League-wide news, notes and thoughts as NBA training camps get underway:
New Orleans forward Anthony Davis, the top overall draft pick, and Charlotte swingman Michael-Kidd Gilchrist (the second), begin camp this week. Prediction: Itll be a three-man race between those two, and Portland point guard Damian Lillard (No. 6 overall), for rookie of the year.
Expect to read this line uttered by Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum by someone from every playoff-maybe on Monday: I think we can surprise some people and a lot of people are counting us out already. Yes, I know were young, but I think we have the talent to surprise people this year. Were just going to work hard and get better every day and well see what happens. Playoffs? Well see.
Forward Josh Childress is fighting for a roster spot with Brooklyn. Childress just hasnt been the same since returning from Greece a few years back. So much for guys using foreign clubs as leverage in American contract negotiations.
Former Detroit ...