Jeff McInnis thought signing as a free agent with Portland was a good opportunity to be a starting point guard on an elite team. So far this season, he has been stuck behind Scottie Pippen and Damon Stoudamire.
"It's not what I imagined, but the script isn't always written the way you want it," McInnis told The Oregonian last Wednesday prior to playing against his former team, the Los Angeles Clippers.
Portland point guard Damon Stoudamire was down with the flu and that gave McInnis a chance to be on the court for 17 minutes. McInnis responded with his best game of the year -- 17 points (8-12 FG, 1-1 FT) and 4 assists -- as Portland downed the Clippers in Los Angeles 97-93.
"Right now, everybody is saying, 'They've got three point guards. He's not playing. Why did he go there?' But as soon as this thing turns around, the same people will be saying, 'Oh, yeah, that was a good choice for him.' It's cool. I've been through worse," McInnis said.
DANTE STILL HAS THE HOT HAND
Dante Calabria came off the Benetton Treviso (Italy - A1) bench for 19 minutes Sunday and tallied 12 points and made all five of his field goal attempts, including two 3-point field goals, in a 92-85 victory. Treviso now leads the Italian League by three games with a record of 13-1.
Calabria has been there for the last five games, all wins, and has made 26 of the 33 shots he has taken in Italian League games. Here's the breakdown: 8-10 (80%) on 2-point FG's, 9-14 (64.3%) on 3-pointers and 9-9 (100%) from the free throw line.
CAPEL, PATRIOTS STREAKING
Jason Capel led Fayetteville in scoring Saturday night with 14 points (4-6 FG, 2-3 3-pt. FG, 4-4 FT) as the Patriots ran past Mobile and notched their 6th consecutive win to move into first-place in the NBDL at 9-6.
Through 15 games, Capel is the NBDL's 4th-best free throw shooter at 91.8% (45-49), 6th-best 3-point shooter at 45.7% (16-35) and is averaging 11.8 points, 4 rebounds and 28.2 minutes per game.
Capel and the Patriots will try to extend the 6-game winning streak when Fayetteville hosts Asheville on Friday (12/27). That will be followed by a visit to North Charleston on Saturday (12/28).
LANG LEADS ANWIL TO 12-1 WITH 22
Kris Lang (Anwil Wloclawek - Poland) played another strong Polish League game on Saturday as he made 9-of-14 from the field and 4-of-6 from the stripe on his way to a season-high and team-high 22 points in an 80-59 win.
Anwil is now 12-1 as they sit atop the Polish League standings. Lang averages 27.5 minutes, 11.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game with a FG% of 56.6 (60-106).
ROY WILLIAMS TO ASSIST TEAM USA
Larry Brown will have a former Tar Heel on his Team USA coaching staff for the 2003 Americas Olympic Qualification Tournament during August in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Kansas coach Roy Williams was named by USA Basketball as one of three assistant coaches to assist Larry Brown on the 2003 USA Men's Senior National Team.
"I'm extremely excited and extremely flattered to be a part of this," Williams said. "I am really looking forward to working with Larry and all the other people involved with USA Basketball. It's been a dream of mine for a long time to participate in something like this. I will do everything I possibly can to be a good assistant coach and to help out as much as possible."
Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs and Dayton coach Oliver Purnell were also named as assistants to head coach Larry Brown.