NBA basketball makes you thirsty.
Has hell frozen over? No, we're not talking about the fact that an Ivy League basketball player is about to sign with an NBA team. This is about the fact that there's actually, for once, some legitimate news of the sports variety coming out of Brown. Congrats, guys. In this edition of Around the Water Cooler, we'll also venture into the unknown country that is Belarus and dive into the world of Cornell hockey.
Let's begin with a healthy dose of Ivy League basketball. In case you live under a rock, Harvard’s Jeremy Lin ’10 is on the verge of signing with the Golden State Warriors. 2010 has been a golden year for Ivy League basketball: With Cornell’s run to the sweet 16, four Ancient Eight graduates playing in the NBA summer league, and Lin’s impending induction as a Warrior, fans of Ivy League basketball have certainly been spoiled. Now we're all set up for a major let down next season when Princeton will likely get pummeled in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Brandyn Curry was the first Harvard basketball player to square off against John Wall when the two were the No. 1 and No. 2 point guards in North Carolina.
Former Harvard co-captain Jeremy Lin captivated the basketball world with his performance on Thursday against John Wall, the No. 1 overall pick in last June's NBA draft.
Lin, a member of the Dallas Mavericks summer league team, held his own against Wall in the Mavericks’ contest against the Washington Wizards.
Wall may have outscored Lin, whose team ended up with the loss, but Lin went off in the fourth quarter, dropping 11 points off a combination of acrobatic layups, one-handed flushes, mid-range jump shots, and deep balls. He also out-jumped Wall—who boasts a 43-inch vertical leap—after the two got tied up for a jump ball.
Pitch me a good one, Ivy League sports.
Columbia baseball fans are a tough crowd to please. When Columbia Spectator writers Jacob and Michael Shapiro reported on the Lions’ loss in the Ivy League championship a couple weeks back, Columbia fans were far from happy with the negative tone of the article, commenting, “what the hell, bros? try putting a positive spin on something for once” and “Surprise! The brothers Shapiro combine on a horrible article, weird.” In an effort to avoid being verbally accosted in a similar fashion, this edition of Around the Water Cooler has nothing but positive things to say about the Lions baseball club. We will also explore the strange culture of our northern comrades over at Dartmouth, as well as the all-important topic of Ivy League basketball.
After thousands of hours of weight lifting, conditioning, and shooting drills over the course of his basketball career, Jeremy Lin’s dream of playing in the NBA could come down to just the next 240 minutes of basketball he plays.
Tomorrow afternoon, Lin makes his NBA Summer League debut for the Dallas Mavericks.
Like many NBA hopefuls who were not selected on the June 24 draft, Lin was invited by the Mavericks immediately following the draft to compete on the squad’s summer league roster, which will participate in a series of five games in Las Vegas from July 9 to 18.
Just talking around the water cooler, no big deal.
School has been out for over a month now, but the world of Ivy League athletics continues to go 'round—well, perhaps an exception can be made for Brown, where sports get even less respect than this Back Page correspondent's jump shot. Anyway, in our first exciting edition, we present some Ancient Eight ballers who refuse to hang up their Nikes, and a guy who can scamper around a track and dodge puddles faster than most other guys.
Harvard basketball fans who still awake from nightmares of Cornell nearly forty-piecing the Crimson last winter can rest assured that at least two members of the Big Red’s Big Three will be playing far, far away from Lavietes Pavilion next winter. After working out for a handful of NBA teams, seven-footer Jeff Foote signed with Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv, a top club team in Europe. Meanwhile, point guard Louis Dale tweeted that he signed with the club BG Göttingen, which plays in Germany’s top division.