Happy Friday, folks. Let this be a reminder that when the sharks are bearing down on you from out of the sky, keep your chin up and grab a chainsaw.

I know a couple of guys who live by this mantra, Troy Daniels and Jamie Skeen. Each man has overcome a few bumps in the road to keep chasing their NBA dream. Daniels barely played his first two seasons at VCU, and just as he was starting to earn playing time, broke his foot. He recovered to record the two most prolific 3-point shooting seasons in VCU history. Skeen, meanwhile, lost his first college coach, Skip Prosser, to a heart attack, then transferred to VCU. He wasn’t immediately a star, but by the end of his senior year, he had led the Rams to the Final Four. This past year, while playing in Israel, he endured rocket fire and had to evacuate his apartment as violence flared up in the the region.

Tonight, the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas begins at UNLV. Both Skeen and Daniels will play for the Charlotte Bobcats team that will take on San Antonio at 10 p.m. EST (NBA TV). Each will be trying to convince the organization (or others), that they deserve a spot in training camp this fall.

So remember, when life gives you flying sharks, you make shark steaks.

Charlotte Bobcats – NBA Summer League Schedule

Friday, July 12:
Charlotte vs. San Antonio, 10 p.m. (NBA TV)

Sunday, July 14:
Charlotte vs. Dallas, 6 p.m. (NBA TV)

Monday, July 15:
Charlotte vs. New York, 4 p.m. (NBA TV)

July 17-22:
Teams seeded into a double-elimination tournament format.