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  Friday, July 7, 2006

Summer Pro League Introduction
By Jonathan Givony

By href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Richard href=/profile/Eduardo-Sommer-/> Walker

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

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

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

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

 
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