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ah, he was just playing around anyway obviously not going 100%, i do the same when i play with younger kids or people not on my skill level...
but i know he goin real easy on these guys, but lol i just noticed he got burned A LOT of times watching the vid again, first he got it stolen, then kinda dunked on, then he brings it down the court fcking travels hard takes 5 steps before he passes the ball over the player on the sideline, very bad pass it ends up going out of bounds, and then the guy drains a 3 right in front of him, he didnt even put his arms up to try and block...
you tube comment cracked me up guy goes "lack of effort..... must've been the 4th quarter"
it's good that he's taking it casually though, give these kids a confidence booster and make sure they have a good time, can you imagine if he just once brought it up the court full speed and smashed his way through all 5 opposing players on his way to a thunderous dunk like he does in the NBA, i would piss my pants
here's Nate Robinson and John Wall some other college players playing at Jamaal Crawfords Seattle summer league, both of those guys are from the Washington state area, except John Wall.... anyway watching these types of games is more exciting than NBA honestly, it really lets the players display their full array of skills and not just what they're constricted to doing within the confines of the NBA style game, btw the kid with the high top fade is fckin sick with it
It was about when one of his coaches chopped the head off a young goat for good luck that Jimmy Baron realized pro basketball in Turkey was unlike any hoops he'd ever played.
He was playing for Mercin of the Turkish Basketball League, the same league superstar NBA guard Deron Williams has agreed to play in during the lockout. They'd lost their first four games of the season and rumor was, if things didn't get better soon, heads were going to roll.
"The coach didn't speak any English," says Baron, a 3-point specialist from the University of Rhode Island. "But he motioned me to come out in front of the arena with the whole team. He put us in a circle and there's this goat standing there. All of a sudden one of the assistant coaches gets out this huge machete. And then -- whack! -- he cuts the goat's head off!"
The Turkish players immediately stuck their fingers in the blood of the neck and wiped it on their foreheads.
"Then they started motioning for me to do it," Baron remembers. "I'm like, 'You gotta be crazy!' And I got the heck out of there."
Hey, D-Will, you still want to play for Besiktas (pronounced: "Besh-eek-tash") this fall?
Because it's not just goat decapitations. Turkish fans take their hoops as seriously as a lion takes lunch. They will heat up coins with lighters and throw them at players -- even their own. Also batteries, shoes and rocks.
"I made a winning shot on the road one night," says former UCLA forward Josh Shipp, who plays for Galatasaray in the Turkish Basketball League. "And next thing you know, I was getting pelted with batteries, cell phones, you name it. I had to run for it. But that's nothing. I played with a guy who said they won a game on their rival's court once and the whole crowd rushed the court. They had to punch people just to get into the locker room!"
It's not unusual for players who are not pleasing the team's ownership to have their hot water, electricity and Internet cut off in their company-supplied apartments. This happened to a teammate of Baron's at Mercin, Marcus Cousin (University of Houston). "He ended up staying with me it was so bad," Baron says.
Hey, Kobe Bryant, maybe that $1 million a month you wanted from Besiktas isn't looking like quite enough?
It's not that it won't be fun for Williams, the All-Star point guard who was traded from Utah to New Jersey at the end of last season. Power forward Michael Wright (Arizona '01) led the TBL in scoring and efficiency this year and Wright never made an NBA team.
"Deron Williams will dominate this league," Baron says. "Nobody will be able to guard him." It's just that everything besides the hoops will be a challenge.
"They take it almost as seriously as soccer," says Eric Devendorf (Syracuse), who played for two months in Turkey and then bolted. "At one of our games, the fans came on the floor and tried to fight us! It's a whole different world over there. Women wearing burkas. People dropping in the street to pray all the time. It's just different. And the cities are real dirty. Man, if you don't have Slingbox you got nothing. I'm never going back. No way."
Turkish fans lose their minds at women's games, so you can imagine what it's like at men's. "I was watching our women's team play one night," Baron says. "They were beating this team when one of [the other team's] fans set off a flare in the gym. There was smoke everywhere. They had to stop the game."
Plus, Americans like Williams who play in Turkey have to understand, it's a country where anti-Americanism and anti-Jewish sentiment run deep. In one game in 2009, Israel's Bnei Hasharon team had to flee the court and lock itself in the locker room when fans of Turk Telekom rioted over violence in Gaza. Fans chanted "God is Great" and "Killer Israel" to an empty court. One pro-Islamic faction set an Israeli flag on fire outside the arena.
Hey, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard and Dwyane Wade, maybe you want to re-think this idea of playing in a country that's bordered by Iraq, Iran and Syria?
After all, you won't exactly be playing in the Staples Center. Sometimes the arenas are so cold you can see your breath. Your breakfast is often olives, tomatoes and hummus. There are days when guys have to boil water to take a hot bath. Two-a-day practices during the season when you're losing. And forget private jets, Four Seasons and HBO. Put it this way, in no way will you think you're playing for Mark Cuban.
"And sometimes," says Baron, who now plays happily in Spain, "like at Besiktas the people who own the team also own the soccer team. And if the soccer team isn't doing good, the basketball players don't get paid."
That's true. When Allen Iverson had his cup of coffee with Besiktas in 2010, the players refused to practice one day over delayed and missing paychecks. Iverson finally went back to the USA for calf surgery.
New York (CNN) -- The first two weeks of the NBA's regular season have been canceled as basketball players and management have yet to reach a deal on a new labor agreement, Commissioner David Stern announced, according to NBA.com.
The two sides remain far apart, Stern said from the NBA meetings. He added that no further talks are scheduled.
There was no immediate response Monday night to the commissioner's announcement from the NBA Players Association on its website or various social networking pages.
The commissioner had warned last week that such a cancellation may well be coming, at which time Los Angeles Lakers' guard and NBA Players Association President Derek Fisher acknowledged the stakes.
"We know our backs are against the wall in terms of regular season games and what those consequences will be," he said then.
The league's owners began a lockout of its players in early July.
Stern has said that last season was not profitable for most of the league's 30 owners, who want cost-cutting help from players.
The league lost as much as $300 million in the 2010-11 season, according to the commissioner.
Less than a week ago, the NBA canceled its preseason, which meant the loss of about $200 million in revenue, Stern said.
One of the battles has focused on the owners' rejection of the players union's call for an average $7 million player salary in the sixth year of a new labor deal.
The current average salary is about $5 million.
Other big issues include a fight over a move by owners to get a bigger share of revenues and whether the NBA will strengthen its salary cap.
The last work stoppage occurred in 1998.
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yea they also said before they already cancelled the first 43 games of the season, i dont believe anything till i see it.... i personally think the two sides are dragging this on in order to get as much publicity as possible and make the next few years of the nba a money making bitch, that's my opinion...
been on all the websites watchin all the summer league games and caught this clip here of Lin, i still remember when for week or so the Warriors sent him down to their D league team and he tore it up, something like 30ppg, they called him back up right away.... good player he really needs to get some playing time, but it's tough when Steph Curry is a stat stuffer and Monta Ellis has been averaging the most minutes per game for at least 2 seasons now....
yo guys this is THE FIRST american born asian player in the league, comin out of the southern California region,