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gameface_one
05-22-2007, 01:42 PM
Lottery looms large for NBA teams in need of talent
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NEW YORK (AFP) - The National Basketball Association's biggest losers will have a chance to reverse their fortunes on Tuesday if they can pull off a triumph in the 14-team NBA Draft Lottery.

The Memphis Grizzlies, who finished a league-worst 22-60 this season, have the best odds of claiming the top pick, a 1-in-4 chance. The lottery decides who has the top three choices with picks 4-14 going in inverse order of record.

Since 1985, NBA clubs failing to reach the playoffs have all had a chance at claiming the number one choice in June's NBA Draft, the free agent entry system that allows weaker clubs the first chance at top US college and global talent.

This year, the top prizes are especially important with Ohio State big man Greg Oden and flashy Texas playmaker Kevin Durant among 58 underclassmen players leaving the US college ranks along with a solid senior class.

Most scouts have 7-footer Oden slotted for the top pick with Durant possibly working better for certain teams when player selections are made in the NBA Draft on June 28.

And while a third consecutive top pick from the international ranks is unlikely - Italy's Andrea Bargnani went to Toronto last year and Australian Andrew Bogut went to Milwaukee in 2005 - there are several new global hopefuls.

After Memphis, the Boston Celtics have the best chance at landing the top pick, 19.9 percent, with Milwaukee next at 15.6 percent, Atlanta fourth at 11.9 percent and Seattle fifth with an 8.8 percent hope.

Portland and Minnesota each have a 5.3 percent chance while Chicago and New York have 1.9 percent odds, Sacramento 1.8 percent and Indiana, Philadelphia, New Orleans and the Los Angeles Clippers having less than a 1 percent hope.

A total of 1,000 table tennis balls are placed in a bin and drawn out to decide the top spots. The Clippers have only five balls in the tub.

Under the system, a team will select no worse than three positions below where it finished in the final overall regular-season order. Thus Memphis will pick no worse than fourth and would be unusually unlucky to fare that badly.

Oden guided Ohio State into the US college final, where the Buckeyes lost to repeat champion Florida. He likely would have been the 2006 top pick but a new NBA rule last year prevented players from jumping from high school to the NBA.

Oden, 19, averaged 15.7 points and 9.6 rebounds last season and had 25 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots in the final against a Florida team led by likely lottery picks Al Horford and Joakim Noah, the son of French tennis star Yannick Noah.

Durant led Texas to a 25-10 record, averaging 25.8 points, 11.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots.

Some critics wondered if bottom teams were playing less than their best in order to enhance their chances at landing the top pick, prompting some within the NBA to consider reverting to the equal-chance system used in 1985 and 1986.

"We have had discussions on this subject over the years with the Board of Governors and I think this will be an issue that will be reraised before the board," NBA president of basketball operations Joel Litvin said.

MonL
05-23-2007, 10:20 AM
And the biggest losers remain as they are: biggest losers.

Portland, which hit the jackpot last year in ROY Brandon Roy, overcame odds and got the first pick. Seattle got second, Atlanta third. Memphis and Boston never benefited from the lottery and followed at fourth and fifth, respectively, thanks to their win-loss record.

So much for their hopes for franchise altering players. Back to the drawing board.* :P

mighty_lion
05-23-2007, 10:41 AM
Karma for Boston, Memphis and Milwuakee for tanking games.

Given the outcome of the draft, West teams can just get anything but better. Oden and Durant are sure bound to West teams.

CM_Punk
05-23-2007, 11:06 AM
Next year, Portland will have Greg Oden, LaMarcus Aldridge, and (if he doesn't get traded) Zach Randolph as their young bigs. In a few years time, that's going to be a scary team to go along with Brandon Roy, Sergio Rodriguez, Webster, and the other young players.

Seattle is also blessed, as they now have a Kevin Durant to play along with Rey Allen. But, that team still has some missing pieces to fill before they can be a contender, especially in the tough Western conference.

The balance of power in the East still remains the same, as the 2 franchise players are heading west. The intrigue in the draft will start at #3, with Atlanta on the clock. Possible candidates for them are Brendan Wright of North Carolina, and the 2 Florida bigs in Horford and Noah. They could also trade down, and try to get the Ohio State PG Mike Conley, and maybe add another player too.

MonL
05-23-2007, 11:56 AM
The Celtics sent former star and current broadcaster Tommy Heinsohn to the lottery hoping that his presence would help Boston in landing one of the top two spots.

"They brought me down because they thought I was lucky. Now they know," Heinsohn said. "I paid off the leprechaun this morning and the sucker lied to me." :D

Give him a “Tommy Point” for that.* ;D

gameface_one
05-23-2007, 12:21 PM
Blazers get surprise first pick in NBA draft
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NEW YORK (AFP) - The Portland Trail Blazers won the right to select the first pick in the 2007 National Basketball Association entry draft.

The Trail Blazers had just a 5.3 percent of getting the No. 1 pick and are possibly looking at selecting the high touted Greg Oden in next month's draft.

The Blazers sent 2006-2007 Rookie of the Year Brandon Roy to the draft as their team representative, and the young shooting guard had a big smile on his face at the prospect of adding college basketball's best center to his team.

"I hope I brought them some luck," Roy said. "This is huge for our franchise. There are so many players who would be great for us."

The second pick went to the Seattle Supersonics, who likely will select Texas forward Kevin Durant. The consensus college Player of the Year last season, Durant likely will replace All-Star Rashard Lewis, who can opt-out of his contract this summer.

The Atlanta Hawks will have the third pick. In a stunning turn of events, the Hawks now will have two picks in the lottery (along with Indiana's pick at No. 11).

Had Atlanta landed outside of the top three, Phoenix would have taken their pick as part of the Joe Johnson trade.

Indiana would have held on to their pick had it been in the top three, but will send it now to the Hawks as part of last summer's Al Harrington trade.

The Memphis Grizzlies, who had the best shot at winning the lottery (25 percent) after finishing with the league's worst record, had to settle for the fourth pick.

The Boston Celtics, who had the second-best chance to win the top pick, round out the top five.

The Grizzlies and Celtics were guaranteed no worse than the fourth and fifth picks, respectively, in the draft because they finished with the two worst records.

