Just a brief reminder that, somewhere, dudes — and in some cases our dudes — are still playing basketball. Yesterday marked the kickoff of the Impact Basketball Las Vegas Summer League, which is expected to include upwards of 70 current pro players.
Team D will in effect be Knicks West for the next few days, and includes four current Bockers on its roster: Chauncey Billups, Iman Shumpert, Roger Mason, Jr. and Shawne Williams. On the first day, Shumpert’s the only one who got any burn. But burn he did!
There’s not much in the way of reportage out there (at least not that I can find). But I did come across some fine guerilla reporting from one “Yuck Fou” over at Posting & Toasting:
Here are some notes I made from the Team D’s first game.
Made a left turn at the third Elvis and pulled into the Impact parking lot.
There were only five players on each side so no substitutions. Four ten minute quarters with a five minute halftime. There were maybe 200 people in attendance so I could move around to the D-Bags half of the court and sat maybe 10 feet from the action.
In the first 3 minutes Shumpy stole the ball, got a couple of rebounds and missed a wide open 3. After that he made at least 5 threes in a row, mostly from the right corner. Stole the ball a couple more times got at least 6 assists and made a nifty off balance put back on an offensive rebound. He also made a few two pointers and I only counted 2 misses. I’n not sure what the official box score will look like but he scored at least 20 points by my unofficial count.
My cellphone went off with about 2 minutes to go so I had to get to someplace quiet and missed the final two minutes of action but by that time the Bags were down by about 10. I’m not sure if they won or not, but I think they probably lost.
Shumpy pretty much stayed on the outside for most of the game.
Anyway my overall impression was of a guy who lets the game come to him, didn’t force up any bad shots, and if given a sliver of space will burn you. He’s got a nice stroke.
Jorts was not in attendance and since there was no program I am not sure who anyone else was except for Corey Magette. From what saw I think we can be encouraged.
That’s it. Now back to the tables.
There was also this, from Celtic reporter and Knation sworn enemy A. Sherrod Blakely:
“There were a handful of rookies here, but Shumpert was hands-down the best of the bunch. His athleticism was impressive, but he showed the ability to knock down jumpers as well which would make him an extremely tough cover in the coming years. He had 25 points and six rebounds.
So that’s good! Obviously we’re talking about the smallest of sample sizes here. Still, all accounts suggest that Shumpert is poised to be the kind of instant-impact rookie this sorely depleated Knicks team will need, if indeed a full NBA schedule miraculously comes to fruition.
Thinks he remembers those Draft night boos?