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  Friday, July 7, 2006

Summer Pro League Introduction
By Jonathan Givony

By href=/profile//> Richard href=/profile//> Walker

Saturday, href=/profile//> July href=/profile//> 8th, href=/profile//> marks href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> opening href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 37th href=/profile//> annual href=/profile//> Summer href=/profile//> Pro href=/profile//> League href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Long href=/profile//> Beach, href=/profile//> California. href=/profile//> Despite href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> large href=/profile//> number href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> electing href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> summer href=/profile//> league href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Las href=/profile//> Vegas, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> SPL href=/profile//> promises href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> interesting href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> eventful href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> previous href=/profile//> years.

John href=/profile//> Younesi, href=/profile//> CEO href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Summer href=/profile//> Pro href=/profile//> League, href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> kind href=/profile//> enough href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> give href=/profile//> an href=/profile//> introductory href=/profile//> press href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> Friday href=/profile//> where href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> mentioned href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> league's href=/profile//> history href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> floors. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> discussed href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> expectations href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> several href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> would href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> returning href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Long href=/profile//> Beach href=/profile//> starting href=/profile//> next href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//> Coaches href=/profile//> Sean href=/profile//> Rooks href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Olden href=/profile//> Polynice href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> attended href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> explained href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> philosophies href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> comes href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> preparing href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NBA href=/profile//> stage. href=/profile//> Specifically href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> noted href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> mental href=/profile//> toughness href=/profile//> required href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> listening href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> then href=/profile//> directly href=/profile//> applying href=/profile//> advice href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> coaches href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> veterans.

Lakers href=/profile//> General href=/profile//> Manager href=/profile//> Mitch href=/profile//> Kupchak href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> hand href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> discuss href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team's href=/profile//> historic href=/profile//> involvement href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> SPL, href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> store href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> next href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//> While href=/profile//> unable href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> discuss href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> detail href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> dealings href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> Vladimir href=/profile//> Radmanovic, href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> did href=/profile//> confirm href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> anticipate href=/profile//> signing href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> July href=/profile//> 12th href=/profile//> when href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> free href=/profile//> agent href=/profile//> signing href=/profile//> period href=/profile//> begins. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> also href=/profile//> intimated href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> sign href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> veteran href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> were href=/profile//> planning href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> use href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Bi-Annual href=/profile//> Exception href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> player, href=/profile//> or href=/profile//> perhaps href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> one. href=/profile//> In href=/profile//> regards href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> first href=/profile//> round href=/profile//> draft href=/profile//> choice href=/profile//> Jordan href=/profile//> Farmar, href=/profile//> Mitch href=/profile//> said href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> no href=/profile//> expectations href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> does href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> see href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> playing href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> minutes href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> rookie href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> unless href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> earns href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> through href=/profile//> his href=/profile//> SPL href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> training href=/profile//> camp href=/profile//> play. href=/profile//> Finally, href=/profile//> Mitch href=/profile//> talked href=/profile//> about href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> round href=/profile//> draft href=/profile//> choice href=/profile//> JR href=/profile//> Pinnock href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> Laker href=/profile//> scouts href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> mid-30's href=/profile//> talent href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> fell href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> 58th href=/profile//> pick href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> draft. href=/profile//> Mitch href=/profile//> said href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> Pinnock href=/profile//> reminds href=/profile//> him href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> ways href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> Byron href=/profile//> Scott, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> quick href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> point href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> Pinnock href=/profile//> does href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> much href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> chance href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//> However href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> bring href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> table, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> looking href=/profile//> forward href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> seeing href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> he href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> earn href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> roster href=/profile//> spot.

Despite href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> smaller href=/profile//> selection href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year's href=/profile//> Summer href=/profile//> Pro href=/profile//> League href=/profile//> returning href=/profile//> players href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> Hakim href=/profile//> Warrick href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Andrew href=/profile//> Bynum, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> new href=/profile//> additions href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> Rudy href=/profile//> Gay href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Jordan href=/profile//> Farmar, href=/profile//> help href=/profile//> ensure href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> 2006's href=/profile//> SPL href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> entertaining href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> ever.

 
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