2011 NBA Draft Blog, Part 1
** Let’s check in on the Jazz’s spanking new draft arena cam:
** Meanwhile, the ESA is filling up like nobody’s business:
** It’s starting. David Stern comes out and I boo along with the rest of the crowd.
** Irving and DWill2 gone. Irving continues in the tradition of past #1 picks that can pass as 40-year olds (see James, Lebron and Oden, Greg)…
** The draft caps are seriously hideous. Jazz on the clock. In the meantime, ESPN makes me sad with this:
** Enes on Memo: “I just cannot wait to play with him.” He also continues the tradition of the Jazz being a place where bad haircuts go to die. There’s something really endearing about him though. He seems so thrilled to be picked/picked by the Jazz.
** Another thought: The Turkish NBA fan market is all ours, right? Since we’ve got two Turkish Delights now and everybody else only has one at the most?
** The ESPN analysts are admiring Jan Vesely’s lady friend…who’s probably taller than half the NBA. He creates a stir when he kisses her for like a good three seconds after his name is called. He’s compared himself to AK in the past; he appears to also share AK’s aversion to haircuts.
** The NBA has had it with American divas, aka we have had a string of unintelligible post-pick interviews in a row. In related news, Brandon Knight is pissed. After David Stern finally says his name, he heads outside to kill someone or flip a car or something.
** Let’s give it up for the winner of this year’s Karl Malone Draft Day Suit Memorial Award: Kemba Walker!
** The Kings take Jimmer via Milwaukee’s pick at 10. Cue music around Utah: “Where do broken hearts go…can they find their waaaaay home…” Definitely the loudest cheers of the night from the crowd. Didn’t Jimmer supposedly have three suits to choose from though? Guess he didn’t get a choice for shirts since he showed up in this:
** I love the crowd for booing David Stern every time he comes back to the podium. Speaking of which, say what you want about Utah, but that is one white crowd.
** Klay Thompson goes 11th to Golden State. Predictably, ESPN goes to commercial with the Jazz pick coming up at 12. For the past two years, we’ve missed Jazz picks being announced due to commercials. Jazz go with Alec Burks. Farewell, my half-hearted pick of Chris Singleton (half-hearted was half a heart more than I had for any other pick). Alec Burks’ ensemble brings to mind Terrence Williams’ draft day suit, which two years ago I dubbed the winner of the “a white guy can’t get away with this outfit” award.