Raging Blue
05-23-2007, 12:35 PM
I doubt that the Celtics were taking games to ensure they got better chances at the top two lottery picks. The injuries to their franchise player, Paul Pierce, and Wally Szcerbiak during mid-season did them in for the season. And they were too far back from a playoff spot like the Memphis Grizzlies. Portland and Seattle were still within contention the final two weeks for playoff spots so they should be more prime suspects for tanking games. True the Celtics did not suit up Pierce for the final games of this season but they did it to protect their franchise player from further injuries and further aggravate the team's fortunes (or should I say misfortunes).

That's the problem with the NBA, and David Stern in particular. They fine-tune their policies too much that it further aggravates the problem they intend to solve. In the particular case, the West teams may become so much stronger vis-a-vis the East teams. Because of the inflexible bench-leaving policy which led to the suspension of key Phoenix Suns players Stoudamire and Diaw, the fans (and the league) were deprived of a potential Game 7 which would certainly have much higher TV ratings than, let's say, a San Antonio-Detroit NBA finale.

As a Celtic fan, I am terribly disappointed they missed out on another chance to get a potential franchise player to turn around the team's fortunes. Remember they missed out in getting the rights to Tim Duncan despite having three high first round picks losing out to San Antonio who already had David Robinson who just happened to miss out that season to injury and fortunately not making the playoffs to be eligible for the lottery picks. I'm just hoping their fifth pick is high enough to get a player which can lead them back to the road to respectability at least (Georgetown's Hibbert perhaps?).

I guess the Leprechaun and the Bambino with his Curse have decided to trade places in Shawmut Center and Fenway Park. I'm just trying to rationalize the Celtics' misfortunes.

Ghostrider
05-23-2007, 01:04 PM
As a Celtic fan, I am terribly disappointed they missed out on another chance to get a potential franchise player to turn around the team's fortunes. Remember they missed out in getting the rights to Tim Duncan despite having three high first round picks losing out to San Antonio who already had David Robinson who just happened to miss out that season to injury and fortunately not making the playoffs to be eligible for the lottery picks. I'm just hoping their fifth pick is high enough to get a player which can lead them back to the road to respectability at least (Georgetown's Hibbert perhaps?).

I guess the Leprechaun and the Bambino with his Curse have decided to trade places in Shawmut Center and Fenway Park. I'm just trying to rationalize the Celtics' misfortunes.

I'm too upset to think about it :'(

MonL
05-23-2007, 02:51 PM
As a Celtic fan, I am terribly disappointed they missed out on another chance to get a potential franchise player to turn around the team's fortunes.

I guess the Leprechaun and the Bambino with his Curse have decided to trade places in Shawmut Center and Fenway Park. I'm just trying to rationalize the Celtics' misfortunes.

I'm too upset to think about it* :'(


Some things just simply defy logic. :P

Misery loooves company. Have been a Celtic fan since the Russell days, loved the Cowens and Bird Eras and endured the Pitino years.

By missing out on the top two picks, Boston may just only be good enough to be playoff fodder with the deep talent pool this year after Oden and Durant.

Or maybe they could just tickle conspiracy theorists and schedule a date at Secasus again next year. :P

john_paul_manahan
05-23-2007, 06:24 PM
Hmm.... Kevin Durant somewhat patterned his style after Rashard Lewis.

Rashard has an opt-out clause.... will he do so....

The Northwest Division is going to be tough for the next 10 years... Good luck Denver, Minnesota, and Utah.

Hawks at #3: will they reach for Mike Conley, jr? or will he fall to #11?

As for my Clippers... i would be happy with a shooter at the guard spot. A Nick Young or a Acie Law IV would be ok.

Mock Drafts, anyone?

P.S. i actually saw some hypothetical trades involving Seattle and Portland.

yungha
05-23-2007, 06:38 PM
I guess the Leprechaun and the Bambino with his Curse have decided to trade places in Shawmut Center and Fenway Park. I'm just trying to rationalize the Celtics' misfortunes.



OT: consider this - the deaths of len bias and reggie lewis, missing out on tim duncan, and now this. looks like the celts will go through a 2nd consecutive decade without a championship.

cub
05-23-2007, 07:16 PM
from another site:

