I hope everyone had a happy Fourth of July! I especially want to thank our men and women in the military for keeping us safe, and allowing us to enjoy this holiday with our families.
For those of you fireworks aficionados who didn’t get your fill yesterday, I suggest you flip on ESPN this evening at 9:30 PM. No, they are not re-running the “Salute To America” festivities, but there’s bound to be plenty ooh and ahh worthy moments just as well. It’s NBA Summer League time you see, which means:
Lights…Camera…ZION + RJ!
Photo: Sports Illustrated
The league can’t wait to show off its new golden goose, and his New Orleans Pelicans just happen to play…the New York Knicks. Now isn’t that a coincidence 👎🏻. So, right out of the gates “The League” has chosen to feature the Dukie roomies.
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) July 5, 2019
Besides being the #1 and #3 choices in the recent NBA draft, Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett were also Batman and Robin in their one and done season along Tobacco Road. What better way for Adam Stern to tip-off his summer schedule than with a marquee matchup like this!
Not to be overlooked tonight and throughout the summer season will be the play of the Knicks #1 draft pick last season, Kevin Knox. The Kentucky Wildcat burst on the scene a year ago this time, setting Knicks fans and league insider’s hearts aflutter, with his stellar play right out of the gates.
Photo: New York Post
Unfortunately, he couldn’t keep the buzz going in the regular season, playing well in spurts, but disappointing over the whole year. He has a lot to prove, so watch and see if he’s aggressive from the get go. I would also think he’ll get the first crack at guarding Zion (good luck).
Year two of the Mitchell Robinson experiment begins Friday night as well. While Knox did not live up to his expectations last season, Robinson blew his away! The McDonalds All-American big man, who bypassed college, burst on the scene as a serious presence defensively day one.
Photo: SB Nation
His 2.4 blocks per game ranked second in the league (Rudy Gobert, NBA defensive player of the year was first). The All Rookie 2nd Team selection is now a building block that the franchise is counting on to lead them back. Can he give them anything more offensively this year?
And as a guilty pleasure, I’m looking forward to seeing how Ignas Brazdeikis, the Knicks 2nd round selection from The University of Michigan plays. Iggy was a fan favorite in Ann Arbor because of his high flying, high octane offensive mindset. Will that translate to professional basketball? We shall see.
And that is My 2 Sense for this week. Enjoy the hot hoop action on a hot summer night from of all places, Vegas baby!
Feature photo: dukereport.com