [...]
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Nuggets waive veteran guard Mike Miller
The Nuggets have waived veteran Mike Miller, the team announced Tuesday. The 37-year-old guard spent the past two seasons with the Nuggets, averaging 7.8 minutes and 1.4 points over 67 combined games. Miller, the 2001 NBA rookie of the year and a two-time league champion with the Miami Heat, had a $3.5 million contract that would have become fully guaranteed Wednesday. That would have been the third year on a deal Miller signed with the Nuggets in 2014. Miller’s biggest contribution came in his mentoring of the team’s young players. He was especially close with center Nikola Jokic, playing one-on-one contests with the 6-foot-10 Serbian before nearly every game. Even last week, following a Nuggets summer league game in Las Vegas, Miller pulled aside rookie Tyler Lydon, offering him advice and telling him to reach out if he ever needed any help. Related ArticlesJuly 10, 2017 Nuggets fall short in Las Vegas, lose to Raptors in Summer League play July 9, 2017 As Ball Mania swells in Las Vegas, a shift in basketball, business culture takes root July 9, 2017 Jamal Murray warms up before Nuggets’ summer league loss, nearing return July 8, 2017 Danilo Gallinari says joining Clippers gives him “best chance to win” July 8, 2017 Rapid migration of talent create challenging odds for Nuggets, others in Western Conference The waiving of the 6-foot-8 Miller makes him an unrestricted free agent, and the veteran has said he’s still interested in playing. The Nuggets could potentially bring him back, perhaps at a veteran minimum contract, but other teams will have the opportunity to sign him as well. Miller, who grew up in Mitchell, S.D., was a standout guard at Florida, which he led to the NCAA championship game in 2000. He has been a solid scorer off the bench for most of his professional career, winning sixth man of the year while playing for the Memphis Grizzlies. He has averaged 10.6 points while shooting 40.7 percent from 3-point range during his 17-season career. [...]
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Nuggets Play Well, Lose Summer League Thriller 82-81
The Nuggets put together their best effort of summer league on Monday night, but couldn’t make enough plays down the stretch to pull out [...]
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Vince Carter signs with Sacramento Kings
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento Kings have signed guard Vince Carter, the team announced Monday. Carter, who entered the league with the Toronto Raptors in 1998, is joining his seventh team. He played the last three seasons in Memphis, where he averaged 8 points and 1.8 assists per game last season. The 40-year-old Carter ranks 27th all-time in points scored (24,555), fifth in 3-pointers (2,049) and 13th in games played (1,347). Carter set records for a player 40 and over last season, passing Michael Jordan as the oldest to score 20 points off the bench at 39 years and 287 days against Denver on Nov. 8, only to surpass the mark six days later with 20 points at Utah. [...]
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Nuggets fall short in Las Vegas, lose to Raptors in Summer League play
The Nuggets remained winless in Summer League play in Las Vegas, losing 82-81 to the Toronto Raptors on Monday night. Nuggets shooting guard Malik Beasley led all scorers with 19 points in the loss. He has led the Nuggets in scoring in each of their three summer league losses. Toronto held an 82-79 lead with 14.5 seconds left in the game when Nuggets forward Juancho Hernangomez was fouled on a 3-point attempt. He missed the first but made the next two to bring Denver to within one point. The Raptors’ Pascal Siakam turned the ball over and Beasley had the ball with a chance to win the game. But he also turned the ball over, with 2.9 seconds left. The Raptors, who moved to 3-0, were led by Jakob Poeltl’s 17 points and 10 rebounds. [...]
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Nuggets to Face Minnesota in Second Summer League Game
The areas of correction were easy to spot for Nuggets summer league coach Micah Nori after the team’s loss to Houston in its first game. [...]
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Murray Joins Team in Warmups, Nuggets Lose to Wolves
Minutes before the game, Nuggets summer league coach Micah Nori had to do a double-take. [...]