1. Portland -- Greg Oden (Ohio State) 7-0, 245, C, Freshman

2. Seattle -- Kevin Durant (Texas) 6-9, 215, SF, Freshman

3. Atlanta -- Mike Conley Jr. (Ohio State) 6-1, 180, PG, Freshman

4. Memphis -- Brandon Wright (North Carolina) 6-9, 215, F, Freshman

5. Boston -- Joakim Noah (Florida) 6-11, 230, F/C, Sophomore

6. Milwaukee -- Julian Wright (Kansas) 6-8, 225, SF, Sophomore

7. Minnesota -- Yi Jianlian (China) 7-1, 235, C/PF

8. Charlotte -- Al Horford (Florida) 6-9, 240, PF, Junior

9. Chicago (from New York) -- Spencer Hawes (Washington) 6-11, 220, PF, Freshman

10. Sacramento -- Roy Hibbert (Georgetown) 7-2, 260, C, Junior

11. Atlanta (from Indiana) -- Acie Law (Texas A&M) 6-3, 183, PG, Senior

12. Philadelphia -- Jeff Green (Georgetown) 6-9, 235, F, Junior

13. New Orleans -- Nick Young (USC) 6-6, 200, SG, Junior

14. LA Clippers -- Corey Brewer (Florida) 6-8, 190, G, Junior

15. Detroit (from Orlando) -- Al Thorton (Florida State) 6-7, 215, SF, Senior

16. Washington -- Josh McRoberts (Duke) 6-10, 230, F, Sophomore

17. New Jersey -- Thaddeus Young (Georgia Tech) 6-8, 210, SF, Freshman

18. Golden State -- Jason Smith (Colorado State) 7-0, 240, F/C, Junior

19. LA Lakers -- Derrick Byars (Vanderbilt) 6-7, 230, F, Senior

20. Miami -- Rodney Stuckey (Eastern Washington) 6-5, 205, G, Sophomore

21. Philadelphia (from Denver) -- Javaris Crittenton (Georgia Tech) 6-5, 198, G, Freshman

22. Charlotte (from Toronto via Cleveland) -- Marco Belinelli (Italy) 6-6, 200, SG

23. New York (from Chicago) -- Marcus Williams (Arizona) 6-7, 205, SF, Sophomore

24. Phoenix (from Cleveland via Boston) -- Morris Almond (Rice) 6-6, 210, SG, Senior

25. Utah -- Brandon Rush (Kansas) 6-6, 200, SG, Sophomore

26. Houston -- Alondo Tucker (Wisconsin) 6-6, 205, G/F, Senior

27. Detroit -- Nick Fazekas (Nevada) 6-11, 230, PF, Senior

28. San Antonio -- Arron Affalo (UCLA) 6-5, 210, SG, Junior

29. Phoenix -- Aaron Gray (Pittsburgh) 7-0, 270, C, Senior

30. Philadelphia (from Dallas via Denver and Golden State) -- Tiago Splitter (Brazil) 7-0, 240, PF/C

bluebruiser90
05-23-2007, 07:37 PM
Hmm.... Kevin Durant somewhat patterned his style after Rashard Lewis.

Rashard has an opt-out clause.... will he do so....




Chances are he will be out of a Sonics uniform next season.* The best that Seattle can do is go for a sign and trade to at least get something for him. He wll be the odd man out as the Sonics will definitely try to give monster minutes to Durant. Unless Portland snags Durant at No. 1 and lets Oden slip to Seattle. Then it's a different story altogether as they can have three great players to take a run at a title in a couple of years.

mighty_lion
05-23-2007, 08:14 PM
Atlanta does not know whats the sense of drafting a point guard and a center. Gusto nila wingman palagi. ??? They will draft brandan wright or brewer and then again play the lotto next year. LOL Add to that, gusto ni conley at oden na magkasama sila sa team. I-draft man ng Atlanta si conley, Portland will run though it to get conley. Portland has the bits and piece to make it happen.

animoateneo
05-23-2007, 08:26 PM
Hmm.... Kevin Durant somewhat patterned his style after Rashard Lewis.

Rashard has an opt-out clause.... will he do so....




Chances are he will be out of a Sonics uniform next season. The best that Seattle can do is go for a sign and trade to at least get something for him. He wll be the odd man out as the Sonics will definitely try to give monster minutes to Durant. Unless Portland snags Durant at No. 1 and lets Oden slip to Seattle. Then it's a different story altogether as they can have three great players to take a run at a title in a couple of years.


I don't think the Trailblazers will let Oden pass by. As Wojnarowski said, they drafted Sam Bowie once, they won't make the same mistake again. Though Durant I believe, is no Sam Bowie but still it's easier to build a franchise around a big man and they really will have to take their chances on the guy who is predicted to dominate the low post for the next decade.

john_paul_manahan
05-23-2007, 10:10 PM
it is the olajuwon - jordan quandary again....

parang similar to the howard-okafor you do not know who goes 1-2....

anyhow... that mock draft for corey brewer would make sense... too... for the clips. :)

CM_Punk
05-28-2007, 08:24 AM
Roy Hibbert and Brandon Rush have taken their names out of the NBA draft. Hibbert was projected to be a lottery pick, and Rush a mid-first rounder.

There are rumours how Portland might want to get Conley as well in the NBA draft, but for me, their current PGs in Jack and Rodriguez seems to be fine, and deserves a couple of seasons to see if they'll play well with Oden, Aldridge, and the other Portland big guys.

time1513
05-29-2007, 09:52 PM
it going to be an exciting nba draft this year. there are so many big men in the draft and having superstars in the making players like oden n durrant this will be a fun year to watch. im not really a big fan of durrant but i think he has the potential to be one of the better scorers in the nba in the future. well seattle wont really have Ray Allen for a long time so i think they will have to build around durrant and try to trade lewis for a big man (maybe a z-bo) so that they wont go out empty handed.

as for portland and oden, i think this will be scary in the future. Roy being ROY is a big plus for them and being a veteran in his 2nd year and with his maturity he will be the leader of the blazers. oden is a great player, was able to see him play live in the NCAA championship and man he is great! great upside. and with oden hoping along lamarcus and oden would be able to compliment each other by helping each other mature and not step ryt up right away.

but for me as a personal favorite im gonna root for Noah's team! all heart!

gameface_one
06-19-2007, 11:17 AM
Aussie hopeful Bruce pulls out of NBA Draft
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WACO, Texas (AFP) - Aaron Bruce, an Australian guard who played at Baylor University last season, has withdrawn his name from next week's National Basketball Association draft.

Bruce, who will return to the Big 12 Conference school for his senior season, had not signed with an agent, leaving him the option of using his final season of college eligibility after assessing his value in the NBA marketplace.

Bruce took part in workouts by the NBA's three texas teams - the Houston Rockets, regular-season win leader Dallas Mavericks and playoff champion San Antonio Spurs.

"I've enjoyed these last few months because it has given me a chance to understand the whole process better," Bruce said. "I've ventured into the process and now I have a chance to return to Baylor and turn things around."

Bruce averaged 14.3 points and 3.5 assists in three seasons with the Bears, making 40 percent of his 3-point attempts.

Two other US collegians, Arizona forward Marcus Kemp and Marquette guard Dominic James, also withdrew their names from NBA consideration Monday.

The NBA Draft will be staged June 28 in New York with Seattle expected to take Ohio State center Greg Oden with the top pick and China's Yi Jianlian among the top prospects whose rights will be claimed by NBA clubs.

Sam Miguel
06-26-2007, 11:08 AM
Something I picked up via yahoosports___

These NBA teams need turnaround moves

By Sean Deveney - SportingNews

"It was a minor deal -- Mike James and Justin Reed to Houston, with Juwan Howard going to Minnesota -- but, symbolically, it was big. That's because the trade was completed a full two weeks before the NBA draft, extraordinarily early for an offseason swap. "That's not something you see," says one NBA general manager. "Usually, you wait for something like that. But I think a lot of teams are eager to get started on making changes."

If the ever-churning rumor mill is to be believed, changes are expected in hefty doses this offseason -- probably as soon as during next Thursday night's draft -- for a number of reasons. One is a very strong incoming class of rookies that has teams seeking to move up in the draft. Another is a glut of high-priced (and All-Star-caliber) players put on the trading block by teams looking to rebuild. Yet another is the handful of league executives looking to rescue their jobs with a sudden turnaround.

