Thursday, July 1, 2010

Robinson hopes for NBA invite

Russell Robinson

Russell Robinson


Former Kansas University basketball guard Russell Robinson will play for the NBA Development League Select Team in the upcoming Las Vegas Summer League, Robinson confirmed Wednesday.

The 6-foot-1 Robinson, who averaged 16.3 points per game last season while playing for both the NBADL’s Reno (Nev.) Bighorns and Maine Red Claws, first will compete for the Indiana Pacers’ summer league team, July 5-9, in Orlando, Fla.

The NBADL team’s games run from July 12-18 in Vegas.

Robinson will be joined on the D-League Select team by Bennet Davis, Northeastern; Mike Gansey, West Virginia; Yaroslav Korolev, Russia; Kurt Looby, Iowa; Jared Newson, UT-Martin; Larry Olson, Oral Roberts; Cezary Trybansk, Poland; Mark Tyndale, Temple; Jonathan Wallace, Georgetown and Curtis Withers, Charlotte.

“NBA Summer League represents a fantastic opportunity for our young players to showcase their skills against top NBA prospects and on basketball’s biggest summer stage,” said Chris Alpert, vice president of basketball operations for the D-League.

Robinson is hoping to gain an invitation to Indiana Pacers’ preseason camp in October. Playing for the D-League Select Team could net him an offer from another team in the NBA if things don’t work out with the Pacers.

“This is the summer. We’ll see how it goes. I’ll play my cards from there,” Robinson said recently. “Hopefully I’ll be in the NBA. If not I’ll be somewhere making money.”

Darnell’s with Bucks: Former KU power forward Darnell Jackson will be playing for the Milwaukee Bucks’ summer team in Vegas. He’s hoping to land a guaranteed contract from the Bucks, who will play from July 12-18.

Fake third round revealed: recently revealed its mythical third-round picks of the 2010 NBA Draft. KU’s Sherron Collins was selected ninth by the New York Knicks. There, of course, are just two rounds in the league’s draft of college and international players.

“The Knicks get a score-first point guard who is a proven leader, something they have been lacking. Collins takes one look around his current teammates and proclaims, ‘Well, I am definitely not in Kansas anymore!’ Eddy Curry coughs up a pastrami sandwich from laughter,” writes

The reality for Collins is he’s playing for the Charlotte Bobcats’ summer league team in Orlando. Some other members of the squad: former NBA lottery pick Darius Miles, Kansas State’s Denis Clemente, Iowa State’s Marquis Gilstrap, North Carolina’s Marcus Ginyard, Memphis’ Antonio Anderson, Troy’s Brandon Hazzard, Marquette’s Jerel McNeal, Gonzaga’s Jeremy Pargo and Texas’ P.J. Tucker.

Julian still trying: Former KU forward Julian Wright of the New Orleans Hornets is about to enter his fourth season in the NBA. The team exercised an option on his contract early last season.

Wright, 23, who averaged 3.8 ppg in limited duty last year, is hoping the arrival of first-year coach Monty WIlliams will help his chances of making the rotation.

Wright told the Shreveport Times he’s going to work on becoming more consistent with his jump shot.

“I can take a thousand jump shots, but it’s about taking a thousand of the same shots with good fundamentals,” Wright told the paper. “That way you know you can make adjustments so you can make it running and when you spot up.”

He told the Shreveport paper he’s looking for “direction” and “great communication” from Williams.

“I think I’m very open-minded and eager to improve,” Wright said. “When you don’t know what to improve it’s hard.”

Brackins in New Orleans, too: The Hornets added first-round draft pick Craig Brackins, 6-10, from Iowa State.

“With David West, I like the way he plays. He’s a big man who can shoot. That’s me, too,” Brackins told the New Orleans Times Picayune. “And they’ve got my favorite point guard in the NBA in Chris Paul. His pick-and-roll game, I’m a pick-and-roll, pick-and-pop guy, so I feel like I can complement Chris real well on that. You can’t get any better than learning from a David West and a Chris Paul. This is a great opportunity for me to learn.”

Giles with Golden State: C.J. Giles, a 24-year-old forward/center who was kicked off not one, but two college teams (KU, Oregon State), will play for Golden State in the Vegas summer league.

Giles last spring helped Al Riyadi of Lebanon to a third-place finish in the 10-team FIBA-Asia tournament. Giles earlier had been cut from a team in the Philippines because of disciplinary reasons. He was ticketed to be the first player from the U.S. to play for the Philippine national team until his disciplinary problem.


