Aaron Miles must have felt like he was back in college Friday night.
The former Kansas University point guard, who KU coach Bill Self says appears to have a legitimate shot at making the roster of the Golden State Warriors, took part in a "Late Night in the Phog" moment at the Warriors' public practice in Oakland.
The undrafted free agent, on the spur of the moment, was instructed to sing KU's alma mater by third-year Warriors guard Mike Dunleavy.
Miles performed a "squeaky rendition," according to the San Jose Mercury News.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, "Miles, Chris Taft (Pittsburgh) and Ike Diogu (Arizona State) delivered their renditions admirably, but the highlight belonged to Monta Ellis, who jumped from high school to the NBA."
Ellis was told to perform "I'm a Little Teapot" in lieu of any college song.
"It was finally time to put them out in front of an audience and make them work," Dunleavy told the Chronicle.
¢ Chenowith starts NBA game: Former KU center Eric Chenowith, who is in camp with the Denver Nuggets, started and played 15 minutes in Friday's 97-91 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. Chenowith hit two of six shots and had seven points with five rebounds. Former Western Kentucky center Nigel Dixon, also vying for a Nuggets' roster spot, was better than Chenowith, grabbing 13 rebounds in 20 minutes.
¢ Langford's time down: Keith Langford's chances of playing pro ball might be fading. The former KU guard has played in two exhibition games for the Houston Rockets, hitting three of eight shots for seven points.
¢ Pierce speaks out: Ex-Jayhawk and current Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce is not happy with the NBA's new dress code. Players outside the locker room, team bus or plane must wear "business casual" dress - that is dress shirts and/or sweaters, slacks, khaki pants or dress jeans, and appropriate shoes and socks.
Prohibited items include T-shirts, chains, medallions, sunglasses while indoors, and headphones.
"We're not businessmen," Pierce told the Boston Globe. "We don't have to go to work early in the morning. I think you look at us as entertainers. You should be able to dress how you feel. That's the beauty of us, that we have that kind of creativity to express ourselves. I don't agree with it.
"Every player should have a feel of how they market their own selves. If you don't feel like you have to wear a coat and tie, you shouldn't have to. We're an industry."
Pierce, the paper reports, likes to wear attire "ranging from suits to sweaters and jeans. But he also likes throwback jerseys, bejeweled chains, and sunglasses, all forbidden under the new code."
Pierce said he agreed with some NBA players that the new dress code was racist.
"When I saw the rule that you can't wear chains (I thought it was)," Pierce told the Globe. "That's just part of our culture, when we wear the chains and the hip-hop gear and the throwback jerseys."
¢ Simien's quest for minutes: Ex-Jayhawk forward Wayne Simien of the Miami Heat is battling Udonis Haslem and Antoine Walker for playing time. Through three exhibition games the 6-foot-9, 250-pound Simien had 18 points and nine rebounds in 31 minutes.
"He's a guy that if you tell me, 'You've got an injury or whatever and you've got to play Wayne 24 minutes a game,' I'm fine with that," coach Stan Van Gundy told the Palm Beach Post.
"I'm pretty good about learning the plays and knowing my role. But I'm still continuing to learn. It's early," Simien said.
¢ Ostertag fit: Ex-Jayhawk center Greg Ostertag reported in top shape to Utah Jazz camp. He played for Sacramento last season. "Greg has never worked as hard in his life as he's worked since he's been back here," Jazz coach Jerry Sloan told the Utah media. Meanwhile, ex-Jayhawk forward Scot Pollard of the Indiana Pacers has a calf injury that will force him to sit at least the next two weeks.
¢ Cards' Padgett healing: Former KU center David Padgett (broken ankle) is healing quicker than expected and should be back for Louisville's exhibition opener in early November.