- ‘Tis the Season: London florist creates $4.6 million Christmas wreath
- No tailgating allowed at Super Bowl XLVIII
- Pentagon to transport African troops to Central African Republic
- Chinese man fed up with his girlfriend’s shopping jumps to his death
- Ukraine leader to talk with protesters; Washington urges caution
- Pope Francis: A nun saved my life
- Israeli P.M. Netanyahu backs out of Mandela funeral
- Elian Gonzalez makes first trip outside Cuba since custody battle
- U.S., British intelligence agents enter online sci-fi world to spy on gamers
- Sarah Palin to host the outdoors show ‘Amazing America’
Parker, Dawkins put on show in Duke scrimmage
During Duke’s first public intrasquad scrimmage of the preseason, the up-tempo team barely resembled last year’s group.
The scrimmage was the centerpiece of Duke’s “Countdown to Craziness” celebration Friday _ an annual night of frivolity before coach Mike Krzyzewski’s team gets back to the serious business of preparing for the season.
Krzyzewski told the crowd during the scrimmage that “we’re trying to change the style of play” and that “we’re going to play a lot faster.”
Parker had 16 points in one 15-minute scrimmage, then eight points, eight rebounds and a highlight-reel dunk in another one.
The first 10 points of the first game were scored by players who didn’t see a minute of court time at Duke last season.
Dawkins received one of the louder ovations _ along with Parker _ during the one-at-a-time player introductions, and screamed “I’m back, baby” to the crowd.
Then, the first time he touched the ball, he buried a 3 over Rasheed Sulaimon on the right wing, prompting the Cameron Crazies to chant “‘Dre all day.”
“It was cool to get that kind of reaction from the crowd _ a crowd I haven’t been around for a year,” Dawkins said, adding that his 3 “felt pretty good. Wish I had hit a couple more.”
While the Blue Devils have been practicing for three weeks, this was the first chance for fans to get a look at the highly regarded freshman class _ Parker, Semi Ojeleye and Matt Jones _ in game situations
Then they switched up the teams, with four probable starters _ Parker, Hood, Quinn Cook and Amile Jefferson _ plus Dawkins and Ojeleye on White. Parker had the move of the night, a reverse, one-handed slam that even had Krzyzewski hiding a smile in White’s 33-30 win.
“I fantasized about this in Chicago, like it was true, when I was hurt, and then after the season, I just anticipated being a Duke Blue Devil,” Parker said. “It’s a very big blessing.”
Then, of his monster dunk, he said: “You just want to get the crowd involved and not boast too much, but just have fun.”
By Tom Fitton
New photos confirm the attack's coordination and its cover-up
- Chinese man fed up with his girlfriend's shopping jumps to his death
- CURL: Obama tells a whopper on IRS scandal
- MSNBC host: Obamacare a 'wealthy white men' racist word
- WOLF: The president's other Obamacare lies
- Lawmakers see 'false narrative' of Obama as a terrorist fighter
- Ted Cruz sees legal landmines ahead for Obamacare
- MILLER: Brady Campaign says Colorado recalls due to NRA, not grassroots opposition to gun control
- Israeli P.M. Benjamin Netanyahu backs out of Nelson Mandela funeral
- Obama lied about Syrian chemical attack, 'cherry-picked' intelligence: report
- American bourbon now better than Scottish whiskey: U.K.-born expert
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Richard Ivory, editor-in-chief of Hip Hop Republicans and HHR at Communities Digital News, turns his interests, and pen, to the people making news today.
Find the latest news and happening that effect those in the Washington D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland Metro region.
The world impacts us. What happens in our towns, cities, states, country and on this planet makes a difference to us.
Happiness is attainable. Morning to night. I love to teach, deal with folks that have an issue and really wish to tackle it and write.
White House pets gone wild!
Let it snow