RICK KAMLA: NBA TV’s coverage of All Star
Weekend continues with the 2014 NBA Development League All Star Game presented by Kumho Tire.
We’re at NBA All Star Jam Session at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. We’ve got The
Futures and The Prospects. They’re ready to take the floor here at Jam Session. We’re
courtside. Rick Kamla, happy to be joined by Dennis Scott and Brent Barry.
This is one of our favorite events of the year. Great to be back here with you guys.
A lot of talent on display. Probably the best collection of talent outside of the NBA.
DENNIS SCOTT: Every year you come here and get excited because you’re anxious to see
how these guys are going to perform, and more importantly, they’re still dreaming. They
want to get to Sunday and on the big stage. Right here’s a good chance to show the world
they have game. BRENT BARRY: I think that’s what makes this
game interesting. As much as it is still an exhibition, these guys don’t have the luxury
of taking the night off. They know who is in the stands and watching this game so they
take it very seriously. We look forward to watching these guys put their wares on display.
RICK KAMLA: This All Star Game is a great merging of hunger and highlight style plays
that you’ll see. Passes off the backboards for dunks and all that kind of stuff. It’s
been an interesting year in the NBA Development League before Rajon Rondo made his return
from ACL surgery, he practiced with the Maine Red Claws and took the team out to dinner
to show his appreciation. Pierre Jackson said the NBA D League record
with 58 points in February, and 48 players have been assigned to from NBA teams to D
League teams and The Futures and Prospects are on the court. They are ready to go. Fellas,
the NBA teams seem to use the D League more and more every year.
>>Well, the idea of an NBA team having direct affiliation with their D League team, being
able to talk to their players about terminology, sending guys down for conditioning purposes
and being able to bring them back out to the big ballclub. So many more teams utilizing
this tool throughout the course of the NBA regular season, it’s not just a trend, it’s
the future of what the Development League is supposed to be all about.
DENNIS SCOTT: I agree with you a thousand percent. It’s all about the system. Talking
about teams in the NBA that run a solid system. You have your D League playing on a daily
basis. They get called up and not caught behind. They understand where they need to be on the
floor. RICK KAMLA: Coming up at halftime, it will
be the Dream Factory, presented by Boost Mobile, and the NBA Development League Slam Dunk Contest,
and there is Tony Mitchell. He won it last year. Look at that, a pass from the stands
into a windmill. DENNIS SCOTT: Into a windmill. Between the
legs, we were watching this last year, wow, this young man can fly.
BRENT BARRY: This contest happens early in the afternoon. These dunks are talked about
all the way up to Saturday night. And we’re wondering because of Boost Mobile, Tony Mitchell
still has that year’s worth of service going. Bringing out the banner on display for that
dunk, but these guys do put on a show. They have a lot of fun with it.
RICK KAMLA: No question about it. He is returning. The other three competitors are first time
guys. Thanasis Antetokounmpo is the oldest brother, Ra’Shad James dunked over a seven
foot shot blocker during the season. He’s a little guy. 6’1″, but he can rise. Darren
White, 6’4″ out of Campbell, he’s got hops as well.
The Dunk Contest here is fantastic. There is a lot of creativity. Again, it’s the hunger.
It’s not just show boating and that kind of thing and I’ve already made it. It’s fantastic.
There is hunger involved, Dennis. DENNIS SCOTT: All these guys understand this
is another platform where I can let the whole world see what I can do. That is why the creativity
is at a maximum high. I like to see the little fella because he gets so high off the ground
that it looks better. But some of those long athletic guys like Mitchell are exciting as
well. BRENT BARRY: You’ll be able to tell who the
best dunker in the field is, 3 D by watching the other players at halftime. As they get
geeked up and anxious to watch a guy go fly in the air, we’ll know who they think is the
favorite. RICK KAMLA: Very interesting rosters here
for The Futures and The Prospects. A lot of guys who have a ton of NBA experience, Melvin
Ely, Hilton Armstrong just to name a few. DENNIS SCOTT: Those guys understand that they
know the path how to get back. The guys that have had small takes. Bost is in there, got
drafted. Had a little take on the opportunity is here today to work on your game.
BRENT BARRY: Other guys like Devin Ebanks who we’ve seen over the past few summers.
In Las Vegas played good, good basketball, waiting for his opportunity. Last summer I
was impressed with the Golden State Warriors and Cameron Jones, what he was able to do.
Part of the Santa Cruz Warriors showing what he can do at the All Star Game in New Orleans.
So familiar faces and familiar names certainly to us because of all the coverage we do over
the summer months. Again, another opportunity, as you said, 3
D, to get their names out there, put on a show and enjoy this atmosphere.
Q. That was Hilton Armstrong. That is Melvin Ely. He helped the Spurs win the 2007 NBA
Championship, and Hilton Armstrong won a title at UCONN. So they’ll be out here. You have
Stephen Curry’s younger brother, Seth. That will be fun to watch. I’m looking and excited
to see Pierre Jackson. The fella we talked about had 58 points. He can sizzle, Bones.
BRENT BARRY: Well, the two guys that have caused the most stir throughout the first
half of the regular season in the developmental league have been Pierre Jackson and Manny
Harris. Those guys have put up some monster games. Pierre Jackson certainly the guy drawing
the most attention. But to have those two scorers on the floor in this game to see if
they go at one another, maybe they’ll take a page out of the Dion Waiters, Tim Hardaway
Jr. rookie game, give me a side of the court and let me operate.
But they’ve caused a lot of stir and buzz around the NBA and around the scoring circles
with regards to this league. RICK KAMLA: 58 points in a game. We saw Carmelo
score 62 for the Knicks a month ago. But 58 in a Development League game, that’s saying
something. DENNIS SCOTT: Coming out of college, we knew
he could shoot the basketball. You wondered at his smaller size, would he get the shot
off. And I’m very shocked someone hasn’t picked him up yet. But off the dribble, the pick
and roll, you’re watching the highlights. He’s showing you he can score the basketball
at so many different ways. RICK KAMLA: At that size, we know guards in
the NBA have to have a specialty. What is his specialty?
DENNIS SCOTT: Shoot the basketball with range. RICK KAMLA: Absolutely, get buckets, get points.
He’s a tremendous athlete at that size. But he can score the basketball in bunches. We’ll
see if he takes that opportunity here this afternoon.
Time for a break, but we are coming back with the 8th annual Development League All Star
Game presented by Kumho Tire. We are in New Orleans for All Star Weekend, having a blast,
and we’re just getting started. [National Anthem].
We welcome you back to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center here at NBA All Star Jam
Session. Getting prepared for the NBA Development League All Star Game. We send it over now
to the PA announcer, Barry Tom.>>Once again, ladies and gentlemen, it’s
my pleasure to welcome you to Sprint Arena for the 2014 NBA All Star Game presented by
Kumho Tire. Now it’s time to introduce our 2014 NBA D League All Stars. Up first, Team
Futures: Coaching staff for Team Futures, from the Canton Charge are athletic trainer,
Mike Gittinger, assistant coaches, Jordi Fernandez, James Posey, and Nate Reinking, and head coach
for the Team Futures, Steve Hetzel. Now let’s name the Future reserves. A 6’1″
center from the Santa Cruz Warriors, No. 34, Hilton Armstrong. 6’4″ from the Reno Big Horns,
No. 22, Mo Charlo. A 6’1″ guard from the Santa Cruz Warriors, No. 13, Seth Curry. A 7’4″
from the Sioux Falls Skyforce, No. 33, Justin Hamilton. A 6’8″ forward from the Maine Red
Claws, No. 33 Chris Wright. Your starting lineup for the Team Futures.
6’5″ guard from the Los Angeles Defenders, No. 22, Manny Harris. A 5’10” guard from the
Idaho Stampede, No. 11, Pierre Jackson. A 6’8″ forward from the Canton Charge, No. 21,
Kevin Jones. A 6’6″ guard from the Sioux Falls Skyforce, No. 14, DeAndre Liggins. And a 6’9″
center from the Canton Charge, No. 50, Arinze Onuaku.
Now let’s meet your 2014, team Prospects. Coaching staff for team Prospects from The
Rio Grand Valley Vipers, athletic trainer Long Lam, assistant coaches, Paul Mikeski,
and Jason Young, and head coach for Team Futures, Nevada Smith. Your team Prospects reserves
are 6’2″ guard from Idaho Stampede, No. 4, Dee Bost. A 6’4″ forward from The Rio Grande
Vipers, Robert Covington. A 6’forward from the Texas Legends, No. 33, Melvin Ely. A 6’4″
guard from the Santa Cruz Warriors, No. 9, Cameron Jones. And a 6’7″ guard from the Bakersfield
Jam, No. 21, James Nunnally. Now the starting lineups for team Prospects.