The buyers

Celtics. Boston has gone backward in four seasons with Danny Ainge in charge of the front office. He still has the confidence of team ownership, but local fans are another matter. The Celtics need to add a star-caliber player to go with Paul Pierce.

Lakers. Kobe Bryant may or may not want to be traded, but if he stays with the Lakers, he'll want them to change the roster dramatically, even if that means dumping young center Andrew Bynum.

Knicks. Isiah Thomas was granted another year in charge of the team in March, but the Knicks subsequently lost 15 of their final 19 games. New York has limited assets but is willing to take on risky players.

Hawks. Atlanta is stocked with four quality wing players but lacks point guards and needs a lot of help up front.

Heat. Miami didn't get swept by the Bulls in the first round solely because of Dwyane Wade's shoulder injury. Next season may be the Heat's last chance to make another title run before Shaquille O'Neal retires.

Bulls. Inside scoring was a glaring problem all season, and Chicago is not expected to address the issue in the draft. The Bulls are looking to make a deal.

The bait

The five biggest names on the market:

1. Kevin Garnett, PF, Timberwolves. Any deal probably would wait until later in the offseason.

2. Jason Kidd, PG, Nets. New Jersey wants to remake the team before moving to Brooklyn.

3. Jermaine O'Neal, PF, Pacers. Indy is looking to go young.

4. Shawn Marion, SF, Suns. Phoenix needs to scale back salary.

5. Pau Gasol, PF, Grizzlies. Chicago could get back in the market for him.

The breakdown

1. Portland. Greg Oden, C, Ohio State
2. Seattle. Kevin Durant, SF, Texas
3. Atlanta. Al Horford, PF, Florida
4. Memphis. Brandan Wright, PF, North Carolina
5. Boston. Jeff Green, SF, Georgetown
6. Milwaukee. Corey Brewer, SF, Florida
7. Minnesota. Mike Conley, PG, Ohio State
8. Charlotte. Yi Jianlian, PF, China
9. Chicago. Al Thornton, SF, Florida State
10. Sacramento. Spencer Hawes, C, Washington
11. Atlanta. Acie Law, PG, Texas A&M
12. Philadelphia. Julian Wright, SF, Kansas
13. New Orleans. Thaddeus Young, SF, Georgia Tech
14. L.A. Clippers. Nick Young, SG, Southern California
15. Detroit. Rodney Stuckey, SG, Eastern Washington
16. Washington. Derrick Byars, G/F, Vanderbilt
17. New Jersey. Joakim Noah, F/C, Florida
18. Golden State. Josh McRoberts, PF, Duke
19. L.A. Lakers. Alando Tucker, SF, Wisconsin
20. Miami. Javaris Crittenton, PG, Georgia Tech
21. Philadelphia. Tiago Splitter, PF, Brazil
22. Charlotte. Jason Smith, F/C, Colorado State
23. New York. Morris Almond, SG, Rice
24. Phoenix. Marco Belinelli, SG, Italy
25. Utah. Glen Davis, F/C, LSU
26. Houston. Sean Williams, PF, Boston College
27. Detroit. Reyshawn Terry, SF, North Carolina
28. San Antonio. Taurean Green, PG, Florida
29. Phoenix. Dominic McGuire, SF, Fresno State
30. Philadelphia. Aaron Gray, C, Pittsburgh

Good Knight? One of the draft's big questions is what Atlanta will do. The Hawks badly need a point guard, but No. 3 is considered too high for the available lead guards. General manager Billy Knight needs a breakthrough year to help save his job, and it starts with this pick.

Promises, promises. Draft rumors frequently focus on promises made by teams to players. Sources say it's unlikely the Hornets or Pistons have given out promises, but it appears New Orleans would like to land potential-laden Young at No. 13 and that Detroit likes tough-minded Stuckey at 15.

Big-name bounceback. Some big college names may have worked themselves into the first round. In May, trainers in Chicago found a slight flaw in Tucker's mechanics. He has been shooting the ball well since, which fixes the main concern about his NBA potential -- his inconsistent perimeter game. Davis, meanwhile, lost 50-plus pounds. He canceled a workout with the Timberwolves, which indicates he believes he'll be a first-rounder.

Mr. Underrated. A poll of scouts shows that do-it-all forward Terry might be the most underrated player in this draft. Byars also got votes, as did Jared Dudley of Boston College and Arron Afflalo of UCLA."

bigfreeze_bibby
06-26-2007, 06:21 PM
Marco Belinelli will be fit for the Suns' type of play if ever he gets drafted there.* I think it will be a good pick for Steve Kerr. A tall guy who can shoot the three and slash to the hoop will be something to be added to Phoenix's offensive arsenal. Pampataas na naman ng assist numbers ni Nash.

Sam Miguel
06-27-2007, 10:13 AM
A little something I picked up from my regular Euro-League e-mail___

"Theodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: Interperformances) gave a press conference yesterday, since his camp will begin on July, both in Athens and Thessaloniki, and spoke about everything. Teo admitted the rumours that he is searching for a team in NBA, adding that this team should give him the playing time, the money and the victories that he used to enjoy in Europe. He also revealed that he will definitely stay in CSKA if his dream for NBA will not be a reality. 'I want to go to the NBA but only for playing in the highest level. I am not a teenager anymore; I am almost 31 years old, thus I have to be very careful. I will go to a team that is a winner; I don't want to play for a club that counts 50 losses every season. NBA is not like Europe and I am used to the European style. Here there are no salary caps, transactions and there are some very important and serious laws that are followed by everybody. It is not like Greece', he stated, adding that 'I am speaking with 12 teams but I cannot reveal them right now. CSKA wants to me to take a final decision till July 15th, but I respect them and I care for this team very much; so I should respond the earlier the possible. I think that a lot of teams are waiting right now and they stand on a weird position, due to the possible transaction of Kobe Bryant'. Referring to his preferring future team, Theodoros Papaloukas said that he would like to go to 'a team where the coach would respect me and believe on what I can offer. I don't want to be like Vasilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) that has the quality and the potentials to play in the league but he belongs to a team that hasn't given him the opportunity to play. Personally, I am interested mostly for teams such as San Antonio, Dallas, Detroit, Cleveland and Miami. I am waiting for some changes on those teams. If an important player leaves, maybe there would be an empty place for me. However, it still is a very difficult and an important decision, as well'. And about any probability to deny the Greek National Team in the case of signing at NBA? 'I would never say no to our national team, for the next two years at least. If they want me of course? As long I am physically capable to play at the highest level I will play for our national team! I am more than glad for all that had happened to me. It's really out of my imagination to deny my future in the national team'. Regarding any possibilities to return back to Greece, Teo confirmed that he had some discussions with somebody in Greece: 'everybody may understand to whom I am referring to, I cannot mention his name though. He has shown me his real interest, for which I am honored, but I don't want to come back to Greece yet'."