KEITHMILES05 9 years, 6 months ago

You'd think Giles would get his act cleaned up but obviously not. What a sorry mess.

If Julian has gotten his jump shot down after 3 full years in the pros then it won't happen. He better enjoy his money now cause it looks like he's gonna be out of a job after next year.

Kevin Studer 9 years, 6 months ago

Honestly, with his track record as a habitual train wreck, I can't believe anyone would give Giles a chance.

tis4tim 9 years, 6 months ago

<p>" recently revealed its mythical third-round picks of the 2010 NBA Draft. KU’s Sherron Collins was selected ninth by the New York Knicks."

I guess that mythical weight loss program really helped. I'm a new mythical fan of the New York Knicks.

KANSTUCKY 9 years, 6 months ago

I'm glad to see Montel Williams get a coaching gig. Those 1/2 hour infomercials were not good for his image. He's definitely an NBA guy.

KANSTUCKY 9 years, 6 months ago

...on a more serious note. Can we blame the local press for Collins not getting a better look at getting drafted? The kid went off during the pre-draft camps, was X's first option, and was a hard nose, dedicated athlete. There should have been more hype for a kid who gave so much over the last four years.

Ryan Wood 9 years, 6 months ago

No, you can't blame the local press. That's absurd. The NBA doesn't draft players based on what the Lawrence Journal-World writes about them. Get a clue.

WilburNether 9 years, 6 months ago

We can appreciate what Collins did for Kansas basketball, and you can advocate hyping him, if that is your feeling, but at some point things get real, and NBA teams do a hard-nosed assessment of who will and will not contribute to their teams. All 30 of them concluded that Collins would not.

A more realistic, un-hyped assessment would find that Collins was a nice role player who had his moments, but he was never the player or the leader that he (and HCBS) made himself out to be. Like Simien, Langford, and Miles, he could contribute as a role player when better players carried the team to Final Fours and a national championship, but when the real studs left, the nice role players proved incapable of doing it themselves, in some cases failing to make it past the first or second round of the tournament. That is the un-hyped fact.

I hope Collins finds a good situation and makes it in the NBA, but I doubt that will happen.

There are too many fans who get completely carried away with slavishly fawning over their favorite KU jocks, to the point where they lose sight of reality.

KANSTUCKY 9 years, 6 months ago

I thought this site was reserved for "fans who get completely carried away with slavishly fawning over their favorite KU jocks, to the point where they lose sight of reality". My mistake.

Sam Constance 9 years, 6 months ago

"NBA teams do a hard-nosed assessment of who will and will not contribute to their teams. All 30 of them concluded that Collins would not."

Yeah, because NBA teams and their "hard-nosed assessments" NEVER inaccurately evaluate talent, do they? I mean, it's not like waste-of-time projects like Darko Milicic and Kwame Brown get picked in the top 5 or all-stars like Gilbert Arenas and Carlos Boozer slip to the 2nd round, huh? Oh wait...

Take your "argument from authority" fallacy somewhere else. I'd prefer to read thoughtful analysis, and while I'm not going to sit here claiming Collins is a guaranteed NBA-caliber player, I think calling him a "nice role player" is absurd.

I don't know how anyone who watched the 2008 season could claim that it was the presence of "studs" that carried KU to that title. The reason that team worked is because there were no "studs", just a collection of 7 good players who played as a team.

In my opinion, there are too many fans whose ability to evaluate individual talent is skewed by the season results of a given TEAM. Collins was the best (or second-best) player on a team that fell short of expectations, so he must be "just a role player". The 2008 team won the national championship, so it must've been filled with "studs". The problem with that reasoning is that in a TEAM game, TEAM results don't always accurately reflect on an individual player's ability.

Case in point: I'd say that the individuals (Collison, Hinrich, Gooden) on the 2002 and 2003 teams were probably more individually talented than any individual on the 2008 team, but they failed to win the title, whereas the 2008 squad didn't fail.

Joshua Hann 9 years, 6 months ago

Who is KU playing in that picture above? Anyone...

Andy Hess 9 years, 6 months ago

it's Tennessee State, from the 06-07 season. here's the photo gallery link from

Aligned 9 years, 6 months ago

Are you sure that isn't a Canadian team? The photo is dated August '07.

Andy Hess 9 years, 6 months ago

look at the uniforms. it's tennessee state, 06-07. in august 2007, they were wearing trajan uniforms.

Andy Hess 9 years, 6 months ago

AND there are no basketball games played in AUGUST.

Aligned 9 years, 6 months ago

Normally there’s not, but there were three games in August of ’08. Obviously I know now that was after RR graduated; I was just going from memory.