A 6’4″ guard from The Rio Grande Valley Vipers, No. 7, Troy Daniels. A 6’8″ forward from the
Bakersfield Jam, No. 33, Ike Diogu. A 6’9″ forward from the Texas Legends, No. 24, Devin
Ebanks. A 6’5″ guard from the Ft. Wayne Mad Ants, No. 19, Ron Howard, and a 6’5″ forward
from the Iowa Energy, No. 12, Othyus Jeffers. Ladies and gentlemen, let’s hear it for your
2014 NBA D League All Stars. Let’s take you to NBA TV’s sideline reporter, Jared Greenberg.
RICK KAMLA: All right, well, joined by Ron Howard and Pierre Jackson. We begin with the
veteran, the guy who knows all about this experience. You have three of them now. What
have you learned from your first two D League All Star appearances?
PLAYER: To definitely have fun, play the right way, and take in this great atmosphere that
they have here.>>I know you’re going to put on a slow for
the fans. We’ve seen that in the past. And so is this fella. If you haven’t seen Pierre
Jackson play, you’re in for a treat today. You’re Mr. Do It All, and you love to play
under the big spotlight. What are you going to give the fans today in New Orleans?
PLAYER: I’m going to try to show them a little something they’ve never seen if they’ve never
seen me play before. So I’m just trying to have fun and enjoy the experience.
>>You’re going to go for 58 again, right. PLAYER: If it happens, it happens.
>>Pierre Jackson and Ron Howard, as we get set. Just moments away from the 2014 NBA Development
League All Star Game. We’re coming right back live on NBA TV.
>>NBA D League All Star Game is about to begin. There are interesting lineups here
for The Futures. Coach head sell, they’ve got a three guard look with Manny Harris,
Pierre Jackson, and DeAndre Liggins, and now a couple of bigs. For The Prospects, they
don’t even have a true center on their entire roster. They’re going with three forwards
Diogu, Ebanks and Jeffers, so an odd pairing here to start the game.
DENNIS SCOTT: Right, so if The Prospects can get rebounds, maybe they can use those athletic
legs to get out and run and go against the Future with their size.
BRENT BARRY: See if they can spread them out and take a page out of the Rio Grande Vipers
playbook and shoot just a bunch of threes today in this game.
RICK KAMLA: Speaking of threes, No. 7 in red, Troy Daniels just lost the three point contest
presented by Boost Mobile, to EJ Singler, and we start with a flush by Pierre Jackson.
DENNIS SCOTT: Nice little back pick there for Jackson to go up on the screen and excellent
pass. BRENT BARRY: Tough psychologically, too, because
Manny Harris likes to score, and he had to give it to Pierre Dexter.
DENNIS SCOTT: Score is a score. RICK KAMLA: There is Daniels. Probably the
most warmed up player out here. EJ Singler, brother of Kyle. He won the three point contest
on a buzzer beater and there is a dunk. We’ll show you highlights of the three point contest
at halftime. DENNIS SCOTT: Nice looking shot by Ebanks.
Drafted by the Lakers. Got a taste of some action there, and continuing to work on his
outside shot so he can get called back up. RICK KAMLA: Prospects up 4 2, and the rebound
to Ike Diogu, former first round pick. And Jeffers spent some time with the San Antonio
Spurs this year. The Futures on the attack. Nice feed in the bucket.
DENNIS SCOTT: Nice pass by Liggins. Big fella can catch him and lay it on hand.
RICK KAMLA: Onuaku dropped that one in. Here’s Daniels and an air ball three. Rebounds put
in by Jeffers. He plays bigger than his size. BRENT BARRY: You look at his build, and that’s,
I think, where a lot of NBA coaches think at the two guard position with that build
and broad shoulders, he can defend and be one of those lock down Defenders in the mold
of Thabo Sefolosha. But he’s not as long as you’d like at that position. Ike Diogu with
the slam. DENNIS SCOTT: Nice bounce pass by Jeffers
there. RICK KAMLA: Got a couple of ten day contracts
with the Lakers earlier this year. Oh! And Jeffers, little errant with that pass, and
gives it back to the futures. BRENT BARRY: Interesting to look at Pierre
Jackson. He’s going to handle the ball here with point guard responsibilities. Ron Howard
at 6’5″. You get an idea of the size of Pierre Jackson. A good match up up there to see if
that length bothers him, 3 D. RICK KAMLA: Harris scoops it up with the left
hand.>>To your point, Brent, Jackson being that
size, you have to be on the defensive end cause havoc or use your quickness to get to
the sweet spot and get shots. When you have small guards in the NBA, they’ll attack the
defense. RICK KAMLA: Ron Howard off to Diogu, that
one Pops out on Ike. Harris back for The Futures and they lead 8 6. DeAndre Liggins backing
his man down. Couple of fakes and then the strip.
DENNIS SCOTT: Good patience by Howard there. Didn’t go for the pump fake. Used his hands
nicely to get a piece of that ball. RICK KAMLA: Here’s at look of Manny Harris
to Pierre Jackson. BRENT BARRY: Great opening set. Just a back
screen there. Ron Howard gets the hit by Harris, puts the pass on target for the little man
to get up and get two. RICK KAMLA: Kevin Jones with that rebound.
Manny hands off to Jackson. Prospects are running, Jeffers lost the handle. Oh, and
Onuaku throws it down. DENNIS SCOTT: Every now and then he gets a
nice little cherry pick. RICK KAMLA: Second Development League All
Star Game appearance before the product out of Syracuse, Onuaku. Devin Ebanks! Usually
there is more defense played in the Development League All Star Game.
BRENT BARRY: I think he and Onuaku made eye contact in the opposite way Many Harris made
it with Pierre Jackson, which is you, you go ahead and get one. I’ll get out of the
way, hey, they’re all trying to get to the NBA.
RICK KAMLA: Underneath, Kevin Jones put that’s big body on him.
DENNIS SCOTT: You called it. No way Daniels could get around to help on that one.
RICK KAMLA: Daniels with an interesting pass. Gets it back to the futures. He’s got a smile
on his face. DENNIS SCOTT: This is one of these games where
sometimes you get stuck. You want to play hard. You want to show what you want to do.
You don’t want to show too much. But you’ve got to show, Brent, that your game has improved
so you can get called back up. BRENT BARRY: I talked to Ron Howard about
that before the game. I said, Ron, how are things going for you? Are you hanging in there?
He said, oh, yeah, I want to go out and play the game the right way. You heard Jarrett
talking to him before the game. This is a little different in terms of the exhibition.
These guys don’t want to come out here and play embarrassing basketball.
RICK KAMLA: Oh, Jackson! Pierre Jackson launched it to himself and had room to spare on the
Jam. Oh, Howard might have gotten away with a violation but found Ebanks for the Jam.
I want to see Pierre Jackson do that again. DENNIS SCOTT: Yes, indeedy, the turnover.
Next thing you know, his head’s by the rim. RICK KAMLA: Harris to Kevin Jones, the long
two. Yes. BRENT BARRY: Fella showing some range.
RICK KAMLA: Futures up 16 10. Harris tried to split the defense and he is fouled. So
it’s The Futures 16, Prospects 10. How about Pierre Jackson?
BRENT BARRY: Get that man some beats. RICK KAMLA: 5’10”, he can still get up.
>>Back with you here on NBA TV live from New Orleans. The biggest thing this weekend
throughout all of the events is that it’s a family affair. Today we’re making NBA history
as Steph Curry and Seth Curry become the first ever brothers to play in a D League All Star
Game, and then later in the weekend, in the NBA All Star Game. But it doesn’t end there.
We’ll also see tonight, Seth, with his father, Dell, who is in attendance in the Shooting
Stars competition. We’ll also see the Hardaways. Tim and Tim Jr.
And yesterday in the Rising Stars Challenge, Miles Plumlee played against his brother,
Mason. And fellas, looking forward to next year? It may continue as Giannis Antetokounmpo
who currently plays for the Milwaukee Bucs may be joined in the NBA by his brother, Thanasis,
who will be draft eligible this spring. RICK KAMLA: Yes, a family reunion here in
New Orleans. And Dell Curry, get to this in a second. Pierre Jackson, once again! What
is the vertical bounce? 40 inches plus? DENNIS SCOTT: His vertical is boing oing oing.
RICK KAMLA: What an athlete. Awesome. Dell Curry will be one of the judges at halftime
in the Boost Mobile NBA Development League Slam Dunk Contest. That is Daniels for three.
