NBA SUMMER LEAGUE CHEAT SHEET

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Bradford Burgess is one of three former Rams who will be trying to impress at NBA Summer Leagues in July

By now you should know that three former VCU players will participate in NBA Summer Leagues (as of this writing). Bradford Burgess will play for the Orlando Magic in the Orlando Summer League July 9-13, while both Jamie Skeen (Chicago) and Larry Sanders (Milwaukee) are set to play in the Las Vegas Summer League July 16-22.

The word is that Burgess may also play in Vegas, but that hasn’t been decided. Orlando isn’t sending a team to the Las Vegas Summer League, so he’d have to play for another franchise, which isn’t uncommon. Old Dominion’s Kent Bazemore, for instance, will play for the Oklahoma City Thunder in Orlando and the Golden State Warriors in Las Vegas.

Here’s a quick look at the schedules for the three VCU guys, as well as the TV listings. The good news for Ram fans is that NBA TV will essentially broadcast every game, most of them live.

One game to keep an eye on will be the July 22 game in Las Vegas between Skeen’s Bulls team and Sanders’ Bucks squad. The NBA TV schedule wasn’t available that far out, but I’m assuming it will also be carried by the network.

ORLANDO MAGIC LEAGUE: Bradford Burgess (Orlando)

Monday, July 9
Brooklyn vs. Orlando, 11 a.m. (NBATV)

Tuesday, July 10
Detroit vs. Orlando, 3 p.m. (NBATV)

Wednesday, July 11
Utah vs. Orlando, 5 p.m. (NBATV)

Thursday, July 12
Philadelphia vs. Orlando, 5 p.m. (NBATV)

Friday, July 13
Boston vs. Orlando, 10 a.m. (NBATV)

Orlando Magic Summer League roster

Notes: Teams will play four 10-minute quarters. Overtime periods will be three minute in length.

LAS VEGAS SUMMER LEAGUE : Larry Sanders (Milwaukee) and Jamie Skeen (Chicago)

Monday, July 16
Milwaukee vs. New Orleans, 10:30 p.m.  (NBATV)

Tuesday, July 17
Chicago vs. Boston, 10 p.m. (Tape delay NBATV, July 18, 12 p.m.)

Wednesday, July 18
Milwaukee vs. Washington, 4 p.m. (NBATV; plus a replay July 19, 12 p.m.)
Chicago vs. Houston, 6 p.m. (Tape delay NBATV, July 19, 2 p.m.)

Thursday, July 19
Milwaukee vs. NBA D-League, 10 p.m.

Friday, July 20
Chicago vs. Golden State, 8:30 p.m. (NBATV)

Saturday, July 21
Chicago vs. L.A. Clippers, 8:30 p.m. (NBATV)
Milwaukee vs. Boston, 10:30 p.m. (NBATV)

Sunday, July 22
Chicago vs. Milwaukee, 4 p.m. (TV schedule not yet available)

Milwaukee Bucks Summer League roster
Chicago Bulls Summer League roster (not yet available)

SANDERS STILL HAVING A BALL

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Larry Sanders is averaging 3.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game this season.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Larry Sanders looks like hell.

Not normally, of course. It’s just that tonight he’s fighting the flu, and currently, the flu is winning.

“Are you going to throw up?” I say sarcastically, as the lanky, amply tattooed Milwaukee Bucks center rises from his locker stool and aims to summon a Willis Reed-esque performance for our interview.

“I don’t know, maybe,” Sanders replies. He’s absolutely not kidding.

Later, the box score would show Sanders as a “DNP-Coaches Decision”, but the only decision Bucks’ Coach Scott Skiles needed to make was whether or not he wanted his center bolting from the court mid-play to track down the nearest trash can. It was an easy call, I imagine.

But even Sanders’ balky stomach couldn’t dampen his outlook on this night. A former star for the VCU men’s basketball team from 2007-09, Sanders is in his second season with Milwaukee, which entered Wednesday’s contest with the Washington Wizards trailing the Philadelphia 76ers by a game and a half for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

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BACK TO SCHOOL

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Larry Sanders could be coming to a classroom near you.

If you’re 6-foot-11 and 235 lbs, you don’t sneak into anything, not the movies, the water park or night club. People can see you coming down the street on Tuesday for a Wednesday lunch date.

But Larry Sanders insists that he can stealthily squeeze his gangly frame into a crowded class and then back out without detection. At least that’s what the former VCU Basketball star would have you believe.

“I just kind of snuck in and sat in the back, man,” Sanders said. “I don’t really try to cause too much commotion. The door is in the back of the class and everybody is looking the other way, so I just sneak in and sneak out before anybody sees me.”

Uh, okay.

Whether his classmates have spotted him or not, Sanders is back on campus at VCU this semester. This summer, NBA owners locked out the players as they seek a new collective bargaining agreement. The fight is expected to be a lengthy one. Just last night, NBA commissioner David Stern dangled the possible cancellation of the season. That means Sanders has some free time on his hands, time he plans to put to good use. Sanders said he has not seriously considered playing overseas during the lockout, not yet, anyway.

The Milwaukee Bucks power forward is taking two classes through VCU this semester – one online, one in the flesh – as he aims to finish his sociology degree. Sanders, who declared for the NBA Draft after his junior season at VCU in 2010, estimates he’ll need about a year and a half to complete his degree.

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