Harry Giles didn’t play last season for the Sacramento Kings, taking a year to strengthen his oft-injured knees. He has shown in the NBA Summer League why the Kings drafted him in the first round in 2017.
Mark Anderson has been at the Review-Journal since January 1999. He covered UNLV football for 17 seasons before moving to the men’s basketball beat in January 2016, and was president of the Football Writers Association of America in 2016. Anderson returned to the football beat in 2017 and still covers men’s basketball. Before coming to the R-J, he covered UNR football for five seasons at the Reno Gazette-Journal and was the high school sports reporter for the Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat from 1988-94. He is a native of Tallahassee and a graduate of the University of Florida.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver still hopes the league receives financial compensation now that sports betting could be legalized nationwide. He admitted to not gaining much ground in that area in a news conference Tuesday at Encore.
Atlanta Hawks rookie point guard Trae Young suffered a deep bruise to his right quadriceps Sunday against the Portland Trail Blazers and left early.
Portland Trail Blazers second-year center Zach Collins, who went to Bishop Gorman High School, injured his right ankle and calf on Sunday, but it isn’t thought to be serious.
Boston Celtics first-round draft pick Robert Williams was playing well in his NBA Summer League debut Friday when he injured his left knee. He has had a rocky start to his Celtics career, though his talent is obvous.
The NBA will experiment with a challenge system for its Summer League coaches. Whether a challenge system gets adopoted into the NBA remains to be seen.
There is plenty of star power in the NBA Summer League, which begins Friday at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion. Here are the top five games to watch.
UNLV shortstop Bryson Stott, who also went to Desert Oasis High School, made the 26-man USA Baseball Collegiate National team for an international series. Team USA will play Japan in various U.S. cities from Tueday to Sunday and at Cuba on July 10-14.