DENNIS SCOTT: I was talking to Dell before the game.
BRENT BARRY: I’m sorry, I was going to say, I wonder what it’s like to grow up in a basketball
family. DENNIS SCOTT: Yeah, that would be tough to
have some brothers that you go out in the backyard and have shooting games and fight
each other afterwards. You wouldn’t know anything about that, I’m sorry.
RICK KAMLA: Jeffers lays it in, and here’s Jackson.
BRENT BARRY: You talked to Dell, 3 D? DENNIS SCOTT: Yes, and Dell talked about Rick.
He said he has to keep his shoulder loosen than usual now because his sons are starting
to beat him now in the backyard. I said wait a minute.
BRENT BARRY: Wait, just now? DENNIS SCOTT: I said are you sure about that?
He said I’m just kidding. He said I know the feeling because Steph has shattered all of
my records, so I know the feeling. RICK KAMLA: Can you still shoot? Does it ever
leave you? DENNIS SCOTT: It never leaves you, but when
you have a son that shoots further than you shoot, it starts to bother you.
RICK KAMLA: Pierre Jackson, nice pass into Liggins, and he traveled. So we go back to
the Prospects who trail here by 7, 13:05 remaining in the first half.
DENNIS SCOTT: Talked about it earlier Stephen in the West All Star practice, he made three
half court shots, and said wait a minute, son, slow down. Save some of that for later
on tonight. We need those shots. RICK KAMLA: Daniels hits his second three
of the game. The Prospects moving forward. Kevin Jones, hit a long two a moment ago,
now a three. DENNIS SCOTT: Very impressive. I like it.
BRENT BARRY: Devin Ebanks. He’s smooth, isn’t he?
DENNIS SCOTT: Very smooth. Continue to work on his perimeter game, maybe he can get called
back up. RICK KAMLA: Harris facing up on Daniels, and
Diogu with the rebound. Here’s Ron Howard. 7th NBA Development League season with the
Ft. Wayne mad ants. DENNIS SCOTT: Yeah, he’s a veteran.
RICK KAMLA: Liggins, full head of steam, and Harris lays it in. This is a pace that we’re
used to in the Development League All Star Game.
DENNIS SCOTT: Now they’re starting to get loose now.
ReplaceName4: Howard to Diogu, Liggins had a coast to coast bucket in mind. Goes up for
the jumper. BRENT BARRY: We’re in the six seconds or less
phase of this basketball game. RICK KAMLA: Mike D’Antoni would be loving
this. Here’s Daniels. He’s got three threes in this first half.
BRENT BARRY: Daniels 6’4, 200 pounds, looking good from the three point line.
DENNIS SCOTT: Looking really good. Carmelo with the fingers to the forehead, he made
the three. RICK KAMLA: That was Onuaku with the put back.
I spoke to Daniels oh! DENNIS SCOTT: Just stop it. That’s money ball
from midtown. BRENT BARRY: Okay, but 3 D you realize playing
in Rio Grande a this is what you have to do. He set a season record by making his 153rd
three point shot for that basketball team, and he’s connected on 167 threes on the year.
So if you’re in Rio Grande, you better learn to stay behind the arc.
DENNIS SCOTT: That’s right. RICK KAMLA: Onuaku with the power flush.
DENNIS SCOTT: Big steal by the big fella. Oh, yeah! Little Lebron Jamesish, right? Getting
that ball away from your body? Almost. He was trying to reach far back.
RICK KAMLA: I think I said kind of. BRENT BARRY: You did say kind of.
RICK KAMLA: You have to disclaim it when you’re comparing anybody to Lebron James. Onuaku
has 14 points on 7 of 10 from the floor. Bones, you mentioned Detroit Daniels has the Development
League single season record for threes made. You’ll love this. He hit ten threes back in
January. That is the D League record for threes in a game.
DENNIS SCOTT: I love it. Any time a young man that’s had a kind of confidence, as Ebanks
gets the alley oop out of bounds play. Nice pass Jeffers.
BRENT BARRY: The crazy thing, 3 D, he’s making five and a half threes per contest. Five threes
a game, taking five is sometimes tough to do depending on who you play for. But making
five a game is impressive. DENNIS SCOTT: And last time we’ve shown him
with deep, deep range. Toeing the line from the three point line. He’s way behind the
line. RICK KAMLA: Jackson has nine points. Ebanks,
huh uh. DENNIS SCOTT: Too much.
RICK KAMLA: That pass way out in front of Manny Harris, so a turnover. And The Prospects
will get it back. They trail by 6. Ten to go in the first half, there is Troy Daniels.
Might want to give him the rock, Bones. He’s Jeffers nails the corner three.
BRENT BARRY: Yeah, good look by Ron Howard finding the guy in the corner, and here we
go again. RICK KAMLA: Othyus has seven, he’s back with
the ball, leading the break. Devin Ebanks, nice. Oh, good move by Ebanks.
He’s got 12. A timeout has been called by The Futures and their coach Steve head sell.
Look at this, Arinze Onuaku. DENNIS SCOTT: Attack the rim, big fella!
RICK KAMLA: Futures up by 1. A 1 point lead for The Futures squad. We’re
in the blue jerseys today. 9:54 to go in the first half as we welcome you back inside the
Sprint Arena. Jared Green berg joined court side by Dan Reed. I mentioned Ron Howard has
been here three times. You’ve got him trumped. This is your seventh year as the head man
of this league. It’s just evolved. Can you believe how much has changed and improved
over the years in your organization? JARED: It’s been terrific and a credit to
everybody involved in the league. My colleagues, our owners players, 30% of our players have
NBA D League experience. And these 20 guys on the court there is no doubt a large portion
of them will be in the NBA later this year. Five of them have already played in the NBA
so far this season.>>As you and I chat each and every All Star
break, it seems one of the overriding themes is about single affiliation. We’ve seen it
grown by leaps and bounds over the last several years. Up 14 17 now. What’s it going to take
to take that next step and get 30 for 30.>>We do believe we’ll have 30 for 30. But
we don’t want to go that fast though. You’ll see us expand. You’ll see more NBA teams come
into the league. There are seven or eight teams now that we’re actively talking to about
getting involved in their own NBA D League team. I think it will evolve naturally, but
you’ll see us grow in the coming years.>>Speaking with Dan Reed, the president of
the NBA D League. A unique situation took place, P.J. Hairston, going from the University
of North Carolina mid year to the D League. Players are now utilizing your league in different
ways than they used to. Now saying I don’t need to go overseas. I can play here Stateside
and get ready for the NBA.>>We’re definitely seeing more players play
in the NBA Development League versus going overseas. They realize we’re the fastest way
to the NBA. And all of our success stories whether it’s Danny Green or Gerald Green or
the other 126 players in the NBA right now with D League experience, that they’re increasingly
choosing to play with us. I think you’ll see P.J. Hairstons of the world are in a group
of players that may choose to play in the league as a way to prepare for the NBA Draft.
We certainly expect that P.J. Hairston will be a draft pick this summer.
>>As technology becomes an ever growing presence in the sports world, we continue to see the
NBA utilizing the D League as a testing ground for video replay technology, for the way referees
official the game. How has that helped the league.
>>It helps because we get that information first. It’s part of our role as the R & D
department of the NBA. Really, all this technology is meant to improve the game, and we think
it’s beneficial for us. We most recently announced that our teams are using performance analytic
devices during the games. We’re the first sports league in the U.S. where we play most
of our games with our players wearing these devices. The goal is to help improve their
health, help maximize their player efficiency, and we think our players and coaches in our
league will benefit from that sort of innovation.>>Do you think broadcasters would benefit
at all from wearing performance testing devices during the game.
>>You know, perhaps, perhaps. It might be a way to help you improve your game, Jared.
>>I was thinking more about DENNIS SCOTT and BRENT BARRY who certainly could use the
exercise once in a while.>>Probably could monitor their heart rates
and compare and maybe check out their blood Sugar. See what they’ve eaten recently. We’re
not going to ask Dennis that.>>Dan Reed, the president of the NBA D League,
fellas. RICK KAMLA: Jared, thank you so much. Dan
Reed, thank you. A signature event in the NBA Development League season. Happy for Dan
Reed and the success of his league. Robert Covington with the bucket. The Futures lead
The Prospects 48 45. You don’t need any performance enhancements, do you?
DENNIS SCOTT: No, what was Jared trying to say? I was on Bourbon street last night? Trying
to hang out and have a few sodas or waters or something?
