Orlando Pro Summer League provides players like OKC Thunder's Cole Aldrich a chance to play

Cole Aldrich, the 11th overall pick in 2010, has played little in the NBA, but this week's summer league in Orlando will give him and others a chance to get on the court.
by Darnell Mayberry Modified: July 8, 2012 at 11:08 pm •  Published: July 9, 2012
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photo - NBA BASKETBALL: Oklahoma City's Derek Fisher and Cole Aldrich go through drills during the NBA Finals practice day at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Monday, June 11, 2012, in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
NBA BASKETBALL: Oklahoma City's Derek Fisher and Cole Aldrich go through drills during the NBA Finals practice day at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Monday, June 11, 2012, in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

To best understand the plight of the 11th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, one must compare Oklahoma City Thunder center Cole Aldrich to his contemporaries.

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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THUNDER SCHEDULE

Monday: Thunder vs. Boston; noon

Tuesday: Thunder vs. Indiana; noon

Wednesday: Thunder vs. Detroit; noon

Thursday: Thunder vs. Brooklyn; noon

Friday: Thunder vs. Utah; 7 a.m.

ORLANDO VS. LAS VEGAS

What's the difference between the Orlando Pro Summer League and the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas?

Orlando offers a shorter league with fewer teams. Just eight teams compete over a five-day span in Orlando, with each team playing one game each day to form a 25-game schedule. The league is organized by the Magic, and the event is closed to the general public.

The league in Las Vegas is the NBA's official summer league. It is held over a 10-day span and features 23 NBA teams, as well as one team of D-League players. A total of 60 games will be played in Las Vegas, and the league is open to the public.

The Thunder has opted to compete in Orlando every summer because the league offers a more concise schedule and considerably fewer distractions.

HOW TO WATCH

According to NBA officials, all games will be broadcast on NBA TV. An online package also is available via NBA.com for $14.99. With that package, fans can watch all games in both Orlando and the 60-game schedule in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas from July 13-22 on their laptops, iPhones and iOS tablets. To sign up for the package, visit nba.com/summerleaguebroadband.

SUMMER LEAGUE RULES

10-minute quarters

3-minute overtime period(s)

Five full timeouts per team per game

Maximum of three full timeouts to be used in the fourth quarter per team.

One 20-second timeout per team per half.

One full timeout and one 20-second timeout per overtime period per team.

Teams will be in the penalty on the fifth team foul of each quarter.

Teams will be in the penalty on the third team foul in overtime.

There is no foul out rule. For each personal foul in excess of six, the opposing team receives two free throws. For each personal foul in excess of 10, the opposing team receives two free throws and the ball.

Halftime is 10 minutes.

Intermission between games is 10 minutes.

Two one-minute mandatory TV timeouts per quarter. The first on the first deadball at 5:59 and then again at 2:59 on the clock.

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