The first half of the Toronto Raptors-Denver Nuggets gave was a lesson in poor passing.
The teams had a combined 21 turnovers and 32 fouls, with the Nuggets committing 13 and 21, respectively, though somehow managing a 39-34 halftime lead.
Neither teams’ roster is particularly star-studded, as evidenced by the lack of attendance and enthusiasm. Toronto’s Joey Graham leads all scorers with 11 points at the half.
ADAMS FINDS HIS FRIENDS
Toronto’s Hassan Adams won’t have trouble finding an entourage for this week’s festivities.
Adams can look to New Orleans’ roster for companionship. And Detroit’s. And the Los Angeles Clippers’.
With four of Adams’ Westchester (Calif.) High School teammates on the roster, the Comets are well-represented in the NBA Summer League.
Former San Diego State standout Brandon Heath plays for the Clippers, Georgetown’s Brandon Bowman and Cal-State Fullerton’s Bobby Brown suit up for the Hornets and straight-out-of-high school 2005 pick Amir Johnson plays for Detroit.
Not surprisingly, Westchester’s 2002 and ’03 teams won California state championships.
LOFTON A LOFTY STORY
The Nuggets’ Chris Lofton has quite the story to tell: A four-time All-American at Tennessee and the Volunteers’s fourth all-time leading scorer, Lofton was diagnosed with testicular cancer after the 2007 season. After undergoing successful treatment, he is now cancer-free.
We’ll try to catch up with him after the game.