RICK KAMLA: Just Ginger ale. BRENT BARRY: He asked a question like he was
on a life raft and needed a life preserver. We don’t need the help. You need the help.
RICK KAMLA: Fantastic. We just had wholesale substitutions on both sides. Five starters
and five guys coming off the bench. Seth Curry is on the floor as is Hilton Armstrong, Justin
Hamilton. We’ll be breaking down these players as they make plays out here. This is Cameron
Jones defended by Hilton Armstrong. DENNIS SCOTT: To Brent’s point earlier, Brendan
Jones knocked down a couple here now. Anxious to see him and Seth Curry kind of go at one
another here. RICK KAMLA: Brent what is your read on this
stat? One foul in the game so far. BRENT BARRY: I love it. Certainly these coaches,
you know, who would like to get their time off and more of their time off here in New
Orleans to get out and get a nice meal tonight before all the festivities of All Star Saturday
start to take place. RICK KAMLA: Here’s Covington from the corner.
He’s on assignment from the Houston Rockets. Playing with the rye owe grande valley Vipers
who have the best record in the D League at 23 8. Justin Hamilton.
DENNIS SCOTT: Showing a little range there, big fella, I like it.
RICK KAMLA: He was drafted by Philly then traded to the heat. Covington missed the dunk
and got a lucky bounce there, Bones. BRENT BARRY: Technically not a miss, but not
as pretty as he would have liked it, that’s for sure.
RICK KAMLA: Here’s Seth Curry. Throws it over near us No. 4 in red. Dee above the leads
the Development League in minutes played. BRENT BARRY: What a great name too. Dee Bost.
DENNIS SCOTT: Dee Bost. RICK KAMLA: He can play. 6’2″, 175 out of
Mississippi State. Playing with the Idaho Stampede. 41.7 minutes per game. He’s also
the league leader in assists at 8.6. DENNIS SCOTT: He’s a phenomenal athlete that
stays in good shape to play that many minutes every night and be productive.
RICK KAMLA: Ely to Cameron Jones. Oh, good defense right there. But a foul is called.
DENNIS SCOTT: Oh, Cameron Jones may have gotten away with a little push off.
RICK KAMLA: Mo Charlo was whistled for the second foul of this game. Look at Mo, he can’t
believe it. Really? You got me? BRENT BARRY: Kevin Jones is a guy, 3 D, we
talked about it last summer. We thought that he had a very high basketball IQ and had a
skill set beyond just shooting the ball. He moves well in the open floor. When he’s got
the ball and he’s on the move. He sees the cutter. He sees the guys who are spotted up
so much so last year that he was the NBA D League’s most improved player. He’s got a
great skill set. You wonder if the Warriors are tantalized by that. You’d like to be able
to shoot the three a little bit better. But his skills certainly are there.
DENNIS SCOTT: They’re right there. I thought he had a great opportunity to make the team.
But he decided to go with Tony. So maybe as the playoffs come around, they’ll get another
opportunity. RICK KAMLA: Fast move there by Hilton Armstrong.
6’11” out of UCONN. Currently playing with the Santa Cruz Warriors. Spent some time with
the Golden State Warriors earlier this year. Out of bounds off Robert Covington, so The
Futures will take it back and they lead 53 49. 5:09 to go in the first half. Rick Kamla,
Brent Barry, Dennis Scott, and Jared Greenberg on the call here from New Orleans. Part of
our coverage of NBA All Star Weekend here 2014. Hamilton wanted to pass to Armstrong,
and Hamilton got it back. So a baseline J on the other side and now one on this side.
DENNIS SCOTT: Tell the people at home. Before that he put the ball on the floor and got
all the way to the rim. So three good possessions by Hamilton there.
RICK KAMLA: Chris Wright with the rebound. Hamilton is three for three from the field
for six points. Seth Curry, just like his brother, just like his dad.
DENNIS SCOTT: From Curry range. Real deep. 13th in the D League in scoring at 19 points
per game and six in assists. So doing a lot like his brother, a bit of both. Scoring and
setting up his teammates. Knocking down the long one there.
RICK KAMLA: Stellar career at Duke for Seth Curry. Trying to get to the NBA as is this
man. Pierre Jackson. That man can ride. We’re coming right back.
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and do it now. Rack Campbell, BRENT BARRY, DENNIS SCOTT, Jared Greenberg on the call
for NBA TV. Futures over the Prospects by 9. Just over 4:00 to go in the first half.
Don’t forget, coming up at halftime, it’s the NBA development Dream Factory presented
by Boost Mobile and the Slam Dunk Contest. Covington missed. Got a lot of 33s out here,
don’t we? There is Chris Wright, No. 33. He couldn’t get the alley oop to go.
DENNIS SCOTT: Little too short on that one. Nice idea though.
RICK KAMLA: Ely 33, Covington had his Cameron Jones.
DENNIS SCOTT: Yeah, nice little speed on Ely to give him window room and knock it down.
RICK KAMLA: Cameron Jones has gotten busy, Bones. He’s gotten 8.
BRENT BARRY: I just really like the way he plays the game. Free throwing. Time and space,
and the passing part of his game, I like best because he sets up Covington for the lay up.
RICK KAMLA: Covington had an eye opening Orlando summer league that got him signed by the Houston
Rockets. They’ve got their eye on him. Wright to Armstrong. Power dribble, reverse lay up.
DENNIS SCOTT: Nice job getting to the rim so Ely couldn’t get there to block that shot.
RICK KAMLA: Here’s Dee Bost, Melvin Ely not shy.
DENNIS SCOTT: Great story. I know Brent had a chance to talk to Melvin Ely had a chance
with him. 34, 35 years old, he’s pretty incredible. BRENT BARRY: Yeah, 2007 in San Antonio, Melvin
and I were on the same team. Great teammate, came to work every day and loves to play the
game of basketball. You and I both know that is the key. You never stop that.
RICK KAMLA: Good defense there by Dee above the to knock that ball away. He starts the
fast break. Cameron Jones, left wing three. The rebound to Wright. Mo Charlo, back to
Hamilton. Drifted a little to the right on that shot. James Nunnally spent some time
with the Hawks just a couple of weeks ago. There is Melvin Ely. Hey, stay plugged into
the NBA Development League on the go. Download the NBA D League Center Court App for stats,
scores, schedules and live game action. Two minutes to go in the first half. We’re here
at Jam Session for the D League All Star Game. Futures over prospect by six. Nice lay up
there by Chris Wright. DENNIS SCOTT: Nice cut to the basket. Coaches
like to see guys make sharp cuts, good screens. Small things like that don’t show up on the
stat sheet, and coaches are looking for that. RICK KAMLA: Cameron Jones, nice feed. Melvin
Ely puts it in. BRENT BARRY: Nice pass off the move, trying
to find guys. Doing a great job of that thus far. You know Dee Bost is giving the ball
away. He leads the league in assists. So these guys are going to have opportunities while
No. 4 is on the floor. RICK KAMLA: Robert Covington with the finish.
DENNIS SCOTT: Good communication there. RICK KAMLA: Knocked away from behind by Bost.
What would have been your score on that dunk, Bones?
BRENT BARRY: I give that a six. Little sloppy on the finish, but the pass was nice. Snuck
out of the corner on the baseline cut. RICK KAMLA: You are tough, Bones. You are
tough. DENNIS SCOTT: When you have one of those chip
bowls at home, you can say that, right, Bones? BRENT BARRY: That’s right, a salsa dish.
RICK KAMLA: Hamilton scores again. Here’s Covington, rattles out that three. So what’s
it going to take for Seth Curry to join his brother Stephen Curry in the NBA?
DENNIS SCOTT: That’s a great question. I think it’s a matter of him continuing to work on
the other end of the floor. We always talk about defensively because to get on the floor
and stay on the floor you have to be able to do both ends of the floor, and that is
something they need to work on. Ball handler is there. Obviously, you have to shoot the
basketball and be a better play maker. RICK KAMLA: Dee Bost with a terrific pass
to Covington. Hamilton, he’s getting them up. It’s pretty impressive for him to be able
to step out and knock that down. It looks very natural for him to shoot that ball.
Covington wanted a rim rattler right there. Pretty good defense by Chris Wright to disturb
him. It’s out of bounds. The Prospects will keep possession. High scoring first half.
Futures 69, Prospects 60. That is just the way we like it.
DENNIS SCOTT: Nice bounce pass. Oh, don’t know if he got a piece of that or not. The
ball might have slipped out of his hands. RICK KAMLA: Here’s Nunnally from the side.
