Saturday, July 6, 2013

Second-year pro Tyshawn Taylor auditions to back up Nets’ star guard

Brooklyn Nets guard Tyshawn Taylor (41) celebrates his last-minute, three-point shot in the second half of the Nets 106-101 victory over the Washington Wizards in an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 15, 2013, in New York.

Brooklyn Nets guard Tyshawn Taylor (41) celebrates his last-minute, three-point shot in the second half of the Nets 106-101 victory over the Washington Wizards in an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 15, 2013, in New York.


The Brooklyn Nets’ signing of point guard Shaun Livingston, agreed to on Saturday, could mean limited minutes for second-year pro Tyshawn Taylor again during the 2013-14 NBA season.

That’s not a certainty, however.

Former Kansas University standout Taylor, a second-round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, enters today’s Orlando Summer League opener against Detroit with a chance to impress new Nets head coach Jason Kidd. He figures to choose either Taylor or Livingston as backup to All-Star Deron Williams. Last year’s backup lead guard, C.J. Watson, is signing with Indiana.

“This is Tyshawn’s chance to show us as a coaching staff that he wants to be the backup. He has every opportunity for that spot, and I’m going to do everything to push him so he can get it,” Kidd told the New York Post before the acquisition of Livingston.

Livingston averaged 6.7 points and 3.5 assists in 66 games last year with Cleveland. He started 16 games and logged 22.5 minutes per contest. Taylor averaged 5.8 minutes a game in just 38 games his rookie season with the Nets. He averaged 2.2 points and 0.6 assists.

Taylor scored 12 points and dished two assists while playing 34 minutes in an overtime victory over Indiana in February. He scored four points to open the extra session.

“It’s definitely a confidence booster, with the opportunity that I’m good enough to play and good enough to be effective,” Taylor told the N.Y. Post. “I think those few games I had (three in which he played 20 or more minutes) definitely helped, and I hope my coaching staff takes that into consideration, too, when they consider playing me.

“I just want to show my coaching staff that I can be a point guard ... make good decisions with the ball, get my teammates involved and just put pressure on the defense. Be a lock-down defender, or a decent one, anyway, and just run the team.”

Taylor, who is from Hoboken, N.J., noted that he just wants a fair “opportunity.”

“I want to at least be able to compete for it,” Taylor told the Post. “I don’t want to be looking at the roster and say, ‘This guy is here, this guy is here, this guy is here, I’m definitely not going to play.’”

He should definitely garner major minutes in summer league action.

“I want to see him in this situation, this setting, being the leader, that’s what I’m pushing. I will lean on him heavily,” Kidd told “I’m looking for him to put guys in position offensively and defensively.”

Taylor likes freshman: Taylor, who spent some time in Lawrence in June, told he’s impressed with KU freshman Andrew Wiggins.

“I think the people saying he’ll go No. 1 (in draft) next year, that puts a lot of pressure on a young kid, but I think he’s had that pressure and been known as that prodigy type of kid for a while, so I think he’s embracing it,” Taylor said. “He’s excited about it and I think coach (Bill) Self is going to put him in the right position to be successful and with the team he’s gonna have, they’re gonna win a lot of games. They’re gonna be on TV a lot, he’s gonna get a lot of attention and I don’t think he’s gonna have to do much to be the No. 1 pick. I think he has the ability to do it. I think he has the ability to play in this league right now.”

Of the team, Taylor noted: “Wayne Selden is good. Conner Frankamp impressed me when I played against him. Naadir Tharpe, who was a freshman when I was a senior ... he’s come a long way as a proven point guard, Perry Ellis came a long way, so they’ve got a really good team.”

Johnson, Mudiay consider KU, UK: KU and Kentucky are among the schools in the running for blue-chip prospects Stanley Johnson and Emmanuel Mudiay. Johnson, a 6-6 senior small forward from Mater Dei High in Santa Ana, Calif., who is ranked No. 8 nationally by, tells he will attend UK’s Big Blue Madness on Oct. 18, Arizona Oct. 12 and Florida on Oct. 30. He is also considering KU, Oregon, Duke, USC and UCLA. Mudiay, a 6-5 senior point guard from Prime Prep Academy in Dallas, who is ranked No. 3, will visit Kentucky, likely for Big Blue Madness. He is also considering KU, Arizona, Baylor, N.C. State, SMU and others.

