Posted on: June 25, 2009 10:33 pm
NEW YORK -- Before the start of the draft the media received a note from the representative of Brandon Jennings. The note said that Jennings wouldn't be at the draft. The note didn't say why but the reason was simple to deduct: Jennings was afraid of a free fall in front of the television cameras.
Well, Jennings was selected 10th by Milwaukee. Guess who quickly showed up then? Jennings, of course.
That's fine. It was a little gutless of Jennings to hide out in the hotel but blame his representatives for that.
But then Jennings had a lot to say when he met with the media.
"I'm not really a rookie," said Jennings, who spent time playing in Europe, "but I am a rookie in the NBA. This is really my second year as being a pro. I think I'm ready. I'm more ready than a lot of these other players. A lot of these other players have a lot to learn with the pro game but I think I've got it down a little bit."
Excellent confidence but where was that confidence before he was picked? And who is Jennings to declare who has what to learn?
Posted on: June 25, 2009 6:55 pm
Edited on: June 25, 2009 7:00 pm
NEW YORK -- All anyone is talking about here is the death of Michael Jackson.
In all seriousness, his death is totally overshadowing the draft. Some of the draft prospects are receiving more texts from friends about Jackson than they are about their draft situation.
Most of these players weren't even born yet when Jackson rose to the height of his popularity in the 1980s yet they still feel the impact of his death.
I'll be writing more on this later.
Posted on: June 26, 2008 10:33 pm
So that's maybe a stretch. But that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
A safer bet: Kevin Love.
Love me some Love.
Final thought: Rose and Beasley will struggle but Mayo will prosper.
They already have a nickname for him in Minnesota: Mayo Clinic.
Goodnight all and may you never clap your hands like an annoying YES exec.
Posted on: June 26, 2008 10:12 pm
I'm back, b------.
One last thought on Gallinari selection by the Knicks. It wasn't quite as vicious but the booing of Gallinari by Knicks fans reminded me of the year Donovan McNabb was booed by Eagles fans at the Garden in the NFL Draft.
The Toronto Raptors selected Roy Hibbert. I once made the mistake of thinking this guy could carry the Hoyas. The only thing Hibbert can carry is the soft tag.
Clapping YES guy update: He's gone!
Went home to bug his wife with his annoying clapping.
But the dumb bastard left his garbage on the table.
Four more picks until the first round is over.
I could use a blueberry Pop Tart right about now.
Great story: Darrell Arthur gets a standing ovation from the crowd after being selected by New Orleans. It was thought he'd go earlier but ESPN reported there was some sort of health issue that lowered his stock.
The only issue that should keep him from getting drafted is if he claps annoyingly.
Posted on: June 26, 2008 8:42 pm
Edited on: July 2, 2008 10:04 am
Charlotte selected a player I used to love: D.J. Augustin.
Then I watched him get abused by Derrick Rose. It was embarrassing.
And if he's 5-11, I'm 6-10.
By the way, Larry Brown made the pick, then promptly took another job.
Larry Brown was just named coach of the Essex Community College Thundercats.
"I promise you this is my last coaching job," he told the media.
Then he resigned to coach the Princeton Women's Volleyball team.
The guy's going in the Hall of Fame but Brown's coached so many teams his contracts now include a suitcase surcharge.
So that's going to do it for my blogging for an hour or so. I have a real column to write and a community to incite.
I'll return to rap up the first round.
The YES foof is back. He's not clapping however. He's eating a pretzel.
His hands are occupied.
Posted on: June 26, 2008 8:15 pm
So far the draft has gone as predicted. The only thing out of the norm is we have yet to get a "Boo-yah!" from Stu Scott.
Memphis won 20-something games last season. They don't need a draft pick. They need Wilt Chamberlain.
They pick Kevin Love. My second favorite player in college last year. He is a far better athlete than people give him credit for.
I think this guy will be spectacular.
The Knicks are up now.
Oh my God! They picked Danilo Gallinari.
The boos ring out loud and long.
Hey Knicks fans...be quiet. At least Isiah Thomas is gone.
I mean this is almost cruel. As he's being interviewed by ESPN fans are booing loudly. Jeez.
No way I'm piling on.
By the way, Gallinari rhymes with calamari.
Which is the style of defense he plays.
Soft and mushy.
Sorry that was just cruel.
The Clippers just took Eric Gordon. He's sporting a nice, all white jacket.
I don't know whether to congratulate him or buy a snow cone from him.
Posted on: June 26, 2008 7:52 pm
The Heat were floating all week they were hesitant to take Michael Beasley because of unspecified character issues.
Nice try Riley.
But I'm betting by August, Beasley is found on South Beach, passed out, his head laying on some women's ample breasts, a Dos Equis in one hand, a basketball in the other.
South Beach has ruined more than one or two athletes.
South Beach has also ruined one or two copy editors at CBSSports.com as well.
So I hear.
Stop clapping YES foof!
Stern is back. The Timberwolves picked O.J. Mayo.
I like Mayo's game a lot.
But not his outfit tonight. He's got on some shoes that look like old school Pumas.
I have to say, however, all the draftees are dressed quite nicely this year.
No one is dressed like Joakim Noah, who went with the vintage circus clown look.
Posted on: June 26, 2008 7:40 pm
When I see Kevin Love, I think of him, at practice during the Final Four, tossing a chest pass from one end of the court to the next, and the ball going in. Wildest thing I've seen since Doyel's mohawk.
Italian Dino Gallinari just got booed. The Ugly American rears its head.
Then again, after watching Paul Gasol in the NBA Finals, booing of Europeans is understandable.
Some guy from the YES Network just keeps clapping his hands at various moments. Why? Go put on a skirt and cheer somewhere else, YES man. This is a working press area.
Gallinari just got booed again. Now I feel bad for the guy.
I'm kidding around but I think this guy can ball.
Just don't ask him to play defense.
YES guy just clapped again. Freak.
If you're losing your hair the way Van Gundy is, why not just shave it all off?
Just a question. Calm down.
Another clap from the YES foof.
Clock just went to zero. Let's get this draft started.
David Stern is at the podium. He gets booed, too. Didn't know Mark Cuban was in the audience.
Chicago is on the clock. The new coach is Vinny Del Negro who looks like he was one of the kids in "Welcome Back, Kotter."
Can't, for the life of me, figure out who the Bulls are going to take? Hmmm....
ESPN just showed a shot of the Bulls' War Room. No one was moving or talking. They made this pick in March.
Oh, shocker, it's Rose.
YES foof literally gives Rose a standing ovation. Sit down!
Rose puts on his Bulls hat. Luckily there are no wide receivers in the NBA or else Rose would be in trouble.
Trust me that line is funny.