Good looking shot there. Futures are going to look to close out this half, last possession
of the first. Ten seconds to go. Now down to 5. Hamilton will drive, kicks it to the
corner. Mo char owe yes. Ely with the catch. He did not get it off in time. The officials
are waving off that basket, so we are through 20 minutes in the NBA Development League All
Star Game presented by Kumho Tire. Futures on top 72 63 over the Prospects. Pierre Jackson
lit up this Convention Center. Coming up, it is the 2014 NBA Development League Dream
Factory, presented by Boost Mobile and the Dunk Contest. Stay tuned. Pierre Jackson needs to be in this next year
if he’s not in the NBA. It is the 2014 NBA Development League Dream
Factory presented by Boost Mobile, and there you see Tony Mitchell, the back to back slam
dunk champ with former D League player, Danny Green, who hits threes for the San Antonio
Spurs. Congratulations to Tony Mitchell, and let’s show you highlights of the Boost Mobile
NBA D League three point contest. EJ Singler against Troy Daniels. Singler finished with
a first round score of 21, Troy Daniels, 19. So they squared off in the second round for
the championship. DENNIS SCOTT: Yeah, two guys that can flat
out knock down the basketball. Danny, you talk about him a lot. Singler got a little
bit hotter. RICK KAMLA: Singler right here needed to hit
his last two shots to tie Daniels’ score of 14. And Daniels in the bonus round put up
18. Singler needed to make his final three shots for the win, and he did.
BRENT BARRY: Yeah, that was an awesome finish there going with the format the league is
going with. You can put the money balls wherever you like. Got hot in the corner, made the
one that counted to put him over the hump by 1.
RICK KAMLA: So EJ Singler of the Idaho Stampede, your three point contest champion here. The
second half of the All Star Game coming up. Look at this guy right here at Jam Session.
Off the trampoline. Coming to an arena near you.
DENNIS SCOTT: That’s true. BRENT BARRY: I was wondering where researcher
Kevin Cottrell has been spending his time. RICK KAMLA: Look at this guy. A little bigger.
Oh, behind the back. DENNIS SCOTT: Get fancy with that.
RICK KAMLA: I love it. We’re just about set for the second half here at the 2014 All Star
Game. Futures lead The Prospects by 9. Look at the shooting around 50% from both sides.
Is Prospects have made 9 threes, but they’ve turned it over 13 times. They trail here by
9. Leading score is Arinze a Onuaku with 14. There are five players in double figures as
we speak. Devin Ebanks and Troy Daniels with 12. Robert Covington, and Justin Hamilton
with 11. Pierre Jackson who got off to a fantastic start. Alley oop dunk for the first basket
of the game. Nine points and three assists. It’s Rick Kamla, BRENT BARRY, Brent Barry
and Jared Greenberg here at Jam Session at the Ernest N. Morial convention here in New
Orleans for the D League All Star Game 8th annual, presented by Kumho Tire. Do you think
the rotations will be the same in the second half the way they were in the first half where
the starters play ten minutes and the reserves come out and play the next ten minutes?
BRENT BARRY: I think you’ll see something close to that, Rick, until the last three
minutes. If the game is close, there could be adjustments from both coaches in that instance,
but for the most part, yes. I think you’re going to see balanced minutes being played
here at the D League All Star Game. RICK KAMLA: If I’m Steve head sell, the coach
of the Futures squad, keeping Pierre Jackson off the floor down the stretch would be tough
to do. Here’s Devin Ebanks, picking up right where he left off.
DENNIS SCOTT: Yes, mid range jumpshot knocks it down.
RICK KAMLA: Ebanks 14 points on 7 of 10 shooting. He’s in the running for MVP. Jackson
to Onuaku. Couldn’t get it down. They’ve been
sitting a long time. It was a long halftime. Ebanks again. Silky smooth.
DENNIS SCOTT: Coming out of West Virginia, we knew he could be a slasher. He got to L.A.
and he was trying to get that consistent jumpshot, night in, and night out.
BRENT BARRY: Here’s Jackson, ripped it. DENNIS SCOTT: He has a jumpshot. After watching
the lengthy Dunk Contest, these guys are ready. RICK KAMLA: Manny Harris with the steel. He
got a 4 on 2 actually. Here’s Liggins back to Harris. It is about as casual a possession
as you’re ever going to see. DENNIS SCOTT: They’re still trying to get
the blood flowing again. After a couple more minutes, things start to pick back up.
Ebanks has six points here to start the second half.
BRENT BARRY: Did he just do a little Karl Malone behind the head?
DENNIS SCOTT: Yes, he did. Yes, he did. RICK KAMLA: Pierre wants it. He’s all alone.
Bones, you were talking about a cup of coffee earlier with the dunk by Ra’Shad James.
BRENT BARRY: He gave it the finger licking good. He waited for the defense to get out
there. A little rag tag here to start the half. We’ll see if they try to shore it up
a little bit. RICK KAMLA: If I’m Nevada Smith, the coach
of the Prospects, I’m calling a timeout. You’ve got to play some defense, don’t you?
DENNIS SCOTT: I think they’re about to come into that point.
RICK KAMLA: Here’s Devin Ebanks. He is blistering hot right now.
DENNIS SCOTT: He says, thank you, people. I’m going to get this trophy.
RICK KAMLA: Four for four to start the second half.
BRENT BARRY: He’s up to 18 points. DENNIS SCOTT: Pierre Jackson with the miss.
Onuaku lost it on the way up. But a rare foul in this 2014 D League All Star Game. Arinze
Onuaku to the line. BRENT BARRY: Manny looks like he’s dealing
with something over there as Steve head sell has decided to take him out of the game. I
think. Or at least he’s talking to him about it. Devin Ebanks knocking down that mid-range.
He is having a seat over there, talking to the training staff looking at that ankle.
RICK KAMLA: Chris Wright has come into the game for Manny Harris.
BRENT BARRY: Manny Harris was the 2007 Michigan Mr. Basketball, 3 D T 24 years old. Talked
about his 56 point game, leading the D League in scoring. Also had a 46.58 game. That was
Pierre Jackson had the 58. Manny Harris had the 56. Those two guys battling each other.
RICK KAMLA: Manny Harris had a nice run with the L.A. Lakers with two ten day contracts.
Made some plays. He wasn’t just on the end of the bench. Looking good in the airport.
He was on the floor trying to help the Lakers. DENNIS SCOTT: Yeah, he came in and shot the
ball very well, but now trying to figure out how do I stay on the team? I’ve got to do
a little bit more as well. RICK KAMLA: Pierre Jackson 3 for 3 in this
half. Behind his back to the right. May have gotten away with the travel. The official
is saying he kind of bobbled it a little bit. Didn’t have full possession. I don’t know
if you’re going to buy that, Bones, but that was the call on the floor. Devin Ebanks, again.
22 points for Devin Ebanks and his team, The Prospects trail by 12. Both teams shooting
62% from the field. Onuaku, left handed flush. DENNIS SCOTT: Starting to sweat now. Brandon’s
starting to warm up now. Big fella starting to come in.
RICK KAMLA: He’s an MVP candidate with 18. That is Troy Danielson with the finger on
it. That’s hesitation. RICK KAMLA: Troy looking to the right with
the defender. Getting that finger roll to go. The call. They say it was off on The Prospects.
Here’s Liggins for the Future. 16 minutes to go in this second half. Diogu and Onuaku
with another contested dunk. BRENT BARRY: If he decides to switch on the
guard, none of those small guys are picking up on Onuaku. I can guarantee you that. Liggins
called for the foul. He thought he had a clean block on Troy Daniels. And that will be three
free throws for Mr. Daniels. We told you at halftime and showed you at halftime about
him losing the three point contest to EJ Singler. Did you see a foul there?
DENNIS SCOTT: Yeah, little bit. That is something we talked about in the NBA this year. Give
the shooter a chance to follow through and come down. Right there getting the chance
to get the fourth shot off and follow through. RICK KAMLA: 15 points for Daniels. Little
confusion there from The Futures side. You get free throws here. Just excited. They want
to get that ball and get out and show their stuff. Daniels missed the last two. Definitely
disturbed by the early entry into the Lane after the second attempt. White was on the
move. Liggins, one more. It’s Kevin Jones. DENNIS SCOTT: Kevin Jones is showing some
range. He can use that big body. But now he’s showing the soft touch.
RICK KAMLA: Jeffers, rushing, and Chris Wright and scored.
BRENT BARRY: Othyus there leaning to his right. And that last step, being able to decelerate,
having the defender go by you. Good use of the glass.
