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Joey Devine is still reporting from Las Vegas. Here’s the Wednesday news:
Most impressive player: DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings. Dominated in the paint and played reasonable defense, which is lockdown defense by Summer League standards. After hitting the shot that put the Summer Kings ahead with two seconds left, Cousins threw back his head and screamed, “This is MY team!” It’s unclear whether he meant the regular Kings, or just the Summer League squad.
Least impressive player: Al-Farouq Aminu, Los Angeles Clippers. He shot badly, didn’t know where to go on the court, and didn’t wear his draft night Urkel glasses, even on the sidelines.
Most dominant player: J.J. Hickson, Cleveland Cavaliers. Hickson went for 34 points and nine rebounds against the Suns. It was an athletic dunkfest all around, with Christian Eyenga and Gani Lawal also impressing. Cavs fans are now officially nervous about Hickson’s impending free agency in 2013.
Worst facial expressions: Hassan Whiteside, Sacramento Kings. He rolled his eyes at almost anything - foul calls, the other team scoring, plays where he thought he was open and didn’t get the ball, over-loud cheering, whatever. On one play, DeMarcus Cousins was fouled and scored the and-one dunk, and Whiteside rolled his eyes in disgust. “His body language wasn’t a lot better”, notes Joey.
Best coaching: Wizards assistant Sam Cassell sat by John Wall’s side constantly, pointing out where to go and sharing his experience. One hopes he’ll also give him dance instruction, as Cassell’s “big balls” dance is far better than Wall’s usual stupid dance.
Worst coaching: Reggie Theus, Minnesota Timberwolves/Deering Tornadoes. With two second left, Minnesota had one last play against Sacramento, nd the ball went to… Patrick O’Bryant. Needless to say, the Wolves did not score. Joey did snap a sweet photo with Reggie.
Best player-fans: The Lopez brothers watched Stanford’s Landry Fields go up against the Raptors. They goofed around with each other, chattered constantly, and were overall even more diverting than the entertaining Knicks-Raptors matchup. They signed anything and everything fans handed them, in contrast to Wall, who had a designated lackey to handle autograph items.
Runner-up: Olden Polynice, who could have surged past the Lopez Brothers had he worn his old police uniform.
Worst fan: The guy in a vintage John Elway jersey and a gaudy Ed Hardy hat who begged Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau for an autograph.
Most grown-up NBA player: Glen Davis, who wouldn’t even look at any fan who called him “Big Baby.”
Worst-dressed owners: Gavin and Joe Maloof.