Wednesday August 27 2008 – 12:45pm Eastern
There’s not a lot going on with the Raptors right now. Chris Bosh is shining his gold medal and Jose Calderon is nursing his groin. Other than that, we’re simply counting down to the start of training camp on September 30. Thus, let’s have a quick look at some other small stories in basketball …
The Under 17 Canadian National Championships were held this past weekend in Charlottetown, PEI and Ontario and Quebec came out the big winners.
The Ontario girls won gold with a 77-44 win over Alberta. Natalie Achonwa and Kayla Alexander each scored 20 points for Team Ontario to lead their squad to victory.
On the boys side, Alberta fell again … losing to Quebec, 90-81. Quebec’s Jonathan Tshibuy had 19 points and 6 rebounds to lead his team to the big win over the defending national champs.
BACK TO BEIJING
Following a hugely successful Olympic tournament, basketball will be returning to Beijing in October when the Golden State Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks tip off the 2008 version of the NBA China Games.
The Warriors and Bucks will actually start the NBA China Games in Guangzhou on October 15 and then travel to Beijing for a tilt at the Beijing Olympic Basketball Arena on October 18.
The League’s “NBA Cares” program will also be very active in China; taking part in a number of events and activities to help those affected by the earthquake in the Sichuan Province.
Too bad Yi Jianlian got dealt from the Bucks to the New Jersey Nets this summer.
Former NBA’er Kevin Duckworth has passed away. He was 44 years old.
The cause of his death is still not known. Duckworth was in Oregon for a promotional event for the Portland Trail Blazers.
Duckworth played in the NBA from 1986-1997, with his best years coming in Portland. He was a 2-time All Star and he made it to the NBA Finals with the Blazers in 1990 and 1992.
Terry Porter, Buck Williams, and Clyde Drexler may have got most of the headlines, but the Blazers wouldn’t have had the success they did (in the late 80′s and early 90′s) without Kevin Duckworth.
Duckworth averaged 11.8 points and 5.8 rebounds over his 11-year career. In addition to his time with Portland, the big man also played for San Antonio, Washington, Milwaukee, and the LA Clippers.