Lin '10 Will Head West to Lakers

Published by Juliet Spies-Gans on July 13, 2014 at 1:57PM

Jeremy Lin ’10 has suited up for “The City That Never Sleeps”, and now it’s time for him to wear the uniform of the City of Angels.

According to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the Houston Rockets traded the former Harvard men’s basketball superstar to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday afternoon. The deal was one of a surfeit of NBA moves that fell into place once LeBron James announced that he was returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Lin was the central cog in a deal that also handed the Lakers a 2015 first-round draft pick. For its part, Los Angeles only gave up the rights to an overseas player alongside cash considerations.

On the Lakers, Lin will find himself in a three-way point guard battle for playing time. Currently, the Lakers have under contract both two-time MVP Steve Nash and sharp-shooter Kendall Marshall, the latter of whom was sitting in the Development League until LA picked him up in the 2013-2014 season.

However, with Nash’s age and recent injuries—he sat out 67 games last year with an assortment of back and hamstring ailments—Lin will have the possibility of logging serious minutes with the Purple and Gold.

In addition to playing for one of the most storied franchises in NBA history, Lin will also get the chance to hoop alongside franchise darling Kobe Bryant. Traditionally, Bryant’s backcourt-mates have had increased operating room on the offensive end as defenses collapse around the two-guard—a boon and an opportunity for Lin.

Lin will have just one year to prove himself to Los Angeles, as his back-loaded $14 million contract is up following the 2014-2015 season. But Lin has never needed long to prove himself, and for a Lakers squad that just had its worst season ever, a little Linsanity might be just the spark that the team needs.        

—Check thecrimson.com for updates.

—Staff writer Juliet Spies-Gans can be reached at juliet.spies-gans@thecrimson.com.

Kyle Casey '14 Sees NBA Summer League Minutes

Published by Juliet Spies-Gans on July 10, 2014 at 9:32PM
CASE IN POINT

Kyle Casey '14, shown above against Columbia this past season, played a combined 28 minutes during two games of the NBA Summer League for the Brooklyn Nets.

Just 10 days after it was first reported that Kyle Casey ’14 would be joining the Brooklyn Nets’ Summer League team in Orlando, Fla., the four-time All-Ivy pick played his first moments of professional basketball.

Against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday, Casey totaled nearly 18 minutes of playing time and made his presence felt on the defensive end. The forward notched four rebounds and a game-high three blocks during his time on the hardwood, collecting an assist and a steal as well. Casey managed to get one shot up, but the attempt didn’t fall, and the rookie finished the contest scoreless as the Thunder beat the Nets, 98-94.

Two days later, a decrease in Casey’s playing time was paired with a decrease in his production. While the big man collected his first NBA bucket against the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, he tallied just two rebounds and two blocks, and for the third consecutive game, his team was on the losing side of the scoreboard.

With Wednesday’s 92-86 loss to Philadelphia, Brooklyn wrapped up its summer ball season, leaving the fate of Casey’s NBA future unknown.

Casey’s combined 28 minutes of playing time came after two straight games during which he did not leave the bench.

—Check thecrimson.com for updates.

—Staff writer Juliet Spies-Gans can be reached at juliet.spies-gans@thecrimson.com.

Kyle Casey '13-14 Works Out for Boston Celtics

Published by David Freed on June 16, 2014 at 8:21PM
Kyle Trial

Kyle Casey '13-14 won Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors in 2010. Although his numbers dropped off in his final season in Cambridge, the forward has an NBA-ready physique.

Leading up to the NBA draft, former Harvard forward Kyle Casey ’13-’14 has drawn attention from pro teams.

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Brandyn Curry Signs With Agent

Published by David Freed on April 25, 2014 at 11:25PM

Nearly a month after ending his career at Harvard in an 80-71 third-round NCAA Tournament loss to Michigan State, co-captain Brandyn Curry has signed with an agent to pursue a professional basketball career.

Curry announced last week that he is signing with Scorers 1st, a sports management company that will work as Curry’s agent.

“We could not be more excited to have the chance to work for and with Brandyn as he makes the transition from college to playing professionally at the next level,” said Scorers 1st CEO Gerrit Kersten-Thiele, an NBA-certified agent.

At Harvard, Curry was part of the first Ivy League outright champions in school history, leading the squad to March Madness in 2012. That year, as a junior, Curry was selected as a candidate for the 2012 Bob Cousy Award, which honors the best point guard in the country, and earned second-team All-Ivy honors.

Curry, who ranks fifth all-time on the school’s assist list with 489 in his career, will join a Sports 1st client list that includes Patrick Ewing Jr. and Ali Farokhmanesh.

Men's Basketball's Saunders Named to ECAC All-Star Second Team

Published by Phil Delamater on April 20, 2014 at 10:36PM

The terrific run for Harvard men’s basketball continued last week, and in this case, it came in the form of an individual honor for one of its stars. Junior wing Wesley Saunders was named to the ECAC Division I All-Star second team, joining Billy Baron of Canisius, Aaron Craft of Ohio State, Bryce Cotton of Providence, and Malcolm Brogdon of Virginia on the select squad. 

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