Forgive the defective English, you know how these Europeans are...

Anyway, here's an interesting development for the NBA since Papaloukas has often been touted as the best player never to play in the NBA, kind of like a latter day Arvidas Sabonis. I don't know if there are any teams out there who would give a 31-year old guard not named Michael Jordan a roster spot and serious rotation minutes though. It was relatively easy for Sabonis to get major minutes given the only other center his Blazers had then was the future Hall of Famer Chris Dudley. The teams specifically mentioned by Papaloukas all have solid guard rotations with the exception of Miami, and with the Heat's aging lineup a 31-year old, even one as dynamic as Papaloukas, surely is not something they are considering.

Interestingly enough, with Chauncy Billups recently choosing to become an unrestricted free agent to hold out for a max money contract, perhaps Detroit may be a viable destination for the Euro MVP. But if the Pistons don't re-sign Billups one of the great Greek's requirements i.e. playing for at least a championship contender, will also disappear.

Bottomline: Stay in Europe, Teo.

john_paul_manahan
06-29-2007, 07:11 AM
it's on this morning on BTV. a lot of intrigues and stuff

john_paul_manahan
06-29-2007, 07:46 AM
oden and durant go 1-2

(seattle trades ray allen to boston for #5 (jeff green), delonte west, wally z.)

Wang-Bu
06-29-2007, 09:24 AM
oden and durant go 1-2

(seattle trades ray allen to boston for #5 (jeff green), delonte west, wally z.)


Ayos. Ngayon may dalawa na namang shooter ang Boston na hindi masyado marunong dumepensa at pareho pang llebo-30 na...

LION
06-29-2007, 09:30 AM
I really was hoping Boston would get Jeff Green or Corey Brewer for keeps. *The trade for Allen was obviously made to please Paul Pierce.

I am ok though with the trade involving Delonte and Wally. *Delonte is good but he is not a natural point guard. The Celts thought that Rajon Rondo is the better point guard that's why they agreed to trade Delonte. *And I tend to agree with this move. Wally has been rendered ineffective by injuries and the decision to trade him was a no brainer.

Ray Allen will be good for the short term because he brings *experience and explosive firepower to the Celtics who relies too much on Paul Pierce. *Imagine the tandem of Pierce and Allen plus the inside offense of Al Jefferson and streak shooting of Gerald Green. *

The Celts definitely is a much better team this year, but only for the short term. *I just hope that Allen will bring with him to Boston the impressive stats he posted last year (26.4 ppg; 4.5 rpg; 4.1 apg; 1.49 spg; .438%FG; and .903%FT;).

gameface_one
06-29-2007, 10:17 AM
Trail Blazers select Oden to open NBA Draft
abs-cbnnews.com

NEW YORK (AFP) - Greg Oden, a 7-foot center from Ohio State seen as a potential star center, was the first overall selection in Thursday's National Basketball Association Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers.

Oden averaged 15.7 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.3 blocked shots a game last season in leading the Buckeyes to the US college tournament finals where they lost to Florida.

The Trail Blazers, owned by internet mogul Paul Allen, went 32-50 last season, the club's third losing season in a row. The team won the NBA Draft Lottery in May to claim the top pick in the annual talent allocation session.

"It came true. I'm happy. I'm loving being here with my mom. It's a great thing," Oden said.

Oden led Lawrence North High School of Indianapolis to three Indiana state crowns but was not able to make the jump immediately to the NBA because of a rule adopted last year forcing a one-year wait for prep stars before joining the league.

"I'm a better player because of that year in college, just being a man growing up," Oden said. "There's more to my game than there was in high school."

Texas playmaker Kevin Durant was the second selection, going to the Seattle SuperSonics. Durant had been criticized for poor results in weightlifting in pre-draft physical tests but that did not hurt his respect among NBA scouts.

"I wasn't worried about that too much," Durant said.

Al Horford, a Dominican center who led Florida's back-to-back US college title runs, was chosen third by the Atlanta Hawks while Mike Conley Jnr, Oden's point guard teammate in college and high school, went fourth to Memphis.

It was the first time since 1979 that one high school had two players taken among the top four in the draft. Conley's father, triple jumper Mike Conley Snr, is the agent for Durant as well as his son.

Jeff Green, a Georgetown forward, was taken fifth by Boston amid reports that a trade would send him and two players to Seattle in exchange for Ray Allen. Not since Chicago in 2001 has one team had two top-five picks.

Green spoke as if the deal was done, saying he was looking forward to playing alongside Oden.

"We can get a lot accomplished. It's going to be fun playing with him," Green said.

gameface_one
06-29-2007, 10:18 AM
Yi selected sixth by Milwaukee in NBA Draft
abs-cbnnews.com

NEW YORK (AFP) - Yi Jianlian, a 19-year-old power forward from China, was selected sixth in the National Basketball Association Draft here Thursday, going to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Yi averaged 24.9 points, 11.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots a game last season for the Guandong Southern Tigers, leading them to the Chinese finals where they lost to Bayi after winning the three prior season championships.

"I have played for national team for a couple years. I think I'm ready," Yi said. "I played in the Olympics. I feel very good."

Milwaukee Bucks general manager Larry Harris is the son of Del Harris, who started Yi at the 2004 Athens Olympics when China achieved its best Olympic men's basketball showing of eighth.

Yi would join Australian standout Andrew Bogut on the Bucks, who were not able to watch the Chinese star in a private workout but selected him based upon his past efforts, including at last year's world championships in Japan.

