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Friday, June 25, 2010

Ryan Thompson in NBA summer leagues

Ryan Thompson could have fulfilled one lifetime dream by being drafted Thursday night. But in terms of a bigger dream -- playing in the NBA -- the future would have been uncertain either way.

Thompson, whose draft stock improved significantly because of strong showings on the NBA workout circuit, would have been far from an NBA lock had he been taken late in the second round, as some anticipated he would.

As it turns out, Thompson became a free agent Thursday night. Friday morning, he signed on to play with the Celtics in the Orlando summer league July 6-9; and the Kings in the Las Vegas league July 11-18.

Thompson has a lot to prove. But he'll enter summer play knowing he's played better basketball over the past two months than he did during most of his senior year.

First up is Orlando, where he'll join other Celtics roster hopefuls in the AirTran Airways Pro Summer League.

The Celts' roster hasn't been finalized, but their schedule is below:

Monday, July 5- Boston vs. Oklahoma City, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, July 6 - Boston vs. Philadelphia, 5 p.m.
Wednesday, July 7 - Boston vs. Charlotte, 1 p.m.
Thursday, July 8 - Boston vs. Indiana, 3 p.m.
Friday, July 9 - Boston vs. New Jersey, noon


Anonymous tmd39 said...

All of those games will be on NBA TV.

June 26, 2010 at 8:59 AM 
Anonymous rider2 said...

Best of luck Ryan!

June 26, 2010 at 12:59 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go get em RT!

June 26, 2010 at 1:37 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best part of that article is the line that says he played better in the camps than in his senior year. That is classic RT. What a failure of a career especially the senior year when he was supposed to lead his team. When is the draft for the Greece pro league?

June 26, 2010 at 6:36 PM 
Anonymous MaacFan said...

I wouldn't say it "was a failure of a career," ANON. Clearly, you don't know what you're talking about. RT will go down as one of the best players, Top 5 to ever play at Rider. He had a VERY disappointing Senior season and that cost him a shot at getting drafted. Like another ANON poster said, 1 point against Marist, one of the worst teams in D1 this past season, didn't help him. Who knows though, he may do well in the camps and a team may pick him up. Good luck RT.

June 27, 2010 at 8:06 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He only played like a superstar in one big game in his career.....the semi loss to Niagara. He came up small in every other big spot. JT is obviously the best player to ever put on a rider uni by a lot. Jerry Johnson is better. Rider made the tourny a couple times so there has to be a player or 2 on those teams that came up in a big spot to get them to tourny. It's not like rider is Syracuse so top 5 all time isn't all that great.

June 28, 2010 at 1:33 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The last Anon post clearly has NO knowledge of RU bball history to talk about some guy who must have been on the tourney teams from years back. So please until you do your research refrain from posting just to take a shot at a guy. And to start your research I suggest you look up the name Darrick Suber.

June 29, 2010 at 8:16 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

top rider players from mid 1990s on:
3.Jerry Johnson
4.Mario Porter
5.Ryan Thompson

June 29, 2010 at 12:28 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So if those are the top 5 then my point is made. Only 1 of them was any good....maybe Jerry Johnson was ok......but the other guys played in an awful awful league.

June 30, 2010 at 7:59 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Go RT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

June 30, 2010 at 9:44 PM 
Anonymous MaacFan said...

ANON, you're comments are idiotic. Yes, this isn't Syracuse. There's no comparision between the schools. The NEC may not have been the best league, but they did dominate for a few years in a row. Plus, the MAAC is a step up. By the way, the "Top 5" that people mentioned were tremendous players at RIDER. That's what we're talking about here. Not a big time basketball school. Every one of those players all played professional either in the NBA (JT), or had very good or still having good careers overseas.

Top 5 at Rider all time:

1. Darrick Suber
2. Jason Thompson
3. Charles Smith
4. Jerry Johnson
5. Mario Porter/Ryan Thompson

July 5, 2010 at 8:13 PM 

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