Forbes, Gaffney & Lasme Gear Up For NBA Summer League
July 7, 2009
AMHERST, Mass. - Former UMass men's basketball stars Gary Forbes, Tony Gaffney and Stephane Lasme will be taking the court over the next few weeks as the NBA Summer League kicks off. Forbes, with the Philadelphia 76ers, Gaffney, with the Los Angeles Lakers, and Lasme with the San Antonio Spurs, will be competing for roster spots with their respective organizations.
The action kicks off this week with a 12-team league hosted by the Orlando Magic. Forbes' 76ers are playing in the event on a combined team with the New Jersey Nets. The Sixers/Nets lost their opener on Monday to the Indiana Pacers, 75-67, with Forbes grabbing two rebounds and dishing out one assist in just under five minutes of action. They continue on Tuesday by playing Utah at 5 p.m. For the rest of the week, Forbes' team plays Orlando on Wednesday at 7 p.m., Oklahoma City on Thursday at 3 p.m., and finish with Boston on Friday at 1 p.m.
The 22-team NBA Summer League officially begins on July 10 and runs through July 19 in Las Vegas. All games are held at either the Thomas & Mack Center or the COX Pavilion. 21 NBA teams, including Gaffney's Lakers and Lasme's spurs are fielding teams this year and the NBA D-League Select Team, with Forbes, rounds out the field. Philadelphia is not fielding a team in the Summer League this year.
Forbes, who averaged 17.4 points and 5.3 rebounds for the Sioux Falls SkyForce last season, is one of 10 D-League players from last season to be named to the select team.
Gaffney will see his first NBA action with the Lakers on Friday when the world champs take on the Toronto Raptors at 5 p.m. The Lakers play again on Saturday, at 3 p.m. vs. Cleveland.
Lasme's Spurs will play at 4 p.m. on Sunday against the New Orleans Hornets. Then on Monday, July 13, both Forbes and Gaffney will be in action, as Forbes' D-League Select Team plays Minnesota at 1 p.m. and the Lakers take on the Clippers at 5:30 p.m.
The Lakers finish up play on Tuesday, July 14 vs. Oklahoma City at 5:30 p.m. and Thursday, July 16 vs. Houston at 3 p.m. The Spurs have four additional games: Tuesday, July 14 vs. Denver at 10 p.m., Thursday, July 16 vs. Oklahoma City at 8:30 p.m., Saturday, July 18 vs. Portland at 10:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 19 vs. Memphis at 8 p.m. The D-League Selects remaining schedule is as follows: Monday, July 13 vs. Minnesota at 1 p.m.; Wednesday, July 15 vs. Sacramento at 5:30 p.m.; Friday, July 17 vs. Phoenix at 7 p.m.; Saturday, July 18 vs. Denver at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, July 19 vs. Portland at 7 p.m.
A schedule of which of the 55 games will be televised will be released shortly. All NBA Summer League games can be seen online at NBA.com.