NBA Summer League 2015: Updated Las Vegas Schedule, Standings and Top Stats

July 18th, 2015 by Jared Johnson No comments »
Competition is heating up at the NBA's Las Vegas Summer League with just three days of play remaining. Sixteen out of the 24 teams have already finished their slate, but eight teams are still vying for the third annual Vegas Summer League championship. Only one of those eight squads will wade through the three final rounds to emerge victoriously. While the team aspect of Summer League can be interesting, it'll also be fun to see which players set themselves apart. There will be highly touted rookies flexing their muscles for the teams that drafted them, D-League veterans trying to prove their worth and undrafted players seeking to earn a training-camp invite. Let's look at the schedule for the rest of the Vegas Summer League, how each team stacks up so far, the league's statistical leaders and some impressive numbers from players on still-alive teams.   Schedule All seven of the Vegas Summer League's remaining games will be played ...

7’5" Sim Bhullar Shatters Backboard During Canada’s Pan Am Games Practice

July 17th, 2015 by Jake Silver No comments »
Sacramento Kings center Sim Bhullar is 7'5" and 360 pounds. Players of that size are exceedingly rare, and dunking is usually a large part of their game.We all know where this is going.During one of Team Canada's Pan Am Games practices at the Air Canada Centre, Bhullar apparently threw down a dunk a little too hard. The backboard instantly shattered.The team was forced to relocate to a nearby college:Since it is up to our imaginations to actually visualize the dunk, we can look to some famous backboard-shattering dunks of the past for precedent:  [Instagram, Twitter, YouTube]Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

LeBron James Hits Sideline Shot While Sitting Down, Makes It Look Casual

July 17th, 2015 by Jake Silver No comments »
LeBron James clearly knows what he's capable of. How else can you explain his reaction following this simply ridiculous shot? It's one thing to make a sideline three. It's another to hit one while sitting down. Making the shot while sitting down and barely utilizing your lower body at all? Now that's another level entirely.[NBA]Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Las Vegas Summer League 2015: Top 6 Takeaways from Friday’s Action

July 17th, 2015 by Daniel O'Brien No comments »
Day 8 of the NBA's Las Vegas Summer League produced some unexpected heroes, head-turning plays and a surplus of intense competition. It was "consolation day," as all the teams that were bounced from the playoff bracket squared off against one another. But even though the games didn't have title implications and several big-name prospects rested, there was no shortage of drama and entertainment. Several 2015 lottery picks were in action, as were some rising undrafted players looking to crack a 2015-16 roster. The day also featured a 27-point comeback and overtime barn-burner, keeping the fans of Sin City on the edge of their seats. What were the most head-turning moments and top takeaways from Friday's action?Begin Slideshow

Maurice Ndour Has Chance to Carve Role with New York Knicks

July 17th, 2015 by Dan Favale No comments »
Maurice Ndour's feel-good tenure with the New York Knicks doesn't have to end with the NBA's Las Vegas Summer League. The same cannot be said of others like Ndour. Dark-horse success stories are part and parcel of every summer-league installment. Unknown prospects commonly thrive in this brand of exhibition play, standing out in comparison to many of the league's top rookie and sophomore projects. Most of these Association long shots will remain just that: afterthoughts who, no matter how successful they are in Vegas, won't ever carve out a role or even a roster spot on an NBA team. But on the heels of a summer-league showing strong enough to turn heads, Ndour has the chance to be an exception. That much became clear after the Summer Knicks' July 14 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. Ndour has been stellar through and through, but the Ohio University product, who was born and raised in ...

Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson Throws Down Poster Dunk on Utah Jazz Forward Jack Cooley

July 17th, 2015 by Jake Silver No comments »
Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson has been getting a bit of a cold shoulder from the media following his team's selection of D'Angelo Russell with the No. 2 pick in the 2015 NBA draft. Clarkson came on strong last season, showing he may be a key cog in the franchise's future.During the Lakers' Friday afternoon game against the Utah Jazz, the 6'5" combo guard redirected cameras back to him. When Jazz forward Jack Cooley switched onto Clarkson, the 23-year-old drove the lane and finished with a poster jam.[Vine]Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Ranking the 10 Biggest Roster Moves from the 2015 NHL Offseason so Far

July 17th, 2015 by Allan Mitchell No comments »
This summer has been exciting for fans as blockbuster trades replaced the free-agent frenzy. The storm was inspired by cap-crunched teams and especially the Boston Bruins—who changed their look in one incredible day. Aggressive teams broke through with major additions, and that means clubs that were not active may have lost significant ground by standing still. The changing of the guard in each division of the NHL may be substantial based on the work done by general managers this summer. Here are the 10 franchise-altering moves of the 2015 offseason.  Begin Slideshow

NBA Summer League 2015: Friday Scores, Highlights and Las Vegas Highlights

July 17th, 2015 by Adam Wells No comments »
The NBA summer league is winding down, as the tournament quarterfinals continue on Saturday. Before arriving at that moment, though, 16 teams not fighting for a championship took center stage to provide one last look at their talented rosters.  Even though every player has something to prove in the summer league, this is really a chance for rookies to show where their skill are at. It's not a perfect way to analyze these young athletes, though it's not meaningless.  Fortunately, there are still more than three months before the regular season begins. Teams will have plenty of time to work with their players, as well as determine if strong performers from this league have what it takes to make it in the NBA.  It's all about scouting and player development this time of year. The final scores are just an added bonus that tell a small part of the story.    Friday Results   Game Recaps Cavaliers def. ...

LeBron James Shows Up to Cavaliers Summer League Game in Custom Indians Jersey

July 17th, 2015 by Jake Silver No comments »
LeBron James is the son of Akron, and the King of Cleveland. He reps his city not for marketing purposes, but rather for his love of the town. On Friday, he repped two professional Cleveland teams at once, showing up to the Cleveland Cavaliers' Las Vegas Summer League game wearing a custom "King James" Cleveland Indians jersey.Indians jersey sales are about to skyrocket.[Twitter]Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Why It’s Too Early for Boston Celtics to Worry About James Young’s NBA Future

July 17th, 2015 by Michael Pina No comments »
LAS VEGAS—This has not been an ideal summer for Boston Celtics guard James Young. He entered the offseason 20 pounds heavier than the day he was drafted. Stronger, faster, more focused and athletic. It understandably led to unreasonable expectations heading into Boston's participation in the Utah Jazz and Las Vegas Summer Leagues. Would Young’s new body manifest effortless 25-point bombs on a nightly basis? Was the 17th overall pick in last year’s draft (who many believe has lottery talent) evolving into something special much sooner than anyone anticipated?  The answers? Nope!  Salt Lake City was a nightmare. Young couldn't buy a basket or affect other parts of the game when his outside shots didn't fall. He didn’t defend all that well or display much offensive depth outside of catching a ball and immediately letting it fly. For all the talk of his bulked-up physique, Young grabbed six rebounds in 60 minutes. It ended with a ...