Knicks Dish: Summer Hoops Roll On

By Nick Ranieri, Knicks Fan Since '80

This year, the NBA Summer League showcased some of the most promising talent in the league. Familiar faces, draft picks, and up-and-comers all banded together in competitive action with the goal of impressing coaches and getting some wins. Overall, the signs were very encouraging and we saw some great play over the course of the schedule. Take a look at this photo gallery of the Knicks Summer League team here

On Tuesday, we lost an important member of the New York Knicks family. Ossie Schectman, a member of the 1946 Knicks and the first player to score a basket in NBA history passed away at the age of 94. In 1946–47 (his only year in the NBA), Schectman played in 54 games for the Knicks and was third in the league with 2.0 assists per game. His New York roots began at Samuel J. Tilden High School in Brooklyn and Schectman later played at Long Island University. Watch his historic first basket. 

Social Corner

The Smith brothers stopped by the New York Liberty Summer Camp earlier in the week to devote some time to hanging out with the fans. The Liberty posted this video of J.R. and Chris on their Twitter account to show some of their appearance from camp.  

Raymond Felton took part in Throwback Thursday on his Twitter account, posting a picture from when he participated in a food drive with the “Feed The Children” organization. Felton said, #TBT Thanksgiving in #Latta with@FeedTheChildren

After a fun off day with his teammates, it was back to work on Thursday for Andrea Bargnani, who is playing overseas in the Euro Basket 2013 Tournament. Bargnani posted on Twitter, “Going to practice” with this picture on his Instagram account.

Chris Smith is putting in extra work trying to work on his game by playing in the Nike Pro City Basketball League in New York. The games are played at Baruch College every Tuesday and Thursday during the summer. On Thursday, Smith almost notched a triple-double, scoring 33 points, dishing out nine assists, and snatching up eight rebounds. Smith proclaimed on his Twitter account, “Had a light game @procitynyc 33points 9 as 8 bounds..”