The Bucks have missed the playoffs two of the past three years and have not won a playoff series since 2001.

Mikhail
06-29-2007, 12:17 PM
What a crazy draft day!

J-Rich to Charlotte
Ray Allen to Boston
Zach Randolph to New York

Wang-Bu
06-29-2007, 01:50 PM
Analysis of previous NBA drafts reveals low-post players popular but not necessarily All-Stars

By RACHEL COHEN, AP Sports Writer
June 27, 2007

NEW YORK (AP) -- The best value in the first round of this week's NBA draft might come from a wing player picked in the top five who left college early. The worst value might be a senior big man selected late in the lottery.

That's what an analysis by The Associated Press of past NBA drafts suggests. An evaluation of the 10 first rounds from 1995-2004 revealed several trends:

-- Low-post players were the most popular selections but were much less likely than their counterparts at other positions to develop into All-Stars.

-- Players who stayed in college four years were less likely to become All-Stars than younger players picked in the same range of the draft.

-- Half of top-five picks became All-Star caliber players. That dropped to about one-quarter of draftees taken in spots six through 10. But the odds of getting a future All-Star were about the same -- 10 percent -- whether a team selected around No. 11 or No. 21.

-- The franchise that seemed to get the least bang for its buck was the Los Angeles Clippers, with eight top-10 picks in that span but no All-Stars to show for it.

-- There's huge variation from year to year in how many impact players are produced. The 1996 draft featured nine players who have made multiple All-Star appearances. The 2000, 2001 and 2002 drafts combined produced just seven who were chosen for even one All-Star team.

The abundance of -- and lack of production from -- big men drafted wasn't a surprise to some NBA front office personnel. But changes in the NBA's playing style may shift that trend.

The dearth of quality post players in the league leaves teams willing to take a chance on a big man.

"If you're going to make a mistake, you make a mistake big," the Utah Jazz's director of player personnel, Walt Perrin, said of the prevailing philosophy.

Low-post players accounted for 117 of the 286 selections from 1995-04 who played in the NBA. Only 17 of them (15 percent) went on to make an All-Star team (or, for players drafted in 2003 and '04, came close to that level early in their careers).

Eighty-nine of those big men (76 percent) had at best a limited impact in the league.

In contrast, 21 percent of other draftees went on to become All-Star caliber players, with 57 percent making no more than a limited impact.

Further complicating matters is that bigger guys tend to develop slower, so teams often have a harder time predicting how effective they will be.

Just because a post player never becomes a star, though, doesn't mean he was a wasted pick.

"The way the NBA is today, most people are getting their scoring out of other positions," said Donnie Nelson, the Dallas Mavericks' president of basketball operations and general manager.

"They may not be a great scorer," Perrin said, "but they can still have legitimate NBA skills in rebounding and blocking shots."

Are teams as desperate for big men these days, anyway, with the increased reliance on small ball? With power forwards becoming more skilled and perimeter-oriented, Nelson said, there's less demand for traditional post players.

That was reflected in the last two drafts, when just 16 of the 57 draftees who played in the league were big men.

The prevalence of players turning pro early has left few college seniors whom NBA executives deem worthy of high picks. But even the few who were taken in the top 10 have less of an impact than their younger counterparts.

Of the 19 seniors drafted that high, only three became All-Star caliber players (16 percent). That compares with 41 percent (31 of 75) of Americans picked in the top 10 who didn't attend college or didn't complete their eligibility.

The results do suggest that the rule keeping high school players out of the draft will increase the chances of elite prospects developing into stars. The production of players who turned pro out of high school was very all-or-nothing: for every LeBron James, there was a Kwame Brown.

Five of the 12 high schoolers taken in the top 10 became All-Star caliber players, but another five made limited contributions at best. Of the top-10 picks who spent some time in college but did not complete their eligibility, only 29 percent (18 of 63) had no more than a limited impact.

In addition to the Clippers, the Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle SuperSonics also got little out of their picks. The Blazers and Sonics can rectify that this season, drafting 1-2 with Greg Oden and Kevin Durant available.

Other teams seem to excel at taking players who thrive for other franchises. The Boston Celtics selected Chauncey Billups and Joe Johnson. The Phoenix Suns helped themselves with Amare Stoudemire and Shawn Marion, but Michael Finley and Steve Nash developed into All-Stars with the Mavericks (although, of course, Nash returned to the Suns and became a two-time MVP).

^^^ Hango sa yahoosports

Wang-Bu
06-29-2007, 01:53 PM
Bakit nga kaya ganun?

Parang nang-aasar ang ibang player, gumagaling kung kelan wala na sa isang koponan.

gameface_one
06-29-2007, 03:36 PM
China's Li surprised to be picked by Milwaukee in NBA Draft
abs-cbnnews.com

NEW YORK (Reuters) - China's Yi Jianlian, the first international player taken in the 2007 NBA Draft, said he was surprised by being selected with the sixth pick of the first round by the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday.

An athletic power forward who averaged 24.9 points a game for Guandong in the China Basketball Association, Yi did not work out for the Bucks.

"It is a surprise to me as well, because when I was in China Milwaukee didn't come to watch me play or to work out," Yi told reporters through an interpreter when asked if he had expected to be selected by the Bucks.

"The draft is just like a lottery to me.

"Myself, I'm not really familiar with the city, as well, but I'm happy to play with the team and I'm happy to play in the NBA.

"I didn't see a lot of games of Milwaukee in China. And I've never been there, so it's kind of a new city to me."

Yi will become the fourth Chinese player in NBA after Houston Rockets star center Yao Ming, Wang Zhizhi and Menk Bateer.

"It's a beautiful thing for Chinese players," Yi said about joining the league and following Yao, who was the number one overall pick in 2002. "Chinese players in the NBA at this moment, there are not that many.

"I'm looking forward to playing with him (Yao) on the court, and it will be fun to play with him in the NBA.

"I didn't play with Yao Ming in the Chinese League, the CBA in China. But we played together for the national team so we are team mates."

CM_Punk
06-29-2007, 03:42 PM
Portland is going to be one darn good team in a few years. Oden, Aldridge, Roy, Webster, Rodriguez, Jack, Fernandez (a personal favourite of mine) is one strong roster, and will be a contender in the tough Western conference.

