The PopGates Monday Bulletin: 12/19

Everything you might have missed last week from the Basketball Universe:

We saw two dunk of the year favorites last week.
First, Steven Davis of Wright State son’d, posterized – whatever you want to call it – an Urbana defender so badly, Darryl Dawkins looked down from the heavens with pride.

Not to be outdone by someone from the college ranks, Larry Nance Jr. of the Lakers, shocked himself – and the entire Brooklyn bench — by throwing down a dunk straight out of Space Jam on Nets center Brook Lopez.

Alex Tyus stuffed Bond-villain Miroslav Raduljcia.

In the waning moments of a Euroleague match between Galatasaray and Emporio Milan, the Serbian big man took a wide open pass under the basket, went up for the easy dunk, only to be stuffed from behind by Galatasaray’s Tyus. Tyus and the Turkish team closed out the game winning 83-80. Both teams now sit at 4-8 on the season.

Jason Siggers beat the buzzer against powerhouse Maccabi Tel Aviv.

One of the best import stories in the Israeli Premier League, one year removed from the Israeli minor leagues, Siggers took a pass under the hoop after a missed free throw – raced down the floor, dropped a nifty spin move and drained a mid range jumper giving Gilboa an improbable win.

Texas Legends big man Jameel Warney looked like the force he was at Stony Brook.

In a game against the Reno Bighorns, Warney dropped 20 points, and picked up 9 boards. Warney used an assortment of low post moves to maul around the basket. On the season, he is averaging over 14 points and six boards a game – the numbers don’t jump off the page, but are even more impressive when considering his minutes. Given his dominance on the glass and competent post game, Warney seems like a likely 10-day contract guy later in the season.

Dikembe Mutombo is not in the Philippines, and he doesn’t need your help. We repeat the Mutombo is not in the Philippines.

Earlier in the week, the former NBA player took to Instagram with the following message:

If you get the email from me which said that I have been robbed in Philippine. Do not answer its. It is not me.

The NBA family lost one of it’s best

Reporter Craig Sager succumbed to Leukemia after battling the disease for over two-years. As PopGates cofounder Scott Cinatl put it:

Craig Sager’s legacy as a sideline reporter has left a colorful piece of cloth sewed to the fabric of the game of basketball.

A nice tribute to Sager from the Chicago Tribune can be found here

Quotes of the Week:

“[It’s] been a grind at times, but been a good run… got a year or two left. “It’s tough to know [when it’s time to retire]… but life and your body tells you when its time. I need a warm up for the warm up now a days, haha.”

-Andrew Feeley, C, Urunday Universitario (Uruguay). Feeley did not earn a single All-Conference award during his college career in the tiny Northeast and America East Conferences, but has gone on his 11-year pro career, which has included stops in four continents and outlasted every player from his America East graduating class except Rashad Bell and Alex Adediran.

“It felt great!!! Beating such a high level team is really an accomplishment for me and this club… It definitely is my top buzzer beater. I feel great. The staff does a great job making sure I’m ready and I take care of myself way better than 8 years ago, haha!”

-Jason Siggers, G, Galil Gilboa, on his buzzer-beater to knock off Israeli superpower Macabbi Tel Aviv.

“I decided I’m a poor man’s Lenny Cooke. Just watched his documentary. I legit almost started crying – touching shit. But it’s much the same where I had no guidance in terms of making basketball decisions, which dramatically altered my path. I should have never went to BU because going there made me complacent… Most guys grow up poor or in the hood. I grew up comfortable and had the same outcome in the end because I took it for granted.”

-Former professional G and Boston University alum Corey Lowe.

Noah Perkins
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