Andy Hess 9 years, 6 months ago

the team wore practice uniforms during the games in August 08. they only wear game uniforms during actual games.

quigley 9 years, 6 months ago

Ha Kanstucky, our posts showed up at the same time!

Michael Leiker 9 years, 6 months ago

Clemente and Collins both undrafted. It never ceases to amaze me how one dimensionally thinking NBA coaches and GMs are. Nobody ever seems to have any guts to try to win in a different fashion. If you don't fit their tight specifications you have very little chance no matter how great a player you are.

Ann Oneill 9 years, 6 months ago

I hope Russell kicks butt and takes names. SOMEONE give this guy a chance in the NBA!

jhwk215 9 years, 6 months ago

i hope larry brown knows what he is doing up there with those Bobcats, because i havn't the slightest clue

waywardJay 9 years, 6 months ago

215.... Shopping Frustrated Felton. Pushing Augustin with people he has played against, and looking for a hail mary on the part of Sherron or Denis...

This might be the impact of Jordan Ownership, honestly. He wants people like him on the court, Ruthless, never say die, take no prisoners.... That's hwy Sherron didn't get drafted, rather him be hungry for an oppurtunity than for Big Mac.

Personally, when all is said and Done, i think both have a great chance to make this roster. I'm not sold on DJ Augustin at all. Looks timid, and we all know Neither sherron or Denis will be timid.

jayhawk47 9 years, 6 months ago

The NBA's assessment of players is always very good either. C. Latiner, D. Ferry, B. Hurley, Steve Alford, D. Stevenson, etc. All were a joke.

Tony Bandle 9 years, 6 months ago

I think some of the disparity between kids performance levels in the NBA vs college could be attributed to the " WOW, I'm rich now" Syndrome. They lose focus as to what got them there.

Of course, Kentucky players adjust well because they are already rich from the payoffs in UK so their NBA salaries are mere "chump change"!!!

Randy Bombardier 9 years, 6 months ago

On Sheron Collins, My prediction is that he will never make the NBA right or wrong, no matter. He will play in Europe, become fluent in 5 languages while earning degrees in international business law. Then, he will do a stint in the State Department, Trade Division, rising to its highest level. After he is appointed ambassador to the Court of St. James and single handedly saving the European economy from disaster...again, he will step into politics and become Governor of Kansas. After two terms he will run for President. Like Ronald Reagan he will be disappointed twice before people realize this guy is a man of principle. We should elect him. He was a hot commodity as a junior and could have left KU and have been drafted. It is the wretched curse of the senior, but his loyalty, belief in basic decency, his dependability that will serve him AND US well in public service. So, my friends, weep not for Mr. Collins. His destiny is in the Oval Office and he will make many-a-president look like they were chumps.

jaybate 9 years, 6 months ago

"If Christ Were KU's Winningest Point Guard that Didn't Get Drafted"

~Yeah, yeah, Christ had his moments, especially that immaculate conception and rising from the dead, but he turned the ball over waaaaay too much and he was a role player at best. Now, John Wall, there was a point guard we should have landed. Wall turned the ball over more? Uh, I don't believe it.

~Winning an NCAA ring and winning the most games of any KU player just aren't reality. The NBA draft is the only reality. Jesus didn't get drafted. Therefore, Jesus was a role player.

~Jesus reputedly had that thing with Mary Magdalene in the elevator of Jayhawker Towers. I know the charges were dropped, but that was strings being pulled by god for Jesus. God made KUAD and KU student services cover the whole thing up. The NBA is full of players that don't take drugs and sleep around. It is the cleanest professional league ever. You don't seriously think the NBA would take a chance on Christ, do you?

~Jesus was a ball hog. He never dished to his disciples enough. It made Paul crazy and in the end it made Paul write a bunch of letters that reinterpreted Jesus' acts. No way is the NBA going to draft a guy like Jesus. Too short. Too fat. Couldn't lead. No way.

~Jesus was a good score-first PG, but he was too short and injury prone . Did you see how he really wasn't tall enough for the NBA cross? Did you see how he could not stop bleeding on the cross? A great point guard? Are you kidding me? He had a shooting slump at the end against Pilot of all persons.

~I don't care if Jesus could turn fish into water at Potters Lake. And I don't care that half his disciples couldn't bring their best for most of the season. Who cares if some Judas could not perform? Jesus choked at the last supper against Northern Iowa. What a joke! He wasn't a messiah. He wasn't even good enough to be drafted into the NBA.

