7:54 AM EDT, Wed July 23, 2014
Brew Hoop 9 hours ago
Suns expect to keep Eric Bledsoe, everybody's talking about Giannis the Point Guard

Suns expect to keep Eric Bledsoe, everybody's talking about Giannis the Point Guard

Plus a look back at the performance of Milwaukee's rookie sensation in Las Vegas. So is Eric Bledsoe coming over or what? AZ Central: Phoenix Suns "expect" Eric Bledsoe to returnIt stands to reason that, even on the internet, there's only so much room for offseason trade rumors surrounding big-name players. So every megabyte of text compiled on the continuing Kevin Love-Andrew Wiggins trade saga is one less available for covering Eric Bledsoe's ongoing free agency. That's the best explanation for the suddenly quiet situation in Phoenix, where the Suns are reportedly content to play the...
Sactown Royalty 17 hours ago
Court Jester #7: Sacramento Wins the VSL Championship; A New Day Has Come

Court Jester #7: Sacramento Wins the VSL Championship; A New Day Has Come

The Kings' franchise has not won it all since 1951. This all changed when a man named Ray put on a uniform today. Editorial Note: All Court Jester pieces are satire. Except for this one. "Yo Vivek! We did it!", Kings sophomore Ray McCallum screamed after the Kings secured the championship game of the Vegas Summer League. The Vegas Summer League is an exclusive tournament that the NBA spends the months of October through June preparing for. While many teams have NBA Championship rings, only two teams have NBA VSL Championship trophies. Kings' owner Vivek Ranadive knows how special this...
Silver Screen and Roll 18 hours ago
Lakers Summer League Recap: Embracing the Future

Lakers Summer League Recap: Embracing the Future

The Lakers emerged from summer league with a much better idea of what their two rookies can do, and despite very uneven coaching from Mark Madsen and Larry Lewis, managed to locate a handful of targets for possible camp invites. In years past, summer league was mostly an exercise the Lakers went through the motions at, as they were primarily interested in seeing how their rookies would perform and little else. The remainder of the roster was more or less just filler to process and as the Lakers started to sacrifice draft picks for their championship runs, their summer league teams suffered...
Sactown Royalty 20 hours ago

Reviewing the Kings Summer League roster players

The Kings got good performances out of their roster players in the Summer League. Let's take a look at what we saw from Nik Stauskas, Ben McLemore, Ray McCallum, Quincy Acy and Derrick Williams. The Sacramento Kings are the 2014 NBA Summer League champions, and what a road to victory it was! OK, it was seven games and they played well, for the most part, in six of them. Championship trophies and commemorative hats aside, what was fairly evident in this tournament was that the Kings had the most complete team. They had scorers, a point guard and some guys who were physical under the basket,...
Golden State Of Mind 21 hours ago

2013-14 Golden State Warriors Season Review: David Lee

Today's Season in Review covers one David Lee, who, apparently, is an actual basketball player and not just a controversial set of highly debated statistics and voluminous contract figures in theoretical trades for Kevin Love. Who knew? No, I definitely checked with verifiable sources (the internet) — David Lee exists, much as he always has. His status hasn't changed all that much in the past few years: he still produces lots of points and rebounds, is questioned for his defense, and makes a ton of money. Also still has a faux hawk, probably. The fact that I barely remember Lee's...
Bright Side Of The Sun 21 hours ago

The breakdown between Channing Frye and the Phoenix Suns harkens back to old days

It appears that, above all else, money talks. And the Phoenix Suns offered a lot less than the Orlando Magic offered, causing Channing Frye to bolt the desert for the greener pastures of Orlando. At the end of the 2013-14 season, former Phoenix Suns power forward Channing Frye said that he wanted to work out an extension with the Phoenix Suns. He said that 2013-14 was one of his favorite seasons ever, and that his joy was all about the process and the team more than wins on the scoreboard. He even ranked the 2013-14 team as his second favorite team ever (presumably just behind the 2010...
Silver Screen and Roll 21 hours ago

