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We’re moving to CuseCountry.com

Posted by Tim on August 24, 2007

DC is Cuse Country

This is a photo of a sign blog contributor Josh made before a game against Georgetown in Washington. It became something of a running joke in our crew: Wherever we were, that was Cuse Country. When it came time to name this little project of ours, it seemed a natural fit. Holy crap, the Internet is Cuse Country!

Now, the time has come to move to nicer real estate. And with football season looming like an orange cloud of noxious gas, we’re moving to a new address that doesn’t have “hoops” in the URL.

So come visit us at CuseCountry.com. Same great stuff, new great home.

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Summer League Wrapup

Posted by Josh on July 16, 2007

Being on tour with my band for the 2nd half of last week, I was unable to keep up with the NBA summer league action. So here’s a wrapup of the last half of the camp.

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Posted in Demetris Nichols, Former Orangemen, Gerry McNamara, Mookie Watkins, NBA | 4 Comments »

Summer League Update 7-10

Posted by Josh on July 11, 2007

All three SU alums in the NBA summer league were in action last night.

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NBA Summer League Update

Posted by Josh on July 8, 2007

On Lucky Saturday (7/7/07) Darryl Watkins played 12 minutes for the Kings’ summer league team. He had 7 points (2-5 fg, 3-3 ft) and 5 rebounds. Gerry McNamara has a sprained ankle (yes, again) so he’s missed the 76ers’ first two summer league games. The Knicks’ team, featuring Demetris Nichols, has not played yet this summer. Their first game is Monday 7/9.

Posted in Demetris Nichols, Former Orangemen, Gerry McNamara, Mookie Watkins, NBA | 1 Comment »

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.

Posted in Demetris Nichols, Elvir Ovcina, Former Orangemen, Gerry McNamara, Josh Pace, Mookie Watkins, NBA | 1 Comment »

An open letter to NBA general managers: You seem to have forgotten about Terrence Roberts

Posted by Tom on July 2, 2007

Soaking in the recent megabuzz surrounding this year’s NBA draft, I was pleased to notice the names of Syracuse studs Demetris Nichols and Daryl Watkins tossed around by your ilk. They’re good players, and their likely signing to one of your rosters will serve you well. But in everything from the pre-draft buzz to the draft day reality, the absence of one man’s name from the chatter seemed inexplicable. Left out of the field was a chiseled 6-9 athlete carrying 230 pounds of pure muscle. A man with the heart of a lion, and the power, hunger, and coachability of a kodiak bear. That’s right, NBA general managers. Right about now you should be getting that sinking feeling like you just left your ATM card at a gas station 200 miles back. The time has come for you to explain to your fans how you let Terrence Roberts slip through the cracks. Read the rest of this entry »

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Vee Ars des Chaampioners (Pro Update 6-27)

Posted by Josh on June 28, 2007

Elvir Ovcina has some jewelry!

Elvir Ovcina Championship

Telinuds Oostende has won the Belgian League Championship. When we last checked in, they’d taken the first game of a best-of-five series. The series went the full five games. Euphony Bree won the second game, in which Elvir had 12 points and 8 boards. Telindus came back to dominate game three, winning by 19 — Elvir with 15 & 8. Game four was a nailbiter, with Bree erasing a 4-point deficit at the start of the fourth quarter, and squeaking out a 1-point victory on their home court. Elvir went scoreless in this one, and grabbed just 5 boards. This set up the deciding game, on Telindus’ home floor.

And it wasn’t even close. The superheroes from Oostende crushed the pretenders 100-77. Elvir had another 15 points and 8 boards. Thus overjoying tribal monk-chefs all over Belgium. Plus look at the size of that cup! And the jaw of the guy holding it!

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Posted in Craig Forth, Demetris Nichols, Elvir Ovcina, Former Orangemen, Josh Pace, Mookie Watkins, NBA | 2 Comments »

The Next Rasheed?

Posted by Josh on June 10, 2007

Checking out hoopshype.com’s workouts list, they indicate that Darryl Watkins will be working out for the Pistons on Monday, alongside Josh McRoberts. (Although, they inexplicably list Mookie as coming from Boston College!)  Amidst rumors that Rasheed Wallace is on his way out of Detroit, there may be room for another power forward/center on the roster. Detroit has one of the last picks in the draft (#57 out of 60). If Mook is chosen at all, it will be around that time, and in fact hoopshype’s latest mock draft has Detroit choosing him with that pick. Draftexpress.com’s workout list does not show Mookie’s Pistons workout, but it does say that last week he met with the Heat on June 6 and the Bulls on June 7. Their mock draft projects him being chosen by San Antonio with pick #58.

Draftexpress’ workout list also indicates that Nichols will be meeting with the Warriors on June 20, the day before he goes to Portland. They mock-project him to the Warriors at #36, while hoopshype and nbadraft.net both have him going to Seattle at #35.

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Pre-draft Camp Wrapup

Posted by Josh on June 4, 2007

Neither of the two online sources I have found which were covering the NBA Pre-draft Camp on a daily basis — draftexpress.com and nbadraft.net — had anything to say about Demetris’ or Mookie’s final day at the camp, which suggests that neither of them did anything noteworthy in their final game. However, now the camp is over and it’s time to look at the overall picture.

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Posted in Demetris Nichols, Former Orangemen, Marquette, Mookie Watkins, NBA, Pitt, Terrence Roberts, Villanova | 1 Comment »

Mook & Nic in Orlando

Posted by Josh on June 1, 2007

Yesterday, Demetris Nichols continued his impressive shooting at the NBA pre-draft camp. He scored 17 points on 6-7 shooting, including 3-4 from deep. The draftexpress.com story about all of Day 3 is here, but you have to scroll down a ways to see the blurb about Nichols. Alternatively you can go to Demetris’ profile page which has just the blurb about him, though does not have his statline for the game yesterday. The main thrust of their commentary is that he is “instant offense” but only average in terms of defense and rebounding.

Darryl Watkins also got some coverage from draftexpress. He had a bad game 1 on Wednesday but a better effort Thursday in game 2, with 7 points and 9 rebounds in 20 minutes of play. You can go to his profile page to read more, but it’s likely that any of us could have written what you will find there, without being at the camp. Tell me if these phrases sound familiar:

  • “[I]t should be noted that most of his shot attempts could’ve been finished with powerful jams he is capable of making, though he usually settles for finesse moves he doesn’t consistently convert instead.”
  • Watkins has a great set of physical tools, and shows off some nice skills as well, but he doesn’t consistently play with the assertiveness he should on either end of the floor.”

Still, their opinion is that Mookie is showing enough talent and raw athletic ability to get drafted in the 2nd round as a ‘project’, and will likely end up signing a contract but being assigned to the D-League where he can develop his game.

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