Lots of news from former Bay Area high school and college talents, highlighted by former Palo Alto and Ivy League star Jeremy Lin.
Harvard standout Jeremy Lin worked off the ball tirelessly for Dallas, running the baseline and cutting through the half court to free himself up. When he got opportunities with the ball, Lin displayed composure. His athleticism isn't freakish -- most of his drives to the hole are straight-line routes -- but his incursions into the paint were fearless. He finished with 12 points on 5-for-8 shooting. He also racked up five turnovers when the speed of the game escalated. Lin acknowledged that there's a chasm between Ivy League play and what transpires here in Las Vegas. "I think the style of the game, NBA rules, pick-and-rolls, the speed and athleticism are the biggest differences," Lin said. "I'm just trying to figure out when to attack, when to shoot, reading defensive coverages. It's a lot more complex than it was in college."
Updates on Omar Samahan as well as Jerome Randle, Rod Benson and Patrick Christopher. (Landry Fields has yet to play).