Network to Televise Two Live CelticsSummer League Games from Las Vegas, July 19th and 22nd
BURLINGTON, MA The 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas will take place from July 13-22 and Comcast SportsNet New England will be there to bring viewers a first look at the Boston Celtics 2012 Draft picks Jared Sullinger, Fab Melo and Kris Joseph playing in their Celtic green. The network will air two live games from Vegas -- July 19th vs. the Sacramento Kings at 6:30 p.m.ET and July 22nd vs. the L.A. Clippers at 6 p.m.ET giving fans a chance to get their Celtics team fix and get a sneak preview of the rookies-to-be during the off-season. In addition to the live games, Comcast SportsNet will also deliver comprehensive on-location coverage of every Celtics Summer League game from both Orlando and Las Vegas, with CSNNE.com Insider A. Sherrod Blakely and CSN Celtics Reporter Greg Dickerson.
Sullinger, a 69 forward, was taken by the Celtics with the 21st pick in the first round. The native of Columbus, OH was a consensus First Team All-American, Wooden Award finalist and First Team All-Big 10 Selection in each of his two seasons at Ohio State. He also was named the 2011 Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Sullinger posted the third-most points (1,282) over his first two seasons at Ohio State and also earned National Freshman of the Year honors from the Sporting News and the Wayman Tisdale Award from the USBWA. He averaged 17.5 points and 9.2 rebounds this past season in helping the Buckeyes get to the Final Four.
Melo, a 70 center, was taken with the 22nd pick in the first round. The native of Juiz de Forz, Brazil was the Big East Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore. He is the Syracuse record holder for most blocks in a single game with 10 against Seton Hall this past season. He also was named Preseason Big East Rookie of the Year as a freshman. This past season he ranked first for Syracuse in rebounds (5.8 rpg) and blocks (2.9 bpg).
Joseph, a 67 forward, was taken with the 51st pick in the second round. The native of Montreal, Quebec, earned First Team All-Big East during his senior season and is one of 55 players in Syracuse University history to record 1,000 points in his career. During his senior season he ranked first on the Orange in points (13.4 ppg) and third in rebounds (4.7 rpg). During his junior season, he also was ranked first on the Orange in points (14.3 ppg) and second in rebounds (5.2 rpg).
A record 24 teams will compete at the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, including 11 that participated in the NBA Playoffs, as well as a team of NBA D-League Select players. Competitions will be held at the Thomas & Mack Center and the COX Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Each of the participating teams will play five games each.
A full schedule of Boston Celtics Summer League games and a full roster of participants can be found at Celtics.com.