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Sunday, July 15, 2012

Burrell makes Summer League debut

Staff report

Power forward Justin Burrell, the bj-league's 2011-12 MVP, scored seven points on 3-for-3 shooting in his NBA Summer League debut and the Golden State Warriors routed the Los Angeles Lakers 90-50 on Friday in Las Vegas.

Burrell, a St. John's product, is trying to earn a spot on an NBA team for the upcoming season as a free agent pickup. He played 16-plus minutes and contributed two rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot.

Former Tokyo Apache post player Jeremy Tyler, who completed his rookie season with the Warriors this spring, added six points and one rebound in 16 minutes as Golden State began its Summer League season. Former NBA guard Pete Myers is coaching the Warriors in the Summer League. (Swingman Kevin Palmer, who starred for the Rizing Fukuoka last season, is listed on the Lakers roster, but didn't play.)

"Jeremy Tyler started, but Justin Burrell came in and played most of the second and fourth quarters," a former NBA scout told The Japan Times. "Justin looked timid at first, and seemed to be trying to stay out of the way as they called plays for first-round draft pick Harrison Barnes. But he gradually found his rhythm and made some nice plays."

He added: "At No. 30 in the draft the Warriors took Festus Ezeli, who looks like a more mature Jeremy Tyler. Jeremy still looks good on defense and rebounding, but his offense was almost non-existent. He may have to work hard to improve this season, because it looks like Ezeli is there to compete for the same game minutes."

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