Several Denver Nuggets were in the stands as their Summer League team took a 48-47 halftime lead over Philadelphia when Taurean Green’s free throw was interfered with in the cylinder with two seconds left.
Marcus Camby and restricted free agent J.R. Smith had front-row seats, and on the other side of the gym, Nuggets coach George Karl sat with son Coby, who is playing for the Lakers.
Philadelphia’s Thaddeus Young, off a 27-point game yesterday, has 15 points in the first half. He nearly had 18, but his shot from well behind midcourt rattled out at the buzzer. Sonny Weems, a rookie from Arkansas, leads the Nuggets with 12 points in only nine minutes.
The 76ers’ Junior Harrington suffered the most cringe-worthy injury of the day. Less than 10 feet from media row, he absorbed a shot below the belt and writhed on the ground for two minutes before being helped to the bench. He sat with his head in a towel for several minutes.
Maybe now we know why the Bobcats’ Gerald Wallace sat so far from his new coach, Larry Brown. Brown was less than friendly with reporters, refusing to answer questions as he rushed from the arena after the game. He finally offered a quote that was as cliché as it gets. It’s hard to believe he is rarely missed when he moves on to new jobs every two years.