Ryan Anderson was understandably out of sorts Thursday night, with dunks that went awry and long jump shots that missed.
The Bee’s Basketball Player of the Decade for the 2000s from Oak Ridge High School and a forward with the New Orleans Pelicans, Anderson missed 10 of 12 shots and scored only four points in a 121-95 loss to the host Oklahoma City Thunder.
Anderson was still rocked by Tuesday night’s news that Ingrid Williams, the wife of former Pelicans assistant coach and current Oklahoma City assistant Monty Williams, was killed Tuesday night when an oncoming car crossed the center line and slammed into her SUV near downtown Oklahoma City.
This was akin to losing family for Anderson. Ingrid and Monty Williams offered Anderson comfort and compassion during his darkest hours in August 2013. Upon finding the body of his girlfriend, who had committed suicide, Anderson’s first call was to Monty Williams, who picked him up and brought him home. Anderson curled up in a fetal position on the Williamses’ couch, held closely by Ingrid, who had lost a brother to suicide.
“For me,” Anderson told the Oklahoman on Thursday, “I felt like no one could relate to me. There was no way anyone could understand what I was going through. But this was the perfect person to be there for me, put her arm around me and tell me this isn’t something you’re going to understand, and it’s OK to feel the way you are feeling. They were up with me all night. They were there for me for months after, and I know if she was still here today, she’d still be there for me.
“She will always have a special place in my heart.”
She will always have a special place in my heart.
New Orleans forward Ryan Anderson, on Ingrid Williams, who was killed in an automobile accident on Tuesday night
Galloway rise – Kevin Galloway, the Bee’s 2006 Basketball Player of the Year out of Sacramento High School, averaged a triple double this season for the Al Gharafa Doha club of the Qatar Basketball Federation.
The 6-foot-7 point guard averaged 15.1 points, 10.2 rebounds and 10.3 assists in his best season of a career that took him from Sac High to USC, College of Southern Idaho, Kentucky, Texas Southern and various professional outlets around the globe.
Lane moves – Brendan Lane, The Bee’s 2009 Basketball Player of the Year out of Rocklin High, is playing professionally for Oliver in Wurzburg of the German Basketball League. The team, founded in 1920, is named after a family-owned fashion company in Bavaria.
A 6-10 forward-center who played at UCLA and Pepperdine, Lane leads his club in scoring (14.1 points) and rebounding (5.6).
Marquese moments – Marquese Chriss, a two-time Bee All-Metro player from Pleasant Grove, is averaging 12.9 points and 5.1 rebounds as a true freshman for Washington.
The 6-9 forward has scored inside and from the perimeter for the Huskies (15-9), who have six regular-season games remaining before the Pacific-12 Conference tournament that begins March 9 in Las Vegas. Chriss had 24 points in a 90-82 loss at Utah on Wednesday and is averaging 19.8 points in the past four games.
Marquese Chriss, a two-time Bee All-Metro player from Pleasant Grove, is averaging 12.9 points and 5.1 rebounds as a true freshman for Washington.
Though he leads the country with 12 foul-out disqualifications, he has not fouled out in three of the previous four outings.
“I’ve been letting my team down and fouling out a lot,” Chriss told reporters after the Utah contest. “That’s not how I want to play. If I’m fouling out, I’m not doing anybody any justice.”
Bryce is right – Bryce Pressley out of Jesuit is enjoying his best season as a fourth-year starter on the University of Portland men’s basketball team. Pressley, a 6-4 guard and the son of ex-King Harold Pressley, is averaging 13.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 27 starts. He had a season-high 30 against Oregon Tech in the season opener, 25 against Loyola Marymount, 23 against Santa Clara and 21 against BYU.
Pressley’s teammate, 6-9 freshman forward-center Colin Russell from Folsom High, is averaging 8.6 minutes in 27 games. The Pilots (11-16) have four regular-season games remaining.
Pineiro pride – Isaiah Pineiro, a forward out of Placer and Sierra College, is averaging 12.6 points and 5.9 rebounds for Portland State of the Big Sky Conference.
The 6-6 sophomore had a season-high 24 points at UT Rio Grande Valley, 21 against Cal State Fullerton, 20 against Montana and 22 against Montana State. Teammate De’Sean Parsons, a 6-7 guard from Grant, is averaging 4.6 points for Portland State, which is 8-14 with seven regular-season games to go.