NBA Summer League Day 5
Note: you can find my article from the Summer Spurs game on Project Spurs here.
After taking care of some work related business, it was time to chill on Wednesday morning.
As morning turned to afternoon, it was time to head to Summer League one last time.
With Lonnie Walker IV picking up another DND – Rest and likely shut down for the remainder of Summer League, the Summer Spurs final play-in round game presented another opportunity for the rookie trio of Quinndary Weatherspoon, Luka Samanic and Keldon Johnson.
Alas, this time, the rookies fell just short and the Summer Spurs fell to the Suns 79-78.
You can read my article, including post game with coach Becky Hammon and Luka Samanic, over on Project Spurs. Here are some of the highlights:
While it would have been nice to see the Summer Spurs come away with the win, it was another small step in the learning curve for the rookies as they were all on the floor for crunch time of a close game.
The Luka Samanic show
Samanic’s full skill set was on display throughout the game. Based on an early sample set, I would say his spin move (especially to the baseline) and his behind-the-back dribble (when driving from the three point line) look to be his favourite moves.
Derrick White was sitting courtside at the start of the game and was joined later in the game by new Spur DeMarre Carroll. By my count , that is five Spurs (White, Carroll, DeMer DeRozen, Rudy Gay, Dejounte Murray) who have watched the Summer Spurs play this year.
Perhaps my favourite part of the entire game was the fact that Derrick White was rocking an Austin Spurs baseball hat. Indeed, White and Austin Spurs Coach Balme Ahearn both had big smiles on their faces while saying hello to each other after the game. I love the fact the Spurs organization is one big family.
Speaking of Spurs family, I want to give Michael De Leon and the entire Project Spurs crew a a special shout out for having me partner with them again to cover the Spurs at Summer League in Las Vegas. I truly appreciate the opportunity, and always, it was a pleasure!
Go Spurs Go