Not really a draft with lots of surprises. Splitter went to the Spurs (after keeping an eye on Scola for several years, I guess they kind of took a liking to Tiago as well), and Josh McRoberts of Duke went from being a lottery pick (2005 draft) to a guy who tumbled all the way to the 2nd round.

JonarSabilano
06-29-2007, 04:51 PM
By Red Auerbach's cigar, what did Boston just do? :'(

MonL
06-29-2007, 05:05 PM
By Red Auerbach's cigar, what did Boston just do?* :'(


Win another ticket to Secasus for next year.* :P

gameface_one
06-29-2007, 06:40 PM
Chinese basketball chiefs mixed on Milwaukee's choice of Yi
abs-cbnnews.com


BEIJING - Chinese basketball officials gave a mixed reaction on Friday to the Milwaukee Bucks selecting Yi Jianlian as the number six pick in the NBA draft, insisting he must get on court playing time.

"I believe that this is a very good outcome," the sports website of major Chinese portal Sina.com quoted Chinese Basketball Association deputy head Hu Jiashi as saying.

"However it t is not certain that Yi Jianlian will finally play for the Bucks. In the end it doesn't matter what team, what is important is that he gets playing time."

CBA officials have long maintained that potential playing time in actual game situations is crucial to whether or not the league will release its players to the NBA.

"Yi Jianlian's level is already good enough for the NBA or to play in Europe," Hu said.

It was not clear if Hu's remarks reflected a reluctance by the CBA to allow Yi play for the Bucks.

Yi's management team did not allow the Bucks to attend the power forward's work outs prior to the draft, apparently in the hope that the 19-year-old would be chosen to play in a city with a bigger Asian population.

The Guangdong Tigers expressed unhappiness over the size of the market in Milwaukee and the lack of a large overseas Chinese community there, Sina.com said in a separate report.

Yi's selection by the Bucks on Thursday begins a negotiation process with the CBA and Yi's Chinese club the Guangdong Tigers for his release to the world's top league.

Only after the CBA release can Yi sign a contract.

Sina.com quoted Guangdong Tigers vice deputy manager Liu Hongjiang as saying the team did not want Yi to play in Milwaukee.

"But Guangdong cannot make this kind of decision all by ourselves, in fact we must consider the view's of CBA leaders and the agents in the US," Liu said.

Negotiations will be similar to those undertaken by the Houston Rockets to land star player Yao Ming, as well as a two-year procedure by the Dallas Mavericks to sign in 2001 Wang Zhizhi, China's first-ever player in the NBA. AFP

john_paul_manahan
06-29-2007, 08:30 PM
pardon me if this is a bit long...

2007 draft

First Round:

1. Portland: Greg Oden – low-post big man that would anchor a revitalized franchise. Rip City Revival.

2. Seattle: Kevin Durant – Can this guy save the franchise? Maybe, just maybe.

3. Atlanta: Al Horford – best player available. Tag-teaming with the Landlord.

4. Memphis: Mike Conley, Jr. – plays like Tony Parker, will be Iavaroni’s Steve Nash

5. Boston (but goes to Seattle): Jeff Green – consummate role player / glue guy.

6. Milwaukee: Yi Jianlian – will China’s 50 Cent fit with Bogut and Charlie V? head-scratcher…

7. Minnesota: Corey Brewer – 2007 MOP will complement Foye in the backcourt.

8. Charlotte (but goes to Golden State): Brandan Wright – adds size and length to a thin frontcourt, without compromising Nellie-ball.

9. Chicago: Joakim Noah – another energy guy in a team filled with energy guys. Needs work on offense.

10. Sacramento: Spencer Hawes – adds size. Can learn from Brad Miller. Franchise, though, seems to be lost.

11. Atlanta: Acie Law IV – team finally gets a PG. Fearless. Next Sam Cassell, perhaps.

12. Philadelphia: Thaddeus Young – another complementary piece for Igoudala, but still a bit raw, though.

13. New Orleans: Julian Wright – another piece of the puzzle. Will do the little things. Will spell david west and peja.

14. LA Clippers: Al Thornton – Best Player Available (Crittenton will not fit here, Law and Conley are gone). Will definitely add scoring off the bench.

15. Detroit: Rodney Stuckey – fits Piston basketball (goodbye, flip murray!) could be chauncey’s successor.

16. Washington: Nick Young – another offensive tool to help Agent Zero. Shooter.

17. New Jersey: Sean Williams – risk-reward pick, will help defensively with a team bereft of shot blocking

18. Golden State: Marco Belinelli – fits Nellie-ball to a T.

19. LA Lakers: Javaris Crittenton – another head-scratcher (Farmar last year, now him?) does this mean Smush is out? Bigger question is what will happen to Kobe?

20. Miami (but goes to Philadelphia): Jason Smith – adds ceiling, but that’s pretty much it.

21. Philadelphia (but goes to Miami): Daequan Cook – Heat are reloading for another run at a title.

22. Charlotte: Jared Dudley – hard worker, athletic, another complementary tool

23. New York: Wilson Chandler – adds more athleticism, remember that Zeke can find talent

24. Phoenix (but goes to Portland): Rudy Fernandez – Spanish Ginobili? Fits well with the current roster.

25. Utah: Morris Almond – Utah need scoring from backcourt. Morris is the 3rd in division I in scoring. If he can play like what coach sloan asks for defensively, pencil him in as a starter.

26. Houston: Aaron Brooks – you have luther head, rafer alston, mike james, the son of john lucas, bob sura, bonzi wells in the backcourt. How will he fit in that log-jam.

