Hey sports fans, I want to talk about the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury. What used to be one of the most dreaded injuries that could befall a professional sports player has in recent years been viewed as considerably less serious than it used to be. Athletes are returning faster than ever from this debilitating injury. Example: Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson who, the year before last, suffered a catastrophic ACL/MCL injury but returned for an MVP season the next year. So why doesn’t the Adrian Peterson effect carry over to basketball? NBA players seem tentative at best regarding the issue of returning from injury, Kobe Bryant notwithstanding. Derrick Rose, who tore his ACL in the 2011-12 playoffs, effectively eliminated the #1 seeded Bulls from contention. Rajon Rondo has been hinting at returning early but the Celtics might opt to keep him out until he’s completely healthy. What do you think sports fans? Why aren’t basketball players rushing back onto the court like football players to the field? We’ll talk about this and of course NCAA sports when Slugtalk returns to KZSC Fridays from 5-6 pm this fall.
On November 2, 2012, the city of Santa Cruz made basketball history. The Santa Cruz Warriors, the official D-League affiliate of the Golden State Warriors, made eight selections during the 2012 NBA D-League Draft, marking the first D-League draft in Santa Cruz history.
The first-ever selection by the Santa Cruz Warriors was awarded to 6’4’’ guard Travis Leslie from Georgia. In the 2011 NBA Draft, Leslie was picked 47th in the second round by the Los Angeles Clippers. During the 2011 season, Leslie played 10 games for the clippers and four preseason games this year. The Georgia native averaged 14.4 points 7.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists shooting 49.2% from the field in his last year at the University of Georgia. With his prior NBA experience and outstanding athletic qualities, Leslie will be a great asset to the Santa Cruz Golden State Warriors and will benefit from time in the D-League.
In addition to the likings of Leslie, the Santa Cruz Warriors chose T.J. Robinson, a 6’8’’ forward from Long Beach State, as the first pick of the third round and the second oveall draft pick. Robinson averaged 12 points and 10.2 rebounds in 34 games his senior year.
In the following rounds, the Santa Cruz Warriors picked Faisal Aden from Washington State, Durrell Summers from Michigan State, Steve Tchiengang from Vanderbilt, and Darren Moore from UC Irvine. In addition to the draft picks, two players from local open tryouts were chosen for the D-League team. Japeth Aguilar, a 6’10” center from Western Kentucky who has played professionally in the Philippines, participated in open tryouts in Oakland. Arron Mollet, a 6’3” guard from Notre Dame de Namur who played basketball at Gavilan College and Del Mar High in San Jose, participated in open tryouts at Aptos High School.
The 2012-13 season will begin on Sunday, December 2nd at Reno, NV. The Santa cruz Warriors will hold their first home game on Sunday, December 23rd against Bakersfield.
For more information on the Santa Cruz Warriors, visit http://www.nba.com/dleague/santacruz/
Tonight (Saturday, Dec. 10th) is the home opener for the UCSC Men’s Basketball Team! Come to the College 8 West Field House tonight at 7 PM to watch your Banana Slugs host Menlo College. It should be an exciting game, so come out and support your B-Slugs!
For more information on UCSC athletics, visit www.goslugs.com
NBA owners and union officials have agreed to a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, with the NBA season starting on December 25th!
Tonight on Slugtalk 7-8 PM, KZSC will interview former NBA player Lamond Murray and discuss the new CBA that was ratified. Lamond Murray was selected 7th overall by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 1994 NBA Draft after a college career at the University of California, Berkeley. Murray averaged 11.3 points per game in his 12-year NBA career.
It’s a great interview that you don’t want to miss!
To listen to the Lamond Murray Interview, please visit: http://www.kzsc.org/blog/2011/11/30/slugtalk-113011/