July 20, 2004 |
The days of basketball stars such as Magic Johnson, Isiah Thomas, Dominique Wilkins and Kobe Bryant putting on shows in the Southern California Summer Pro League are gone. The 35th edition of the SPL features up-and-coming NBA players, free agents and draft selections vying for attention and NBA-caliber competition before summer camps.
July 20, 2003 |
Expressionless, Mitch Kupchak looked on from the Long Beach State stands July 16 as the summer-league Lakers played the Warriors. Then Luke Walton, the Lakers' second-round draft pick, intercepted a Mike Dunleavy pass, put the ball on the court and began a fastbreak the other way. "Six-eight like that, versatile," the Laker general manager blurted, sitting up in his seat and offering a moment of unprompted exclamation.
July 6, 2003 |
To answer your question: No, LeBron James will not be there. The 34th annual Summer Pro League, a prelude to the pro game for recent draft picks and an opportunity to chase fleeting fantasies for fringe free agents, begins a two-week run today at the Pyramid at Long Beach State. Among the NBA teams participating (Clippers, Grizzlies, Lakers, Mavericks, Nuggets, Raptors, Rockets, SuperSonics and Warriors), the Lakers play first, tipping off today against the Canadian National team at 3 p.m.
July 15, 1998 |
Felipe Lopez is calling for the ball, Jelani McCoy is dribbling it, Ed O'Bannon is bumping bodies in the lane, Corey Benjamin and Charles O'Bannon are on the bench, and three guys in the third row are cheering. The other 150 or so people littering the vast spaces of the Pyramid in Long Beach are watching quietly, as another fascinating night goes by in the bizarro basketball world of this year's FILA Summer Pro League. That was Monday. On Sunday, those same players faced a team that included J.
April 15, 1993 |
The Southern California Summer Pro Basketball League, a South Bay staple for more than a decade, is likely to move to UC Irvine's Bren Center this summer. Officials familiar with negotiations to bring the 23-year-old league to Irvine say the deal is nearly completed. "We're anxiously awaiting final confirmation," said Steve Neal, director of events for 5,000-seat, air-conditioned Bren Center.
August 15, 1992 |
For the first time since he became the Clippers' coach, Larry Brown is sitting through a basketball game without yelling at the referee or diagraming a play. No tie. No mousse. His assistant coach, R.C. Buford, in a denim shirt with rolled-up sleeves and loafers without socks, is in charge, even if he looks as though he had stepped in from the patio. That's the great illusion of the Southern California Summer Pro Basketball League. It looks so relaxed.