Butch injured as he and Hughes make NBA Summer League debuts

The NBA Summer League has begun in Las Vegas and two of the league's five former Badgers have suited up in the early going. Through the first two days of competition, the results as far as UW fans are concerned are mostly disappointing. Here are the notables:

MOST CRUSHING DEVELOPMENT: After starting the first two games and performing well for the Nuggets, C Brian Butch suffered a crushing injury that could keep him off the court for quite some time. Butch was taken off the court on a stretcher Saturday night after injuring his left knee. The Nuggets released the following statement:

Nuggets C Brian Butch dislocated his left patella during the third quarter of today's 92-74 summer league win over the Los Angeles Lakers. Butch will return to Denver on Monday and will be examined by Nuggets Team Physician, Dr. Steve Traina.

On Friday, Butch scored 8 points and grabbed 4 boards while adding a block and a steal in 20 minutes of Denver's 88-70 win over Dallas. Prior to the injury on Saturday, Butch tallied 6 points, 8 rebounds and two blocks in 14 minutes on the Nuggets 92-74 win over the Lakers.

GETTING HIS FEET WET: In his first action as a professional, Rockets rookie Trevon Hughes dished out 2 assists in 5 minutes of Friday's 100-82 win over Phoenix. He did not get in during Houston's 87-78 win over Dallas on Saturday.

UP NEXT: Marcus Landry and the Knicks begin their season Sunday when they take on the Butch-less Nuggets at 3 p.m. on NBA TV. Joe Krabbenhoft also looks to get his first action Sunday as his Blazers tangle with Trevon Hughes and the Rockets at 5 p.m. on NBA TV.

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