Bernard King’s Journey to Springfield: During his rookie season in New Jersey Bernard scored 24 points per game and pulled down eight rebounds. Some say the Nets were the worst team in the NBA; they may be right, New Jersey finished 24-58. Bernard set a New Jersey Nets franchise record for most points scored in a season with 1,909. Early in the season he exploded for 41 points against the Philadelphia 76ers. Walter Davis was named Rookie of the Year, King earned First Team All-Rookie honors.
1-Andy Katz of ESPN.com with Rhode Island head coach Danny Hurley.
2-Gary Bedore of KU Sportson the Jayhawks Boot Camp and how the young guys are feeling. There’s a four-letter word that best describes Bill Self’s Kansas University basketball Boot Camp. “Pain,” KU freshman guard Rio Adams said Thursday with a smile. “It’s pain you don’t mind going through,” the 6-foot-3 Seattle native quickly added.
3-Phil Zaroo of MLive on Michigan State’s Branden Dawson and his progress after his injury last season. Coach Tom Izzo: “His knee – he’s back doing drills almost 100 percent, but it’s the seven months he missed. How long it takes to make that up – as we’re learning from Peyton Manning there’ll be some ups and downs, I’m sure, in the early part of the season.”
4-Jerry ZGoda of the Star Tribune on Ricky Rubio. “There’s not a time because it depends on how the knee goes,” he said. “Now I start running and I feel good. In three, four weeks, I’m gonna start agility and if my knee swells a little bit, I have to stop. If not, I’m going to keep pushing it. I’m trying to do as much as I can do. They have to stop me sometimes because I want to do more. Sometimes it’s just bad for my knee to do more things.”
5-Harry Plumer of Mass Live.com on Derrick Kellogg and his message for the freshmen in Amherst. “They have to learn how hard you’ve got to play, how you’ve got to compete and get after it,” Kellogg said. It’s not an overnight process, either. Though all three freshmen were on campus participating in workouts this summer, Kellogg said it takes much longer to complete the adjustment from high school to college basketball.
“It can take a whole season at times,” Kellogg said. “I think young kids, they continue to learn and get better as the season goes on and really I’m not sure if they know how hard they have to play until halfway through the season.”
Today’s Birthday’s: Johnny Dawkins (49), Bonzi Wells (36), Jose Calderon (31), Emeka Okafor (30), Anderson Varejao (30) (Thanks to Camp Darryl)
There’s another story out there of a coach and an athlete involved in deviant behavior. How many times do I have to say – CUT IT OUT. YOU’RE RUINING YOUR CAREER…PLUS, YOU’RE EMBARRASSING YOUR FAMILY!