RICK KAMLA: Pierre tried to get it to Onuaku, Howard to Daniels. You can put this one in
the book. DENNIS SCOTT: Splash, like that? We talked
about Troy Daniels making five and a half threes against. You get three threes. Chris
Wright finishes. Chris Wright getting out. But you make three threes in the locker room,
icing down and you’re upset. Wait a minute, I’m supposed to have two more.
DENNIS SCOTT: Exactly. RICK KAMLA: Liggins off the steal beats Chris
Wright. Spilled off the rim on him. Here’s Ebanks out to Daniels. Boy, he’s got Liggins
all over him. Ebanks all alone. Uh huh. DENNIS SCOTT: Baseline drive, baseline dribble.
RICK KAMLA: 25 points for Devin Ebanks. He brings The Prospects within 10. Pierre Jackson
says why not? Oh, yeah. DENNIS SCOTT: He stood there, three, three,
three, three, three. RICK KAMLA: 5’10”, 175 product of Baylor,
and Daniels hits another one. They’re lighting up the scoreboard here at Jam Session.
DENNIS SCOTT: We said that once the blood starts flowing again, things start to pick
back up. RICK KAMLA: Kevin Jones, knocked out of bounds.
There is a timeout on the floor with 13:59 left in the second half. And DeAndre Liggins
with the nice pass to Chris Wright. RICK KAMLA: 10 point lead for The Futures
over the Prospects. 13:59 to go in the 2014 NBA D League All Star Game. Coming to you
from court side, Jared Greenberg, 17 times this season NBA teams have picked up the phone
to a D League squad and made what’s called a Gatorade call up. Bringing a player to the
NBA. Now the question is who has been the most
impactful player to go from the D League to the NBA over the course of the first half
of the season? Fellas, I’m going to give you a list of my cab candidates and see who you
like the best. There is Kendall Marshall who is on the Lakers he started 16 of 25 games.
How about Tyler of the Knicks, averaging 4.5 points. Real good shooting percentage.
There is also Chris Johnson, playing 12 games with the Boston Celtics. The first D League
call up of the year with Garrett with the Utah Jazz. He’s played 41 games, but seeing
limited time on the court for Utah. Fellas, of the list I gave you, who is your D League
Gatorade call up of the first half of the NBA season?
BRENT BARRY: I’m going to pick two guys. One, the surprise has to be Marshall. I think he’s
done fantastic things in L.A. most importantly in my opinion would be for himself, for his
NBA career to continue. Not so much the Laker franchise, they gave him the chance, but for
himself. I’m going to say James Johnson. They had injuries. The Memphis Grizzlies were maybe
talking about not making the playoffs. Waiting for Marc Gasol to get back. Tony Allen was
out. They make a trade and bring in a shooter in Courtney Lee. And they need some athletic
help, and they got it with Johnson. I think that was a key move so far as far as bringing
up somebody from the D League to impact the team. 19 10 with him in the lineup.
DENNIS SCOTT: I like that, partner. I’m going to stick with Marshall because he was drafted
so high and they expected so much out of him. Now when he got that second opportunity, you
wonder if he lost his confidence. Being out there with the Lakers and getting the assists,
obviously, the Lakers aren’t winning a lot of ballgames, but to his confidence, my career
can still be productive and make a move for the Future, I like to see him out there.
RICK KAMLA: Could you ask for a better style of play than to play in the Mike D’Antoni
system? 17 assists Thursday on TNT against the Oklahoma City Thunder, a really good defensive
team. DENNIS SCOTT: That’s why we say certain systems
are better. When you’re out running, throw the ball ahead, so the man can explore the
two or three man he’s playing with, and get the ball back and make good decisions.
RICK KAMLA: Diogu gets that one home, and here come The Prospects there within seven.
12:40 left in the second half. Liggins trying to push Diogu off. Kevin Jones has been hitting
jumpshots in this game. Not that time. Jeffers to Ebanks. Nice pass to Diogu. Devin Ebanks
spotted it. He’s coming back in transition. Able to get the lay up. You talked about those
baskets, those chippies. DENNIS SCOTT: The cherry picking, big fellas
delivering around the rim all game. RICK KAMLA: Onuaku has 22. His teammate Jackson
has 21. Ron Howard, huh uh. Jeffers. DENNIS SCOTT: Oh, hello. The peekaboo, got
you. RICK KAMLA: Othyus brings The Prospects within
five. The MVP chase still wide open in this one. Here’s Liggins good rebound by Devin
Ebanks. The pass to Jeffers. Here’s Ron Howard. He’s on the court this
time making a pass. Jeffers got fancy and fed Ebanks.
DENNIS SCOTT: Ebanks cutting down the Lane. Moving without the basketball. Nice, unselfish
play there. RICK KAMLA: Kevin Jones steps through. He’s
shooting his jumpshots out there, having an effect on this game.
Liggins showing handle. Wright decided to bump into Diogu right there. Hey, we’d like
you to catch the NBA’s hottest Prospects by watching the NBA D League game of the week
every Sunday at 3 p.m. Eastern right here on NBA TV.
BRENT BARRY: So, Rick, I talked to a couple coaches before this game. I talked to Steve
head sell who is the head coach of the Futures. He was the film coordinator for the Spurs
back in 2006 where I spent some time with Steve. Very proud of his hard work and the
job he’s done to get himself to this position. Talked a little about James Posey. The point
I want to bring up, if you look to Steve’s right, you’re going to see James Posey. Or
your other right. Sitting on the bench the over there. The other direction. We’ll get
to James Posey. I was talking to him about the idea of teaching a former player what
it’s like to be a head coach or a coach in the league. Talked about the process. Don’t
mean to ignore the game. There is James Posey sitting there. He talked to me about how he’s
coaching James Posey to become a coach in this league. About coming every day, and the
grind of being a coach. The process of practice planning and doing these things. So we’re
talking about these players developing, but there is so much more going on with the D
League, Dennis, that happens on the sidelines, in management, learning new positions and
the way these opportunities are creating an education, certainly a way of living that
these guys are enhancing their life around the game of basketball.
RICK KAMLA: Jackson to Liggins for three. That three ball by Liggins puts The Futures
up 11. And Prospects coach Nevada Smith has called time here at Jam Session. We continue
on with the NBA Development League All Star Game. Chris Wright flying right in your face.
It’s the 8th annual NBA Development League All Star Game presented by Kumho Tires. We
listen to Melvin Ely who is mic’d up.>>I could have, too. That dude’s going a
little bit too fast. I’m not falling for that. I should have fouled him. Yeah, yeah, that’s
something good. Way to shoot that. RICK KAMLA: We appreciate Melvin for letting
us wire him up, and give us another angle on this NBA Development League All Star Game.
As we resume action under ten minutes to go in the second half, The Futures are up 11.
They’ve got the rock back. Armstrong with that rebound. Futures on an 8 0 run. A couple
of records may go down here today. Devin Ebanks has 27 points. The record for points in the
D League All Star Game, Pops. Misses it back in 2007, the first D League All Star Game
back in Vegas. He had 30. Cameron Jones, hanging. Under control.
DENNIS SCOTT: Slowed down just enough. Two Defenders go by and a nice little touch there.
RICK KAMLA: Mo Charlo with that Jam, and Ron Howard for The Prospects has 11 assists. Blake
Ahearn has the record in assists in the D League All Star Game. 13 back in ’09. Melvin
Ely and then Cameron Jones with the back court steal, and the alley oop to Melvin Ely. Here
come The Prospects. DENNIS SCOTT: That’s a veteran move there.
Ely could have gone for the alley oop. He said, no, let me grab the ball and goes for
it easily. BRENT BARRY: If I said to you what did that
sound like mic’d up, Melvin Ely? DENNIS SCOTT: What a veteran?
BRENT BARRY: No, it was one of these oh, okay, I got it.
RICK KAMLA: Here’s Charlo. That was almost an air ball.
BRENT BARRY: The other one, Rick, Troy Daniels has six threes in the game. If he hits one
more, that would be a D League record. So one more for Troy, and that would be seven.
RICK KAMLA: Covington missed it. Got it back. Here’s Nunnally for three.
DENNIS SCOTT: Somebody left the window open on that one. Somebody tipped it now. The window
was open. RICK KAMLA: Troy Daniels currently sitting
down for The Prospects, and you wonder if he’ll get back into the game for a chance
at that record. The defense there by Dee Bost, getting the ball back for The Prospects. And
Dee Bost has turned up the energy here for the prospect team. Jones got it back to him.
It’s Melvin Ely. He stays hot. BRENT BARRY: That position on the competition
switch is about to be moved up a notch, I think.
