Rookies Reassigned: Jeremy Lamb, Perry Jones III Back With OKC Thunder

 

Well, look who's back in town; the Thunder recalled Lamb and Jones III one day after sending them to Tulsa(thelostogle.com)

Well, look who’s back in town; the Thunder recalled Lamb and Jones III one day after sending them to Tulsa(thelostogle.com)

While NBA Rookie Class may have been on top of the ball with the breaking news of Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones III getting assigned to the Tulsa 66ers for the semifinals of the D-League playoffs, we completely air-balled the two rookies getting recalled to the Thunder a day later.

After a one game appearance, Lamb and Jones III –who were assigned to Tulsa on April 19 –were reassigned to the Thunder, joining them as they began their playoff run against the Houston Rockets April 21. While Lamb was not a member of the rotation in Oklahoma City’s 120-91 throwdown Continue reading

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Rookie Recap: Oklahoma City Thunder’s Jeremy Lamb, Perry Jones III Reassigned

Despite strong performances in their season finales, both Lamb and Jones III have been reassigned to Tulsa (thelostogle.com)

Despite strong performances in their season finales, both Lamb and Jones III have been reassigned to Tulsa (thelostogle.com)

After career games in the season finale against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night, Oklahoma City’s rookies Jeremy Lamb and Perry Jones III found themselves in transit to Tulsa for the first round of the D-League Playoffs, as the 66ers take on the Rio Grande Vipers.  While it’s unfortunate that the rooks won’t be in attendance for OKC’s first round matchup with the Houston Rockets -where they could have witnessed the playoffs first hand and possibly play some off the bench -it will be better for both players to gain some postseason experience, regardless of the level of competition. Continue reading

Conclusion of NBA Regular Season Provides Opportunities for Rookies

Houston's Terrence Jones drives against Detroit's Greg Monroe.  Jones has played well as of late, which could lead to more playing time in the postseason (kentuckysportsradio.com)

Houston’s Terrence Jones drives against Detroit’s Greg Monroe. Jones has played well as of late, which could lead to more playing time in the postseason (kentuckysportsradio.com)

The National Basketball Association is days away from concluding its regular season in fine fashion, with plenty still left to play for in these final hours. Teams are still jockeying for position in the postseason field, the Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz are still both desperately trying to make the postseason, and the Orlando Magic and Charlotte Bobcats will be duking it out (in separate games) to see who claims the title of Most Futile Franchise for the 2012-2013 season.

With so much taking place in the seasons’ final days, it’s easy to forget that there is still plenty more at stake for the NBA’s rookies. Continue reading

NBA Trade Deadline Reports: Thomas Robinson Blasts Off to Houston

A mere eight months after being drafted by the Sacramento Kings, Thomas Robinson is on the move.  According to reports by Yahoo! Sports and ESPN.com, Robinson has been traded from the Kings to the Houston Rockets, along with G/F Francisco Garcia and SF Tyler Honeycutt.  In return, the Kings will receive PF Patrick Patterson, C Cole Aldrich and PG Toney Douglas.

After only eight months in Sacramento, Thomas Robinson is on the move.  He will now battle fellow rookie Terrence Jones for playing time in Houston (sbnation.com)

After only eight months in Sacramento, Thomas Robinson is on the move. He will now battle fellow rookie Terrence Jones for playing time in Houston (sbnation.com)

In another move, Houston is sending SF/PF Marcus Morris to the Phoenix Suns for a second round pick.  Morris, who wasn’t receiving much playing time in a loaded frontcourt for the Rockets, will now be reunited with his twin brother Markieff out in the desert.With all these moves in mind, Robinson (averaging 4.8 ppg and 4.7 rpg) will now have a chance to make a bigger impact on a rotation elsewhere.  While Sacramento was a seemingly perfect place for the youthful big-man (drafted 5th overall in June out of Kansas), he was never really given the opportunity to flourish; in Robinson’s 51 games this season, he never started a single contest and only averaged 16 minutes per game. Continue reading

NBA All-Star Weekend: Rookies Take Home Skills Challenge and Slam Dunk Contest Victories

The Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard continued to add to his impressive rookie campaign by winning the Skills Challenge on All-Star Saturday in Houston. (nba.com)

The Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard continued to add to his impressive rookie campaign by winning the Skills Challenge on All-Star Saturday in Houston. (nba.com)

It’s been quite the All-Star Weekend for our NBA rookies.  After an impressive Friday night of BBVA action, the League’s newst talent took center stage during Saturday night’s line-up of events.

Out of the four events that took place in Houston last night (Shooting Stars Challenge, Skills Challenge, Three-Point Shootout, and the Dunk Contest), two of the events were won by rookies. Continue reading

Reality Check: Thunder’s Jeremy Lamb, Suns’ Kendall Marshall, Hawks’ John Jenkins Demoted

It’s a sad day when reality sets in.  For some of our rookies, that day has already come.

Three rookies from around the league were recently sent down to their organizations’ respective D-League teams in the hopes of getting the players more playing time and experience.

Several first-round draft picks from this years NBA Draft, including 12th overall pick Jeremy Lamb, 13th overall pick Kendall Marshall, and 23rd overall pick John Jenkins, all Continue reading

Even Superman has his Kryptonite

The Chicago Cubs have a billy goat.  Bill Clinton had Monica Lewinsky.  Even Superman had Kryptonite to try and overcome.

Yet none are as complex, or as unavoidable, as Royce White’s anxiety disorder.

When Royce White first appeared in the national spotlight last season with the Iowa State Cyclones, he was thought of as a man among boys.  His size and physical gifts allowed him to drive through the lane, shoot over competitors, out rebound and out muscle larger competition, and pass like a point guard.

He had only recorded half of a season in Division I, and was already beginning to shoot up the draft charts.  While he was seemingly an absolutely mystery to the untrained eye, White had quite the history following him, from his time at Minnesota to deferring a chance to play with Kentucky due to his anxiety.

His history kept 14 teams from drafting him in June when he finally settled with the Houston Rockets at number 16.  Having listed medical anxiety orders about flying, many figured he would be too much of a hassle trying to actually shuttle around to games.  The Rockets even deferred from choosing him with the 12th overall selection, rather waiting for him to fall even further before drafting him.

It seems that White has found himself in another predicament.  His fear of flying has already started to take away from his NBA career, as he missed the first week of practice with the team due to his anxiety preventing him from traveling.  White has been rather serious about playing, though, and has come up with a plan with the Houston Rockets, allowing White to travel by bus for certain games.  While the details are still to be released, it’s good to see that the Rockets and White could come to an agreement as to how their athletic rookie could remain a part of the team.

So many teams are willing to give up on players if they don’t think they’re going to pan out in the league.  The Rockets have clearly liked what they’ve seen from White in summer league, and want him to be a major factor for this team in the futre, and it’s a great thing to see that support from an NBA franchise in this day in age.

Royce White has his kryptonite, but the Rockets are there to help.