That goes for players, coaches, scouts, front office execs and yes….even for a writer.
NBA summer league in Las Vegas heads into its second full week of play and while I opted to sit this one out (figured with Emily in New York on business, Piper running pick-and-rolls in Vegas may be a bit much) I’m keeping tabs on the latest from summer league – thanks to an editor who hit me up with an early Monday morning deadline on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
That’s the way it goes. No rest for the weary.
And besides, knocking out a story on the New Orleans Hornets third-year center/forward Hilton Armstrong is nothing compared to keeping a 19-month little girl entertained with temps reaching near 100 degrees at 4 o’clock in the afternoon. Figured if Hilton could punch the clock on a hot sultry Sunday in Vegas, I could do the same here in Portland.
Gotta hand in to those Hornets man. Seriously. Between playing their hearts out for the people of New Orleans, Chris Paul chasing MVP honors, and head coach Byron Scott earning his Coach of the Year award, that squad was truly the feel good story of the NBA last year. And you can’t forget Tyson Chandler either – always an easy and genuine interview – and one of those guys who doesn’t get enough love in my opinion when you talk about the “next generation”.
Anyone who gets two of their teeth knocked out – actually a chipped tooth and a lost crown – after taking an elbow in a game last year has my respect.
And Tyson….sorry James Jones had to pop that jumper over you a few posts back. I hope this pic completes the apology.