The Spurs Finally Succumb to the Chaos of the N.B.A.

Back in 2013, after that Game 1 victory in Miami, Leonard stood in the Spurs’ cramped locker room, offering answers bland and brief to reporters wanting to know how he had held James to 18 points. Nearby, I looked on with Buford and asked him if Leonard, in only his second pro season, had demonstrated any nerves before the finals. “He doesn’t say enough for anybody to understand how he feels,” Buford said with a laugh. Yesterday’s tease is today’s torment. The Spurs never did learn exactly what was going…

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NBA summer league championship preview

9:17 AM ET Andre SnellingsESPN The Las Vegas Summer League championship game (10 p.m. ET, ESPN/WatchESPN) pits the Portland Trail Blazers against the Los Angeles Lakers — both undefeated coming into the matchup. Who are the players to watch on each team, and what kind of impact could they have when the real NBA season begins? Let’s take a look. Los Angeles Lakers The Lakers are the defending champions, having won the 2017 summer league title behind co-MVPs Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma. This year, their team is led by…

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Can NBA summer league predict surprise stars?

A year ago, Los Angeles Lakers rookie Kyle Kuzma was named MVP of the NBA summer-league championship game as he and No. 2 overall pick Lonzo Ball led the Lakers to victory in Las Vegas. Kuzma’s success didn’t stay in Vegas. He’d go on to become the lowest-drafted player on the All-Rookie first team (No. 27 overall), joining four other players taken in the lottery. So can studying the results from summer league help us uncover the next Kuzma? Or are we more likely to be led astray by outliers…

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NBA summer league’s best, worst and most surprising rookies

Who were the standouts and disappointments at NBA summer league? Our experts answer the big questions. 1. Who was the best rookie you saw at summer league? Mike Schmitz, ESPN Insider: Often described as a safe or high-floor selection, Bulls center Wendell Carter Jr. turned heads with his play in Las Vegas. This isn’t to say he’s an NBA Rookie of the Year front-runner or on track to be the best player from the 2018 draft class, but the 19-year-old outshined every other big man drafted ahead of him, and…

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Oscar Robertson’s NBA title ring, other items being auctioned

NEW YORK — Oscar Robertson’s 1971 NBA championship ring is among the basketball Hall of Famer’s items being auctioned. Robertson’s Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame ring and induction trophy, 11 of his NBA All-Star rings and his game-worn jerseys from the Milwaukee Bucks and University of Cincinnati are also included in the Lelands.com 2018 auction. An announcement Sunday said that each item in the 51-item lot, including Robertson’s 1956 Indiana high school basketball championship ring and his 1958-59 college player of the year award, will include a letter of…

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Len Chappell, 77, College All-American and N.B.A. All-Star, Dies

Chappell teamed with Billy Packer, the point guard and later a longtime college basketball TV analyst, on the Demon Deacon team that went to the 1962 N.C.A.A. tournament semifinals. Wake Forest lost to an Ohio State squad led by John Havlicek and Jerry Lucas, then defeated U.C.L.A. for the third-place spot. “Packer did all the talking and I did all the work,” Chappell wryly remarked in an interview with The Charlotte Observer before Wake Forest played in the first round of the 1996 N.C.A.A. tournament in Milwaukee. Chappell was Wake…

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Kevin Knox, Mitchell Robinson shining for Knicks in NBA summer league

Jul 13, 2018 Andre SnellingsESPN On Thursday, the New York Knicks summer league team featuring ninth pick Kevin Knox and 36th pick Mitchell Robinson bowed out of the tournament in an 82-75 loss to the Boston Celtics; New York will play a final consolation game Friday. The rookies took their first steps as pros in the Las Vegas Summer League, with some intriguing results but also room for improvement. Knox averaged 23.3 points and 7.3 rebounds through his first three games but made only five of his 20 shot attempts…

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NBA free agency – Rating every move, deal and contract

Which teams have improved the most in NBA free agency, and what’s still to come? Team-by-team analysis of the major and minor deals. Note: Updates on each deal will be posted here throughout the day. 1. Agreed to a reported two-year, $3.8 million deal with guard Shabazz Napier The Nets put a bow on a terrific offseason by nabbing Napier for scarcely more than the veteran’s minimum. Brooklyn still had a sliver of cap space remaining after completing Thursday’s pair of trades sending out Jeremy Lin and bringing back Darrell…

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Which NBA player had the best sneakers in 2018 Summer League?

9:41 AM ET Nick DePaulaESPN For the second offseason in a row, an unexpected sneaker brand emerged to dominate the conversation heading into the NBA draft and summer league. Last summer, it was Lonzo Ball’s unique Big Baller Brand venture and his eventual musical-chairs approach to playing in a different sneaker in each game of his run to being named 2017 Summer League MVP. This year, Puma Basketball’s re-entry into the NBA for the first time in two decades caused a stir, with big-name signings and the announcement that Jay-Z…

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NBA summer league – Rookies, buzz, news, rumors and more

The NBA summer league in Las Vegas isn’t just an opportunity for the league’s rookies to get experience playing the professional game and players on the fringe of the NBA to earn their way onto rosters. It’s also the closest the league gets to an industry convention, bringing together coaches and executives from all 30 teams to talk shop at a point when the dust is settling on free agency. Here’s a sampling of what those figures were discussing over the past week in the stands, concourses and the schmooze…

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