Portland begins its summer league play tonight (versus the Knicks' squad at 3:00 pm PST), and here's what we're hearing about the team. You can see the team's roster here. The names of note include Telfair, Webster, Jack, Monia, Outlaw, Sinanovic, and Ha. Here's what we're hearing:
-Sergei Monya: He's trying to get his VISA situation handled, and it will probably be another week before he can join the team, meaning he'll likely miss the first 3-4 games.
-Martell Webster and Travis Outlaw are going to be the focus of the team. Coach Bill Bayno (one of Portland's scouts) said that "we might play them until they drop", and he wants to see both play extensively with Telfair. Pritchard added that "we might be seeing our 1-2-3 of the future". I found that comment intersting for a two reasons ... 1. What does that mean for Darius Miles? He's not exactly an elder citizen. 2. Clearly this means that the team isn't looking at trying to make Outlaw a shooting guard, which some had speculated.
-Ha reported badly out of shape. The club isn't sure at this point if he's got the stamina to play even starting minutes in the summer league. A bad sign for a player who showed a bit of promise last season.
I wish that NBA TV would televise these games live. It's a travesty that we can't see every summer league game on the tube. A few of them will be broacast on NBA TV next week on a tape-delayed basis ... here's when Portland's games will be televised:
7/13 game, Cavaliers vs. Blazers (airs 7/19 - 6:00 PM ET / 4:00 AM ET / 2:00 PM ET on 7/20)
7/14 game, Blazers vs. Wizards (airs 7/20 - 8:00 PM ET / 2:00 AM ET / 12 noon on 7/21)
7/15 game, Cavaliers vs. Blazers (airs 7/22 - 8:00 PM ET / 4:00 AM ET / 12 noon on 7/24)