DENNIS SCOTT: Yes, it is. BRENT BARRY: Under 8 to go here in the five
point contest. Gets that little jumper. RICK KAMLA: Hamilton is a skilled big man.
DENNIS SCOTT: Impressed with baseline jumpshots with the ball on the floor. Double dribbles
to the rim. RICK KAMLA: Chris Wright knocked it away from
Melvin Ely, briefly. That was Jones. The rebound to Hamilton. Kind of a lazy pass kicked off
by Covington, back to Bost. Someone’s got to shoot. It will be Covington. Short on that
three. BRENT BARRY: Justin Hamilton, three on one,
he stopped them all. RICK KAMLA: Foul on Dee Bost. Trying to get
a steal from Seth Curry. Looking forward to watching his brother, Stephen tonight’s the
State farm All Star Saturday night. DENNIS SCOTT:
BRENT BARRY: They’re assuming more pressure tonight with the shootout.
DENNIS SCOTT: You say more pressure tonight? BRENT BARRY: Yeah, the expectations when those
teams were announced. When you put Dell and Seth together, immediately the attention is
focused on the Curries. And it would be a disappointment if they don’t win.
RICK KAMLA: Jones got his own rebound. Bost, a good save there by char Lowe. Futures on
top, 115 110. Still just over 6 minutes to go in the annual D League All Star Game. Hamilton,
you can hear the slap on the wrist here at the scorers or broadcast position. So Hamilton
will go to the free throw line. Foul on Cameron Jones.
BRENT BARRY: 15th in the D League in scoring at 19 points per game. 8th in the league at
rebounding. Just a shade under 10 at 9.5, and 7th in the blocked shots. The Miami Heat
take a good, long look at Justin Hamilton. Trying to fill that center position. Some
of the things he showed me here today, 3 D, I could see the reasons why Miami would have
interest in this kind of talent. DENNIS SCOTT: To your point, surprised he
wasn’t picked up by somebody by now because so many guys have good hands to catch some
of these interior passes has been pretty impressive. RICK KAMLA: Nunnally off with the floater.
Wright to Hamilton. Curry behind the back, fading.
DENNIS SCOTT: That one maybe a Tadd bit out of the range there.
RICK KAMLA: What a pass by Bosh to Covington, plus the foul. Dee Bost can really run the
show up. DENNIS SCOTT: I like what I see. I don’t get
a chance to watch a lot of these players play throughout the year. But the little bit they
do, we see why these guys are here. RICK KAMLA: And so much of these days leading
up to the showcases, all the GMs and coaches involved in this game talk about the talent
level of these players each and every year impressing them.
So The Prospects within 4, under 6:00 to go in the second half. Curry shovels to right.
Wright couldn’t get the runner to go, and it’s out of bounds to The Prospects. Bost
has really changed the complexion and tempo of this game. Covington off with that shot.
Back comes Seth Curry. He wanted this one. Bost up ahead to Cameron Jones. Yes. He goes
tumbling into the front row there. Charlo and Hamilton are back. Here’s Hilton. Futures
back on top by 4. James Nunnally. Here we come. A one point ballgame. Turnover,
Covington. A second chance, and The Prospects have taken the lead, 220 119.
DENNIS SCOTT: Did you say the competition would pick up somewhere?
RICK KAMLA: Moving again to the right. Stepping it up with a one point game. Starting to have
some fouls called as well. A good indicator that the competitiveness is increasing here
at the NBA Development League All Star Game on NBA TV.
It’s the NBA All Star interview with Lebron James coming up All Star Monday at 9:00 Eastern
only on NBA TV. We’ve seen parts of that. Steve Smith sitting down with Lebron James.
Rifting stuff. I can’t wait for that? DENNIS SCOTT: I can’t wait either. Seeing
Lebron coming into this league and what he’s done for this league. Four MVPs. Two championship
rings. It’s unbelievable. BRENT BARRY: Smitty asked some great questions
and really got some quality time with Lebron. It will be great to watch that. Pierre Jackson,
shot clock running down. RICK KAMLA: Is that a foul on Melvin Ely?
DENNIS SCOTT: Yeah, I think that might be three shots.
RICK KAMLA: Yes, that’s three shots for Pierre Jackson. Now, guys, get this. The Futures
had built a 16 point lead. The Prospects had stormed back to take this 120 to 119 lead.
Quite a comeback. Jackson ties it up at 120. BRENT BARRY: See Melvin Ely trying to pressure
Pierre Jackson. The shot clock winding down. Don’t know if that’s enough to warrant a foul.
3 D there, three free throws for Pierre Jackson. You were mentioning about the lineups and
the changes, and whether or not they’re going to stay with the five for five. They’ve obviously
gone to some different lineups to close this game out.
RICK KAMLA: Futures on top 121 120. Covington, I don’t know how he kept his balance as he
drew that foul. He got the shot up, and he’ll go to the line to give The Prospects a one
point lead. DENNIS SCOTT: You hit it on the head, Rick.
The last couple minutes you saw the competition pick up here. Now the game is tight. I think
guys are saying you know what? I want to have bragging rights for this weekend. Let’s get
a victory. RICK KAMLA: Covington misses the first. That
is Steve head sell. First season as the head coach of the Canton Charge. They’re 20 12.
First place in the east division. Last four years he’s been a player development coach
with the Pistons. We were tied once again at 121. That is Nevada Smith. First season
as head coach of the Rio Grande valley Vipers. All they do is win every year. Here’s Dee
Bost. To Nunnally. Prospects picking up that full court pressure. Hamilton the big three.
He got it. DENNIS SCOTT: Hamilton proved me wrong. He
missed one of those early. He’s likely to come back to the other side and knock it down.
RICK KAMLA: Hamilton has 18. Cameron Jones. BRENT BARRY: A guy with great body control
around the rim. Being able to slow himself down to create the space he needs to get the
shot up. Great finish by Cameron Jones. RICK KAMLA: Futures with the ball, plus one,
three and a half to go. Here’s Hamilton. Hit him again.
DENNIS SCOTT: Move me wrong again, big fella. You’re going back to back corner threes.
BRENT BARRY: He’s taken 69 on the season. So it’s obviously something he can do.
RICK KAMLA: Covington brings it home. Prospects tie it up at 126. Off the backboard. Oh! Covington
missed the dunk. Pierre Jackson, back into the game for The Futures to Seth Curry.
DENNIS SCOTT: Pretty impressive. You know Pierre Jackson is a big time scorer, but unselfish,
and passing to another shooter. RICK KAMLA: Melvin Ely shows he can still
get off. You can see Jones setting that one up. As Melvin Ely able to get the one hand
finish to go, and you’ve got a one point game here.
129 128. This is like 1980s NBA basketball. Seth Curry to Pierre Jackson from the parking
lot! DENNIS SCOTT: Oh, he returns the favor and
looks at it like you didn’t get here fast enough.
RICK KAMLA: Futures up by 4. Covington sizing up Hamilton. Step back three is good.
BRENT BARRY: Somebody is watching the Rising Stars game.
DENNIS SCOTT: Yes, they were. BRENT BARRY: Covington has 23. Prospects within
one. Seth Curry goes blast. DENNIS SCOTT: That’s a tough shot right there.
Put your feet together in traffic, using the board.
RICK KAMLA: Futures back up three. Covington, hanging. Plus the foul. He’s got a chance
to tie at the line. BRENT BARRY: Three the old fashioned way here.
Getting contact and that one to go down. Great driving finish as he knew he could beat Hamilton
out there on the perimeter. Gets the contact and now finds his way to the free throw line
to see if he can complete it. RICK KAMLA: We were tied at 134. Covington
has good size. He’s quite an NBA prospect. Here Jackson was fouled by Dee Bost, and Bost
and Pierre are really competing. What do you think that conversation is like right there,
Dennis? DENNIS SCOTT: You know you tripped me. No,
I didn’t. I barely touched you. Yes, you did. You put your hand on my stomach.
RICK KAMLA: Stop playing. Stop playing. DENNIS SCOTT: No, I ain’t playing, man.
RICK KAMLA: Those are two competitive guys. Dee Bost to Jackson. Seth Curry, shot clock
down to 10. He’s got the Lane. He finishes a la Steve Nash.
BRENT BARRY: Cameron’s going to hear about that at practice. Those guys play on the same
team. DENNIS SCOTT: Yes.
RICK KAMLA: Covington hits another one. And the Prospects take a 1 point lead with 1:20
to go. Covington has 29. He’s one off the D League All Star Game record. Pierre Jackson
misses the dunk. Gets another chance and puts The Futures on top by one. Covington driving
on Hamilton. Stuffed by Hilton Armstrong! That would have been the record for Covington.
