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Dear Gary (on John Wall/Brandon Knight)

Posted on: August 8, 2008 2:20 pm

LOS ANGELES -- Here's Friday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: Alright, Gary, here it is: You're a college coach and you got a complete, talented roster coming back. All you need is a great point guard to lead your team to a Final Four. Your down to two recruits but you can only get one. John Wall or Brandon Knight? Who ya got? I know they're not in the same class, just go with it?

-- Alex

Man, that's tough.

I've seen both play and I love both as players. Wall is considered the next Derrick Rose, and I understand why. But when I saw Reggie Rose (Derrick's brother) at the airport recently he asked if I had ever seen Knight play. I said Yes. And he said, "That kid is really good." In other words, this is a tough call. They're both excellent. But if you're putting a gun to my head -- you're not really putting a gun to my head, are you? -- I think I'd go with Wall because I've just seen him be better for longer. In fact, I'm not sure I've ever seen him be bad. So put me down for Wall ... though Knight wouldn't be a great alternative because I might not have to hire his AAU coach to get him into my program.

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