So instead of hitting Vegas, this year’s Pistons draft picks Brandon Knight and Kyle Singler were in Maine last week participating in a basketball camp for foreigners from war-torn areas around the world.
The event is sponsored by their agent, Arn Tellem, and it allows them a chance to help out those less fortunate.
While both would rather go about starting their NBA careers, they are making the best of the labor impasse.
“Yeah, there are pros and cons. It’s good to have a little break, but I would like to be in Vegas with my teammates getting ready for the season,” Singler said. “But it does allow me the opportunity to do things like this now that this is going on.”
The lack of a summer league, along with a potential shortened training camp if the lockout drags on most of the summer, are going to be huge disadvantages for rookies, particularly second round picks like Kyle Singler and Vernon Macklin. Second rounders have much less time to prove their NBA worth. Many don’t get much playing time as rookies even with full camps and summer league play. I’m not saying the Pistons rookies won’t help the team this season, but the lack of preparation, the inability to use and get comfortable with team staff and facilities and the fact that the Pistons don’t even have a coach with an established offensive or defensive system are going to make it really hard for Knight, Singler and Macklin to get up to speed quickly.