Futures up 1. Can’t add to the lead. It’s Dee Bost to Covington. He puts The Prospects
in front. There is your single game scoring record 31 points by Robert Covington.
DENNIS SCOTT: Pretty impressive all game long. Staying in attack mode, going to the rim,
nothing down threes. BRENT BARRY: I said he had questionable selection
in the All Star D League game, is there such a thing?
RICK KAMLA: He gives The Futures a 1 point lead with 37.9 to go.
Defense on Dee Bost, and Jackson is called for a foul with 29.5 seconds left. And Pierre
upset with himself. BRENT BARRY: I love right now, Rick, every
basket we have is going to start records. That 140 by The Futures is the most points
scored in a D League All Star Game. So if The Prospects get one to go, 3 D, guess what
they do? RICK KAMLA: And Dee Bost ties the game at
140. One more. And that just tied the record. DENNIS SCOTT: Just tied it. And it looks like
we’ll have another one. And another new record. RICK KAMLA: Prospects take the lead by 1.
Under 30 seconds left. Here’s Pierre. Driving on D. Diving Mo char Lowe, oh, he missed it.
Hilton Armstrong can’t corral the rebound. It comes to Covington, and he is fouled. Oh,
Mo Charlo had the lay up for the lead. BRENT BARRY: Say it ain’t so. He had a good
look at it. DENNIS SCOTT: Had a great look. Nice drop
off pass by Jackson. If he gave it to him nine more times, he’s make all nine.
RICK KAMLA: Look at how dejected Mo Charlo is. That’s a do you want to get away moment
for him. All right, so it’s Covington at the free throw line. Two point lead for The Prospects.
32 points for Robert Covington. If The Prospects can hold on, that man is probably getting
the MVP trophy. DENNIS SCOTT: It’s looking that way. Big time
come back. They were down 17 at one point in the game.
RICK KAMLA: Down 16. Three point lead for The Prospects. Robert Covington has 33 points,
22 in the second half. Timeout Futures. What a game. The most combined points was 267 for
the record back in 2012. And that record has been obliterated here in the 2014 NBA D League
All Star Game. 283 points and perhaps counting. DENNIS SCOTT: Oh, there are a couple more
going up before we get out of here, partner. RICK KAMLA: Futures coach, Steve head sell
drawing up a play for his crew. Looks confident. He’s got a cool demeanor about him, doesn’t
he, Brent? BRENT BARRY: He does. Like I said, I’m very
proud knowing Steve really wanted to have this sort of opportunity. He’s worked very
hard up through the ranks. Those years in San Antonio and then in Detroit. Some years
in Cleveland, and he has this opportunity within the Cavaliers organization to lead
up the Canton team, and he’s doing a fantastic job. Let’s see if he deploys Pierre Jackson,
one of the leagues’s best scorers. Second in the league here to get the bucket.
RICK KAMLA: Pierre to Seth Curry for the tie. Mo char Lowe, he is fouled underneath with
11.6 seconds to go. DENNIS SCOTT: Great call, Brent. They use
Pierre as the decoy and ran a flair screen for Curry. We know he has range as well. Great
play, great set up, great execution. But just missed the shot. To your point, great call
coming out of the timeout. RICK KAMLA: A deep attempt by Seth Curry,
certainly within his range. So Mo char Lowe who missed that lay up moments ago that would
have given The Futures the lead, tows the line and a chance to make it a one point game.
The plot thickens here in New Orleans. A fan behind us yelled Yo, trying to disrupt Mo.
Wasn’t having it. Smile on the face of Nevada Smith, coaching these Prospects. Charlo hits
them both, clutch. We have a one point Prospects lead. I think Dee Bost is telling Melvin,
you had me if you’d just throw it deep. BRENT BARRY: Good full court pressure there.
Causes The Prospects to call the timeout, and now Nevada Smith going to have to draw
something up. Obviously trying to get the ball inbounds to their best free throw shooter
at this juncture. DENNIS SCOTT: Hopefully they understand that
good spacing, whatever the play the coach is drawing up is crucial. Make sure you come
to the basketball. Don’t assume the ball is going to get to you. You go for it, and still
there could be the possible foul, that’s why you have to go to the ball.
RICK KAMLA: You look at Robert Covington, and he is one of the main reasons The Prospects
have this lead. Bones, general manager of the Houston Rockets. Do you think he’s been
impressed by what he’s seen from Covington? BRENT BARRY: Yeah, I think so. Reminds me
of a utility player that you’re able to put out as a defensive stopper. He can score the
basketball. You mentioned his physical size. He’s been impressive in the second half. That’s
for sure. They get the foul there. Cameron Jones was that inbounds passer through the
immediate foul. Saved some time. RICK KAMLA: 10.6 on the clock. There is Daryl
Morey. One of the best GMs in the NBA, and very active on social media as well.
DENNIS SCOTT: Yes, he is. RICK KAMLA: James Nunnally, good with the
first. Two point lead now for The Prospects. BRENT BARRY: Darryl still holding a few cards
in terms of the trade deadline. If Houston has some interests, I think there is some
flexibility on their end to do something. We’ll see what happens. But I think they’ve
had a good first half of the season getting this together.
DENNIS SCOTT: RICK KAMLA: Clutch free throw for Nunnally.
Down to five seconds. Pierre Jackson for three, and the tie. No. Too tap out. Mo Charlo’s
going to get it off with the tie, and The Prospects prevail.
RICK KAMLA: Two good looks. DENNIS SCOTT: Pierre Jackson with a nice kickout
there at the end, and Charlo just a little short.
BRENT BARRY: Great finish here. The show these guys put on, 145 142. Though that’s a lot
of points and setting the record for total points combined. Very competitive. Didn’t
get too sloppy though. DENNIS SCOTT: No, they did not. I like the
way they finished up. RICK KAMLA: We’ve been doing these D League
All Star Games since 2007. Most have been entertaining, but not like this one. In 2014
in New Orleans, The Prospects take it 145 142. Oh, yeah, and in the middle we had Tony
Mitchell going up back to back, slam dunk champion.
What an afternoon in New Orleans, but aren’t done. The MVP presentation is coming up on
NBA TV. The Prospects win the 2014 NBA Development
League All Star Game 145 142 over the Futures. Let’s send it to Barry Tom for the MVP presentation.
>>Ladies and gentlemen, direct your attention to center court with NBA TV’s Jared Greenberg.
>>I’m down here on the court with the NBA D League president Dan Reed as well as the
president and CEO of Kumho Tire USA, Harry Choi, as we are about to present the 2014
NBA D League All Star MVP.>>All right. Congratulations to all of these
All Stars and top NBA Prospects behind me. It’s a terrific 2014 NBA D League All Star
Game presented by Kumho Tire. But there was one player that stood out. The man to my left,
No. 33 with the Houston rockets and Rio Grande valley Vipers, congratulations to Robert Covington.
>>Robert, congratulations on taking home the hardware and the victory in tonight’s
game. I’d have to imagine for a team like yourself that you play on during the regular
season, you know about coming from behind and scoring a lot of points. So 16 points
wasn’t that big of a deal for you guys.>>No it definitely wasn’t T these guys might
have gotten down, but never quit fighting. That is the group of guys that we have. They
pursued to the end of the clock. It was a great group of guys on both teams. We came
out, had fun, put on a show for the fans and did everything we need to do.
>>On assignment by the Houston Rockets, you scored 22 of your new NBA D League All Star
Game records 33 points in the second half. Robert, you had Daryl Morey sitting court
side, the GM of the Rockets, do you think you impressed him.
>>Definitely. I’ve been, as I said, continuing to work hard every day. Definitely have a
good group of guys ahead of me, and I learned from them. So I have guys behind me, my teammates
push me and I’ll continuing to hard.>>Well, Robert Covington scores 22 in the
second half. Sets a new All Star Game record with 33 points. And hey, the last couple guys
named All Star Game MVP have gone on to do big things in the subsequent following weeks
in the NBA. Not too long after, what is about to happen for you we think here. Robert Covington,
Rick, is the MVP. RICK KAMLA: Jared, thank you so much. Congratulations
to Robert Covington and 7 of the 20 D League All Stars last year were called up in the
second half. So perhaps Robert Covington does get a call from the Houston Rockets who have
his rights. And we are out of time, ladies and gentlemen. For Jared Greenberg, DENNIS
SCOTT, Brent Barry, our statistician, I’m Rick Kamla, thank you for watching the NBA
D League All Star Game right here on NBA TV.