The Credits: "Role of a Lifetime" - Lakers Links

Starring Jeremy Lin, who is hoping for a much more important role than the one he had with the Rockets last year. Lakers News Lakers News: Jeremy Lin Hopes For 'More Important' Role In L.A. | Lakers Nation Lakers' Nick Young signs multiyear deal | NBA.com Nick Young, Ryan Kelly signed by Los Angeles Lakers - ESPN Los Angeles Lakers Sign Nick Young | Los Angeles Lakers Lakers Sign Ryan Kelly | Los Angeles Lakers Ryan Kelly, Jordan Clarkson and Making a 2nd Round Gamble | Forum Blue And Gold Jordan Clarkson Turns Heads at Summer League | Los Angeles Lakers For Lakers, In 2014, Development...
Bright Side Of The Sun 21 hours ago

Anthony Tolliver "Can't Wait" To Play For The Phoenix Suns

The Suns newest stretch forward is eagerly awaiting his opportunity to help the Suns shine. Anthony Tolliver may not be one of the more heralded free agent signings of the off-season, according to the national media, but he may make a substantial impact for the Phoenix Suns. Tolliver is a 6' 8" 240 lb forward, and a six-year NBA veteran originally from Creighton University.  However, our own Jacob Padilla already did a fantastic job of detailing his history and identifying how he fits on the Suns team, so I won't rehash those details here. Instead, during today's introductory press...
Clips Nation 21 hours ago

Sterling v. Sterling 10: The Reboot!

With the trial on hiatus for a week, we start back up with a surprise twist (not me) Hello, this is TwistNHook from SBN's Cal site, California Golden Blogs. We've been taking a ponder at the impending Sterling trial for the last few weeks. This is part 9 and here are the other first parts: Part 1:  The Basics Part 2:  Mental Capacity And The Law Part 3:  Shelly Sterling's Filings Part 4:  June 23 Trial Setting Conference Part 5:  June 30 Trial Setting Conference Part 6:  Day 1 of the Trial Part 7:  Day 2 of the Trial Part 8:  Day 3 of the Trial Part 9:  Day 4 of the...
Bright Side Of The Sun 22 hours ago
Solar Flares 7/22: Phoenix's Summer League Concludes, New Suns, Old Suns, Tweeting With Philly

Solar Flares 7/22: Phoenix's Summer League Concludes, New Suns, Old Suns, Tweeting With Philly

I looked for information regarding how the Suns Summer League slate concluded.  I found nothing.  In other news: The pride of Kickapoo High School is officially a Phoenix Sun. The Lakers are still plugging away at adding to the newly introduced Jeremy Lin, Carlos Boozer dynasty that's underway in Los Angeles. Newly minted Suns guard Isaiah Thomas had an interesting day at a Seattle Basketball Pro-Am game last Saturday. Some think that Phoenix netted one of the top steals of the 2014 NBA free agency period thus far. Tyler Ennis struggled comparable to his Syracuse peers at the NBA's Vegas...
Sactown Royalty Jul 21, 2014
Kings 77, Rockets 68: The Kings are Crowned!

Kings 77, Rockets 68: The Kings are Crowned!

Ray McCallum scored 29 points to lead the Kings past the Rockets for the Vegas Summer League Championship. Today, the Kings are champions. Sure it's only Summer League, but it's still a testament to the hard work these young guys have put in these past two weeks.  Facing a grueling 7 games in 11 day schedule, the Kings managed to go 6-1, with their sole loss being in their first game. Sacramento trailed by as many as 8 points in the 4th quarter as nobody could buy a bucket.  Ben McLemore started the game just 1-10 before finally finding a rhythm and hitting his next 3 shots, which got...

Monday evening open thread: Las Vegas Summer league championship at 6 p.m. PST

The Las Vegas Summer League championship is on NBA TV at 6 p.m. PST on NBA TV. Thus, an evening open thread. Tonight on NBA TV at 6 p.m. PST will be the last live NBA basketball of any kind that you'll see until about October. It's the summer league championship and the Golden State Warriors won't be there to defend their title, but it's basketball. And we supposedly like actual basketball played on an actual court around here. Nobody seems to know what the Sacramento Kings are doing with their regular season roster, but at least they'll have a shot at calling themselves summer league...
Sactown Royalty Jul 21, 2014

VSL Finals: Kings vs. Rockets

The Sacramento Kings take on the Houston Rockets tonight at 6pm, to see who takes home the Las Vegas NBA Summer League Championship trophy. No really... theres a trophy. We preview the matchup and give you details on the FREE watch party at Sleep Train Arena. The near 30 year drought is over. The Sacramento Kings are finally playing for a championship! The Kings, an 8 seed in the Vegas Summer League tournament, take on the 14th seeded cinderella-story Houston Rockets tonight at the Thomas and Mack Center. Not a great shooting team at just 39.8%, the Rockets have been led by Donatas...
Bright Side Of The Sun Jul 21, 2014

