Daniel Orton just finished up a stint with the Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA Summer League, and unfortunately, probably didn’t do enough to make a roster. Orton averaged 5.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 29.8 minutes per game, but seemed to suffer from the same problems that plagued him overseas.
Tim Cone coached Orton during his stint with the Philippine Basketball Association — which ended when Orton insulted national hero Manny Pacquiao’s basketball skills — and tried to explain Orton’s problems in a recent interview with Grantland’s Jason Concepcion:
“I never cut imports,” Cone told me in Las Vegas. “But I could tell right away with Orton, there would be problems. Just doing whatever he wanted in practice, not playing defense. Then he said that thing about Manny … ”
Did he get a chance to see Orton in Vegas?
“I saw him, but we didn’t speak.”
But he’s a good kiiiiiiid, right? Interesting stuff over at Grantland, so go check it out.