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Almost as awesome as 2003 (Pro Update 7-6)

Posted by Josh on July 6, 2007

Following on the heels of Elvir Ovcina’s championship in Belgium, Josh Pace has brought home the hardware from even further away.

In the last update we mentioned that Pace was the regular season MVP of the NBL in New Zealand, and that his team, the Nelson Giants, had made the finals of their playoffs. Well, Nelson laughed (‘haw-haw!’) in the faces of their opponents, the Easy LPG Bay Hawks, by sweeping the best-of-three series last week. In Game One, Pace had 23 points and 5 rebounds, leading his team to a 9-point win on the road. In Game 2, Pace had 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists, and the Giants celebrated the championship on their home floor. I haven’t found any news on who was named the Playoffs MVP (if they even do such a thing) but the smart money is on J-Peezy, who now has an NBL Championship Medal to go with his NCAA ring.

In NBA news, Mike Waters was first to report that Darryl Watkins signed a free agent contract with the Kings, and Gerry McNamara signed one with the 76ers. They, along with Demetris Nichols, will be playing in the Las Vegas summer league which starts today (in fact, Philadelphia is playing as we speak — the scoreboard shows the game at halftime, and Gerry has not got in the game yet). We’ll let you know how they do.

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One Response to “Almost as awesome as 2003 (Pro Update 7-6)”

  1. Pete said

    Yep, JP was outstanding for us down here in Nelson, New Zealand, this year (and last year, when he made Allstar Five but the Giants went out in the semifinals).

    A great person and an outstanding player, Josh was the hub of a team that also contained three Tall Blacks (NZ’s national team, 4th at the world champs in Indy 2002) and power forward Jamil Terrell … whose name is worth typing into Google to see what you get.

    JP was matched for output in the finals series by 1.95m forward Mika Vukona but either would have been a worthy finals MVP, if they made that award!

    Hoping to re-sign Josh for the 2008 NBL season … but maybe he has ambitions on a bigger scale. he certainly has the ability.

    Pete M … basketball reporter, the Nelson Mail, NEW ZEALAND

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