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Gerald Green Follows Vince’s Blueprint, more Ron Artest rumors, and Tyson Chandler Out for Team USA?

By 07.22.08
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Gerald Green is getting a good start on being the star of the Rocky Mountain Revue. He dropped 27 points (with five threes) in Dallas’ win over the Spurs yesterday, continuing his run as the leading scorer for the undefeated Mavs. Green said that since he doesn’t wanna be pigeonholed as a dunker, he’s trying not to dunk as much in these summer league games. Didn’t Vince Carter catch major flak for saying something like that when he played for the Raptors? Anyway, if the Mavs for whatever reason decide not to keep Green through training camp, he would actually fit in well with the Jazz. They have to decide this week if they’re gonna match Oklahoma City’s offer sheet for C.J. Miles, and if he’s let go, Green could step in as that athletic wing with shooting ability they wanted C.J. to be … Anthony Randolph put up 16 points and eight boards in Golden State’s win over the Nets, while Brook Lopez had 16, six boards and three blocks for Jersey. If you had to make a preseason All-Rookie 10-man rotation based on summer league ball, who would it be? We’re thinking Russell Westbrook and Jerryd Bayless in the backcourt, Michael Beasley and Kevin Love at forward, and Brook Lopez at center. Off the bench its O.J. Mayo, Mario Chalmers, J.J. Hickson, Anthony Randolph and Robin Lopez … He didn’t get his number retired, but 31-year-old Tractor Traylor isn’t the only older guy slumming it in the summer leagues. Speedy Claxton, 30, is on the Hawks’ roster, coming off the bench behind Acie Law. Speedy’s missed a ton of time with injuries over his career — including not playing at all this past season — so maybe he just wants to get back out there against (for the most part) NBA-caliber competition. Or maybe he thinks he needs every opportunity to battle Law for the #2 point guard spot behind Mike Bibby. If they’re both healthy, who would you rather have: Speedy or Acie? … As if Team USA wasn’t thin enough in the middle (depth-wise; we all know Dwight Howard is a brick wall by himself), alternate Tyson Chandler‘s toe injury might keep him off the squad. Chandler was going to travel with the team to Beijing but could only suit up if someone got hurt. It hasn’t been decided yet whether he’ll sit out with this injury or not, but word is Kevin Durant could get that 13th spot if Chandler doesn’t go. That would be pretty pointless, actually. They should bring a big man, but the only available bigs officially in the USA Basketball program are Antawn Jamison, Lamar Odom, Brad Miller, Nick Collison, Greg Oden and Elton Brand. And that simultaneous “YEAH F’N RIGHT!” you just heard came from headquarters in Portland and Philly. Can they just divert from the program once and take Al Jefferson? … Does Gilbert Arenas deserve a spot on our “Loser List” series? A lot of you said “No” when Gil’s name came up yesterday. On one hand, he is only 26 and has a lot of time to prove himself as a winner. On the other hand, he’s racking up a history of first-round playoff exits despite having a very talented team around him (more support than T-Mac‘s ever had), and the list of shoot-first/shoot-second point guards with championship rings on their fingers is a short one. Tell us what you think HERESebastian Telfair re-signed with the Wolves, a good move for someone who just needs some stability and a defined role for more than one year so he can succeed. Bassy might not like being Randy Foye‘s backup, but there aren’t many (any?) places where he could start. He can always look to Chauncey Billups as an example of a guy who didn’t “get it” until he was well into his career and ended up being a superstar … The Kings/Lakers talks have reportedly cooled down regarding the Ron Artest-for-Odom trade, but now word is the Kings are getting interest in Artest from the Pistons. We know a lot of fans are fickle nowadays, but can you see any scenario where Ron-Ron isn’t booed by the Palace fans? … What do the Pistons need to get over the conference finals hump? We continued our series of breaking down all 30 NBA teams’ needs yesterday with Detroit, with another team to be posted later today … You’re not really worried about the NBA being “invaded” by the Euroleague, are you? That’s the popular topic as of late, between the Brandon Jennings story, a few recent draft pick choosing to stay overseas because the money’s better, a handful of NBA guys — Carlos Delfino, Jorge Garbajosa, J.C. Navarro, Primoz Brezec and most recently Boki Nachbar — opting to go overseas after becoming free agents, and with the news coming out yesterday that Josh Childress is seriously considering Greece as an option. (Before being traded to the Nets, Keyon Dooling also mentioned the possibility of playing in Europe.) We don’t think it’s a big deal at all; with each guy who’s actually taken the overseas money, you could say all of them weren’t bad bets to eventually go back across Atlantic eventually anyway … As far as Boki, he agreed to a three-year, $14 million deal with Dynamo Moscow (Russia). His teammates will include Hollis Price (THE MAN at Oklahoma), ex-Blazer Sergei Monia and Yaroslav Korolev, who’s trying to get on with an NBA team this year, but didn’t do anything in summer league to justify it. “The NBA had better be careful,” Nachbar told reporters yesterday. “European teams are offering a lot of money. It’s much more, considering there are no taxes, than what I could make signing for the mid-level exception.” … Would you like a free pair of Air Force 1’s? How about a throwback Bernard King jersey? A fresh pair of Iverson Q3 kicks? We’re still giving this stuff away as part of our summer cleaning. Do like Too $hort says and get in where you fit in … We’re out like Boki …


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