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.
Sports fans, what does flopping mean to you? On May 31st, Slugtalk had an in-depth discussion about flopping and its place in semi-contact sports such as basketball and soccer where unnecessary contact is often penalized in the form of fouls. If you’re new to the term flopping, it is essentially when a player intentionally falls from little to no contact in an attempt to draw a foul call from an official. Does it hurt the integrity of sports? Is there a place for it and/or should there be harsher penalties for flopping? As it is, in the NBA right now, if a player flops egregiously the league reviews the alleged offense and then determines whether or not to fine the player anywhere from $5,000-$10,000. This measure, introduced this past year, seems not to have especially affected the amount of flopping in the NBA. A lot of players make their careers on taking contact and getting fouls called. So, what do you think, Slugtalk listeners?
Indiana Pacers Forward Paul George embarrassing Miami Heat Guard Mario Chalmers by hitting a three-pointer in his face after Chalmers attempts to flop but fails to get a call from the officials.
Winter is not only a time for hot cocoa and new year’s resolutions – it is a time for NBA basketball.
The city of Santa Cruz is taking the NBA D-League by storm this winter with the Santa Cruz Warriors performing far beyond expectations and making league history. Currently, the SC Warriors are number one in the West Division with a record of 9-4. After winning their first game in the history of Santa Cruz before a sellout crowd, defeating the Bakersfield Jam 93-88, the Warriors were off to a great start to the NBA D-League Season.
In addition to their outstanding victories, Santa Cruz Warriors guard Travis Leslie has been named NBA Development League Player of the Month of January for games played in November and December. The first honor of the 2012-2013 season is also the first of Leslie’s NBA D-League career. On January 7th, the NBA D-League announced that Leslie will compete in the Showcase slam dunk competition on Wednesday.
For updates, statistics, and schedules of the Santa Cruz Warriors visit www.nba.com/dleague/santacruz.
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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/