Stories for June 28, 2013


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NBA vets: McLemore's good, but don’t compare rookie to all-timer yet

For the past few weeks, and, really, the past several months, former Kansas University basketball star Ben McLemore has heard hundreds of times how he compares favorably to 10-time NBA All-Star and two-time NBA champion Ray Allen of the Miami Heat. By Matt Tait

Undrafted Travis Releford, Elijah Johnson join NBA summer squads

Former Kansas University guard/small forward Travis Releford, who was not selected in Thursday’s NBA Draft, will be playing summer league basketball for both the Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets, Releford told the Journal-World on Friday. By Gary Bedore

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Opinion: Teams will regret passing on McLemore

In letting Ben McLemore slip all the way to seventh in Thursday night’s draft, NBA general managers were guilty of obsessing on Cindy Crawford’s mole, the hitch in Jim Furyk’s golf swing, the raspy flatness to Bob Dylan’s voice. Column by Tom Keegan

Memphis forward Darrell Arthur traded to Denver

A person with knowledge of the situation says the Denver Nuggets traded Kosta Koufos to the Memphis Grizzlies for Darrell Arthur and the 55th pick in Thursday's NBA draft.

Opinion: Tom Keegan's take on the first round of the NBA Draft

Journal-World Sports Editor Tom Keegan comments on the first round of the NBA Draft.

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On 'stressful' night, Jeff Withey relieved to be taken by Portland with 39th pick

Surrounded by family and friends in San Diego, Kansas University center Jeff Withey needed something to break the tension of a stressful draft night, finally deciding to play pool with some of his old high school coaches during the second round. He was still at the table when the Portland Trail Blazers made him the 39th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft on Thursday night.By Jesse Newell

Kings: 'We got the best player in the draft' in McLemore

The Sacramento Kings are taking another chance on a Kansas product with potential. With Thomas Robinson’s first-round flop still fresh from last season, Sacramento’s new ownership and basketball operations team selected the latest Jayhawks standout with the seventh pick in the NBA draft Thursday night: shooting guard Ben McLemore.