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Lakers spectacularly botch alley-oop attempt during summer league game

GIF: Lakers attempt off the glass alley-oop at the buzzer, fa... on Twitpic

Due to the nature of the NBA’s two summer leagues, tuning in and expecting high quality basketball is probably being overly ambitious. However, they do give fans a chance to see the top draft picks of their favorite teams and provide something that resembles NBA hoops in July.

lakers-summer-league-alley-oopOn Friday, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Denver Nuggets in the final summer league game of 2014 for both teams.

During the game, the Lakers providing a lasting moment when an attempted alley-oop didn’t quite go as intended. DeAndre Kane lofted the pass, then in came both Julius Randle and Xavier Gibson for the finish.

Unfortunately, neither was successful, but the result will probably end up being one of the more memorable highlights of this year’s Las Vegas Summer League.

GIF via Twitter/cjzero

Julius Randle’s mom had to leave at halftime to get home for work

Julius-Randle-KentuckyJulius Randle dominated the interior post during Kentucky’s win over Michigan on Sunday. His 16 points and, more importantly, 11 rebounds helped the Wildcats hang on down the stretch in what was one of the most exciting games of the tournament. And Randle’s unlucky mother didn’t even get to stick around to watch the end of the instant classic.

Randle’s mother Carolyn Kyles, whom the freshman credits for making him such a great basketball player, had to leave at halftime.

According to The Dagger, those who were sitting near Kyles said she was in tears at the thought of leaving with her son’s team down four in the most important game of his life. Kyles, a 6-foot-2 former basketball player, told The Courier Journal last week that she gave Randle everything she had on and off the court when he was growing up.

“I would push him around. He’d fall down and hop up all mad,” she said. “I’d throw hook shots on him, and it would just kill him. I couldn’t feel guilty, because this was the position I was in. I had to be both mother and father. I couldn’t be weak. I had to be strong. I couldn’t baby him. I had to make sure my kids were strong, show them how to get out there and fight for what they wanted. That’s what they saw in me every day.”

Fortunately, the story has a happy ending. Aaron Harrison knocked down a game-winning 3-pointer to send Kentucky to the Final Four in Arlington, which is located less than an hour from where Kyles lives in the Dallas area. She should have no problem arranging her work schedule around the Saturday night game.