With the blink-and-you-missed it way basketball has infiltrated our online and television lives, it’s only fair you get some warning for what’s up next. Whether it’s a basketball game halfway around the world, the NBA Finals, a revealing interview, or a high school star’s mix tape, we’ve got you covered with our “Screen & Roll” recap of what’s coming on for the coming week.
The following selections cover July 21 – July 27.
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NBA Summer League Championship – Las Vegas
After 66 games in the books in Las Vegas, the summer league championship tournament has been narrowed down to two teams: the Houston Rockets (5-2) and the Sacramento Kings (5-1). Six-foot point guard and former D-Leaguer Isaiah Canaan is averaging 17.3 points and 2.9 assists in seven games in Vegas for the Rockets, while third-year center Donatas Motiejunas has recorded three straight double-doubles. Meanwhile, second-round pick from Arizona Nick Johnson has put together a very solid and consistent summer league performance in Orlando and Las Vegas, scoring in double-digits in all but one outing (a total of 13 games) for Houston.
On the other end of the court, the Sacramento Kings are a dangerous summer league team, led by rising star Ben McLemore and first-round pick Nik Stauskas. Even though Stauskas struggled from the three-point line in the semifinals, the sharp-shooter from Michigan goes into the championship game shooting 45 percent from beyond the arc in Vegas. Third-year forward Quincy Acy has also assembled a solid showing Las Vegas, showing improved range on his jumper to go along with deep-rooted rebounding and hustling exploits.
It has been yet another eventful week-and-a-half of basketball in the desert, as most of this year’s top draft picks made their long-awaited NBA debuts. Don’t miss your last chance to see NBA action until the players rejoin their squads for training camp and preseason in the fall.
Airs live Monday, July 21 at 9:00 P.M. EST on NBA TV
“After Dark with Rick Fox”
We all know that the nightlife in Vegas is nothing but unique. Former NBA champion and current NBA TV analyst Rick Fox provides a behind-the-scenes look at the happenings from his experience at the NBA summer league in Las Vegas. “After Dark” already aired its first two episodes on Saturday and Sunday, and the special will conclude tonight as Summer League wraps up its season in the desert.
Undrafted point guard and summer league invitee for the Golden State Warriors Aaron Craft, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood from New Kids on the Block, comic and author Russell Peters (interview below), and Stephen Marley have all chatted with Fox under the beautiful night sky of Sin City. Illusionist Criss Angel also played some tricks on first-round pick Kyle Anderson and Fox. Find out what Fox has in store for basketball fans in the last installment from Vegas after the Summer League champ is crowned.
Monday, July 21 at 11:30 P.M. EST on NBA TV