Monday, July 9, 2007

Welcome to Cox Pavilion

After several futile attempts, I've managed to connect to the wireless. Now I'm ready for tip-off between the Sonics and Knicks in about 20 minutes.

Man, I have never seen so many NBA types in one place as are in this building (and the adjoining Thomas & Mack Center, where games are also being played) right now. Everywhere you turn is a GM or coach.

The Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers are winding down right now. The talk of the gym is Warriors guard Marco Belinelli, who had 37 points in his debut on Saturday. Belinelli has been quieter tonight, scoring 21 points - none in the fourth quarter- but still very impressive. He's got five three-pointers, and his offensive game seems to be more versatile than advertised. He's got some flashy moves in the open court. Think Brent Barry minus rebounding. (That's a high compliment as someone who watched Barry in his prime with the Sonics.)

Well, so much for Belinelli not scoring in the fourth - he just had an impressive take to the basket for a layup in traffic.

It's now final - Golden State 94, Philadelphia 87.

I love few things more than watching the random or fringe guys who play summer ball. The early standout in this category this season is Toby Bailey, who is playing for the Warriors squad 12 years after playing a key role in UCLA's run to the National Championship at the Kingdome. Bailey had 10 points in 20 minutes tonight. Apparently, he's been playing in the IBL.

Husky alum Bobby Jones played for Philadelphia and had six points and four rebounds.