It’s late and I’m tired. Forgive me for what I write….
– The big story was the big-time debut of Patrick Patterson, who missed only one of his nine shots en route to 18 points against the Phoenix Suns. Patterson finished with 18 points thanks to a diverse offensive performance that included knocking two three-pointers. His abuse of Earl Clark was a nice follow-up to Joe Crawford taking it to Terrence Williams the night before.
– Speaking of Crawford, he finished off a strong summer camp with 15 points in the Magic’s first (and last) win of the session. He finished with an average of probably 18 or 19 (if I had to guess) and was named as an honorable mention on the All-Summer League Team. Hopefully, he can find a spot with on a regular season roster.
– On the other side of the Magic spectrum, Daniel Orton had yet another horrific game, putting up 3 points, 0 rebounds and 4 fouls in twenty minutes. His 1-7 shooting (and 1-3 from the free throw line) gives him a career shooting percentage of 14.8% and averages of 3.2 points and 1.8 rebounds. He acknowledged that his struggles were is own fault, telling the Orlando Sentinel, ” I came into this not having worked out that much, and I haven’t played that much. Even so, the way I approached everything in the summer league wasn’t the best way.” I’m not sure he got his money’s worth from the ninja trainer.
– Despite a subpar team effort in their final game, Jodie Meeks was named to the All Summer League Second Team. I don’t really have much else to say about that. Good for him.
– The first pick curse struck slightly as John Wall strained his groin in his first Wizards practice. It was nothing serious and he should be ready to go for Sunday’s game. In a somewhat related note, I heard Matt packed an extra suitcase filled entirely with ones, so one might expect him to arrive at summer league on Sunday with a strained groin as well.
– On some a non-NBA note. former Cat Allen Edwards will be named an assistant at WKU. Edwards, who spent time under Anthony Grant at Virginia Commonwealth, was on staff at Towson last year.
– The Miami Heat introductory pep rally Friday night might have been the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen. LeBron’s mouth wrote some serious checks and, despite the awkwardness that existed between Wade and James, the fans seemed to enjoy watching the trio receiving a key to every city, town, municipality, burg and holler (they have those, right?) in South Florida. Heat broadcaster Eric Reid (pictured above) probably needs to see a doctor because that thing had to have lasted more than four hours. He also suffers from a bad case of forcedpunschitis that can make the most mild-mannered person want to rip out their TV. I hope America refuses to embrace his “Three Kings” moniker, which had to have taken weeks to come up with. Truly brilliant, Eric.