LJWorld.com weblogs 'Hawks in the NBA
Selby sees the court (and other news from Friday's preseason games)
- Josh Selby (Memphis Grizzlies) played in his first NBA (OK, preseason) action on Friday night — 19 minutes against the New Orleans Hornets. And that might be the only good news for him. While playing more minutes than he's likely to see again all year, he scored just two points on 1-for-5 (0-for-3 from three) shooting. He had one rebound, one assist and one steal, but also committed two fouls and turned the ball over twice (full stats here, photos of Josh playing here and here).
About Selby’s performance, Chris Herrington of the Memphis Flyer wrote: “He never looked comfortable and certainly didn't look like he had a position.” Herrington also quoted Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins, who said: “(Josh is) young and has a lot to learn. He saw tonight that the NBA is a lot different than those charity pick-up games he played in during the summer.” There are some other nuggets in the recap of the game, including a suggestion that a stint in the D-League might be exactly what Josh needs to get up to speed.
Darrell Arthur (Memphis Grizzlies) sat out the Grizzlies’ preseason game against the Hornets. He was listed as "DND - Left Achilles Soreness." The Memphis Flyer notes that Arthur’s injury isn’t serious and if it was a regular season game, he probably would have played. Xavier Henry did not play either, but his injury is a bit more serious (torn ligaments in his ankle). He’s still expected back in two to four weeks.
Brandon Rush (Indiana Pacers) also played, but he only saw 10 minutes on the court against the Chicago Bulls. Rush was 1-for-2 (all from behind the three-point arc), with an assist and a foul (full stats here).
Another solid effort for Morningstar
Everyone’s favorite D-League sensation, Brady Morningstar (Tulsa 66ers), had another good game on Friday night. Brady played 45 minutes (!) and scored 21 points on 10-for-23 shooting (1-7 from three). He also recorded four rebounds, five assists, three steals … and three turnovers. Pretty solid all-around effort (full stats here). It’s his third straight game with at least 36 minutes and at least 14 points. Will Brady start attracting the attention of NBA teams that need backup guards? KUSports.com’s own Gary Bedore asked that question Friday night in the newsroom. What do you think?
Before you make up your mind, you should know that you can watch NBA D-League games for free online, on the NBA's website. Check it out tonight at 7 when Brady and the 66ers take on the Springfield Armor.
Jayhawks in weekend NBA preseason games
7 p.m., NBATV, Marcus Morris and the Houston Rockets vs. the San Antonio Spurs
7 p.m., Drew Gooden and the Milwaukee Bucks vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves
5 p.m., Mario Chalmers and the Miami Heat vs. the Orlando Magic
6:30 p.m., NBATV, Nick Collison and Cole Aldrich and the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. the Dallas Mavericks