The Madhouse - Week of 7/21/2014

The off-season is upon us.  While Bright Side of the Sun will continue to bring you all sorts of Phoenix Suns news and notes until training camp starts, feel free to discuss all your Bogdan Bogdanovic, peripherally Suns-related or straight up non-NBA-at-all topics here in the Madhouse.  Like maybe how you are planning on attending Summer League next year because it's the best?
Sactown Royalty Jul 21, 2014

The Sacramento Kings should sign Eric Moreland

Moreland is bringing everything the Kings need on the defensive side of the ball. Tonight the Kings face off against the Houston Rockets in the Summer League Final.  The Kings as a whole have played very well throughout this tournament, having lost only their first game against the Spurs.  The biggest reason for their great play has been their defense, as they've held all 6 teams they've played to under 42% from the field, a very good number: San Antonio: 39.7% Charlotte: 28.6% D-League Select: 40.6% Timberwolves: 41.4% Bulls: 30.7% Wizards: 35.2% Undrafted rookie Eric Moreland has been...
Bright Side Of The Sun Jul 21, 2014

Mercury Meter: Back to business after the All-Star festivities for the Mercury with big goals on the horizon

All-Star Game, check... Time for the Phoenix Mercury to get back to where they left things in the regular season, which was a 12-game winning streak. Record: 18-3 (.857) Place In Standings: First (+2.0 on Minnesota) Points Per Game: 85.57 (1st) Points Against: 75.52 (3rd) ****************************** Wow. The 2014 WNBA All-Star Game was about as good of a game of basketball that the league could have ever asked for on the national stage of ESPN giving them a terrific advertisement. More of that here, but let's talk about the Mercury at that event on Saturday. With Diana Taurasi and...
Silver Screen and Roll Jul 21, 2014

At The Bar - Week of 7/21/14

Your place to blah blah blah... SB Nation communities are supposed to be like internet sports bars, but even within a "sports bar", you still have options. If you ...

Kevin Love trade rumors: Klay Thompson seeking a max extension, Andrew Wiggins' contract negotiations

There isn't really a whole lot of new information out there about the Kevin Love sweepstakes, but if you missed the latest gossip this weekend we'll help to catch you up. Sam Amick of USA Today had a pretty detailed account of why the Golden State Warriors won't trade Klay Thompson yesterday, that mostly confirmed (or re-affirmed) things that have already been rumored or discussed. The Warriors are concerned about the defensive trade-offs of giving up ace Klay Thompson to acquire Kevin Love, who isn't known for his defensive ability. Thompson is seeking a max contract, which was a given...
Bright Side Of The Sun Jul 21, 2014

2014 Las Vegas Summer League Awards and Overall Impressions

Last night the NBA announced their Summer League MVP and All-NBA Summer League teams. Glen Rice Jr. of the Washington Wizards won the MVP with 25 PPG and 7.8 RPG. Here is a list of the teams via nba.com Samsung All-NBA Summer League First Team Doug McDermott - Chicago BullsDonatas Motiejunas - Houston RocketsOtto Porter - Washington WizardsGlen Rice, Jr. - Washington WizardsTony Snell - Chicago Bulls Samsung All-NBA Summer League Second Team Rudy Gobert - Utah JazzTim Hardaway, Jr. - New York KnicksJordan McRae - Philadelphia 76ersRuss Smith - New Orleans PelicansT.J. Warren - Phoenix...
Silver Screen and Roll Jul 21, 2014
The Credits:

The Credits: "Running Scared" - Lakers Links

Starring Kobe Bryant, who admits that he is scared of life after basketball in his upcoming documentary. Lakers News Kobe Bryant 'scared' for post-retirement life - NBA - SI.com Kobe Bryant ‘afraid’ of life after basketball | ProBasketballTalk Kobe Bryant of Los Angeles Lakers subject of Showtime documentary - ESPN Los Angeles Bryant gives peek into his life in documentary | NBA.com Kobe Bryant is happy with the Lakers' efforts this summer - CBSSports.com TWITTER: Brandon Jennings Says Kobe Bryant Was Unguardable In 2006 | Lakers Nation Dime Magazine (dimemag.com) : Crawford Calls...

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