BBVA Rising Stars Challenge: Rookies Play Well, Chuck Victorious Again

While we were hoping the game would highlight just the rookies of the league, Kenneth Faried and the rest of the sophomores had a different idea.  Faried led Team Chuck to a 163-135 victory with 40 points and 10 rebounds.

While we were hoping the game would highlight just the rookies of the league, Kenneth Faried and the rest of the sophomores had a different idea. Faried led Team Chuck to a 163-135 victory over Team Shaq with 40 points and 10 rebounds. (nba.com)

Team Shaq is going home sad tonight.  For the second time in as many years, Team Chuck came out on top, overcoming the lack of the first overall draft pick for the second year in a row, and not having the opportunity to have Kyrie Irving play for him again this year.

Regardless of which Team you were rooting for tonight, everyone came out a winner.  Both squads featured the best young talent in the league, and it showed tonight…on the offensive side of the ball.  In terms of statistics, this night was fantastic: Team Chuck 163-Team Shaq 135 with both teams shooting at least 62% from the field.  Numbers aside, it was a great way for the nation to see just how much the League’s rookies have grown in their short time in the season.  Here’s a running commentary/breakdown of tonight’s first-half action that can only make us salivate about what’s to come throughout the rest of this weekend: Continue reading

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Rookie Hazing at its Finest

Making it through pre-draft workouts and the Summer League prior to being handed an NBA Contract is hard work.  Getting through a media day and the first of many difficult days of training camp can be just as taxing.

Yet at the end of a long day practicing with new veteran teammates, there is one final hardship the rookies must endure: new luggage.

Nuggets PF Kenneth Faried is glad he won’t have to endure any more rookie hazing, but he sure is happy to help the incoming draft picks (Evan Fournier and Quincy Miller) feel welcome. (www.twitter.com)

Kenneth Faried of the Denver Nuggets was more than happy to help welcome his new teammates with a gift from himself and the rest of his teammates this morning.  The gifts in question came in the form of backpacks.  Yet instead of a classic team insignia-covered bag, the rookies found themselves sporting colorful new backpacks that are more appropriate for 5-year-old girls who are headed to school for the first time.For the next few weeks, 20th overall pick Evan Fournier and 38th overall pick Quincy Miller will get to lug the…fashionable…backpacks everywhere as part of their introduction to the team and the league.

It’s always nice to see veterans in the league get a good laugh, especially when it’s at a rookie’s expense; and thankfully, the vets were wise about keeping the hazing to a peaceful minimum.

Hopefully, both veterans and rookies alike can bond throughout this training camp, leading into a successful year for the new look Nuggets.  If so, the rookies may find themselves no longer having to carry children’s backpacks, but team bags that they’ve worked for.