Archive for July, 2013

Ryan Kelly, former Duke standout and new Los Angeles Laker, talks with us about his transition to the league, what he’s experienced so far and what he expects next.

D.J. Cooper, a standout point guard who just completed his career playing college basketball for the Ohio University Bobcats, talks with Basketball Elite about his pro prospects, what he’s working on in his game and which sneakers are the best for him and his game.

Former KU guard Travis Releford isn’t shy about which types of shoes he loves, plus he has a ‘no music’ rule before games.

J.D. Lewis Center Fall League High School

This is a great fall league and Basketball Elite has scouted it for the past two seasons. We spot a lot of the Triangle’s best talent in this league and the players who understand the game get a chance to show what they can do.

Nate Robinson Autographs Baby

July is crazy busy. So busy with live AAU events and Summer League that it’s not always easy to stop and put together a post. So here’s some stuff that matters (or is just dumb, or interesting) from the notebook for today.

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Kyle Wiltjer is headed to Gonzaga. After announcing last month that he was leaving the Kentucky Wildcats, there hasn’t been too much in the way of news, but now Wiltjer has found his next basketball home.

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The Fayetteville Flight ABA team, arguably one of the more successful ABA teams, is holding their annual mini-camp on August 17th.

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Best story of the day is that Nate Robinson is willing to autograph just about anything, even a baby.

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In perhaps a telling sign as to how worried the NCAA is about having to pay their employees, stemming from a current lawsuit against them brought by former players, they have stopped EA Sports from putting their logo on their collegiate basketball game. Of course, EA can still make a game with college programs because the licensing of the colleges is not owned by the NCAA.

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Keith Olbermann is coming back to ESPN, this time to host a late night program. On the conference call announcing the move, ESPN suits and Olbermann both talked about trying to create the ‘must watch’ television that ESPN was built on. They talked about the contentious breakup that led to Olbermann’s original departure and about how he doesn’t want that to be the end of his story with ESPN. These are good goals, and the type of goals that the network and it’s talent should be shooting for. But the ESPN that Olbermann returns to is very different than the one he left in 1997. See, even though Disney owned ABC, which owned ESPN, the influence of Disney on ESPN didn’t officially get under way until 1996, about a year before Olbermann left. Since he’s been gone, Disney has completely revamped ESPN – first by merging graphics, hosts and executives between ABC Sports and ESPN, then in 2006 closing down ABC Sports entirely. The ESPN of today is much different – a turnstile of mostly nameless talking heads with little soul or personality, nobody watches SportsCenter the way they used to. If Olbermann is going to succeed, he’s either going to have to bring back some of the old ESPN magic or find a new way to make the vanilla programming style of Disney’s ESPN work.

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The Charlotte Hornets held a name-change tribute party that people thought was lame but later turned out pretty okay. I’m glad the Hornets name is coming back to Charlotte, but the team isn’t losing because of the name.

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Finally, we all know by now that Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are headed to play for the Brooklyn Nets. But the back story is that when Paul Piece knew he was going to be traded he talked Garnett into coming along.

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The Pool Ball Olympics

The battle for the best Pool Basketball dunk for 2013 is officially on. After the above dunk went viral, everyone thought, “yeah, pretty cool, I guess” but now the stakes have been raised, as a challenger video has now been posted, complete with 10 players and a between the legs finish. So which is better? Will a third challenger appear? Will a governing body be established to determine technical difficulties and scoring rules?

Mike Miller Heat Amnesty

The Miami Heat have decided that the will use the Amnesty clause on sharp shooter Mike Miller, which may save the team more than $30 million. The savings will likely come from luxury tax payment savings. The move is not entirely unexpected, although it was only a few days after team president Pat Riley stated that the team was looking to keep the core group of players intact.

However, the Heat reportedly tried to trade Miller, not because of his play but because of the mounting cost the team incurred when adding their “Big 3″ of Bosh, Wade and Lebron James. Miller was aware that such a move might be made and is taking it in stride:

‘I understand the business side of basketball,” Miller told The Associated Press. ”It’s a combination of being very, very thankful for the opportunity that I’ve had, but it hurts that we had a chance to do something very, very special and I’d love to have been a part of it.”

It’s not entirely bad for Miller, he had battled back from injuries last season to make a positive impact in this year’s title run with the team, and despite being off the roster he will still receive his salary of $6.2 million and $6.6 million for the next two seasons. However, the Heat won’t have to count Miller’s salary towards the cap.

Spiderman Schools Errbody

He spins. He jukes. He breaks ankles. He hurts feelings. He pretty plays basketball exactly like you would expect Spider-Man to play basketball, and the coolest thing about this video is that none of the people he’s beating the pants off of know that the man in the Spidey suit is none other than The Professor, who rose to fame by earning a spot on the And 1 tour during the show’s run on ESPN. The Professor never lets on, either, and leaves the court without telling anyone his true identity, just like Spider-Man would do.