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Tuesday, October 7th, 2008 at 8:00 am  |  17 responses

SLAM Radio: Brandon Jennings’ Pro Debut

Jeff Fox tells us more about ‘the trailblazer.’

by Ryne Nelson

Jeff Fox is on the phone to preview Brandon Jennings’ trailblazing debut this Sunday. You can read Jeff’s in-depth projections in his article ‘The trailblazer.’

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  • http://nbaukfan.blogspot.com/ mat smith

    good luck to Brandon, it was a brave move and I really hope it works out for him, wierd hearing Ryne’s voice too, I thought you only typed and never spoke a word ;) the competition will be way tougher than college

  • http://nbaukfan.blogspot.com/ mat smith

    Oh BTW, Andre Hutson and Allen Ray are the other USA players on Pallacanestro Virtus Roma to help Brandon adjust this year, and I dont think Rubio will be healthy for said game, and Anthony Parker (Candace’s Bro, Raptors) played their in 03 too

  • http://AllAbout-Penis-Enlargement.com Jukai

    Are Rubio and Brandon playing each other first?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ryan Jones

    Just cut and pasted this directly from TrueHoop:
    When Brandon Jennings — a top American high-schooler last year — decided to spend his mandated pre-NBA year overseas instead of atttending college, there was speculation that he might not play very much. European teams play to win now, and seldom give valuable floor time to young point guards. But The New York Times’ Pete Thamel’s report from Italy makes it sound like Jennings will play: “The 6-foot-2 Jennings, Roma’s youngest player by five years, is coached by the demanding Jasmin Repesa, who also coaches Croatia’s national team. The team practices twice a day, with skill work and weight lifting in the morning and more traditional practice at night. Jennings is comfortable because he has three American teammates, and the team’s primary language is English. He lives with his mother and half-brother in a posh apartment provided by the team. Yet during training camp in September, Repesa, whose booming voice could quiet an Oktoberfest beer tent at last call, threw Jennings out of practice one day for not cutting hard in a drill. ‘I was like, Man, I got kicked out of practice for that,’ Jennings said. ‘But it was lesson learned, and we moved on.’ That moment was an anomaly. Repesa said Jennings had improved significantly, especially on defense, during his first month. He led the team in scoring, averaging about 20 points through five exhibition games. Roma’s general manager, Dejan Bodiroga, said he had been impressed with Jennings’s attitude, work ethic and determination. That has coalesced with his natural ability. ‘He’s one of the top talents that I’ve ever seen,’ Bodiroga said. So far, Roma seems happy with the result, and Jennings is likely to play plenty of minutes when the 65-game season begins later this month.”

  • joey

    Make this a WEEKLY or Bi-Weekly PODCAST the fans will love it and I want no cred. PODCAST,PODCAST,PODCAST

  • KWalk

    Give me a break, trailblazer!?! The guys just plain stupid, couldn’t even get into college and had no other options.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    @Mat: That was a computer speaking my words…don’t be tricked :-)

  • http://www.slamonline.com Emry DowningHall

    I love this idea, this was a great show as well. Very interesting.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Great show. Brandon Jennings is changing the game right now.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    RYNE NELSON ON THE TRACK! Outstanding SLAMradio piece. Jeff Fox with the insight. SLAM needs to keep it up with the radio ish’. And to all the people Hating B-Jennings: STOP THE HATE! Great job Ryne. one last thing needed to be talked about: Why does everyone get skittish thinking about HS people playing overseas? You have to be with the right agent to even be in position to go overseas, so in my opinion the only players i see making the europe leap are: Lance Stephenson, Renardo Sydney. Lance never struck me as somebody who was looking forward to college academia & Renardo is notorious for being the laziest basketball player in the past decade. That, coupled with an ego larger than Sarah Palins pronunciation of Alaska, make me think he will go overseas via Sonny Vaccaro

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Kwalk is really Lute Olson.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Slam Radio!

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    Justin Walsh should click on my name and read the first story. He’d enjoy it.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    I wanna hear Ryne freestyle over the intro beat next time! 8)

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Maybe we’ll bring Sam back for that, B.

  • http://www.ballislife.com Justin Walsh

    B. Long, nice piece on the site; I agree with you!

  • http://www.freewebs.com/betcats BETCATS

    Ryne your voice sounds like one of those computer-made things at the begining of the article

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