From Comcast SportsNetVANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Canucks fans were dejected but mostly peaceful despite another disappointing playoff run.Unlike the chaos that erupted last June when Vancouver lost to the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals, the city's downtown streets cleared quickly and there was little sign of trouble last night following the Canucks' 2-1 loss in overtime to the Los Angeles Kings and their early exit from the NHL playoffs.For the second year in a row, the Canucks managed to rack up the most points in the league during the regular season, winning the Presidents Cup, but they lost the first three games to the Kings, including two at home.A win in Los Angeles last week gave fans new hope, and the flames of that hope were fanned when the Canucks scored in the first period Sunday night. But the Kings tied it up in the third, sending the teams into a short and for Vancouver, disappointing, overtime period."Everybody was stunned silence. Nobody can believe that they are out," Rick Yuck of Calgary said, as some passers-by outside Rogers Arena chanted "Next year, next year."Keegan Grant was inside the arena when the Kings scored early in overtime and said other fans just got up from their seats and began to swear under their breath."My heart stopped," he said. "I was so sad. Words can't express my feelings right now."Ben Basran, of West Vancouver, said he was really mad and disappointed with the loss, but the 13-year-old was quick to put the Canucks' defeat into perspective.Basran said he will now cheer on the Ottawa Senators and begin to watch the city's other professional sports teams."You've got to get over it soon," he said. "You can't dwell on the past."Mike "the Piper" MacDonald was outside Rogers Arena, trying to help fans passing by do just that by playing "Amazing Grace.""Well, everybody knows it as a funeral tune, you know, end of an era, end of a life, end of the Canucks' life," MacDonald said of the song. "So that's very appropriate for tonight."Hanging like ghosts in the twilight sky, the pipe's haunting notes greeted the hockey faithful, some of whom smiled, while others cast their eyes down to the cold, gray sidewalks."I usually try to keep it upbeat, but not tonight. You've got to toy with the emotions of the crowd," MacDonald said. "You know, it helps them overcome their sorrows."
According to Bleacher Report, Wendell Carter Jr. would be taken fourth overall by the Memphis Grizzlies if the NBA were to redraft this year’s class based off of Summer League performances.
It may sound like a crazy concept (and it is), but Carter Jr. averaged the second most points, 14.6, through five July games in Las Vegas. He also averaged 9.4 rebounds and shot 55 percent from the field while averaging 28.8 minutes in his glamorous first-stint with Chicago. Those numbers are even more striking if you consider Carter Jr.’s 42.9 percent shooting from behind the three-point line.
Carter Jr., the real seventh overall pick of this year’s NBA Draft, looked like the all-around player the Bulls were hoping to get this offseason. He made his blocking abilities as a center known from the moment he stepped on the court in Summer League.
In their re-draft, Bleacher Report had Chicago using the No. 7 pick on the New York Knicks’ Mitchell Robinson, who was actually taken 36th overall in last month’s Draft.
Robinson, a center, averaged 13 points and 24.8 minutes per game over five Summer League contests. He was the best rebounder on his team with an average of 10.2 in the five games that the Knicks played.
The 20-year-old took the second most shots on the Knicks and had the highest field goal percentage at 67 percent, but Robinson did not have any three-point attempts. What made his recent production seem even more surprising was the fact that the 7'1'' big man did not play a single minute of college basketball.
But would Robinson fit in the Bulls’ system?
Chicago has taken on an offense-first mentality, so Robinson would not be as great of a fit in the Bulls lineup as Carter Jr., but he would still be an impact player. He can be compared to the Bulls’ current center Robin Lopez, who averaged a similar amount of points per game (11.8 points in 26.4 minutes) last season as Robinson’s Summer League average (13 points in 24.8 minutes). And like Lopez, Robinson will likely be most effective around the basket and in the pick-and-roll.
Robinson would also have to learn the defensive concepts that a veteran like Lopez has mastered over his 10-year career.
Next season, the Bulls will have an exciting scoring trio of Jabari Parker, Lauri Markkanen and Carter Jr. in the frontcourt. And the fact that Carter Jr. is getting so much love in the national spotlight is yet another reason for Bulls fans to be excited about this upcoming season.
On the latest edition of the Hawks Talk Podcast, Charlie Roumeliotis is joined by Scott Powers of The Athletic to discuss Stan Bowman's comments following the Marian Hossa trade and debate whether they're finished making moves this summer.
They also provide their thoughts on the Blackhawks' top prospects and which players have caught their attention as development camp winds down.
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