McClure to Late Night: King McClure, a 6-3 junior shooting guard from Dallas’ Triple A Academy who is ranked No. 16 in the Class of 2015 by, will make an unofficial visit to KU for the Oct. 4 Late Night in the Phog, reports. Also on his list: Arkansas, Baylor, Duke, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Indiana, Florida and others.


Chris Shaw 9 months, 2 weeks ago

TT going to have to cut down the turnovers and look to be a distributor if he wants that #2 spot. Scoring the basketball is not going to impress Jason Kidd. Not a bad start for TT, but they lost, he was -12 when he was in the game, and he had 6 turnovers vs 1 freaking assist with 17 points. That is not going to get him the #2 spot.


jaybate 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Part 2

~When the public becomes widely aware that NASA reputedly claims to have mislaid all of the bio-telemetry and all of the live video transmissions of the Apollo moon missions and that historical NASA photos of the Lunar Excursion Modules in the Apollo program landed on the moon reveal no evidence at all of descent engine exhaust disruption of the lunar surface, even next to deep boot prints in the dust, many disoriented basketball fans will begin nonlinearly to doubt that the gaming industry really prefers unrigged game outcomes, and others will ask for their monies back from companies selling tickets for future rides beyond low earth orbit.

~Despite acute handwringing about Naadir Tharpe's defense, Tharpe will become the straw that stirs a 30-win drink, Andrew Wiggin will live up to the hype, Wayne Selden will shoot 40% from trey, Perry Ellis will average double-doubles, and a "committee of five" (Jamari, Tarik, Joel, Justin and Landen) will emerge that will make KU's front court invincible.

~Bill Self's hair will eventually be kept perfectly coiffed by means of a plasma force field operated remotely by Cin.

~jaybatian lists like this one will one day fall prey to the singularity forecasted by Vernor Vinge and then Vinge will postulate that after the singularity comes a multiplicity without specifying what that multiplicity will mean beyond saying cryptically, "Jean Baudrillard was not crying wolf when he said we will live in a world of copies of things that no longer have originals. Even the singularity will be a copy."

(Note: All fiction. No malice.)


jaybate 9 months, 2 weeks ago

"Some Simulacra that We Don't Know We Don't Know that We in fact Know We Know but Choose to Live in Denial About Concerning the Future of the Game"

Part 1

~At the same time that robotic chauffeurs become widely available in mid sized family sedans, robotic players will take over for bio-based basketball players.

~Very shortly computer generated imagery of basketball will reach a level of such sophistication that directors of referees and heads of the broadcast industry will be able to selectively override live broadcasts during commercial breaks and resume computer generated action that will keep the game in the broadcast windows without viewers' awarenesses.

~In the not-too-distant future, basketball programs trying to do it "the right way" will be categorized as terrorists groups by the soon to be formed Department of Homeland Sports.

~Miracle compounds will soon be used to make basketball courts that have a trampoline effect that will allow even spot-up shooters with 28 inch verticals to do 360 degree dunks.

~Players will soon have bio-monitoring chips imbedded in them as freshmen that will produce realtime biological telemetry, ads and betting lines that will become some of the hottest action in Las Vegas.

~Genetic engineering of children will soon reach such a heightened level of sophistication that Nike and Adidas will contract with first trimester fetuses by means of nano-agent runners injected into the bloodstreams of pregnant mothers.


jaybate 9 months, 2 weeks ago

"Every second year player trying to learn the ropes in the NBA needs a new head coach that has never coached at any level of the game before."

--Andre Sarcasme, famed French Basketball Writer for Le Monde and Le Jam


JayhawkRock78 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Best of luck TT!

Gosh I love all the exposure our great program continues to get as we keep moving forward.

