Draft Day Odds and Ends
Waiting for the draft to start is like waiting for Christmas morning when you’re a kid.
So we didn’t get Sam Young, even though he was available. Boo. There went my not-very-interested-to-begin-with interest in the draft. We got an NBA-ready PG (NBA-readiness is, of course, relative)–Eric Maynor–and Memo III (since KK2 was labeled Memo II last year)–Goran Suton. When all is said and done…if you’ve come here for draft analysis and fancy stuff like that, you’ve come to the wrong place. I’m not that advanced, so what you’ll find here is, at most, some regurgitation and links. More on the draft tomorrow, after a good night’s sleep.
–My last post mentioned that DWill would have been the #1 pick overall in ’05 if NBA GMs had had their smart hats on (according to Fanhouse). Fanhouse has now also fixed the 2006 draft, which has Ronnie Brew going 5th overall and Sap going 9th overall. In other words, ’06 was a good draft for us.
–Frank Layden drafted Stock after feeling his bicep. And in the comments section you will find the usual ultra-informed posts of online NBA fans proclaiming the superiority of Chris Paul to Stock.
–KK is joining Ronnie B and Sap at the USA Basketball minicamp.
–Yao Ming’s foot is still broke. Dude, Chinese government, give him a break (pun fully intended). Seriously, let him rest a summer or two. If he can’t play no mo’, you can’t take half his paycheck no mo’.
–None of the players mentioned in this post–Worst Names in Sports History–are NBA players. In other words, I have no idea who any of them are. However, that doesn’t make it any less of a fun read.
–Cue the violins. Dick: “I still want to have a family, but the wounds have to heal first. I want to raise a family and have a couple of small Dirks running around. But it will not be easy to win my heart.” Um…ok then…(I just have to ask, why do foreign players always speak with so much more candor when they’re talking to their own country’s media? It’s like they think whatever they say will just be contained in their country, and no one else will ever hear about it.)
Tick tock, four more days, Carlos.
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