~Some KU point guard Jesus was. Send him back to Bethlehem and let him be a carpenter and eat Big Macs at breaks. Short, fat, overrated little messiahs. I hate'em. I knew the Three Kings of Orients All followed the wrong star from the beginning.

~Judge not, lest ye be judged? Don't make me laugh. I'll judge Jesus. He was a role player and a ball hog at the point, nothing more.

Randy Bombardier 9 years, 6 months ago

Jaybate, that was great. A classic. I may just have to copy and save. Maybe you should be in journalism. Nah, a screen writer.

jaybate 9 years, 6 months ago

Julian just experienced that hell that so many Americans live under today: the disingenuous boss.

Byron Scott couldn't put a serious team on the floor with a lot of talent and he was sitting Julian Wright.

Byron Scott was finally exposed in New Orleans.

Byron Scott abbreviates to BS.

Enough said.

jaybate 9 years, 6 months ago

Will C.J. Giles be the first guy to get kicked out of prison, too?

jaybate 9 years, 6 months ago

Its official.

The life form responsible for's fake 3rd Round is a bi-valve long necked clam.

newyorkjayhawk 9 years, 6 months ago

There's a lot of posts trying to figure out why Sherron didn't get drafted... it's kinda obvious... i love the kid for what he did at Kansas, and nobody should ever start talking about how he couldn't succeed without a stud on his roster so that he can just be role player... that just shows some forgot Sherron WAS the reason we beat KState in Manhattan, when Tyshawn kept turning the ball over, Henry didn't dominate, and Cole wasn't even on the floor... hurt, cramping, double or triple teamed, Sherron carried us to that W, and KState was an excellent team last year. And NOBODY should forget what he did for Kansas in '08-'09, leading mediocre talent and/or inexperience to the sweet 16. Truth be told that grit i just spoke of also exists in Europe and in the D league... the NBA exists for the potential and true talent, and while Sherron has more heart and grit than any player on the planet at times, it sometimes gets in the way of his true ability (trying too hard to make the play), and when the season is over he gorges himself in the kitchen... i hope he doesnt try too hard to make the perfect play, but instead just dives on the floor when the ball comes loose, nails the 3 when he's open to take it, handles the ball when running the point, and D's up with smacks of his palms against the hardwood when the opposing PG crosses half court. And all the while, he should eat energy bars and salads instead McDonalds. There will always be mistakes drawn out of draft selections by NBA teams... how did Kwame Brown pass for a #1 pick? Darko over Carmelo??? and how on earth can Chicago reason with itself to trade LeMarcus Aldridge for Tyrus Thomas on draft night??? But you gotta say that the NBA has gotten it right more often than they've gotten it wrong. LeBron was worth the billing, as was Derrick Rose (no, i'm not saying Rose is the next LeBron, i'm just saying they were probably chosen for the #1 pick). Looking further back, sure Shaq was selected AFTER Christian Laettner, but Shaq was still top 5 (i think #2?) and that's fair enough. Look, Sherron has to prove himself. His weight was an issue and you can't let anything get out of hand when you're under 6 ft tall. HCBS was right when saying that if you're not in the top 40, you might as well not get picked cuz then you can choose who you want to try out for. If Sherron was the 50-something pick, he'd be cut before the summer concluded. i think he has a real shot, and now he has motivation to boot.

Sam Constance 9 years, 6 months ago

Great post. Exactly on point.

As KU fans, we all know that Collins is capable of being an NBA player, given he makes certain choices. However, since his ability to succeed depends on him making those correct choices, there is a certain risk in drafting him.

And as the NBA has shown time and again, they are perfectly fine with taking risks, it's just that they are more willing to take risks on the 7-footer with the basketball IQ of 2, hoping that he'll somehow figure out how to play the game of basketball correctly, than they are with 6-foot point guards who have weight and injury question marks. They subscribe to the age-old logic that you can teach a player how to play. You can't teach size and durability.

The good thing is that Collins holds his success in his own hands. He's been given a chance, and if he makes those correct choices (big if), he will succeed.

jchief40 9 years, 6 months ago

TMZ has learned the NCAA is taking an aggressive look at University of Kentucky basketball players -- past and current -- and their possible involvement with professional agents.

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Tim Bingaman 9 years, 6 months ago

Russ Rob is deserves it. (Obviously that means nothing in the NBA)

Blake Post 9 years, 6 months ago

Giles, Giles, you're suck a chile Soon no one will give you a dial You have much more gall than guile Away from making it you are many miles You think you bad, but you got no style Get ready Giles, pitiful and vile, Often you will be brought to trial and soon you will fill up your criminal file and end up in jail or some other sh-t pile

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