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As Ball Mania swells in Las Vegas, a shift in basketball, business culture takes root
LAS VEGAS — The line kept stretching back, winding hundreds of feet down the mall corridor. The kids at the front had showed up at 6 a.m. Sunday, more than five hours before the Urban Necessities shoe store a mile from UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center would open its doors. Less than 24 hours earlier, a record 17,500 fans, many of them decked in Los Angeles Lakers purple and gold, had surged forward in their seats each time NBA rookie Lonzo Ball touched the basketball. They sprung to their feet minutes into a summer league game when Ball’s 3-pointer splashed the bottom of the net, giving the Lakers an eight-point lead over the Boston Celtics. They roared when a breakaway dunk in the fourth quarter gave Ball the first triple-double at the summer league in at least seven years. It was a scene that previewed the potential star reach possessed by the top pick of one the most storied franchises in sports. But the scene at the mall Sunday — when Ball, his father, Lavar, and his brothers, LaMelo and LiAngelo, walked by the mouth of the massive line — illustrated something more. The Big Baller Brand, and all the flash, bravado and, yes, talent that created it, had firmly gripped Las Vegas. Damian Dovarganes, The Associated PressUniversity of California Los Angeles guard Lonzo Ball takes questions from the media after a closed Los Angeles Lakes pre-draft workout in El Segundo, Calif., Wednesday, Jun. 7, 2017. And that may just be the start. “Look how many Laker fans out here,” LaVar Ball boasted after his son’s summer league debut Friday. “He changed the culture. That’s what it’s about. It ain’t about being a superstar, it’s about him changing the culture. Instead of going to the movies, everybody is going to watch the Lakers and Big Baller Brand.” Just 45 minutes after arriving at Urban Necessities, Lonzo Ball headed out of the mall as a crowd of cellphone photographers followed closely behind the 6-foot-6 guard, who had to get to a Lakers practice. The rest of the Ball clan stayed in the store, LaVar laughing and holding court as he danced a Sharpie across T-shirts — at $50 a pop — emblazoned with “BBB” logos as loud as America’s most boisterous basketball dad. As Lonzo reached the end of the line and stepped out of the doors, the crowd chanted “Lon-zo! Lon-zo!” This is the line outside of Urban Necessities in Vegas waiting to meet Lonzo and LaVar. At 11 a.m. on a Sunday. pic.twitter.com/5goa84U3Nu — Nick Kosmider (@NickKosmider) July 9, 2017 Sneaker culture has long been intertwined with basketball. Since Michael Jordan signed with Nike in 1985 and unleashed his first signature shoe, the Jordan I, the space has been dominated by established brands. Nearly every player in the NBA has a shoe contract of some degree with Nike/Jordan Brand, Adidas or Under Armour, the massive companies that make up a large part of the nearly $20 billion sneaker industry. Players who enter the NBA typically sign an entry-level endorsement contract with one of those companies. The more high profile the player, the bigger the deal. But members of the Ball family turned their noses at convention, choosing instead to put Lonzo, who grew up in Chino Hills, Calif., and played at UCLA, in his own signature sneaker, the Big Baller Brand “Zo2,” with its hefty price tag of $495 per pair. Ethan Miller, Getty ImagesLonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers wears Big Baller Brand ZO2 sneakers during a 2017 Summer League game against the Boston Celtics at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 8, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The announcement of the price drew backlash months ago. LaVar Ball, who markets his family’s company through sheer force of personality, declared that if you couldn’t afford the shoes, you weren’t a “big baller.” But if the line and fervor within it were any indication Sunday — when only apparel, not the sneakers, was being sold — an organic consumer base is swelling. “To casual people who don’t follow business that much, they’re not going to get it,” said Armando Perez, a 27-year-old architect sales rep from Los Angeles who drove to Las Vegas to watch Ball play, then found his way to the line in hopes of meeting the family. “They’re not going to get the endeavor and what it takes to actually put yourself out there like that. But if LaVar Ball has the backing and is confident in his boys, hey, all the power to him.” While LaVar’s confidence is loud and brash, that of his eldest son is more collected and internalized. Criticisms weren’t hard to find after Lonzo made only 2-of-15 shots in his summer league debut Friday. He followed with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, setting the tone with an elite passing ability that thrilled the pro-Lakers crowd. The shots still weren’t falling for Ba [...]
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