Brandon Roy (left), who probably got a big assist from Nate McMillan, is doing something former mayor Greg Nickels, Howard Schultz and Wally Walker couldn’t do – he’s bringing the NBA back to Seattle.
It’s only for one night and it’s only a Portland Trail Blazers intra-squad scrimmage, however, it’s the first time an NBA team will play in Seattle since Clay Bennett took the Sonics to Oklahoma two years ago.
Photo credit: AP photo – Rick Bowmer
The game will be played 7 p.m. Oct. 14 at Roy’s former school Garfield High. Tickets are $5 and they go on sale Monday morning at Garfield. All proceeds from the game will be donated to the Garfield School Foundation. Roy and the Blazers will match the ticket proceeds with a $10,000 donation to the foundation.
“My teammates and I want to thank the Garfield community for inviting us to Seattle,” Roy said in a statement released by the Blazers. “Garfield High School holds a very special place in my heart. It’s an honor for me and my family to be able to give back to a school that played such a big part in my basketball journey.”
Roy attended Garfield from 1998-02 and McMillan, dubbed Mr. Sonic, spent 19 years with Seattle’s NBA team, including 12 years as a player, two as an assistant and five as coach.
FRIDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Steve Kelley writes UW commit Tony Wroten reminds him of Gary Payton.
— Times photographer Ellen M. Banner has this photo gallery from Wroten’s event.
— Washington State sophomore Reggie Moore gives an insightful interview with the Spokesman-Review revealing he chose not to attend Washington because former assistant Cameron Dollar left for Seattle University. Moore also said he was instrumental in Mike Ladd transferring from Fresno State to Wazzu.
— Looks as if the new Pac-12 will keep the 18-game conference schedule, however, Arizona Daily Star’s Bruce Pascoe says this may be the last year for the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series.
— Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott spoke to the Mercury News’ Jon Wilner at the conference meetings and said the league’s athletic director’s made “good progress” on the revenue sharing topic.
— UCLA freshman Josh Smith has slimmed down and lost 40 pounds this summer thanks to a rigorous conditioning regime, a strict diet and Bruins coach Ben Howland who didn’t let him touch a basketball until he dropped weight. Despite the weight loss, the former Kentwood High star, is listed at 305 pounds on the UCLA roster.
— No link, but according to Scout.com, San Diego standout Angelo Chol will visit Kansas on Oct. 15, North Carolina on Jan. 2, Arizona on Jan. 29 and UW on Feb. 12. Obviously Chol plans to sign in the spring.
— It appears as if the Oregonian is investigating the Oregon athletic department. In its latest story, the Oregonian writes: “The general fund has paid nearly $8.5 million over the past nine years for academic support for athletes, which includes exclusive tutoring and counseling,” despite claims Oregon’s athletic department is financially self sufficient.
— In case you missed it, former UW commit Enes Kanter continues to sit on the sideline and is unable to practice with Kentucky while the NCAA continues its investigation in his past. Meanwhile, Kanter’s father says the Turkish team that claimed his son received $100,000 in compensation has an ax to grind.
— This has a loose connection to Pac-10 basketball, but it’s a sobering story out of San Diego about corruption in high school athletics involving a 6-foot-8 Chinese basketball phenom, a pastor and school officials who paid for players.
— We’ll conclude the post with an interesting video of former UW star Quincy Pondexter (below), the New Orleans Hornets rookie who appears to be the subject of a bit of good-natured hazing. Not sure what to make of this one.