Jayhawk Nation is alive and well-and it is INTERNATIONAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Just this week I met another KU grad in METZ, FRANCE. She wasn't wearing anything to identify her as a KU grad and I wasn't either but we soon figured it out.

RCJH. On to Munich where I will find other "birds of a feather", no doubt.


SacramentoJHAWK 9 months, 2 weeks ago

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chriz 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Man am I glad to see this year's incoming class. Sad to see that none of our grads under Bill Self is really making a dent in the NBA. That should change with Wiggins and probably Selden.


texashawk10 9 months, 2 weeks ago

The only chance KU has at landing a OAD caliber player is at the 2 and that's only if Selden is a OAD player this which is a legitimate possibility this season. If Selden does end uo sticking around for year 2, KU's starting lineup is already pretty well set with Tharpe, Selden, Greene/White (I personally think Greene is the better player of the two), Ellis, and Embiid. Thisbis not going to be Bill Self's best class simply because there isn't a ton of playing time available for the 2014 recruits. It is entirely possible depending on player development that KU's 2014-15 rotation is set without any 2014 recruits seeing relevant minutes because of KU's current depth and roster composition. We'll see KU on a lot of elite recruits lists just because that is the norm, but the 2014 may not be highly regarded simply because the PT isn't necessarily there. 2015 is going to be the next big time class for KU because Tharpe will be gone, Ellis should be gone if he develops like the other 4's before him, Selden likely won't be around longer than this, and Embiid could very well be gone at this point. That's at least how I have the development of KU's players penciled in for how they will turn out and when they'll leave.


Brett McCabe 9 months, 2 weeks ago

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Steve Brown 9 months, 2 weeks ago

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shottybotch 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Cal can have the OC kid, they never have any heart.


rudymchavez 9 months, 2 weeks ago

KU usually finishes second to UK in recruiting, it doesn't matter as long as HCBS continues to acquire top talent. He builds a consistent winner, not to overemphasize the nine straight conference titles but looking at this upcoming year last October I had my concerns for the tenth straight title but this great recruiting class makes that possible. As far as Stanley Johnson, UK can have him, I seen him play and he is kind of soft and Mater Dei doesn't exactly have a great reputation for their kids staying at the same college(the high profile recruits transfer a lot). I like the kids from St. John Bosco of the same league in southern CA. HCBS will bring in 3-4 solid guys next year even if they are building blocks for the future. Rock Chalk!


Ryan Beddie 9 months, 2 weeks ago

I believe Johnson's girlfriend is attending ucla that may have some sway


oldalum 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Too bad they'e going to Kentucky for late night instead of KU. That's a worry.


Michael Auchard 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Some writers on this site, usually the younger ones, Tait and Newell and company, actually hyperlink things that they source. They seem pretty professional when they do it, too.

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Jonny Swift 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Tyshawn looked like a boss in the scrimmage highlight videos from camp, and played really well in his limited minutes last year in my opinion. He's a prototypical NBA point guard and really deserves the chance to be Williams' backup this season. He's gonna have no problems finding scorers haha...not only has he grown a lot on the court, but you can tell his career at KU and now his professional career have really matured him. He sounds so much more intelligent now!

I like how there are multiple NBA teams this year with a couple Jayhawks on the roster...Tyshawn and Paul Pierce in Brooklyn, the Morris twins in Phoenix...too bad Jeff and Trob just got split up, but Jeff might be with Xavier if New Orleans resigns him. And had Cole gotten resigned by Sacramento, he'd be with Ben. Too's to Xavier, Cole, Releford, and all the other former Jayhawks tryin' to make an NBA roster!


Ferd Magellan 9 months, 2 weeks ago

According to Eric Bossi (Rivals) Johnson is going to visit KU, UK, UA, UO and UF. From what I've gathered he's going to be tough to pull away from the PAC 12. It won't hurt that he'll see a KU team featuring Wiggins and Selden.


Brett McCabe 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Go get 'em Tyshawn. Slash 'em and thrash 'em!


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