27. Detroit: Arron Afflalo – can score. Would help in ending over-reliance on starters.

28. San Antonio: Tiago Splitter – typical Spurs pick. Expect him to contribute down the road.

29. Phoenix: Alando Tucker – hmm… kinda reminds me of shawn marion…. Hmmm…. Maybe… just maybe… wasn’t marion being dangled around…

30. Philadelphia (but goes to Portland): Petteri Koponen – finnish PG still needs seasoning

Second Round:

31. Seattle: Carl Landry – can compete with the logjam of forwards

32. Boston: Gabe Pruitt – 1st round talent, made delonte expendable

33. San Antonio: Marcus Williams – another 1st round talent, not expected to contribute immediately

34. Dallas: Nick Fazekas – could replace croshere in the rotation as the white boy reliever / poor man’s version of dirk

35. Seattle (but goes to Boston): Glen Davis – Big Baby needs to address weight and conditioning concerns, but could back up al jefferson at the low post

36. Golden State (But goes to Charlotte): Jemareo Davidson – hard-luck kid will improve frontcourt depth (okafor, may, brezec)

37. Portland: Josh McRoberts – another glue guy. Little known fact: he was a teammate of oden before. Maybe that would help his chances..

38. Philadelphia (but goes to Utah): Kyrylo Fesenko – adds size. Could it be that the Collins twins’ days are numbered? He’s mean and physical.

39. Miami (but goes to Indiana): Stanko Barac – the guy that comes to mind is primo brezec… that guy did play in Indiana… but I don’t know why indy would take him.

40. LA Lakers: Sun Yue – Chinese Toni Kukoc… Phil could use a guy like that…can he understand triangle in Chinese?

41. Minnesota: Chris Richard – another undersized big man who compete with other undersized big men. Will eat space.

42. Portland (but goes to Philadelphia): Derrick Byars – guy can score, but will eat into green and ashton korver’s minutes. But he is better than koponen right now.

43. New Orleans: Adam Haluska – might replace d-mason in new Orleans

44. Orlando: Reyshawn Terry – adds perimeter threat. Could get minutes with possible grant hill departure

45. LA Clippers: Jared Jordan – solid if unspectacular pg. Could compete vs Daniel ewing if Jason hart leaves.

46. Golden State: Stephane Lasme – shot-blocking specialist. Would definitely add size and defensive intensity to the equation.

47. Washington: Dominic McGuire – adds depth to wings to team having injury issues

48. LA Lakers: Marc Gasol – adds size and ability (does he have Pau’s skill?)

49. Chicago: Aaron Gray – still does not exactly address low-post scoring, but adds more size and depth

50. Dallas: Ronald Seibutis – stashable overseas. Donnie nelson knows international basketball (save for pavel podlokozine)

51. Chicago: JamesOn Curry – can he play under Scott Skiles? I doubt. But he can score.

52. Portland: Taurean Green – why not take a flyer on him? He can play and has NBA genes. But it is a big logjam there at the point. I smell trades afoot.

53. Portland: Demetirus Nichols – ditto, but at least, there is a less logjam situation at the wings.

54. Houston: Brad Newley – aussie shooter, but still does not address size in the frontcourt.

55. Utah (but goes to Philadelphia): Herbert Hill – another big guy to add to the mix. We’ll never know…

56. Milwaukee: Ramon Sessions – hmmm… good talent. Might be insurance given both boykins and mo Williams are free agents.

57. Detroit: Sammy Mejia – another backcourt player? Something’s afoot here in Detroit. (delfino, hunter, murray, maybe billups?)

58. San Antonio: Giorgos Printezis – again, typical Spurs pick. Expect him to be stashed overseas, given the current talent.

59. Phoenix: DJ Strawberry – could he spell Steve Nash? Marcus Banks was not the answer.

60. Dallas: Milovan Rakovic – who’s this guy? Another one of those stashed in euro peeps.

Winners:

1. Portland - Greg Oden. Jettisoning Z-Bo was addition by subtraction. Can LaMarcus make the sophomore leap? Rip City Revival!

2. Seattle - Kevin Durant. next on the agenda: Rashard Lewis. could this be the team PJ Carlesimo makes his comeback and chokes the opposition? he's long due...

3. Golden State - they add size and athleticism to the nellie-ball. it is expected that monta, etc. will replace j-rich's scoring. i don't think they are finished yet.

4. Atlanta - need size: Al Horford. need PG: Acie Law. they better improve. Phoenix is watching.

5. LA Clippers - offensive spark in Thornton. Jordan can compete vs ewing. next step: jason hart and quinton ross

Losers:

1. Philadelphia - i am technically not sold on how billy king drafted. thaddeus young, jason smith? maybe byars.

2. Charlotte: i do not know how getting j-rich will affect gerald wallace.

3. Houston: drafted 2 guards. pretty much Yao in the low-post. what if he gets hurt again...

4. Lakers: their drafting does not still address one thing: kobe.

5. Milwaukee: yi? when you have charlie v? should have been brewer.

Wang-Bu
07-02-2007, 09:27 AM
Mukhang selyado na sa isipan ng Miami na maghanap ng tulong para kay Dwayne Wade, isang manlalaro na kayang gawin ang ginagawa ni Wade pero hindi kinakailangang maging starter. Itong Daequan Cook ay mistulang Wade sa laro ngunit tila hindi pa yata subok ang tibay ng dibdib pagdating sa big time na laro. Ang maganda dito hindi naman niya kailangang maging superstar sa Miami lalo't naroon pa sina Wade at Shaquille O'Neal. Marami siyang matututunan sa dalawang superstar, lalo sa kapwa niya gwardiyang si Wade. Maganda rin sigurong tignan niya ang development ng Miami kay Dorel Wright na dumerecho galing high school.

gameface_one
07-12-2007, 12:21 AM
Pippen says Yi should play for Milwaukee


Agence France-Presse

BEIJING - Six-time NBA champion Scottie Pippen on Wednesday urged Chinese star Yi Jianlian to reconsider his refusal to play for the Milwaukee Bucks, the team that chose him in last month's draft.

Yi was the sixth player chosen in the 2007 draft, but his management team has baulked at sending the seven-foot (2.12-metre) power forward to Milwaukee due to the small size of its market and a lack of ethnic Chinese fans there.

"Just looking at the fact that he doesn't want to play in that market, I think he should really try to reconsider and embrace the fact that not only are you a part of the NBA, but you have a chance to go out and make a name for yourself," Pippen told reporters here.

"The city of Milwaukee is going to be very happy to have him there. They are more than open and ready to embrace him," the former Chicago Bull added.

As Milwaukee is not a top tier team, Yi was likely to get ample playing time and the 19-year-old star could also benefit by teaming up with Milwaukee's All Star guard Michael Redd, Pippen said following a promotional appearance here.

"Michael Redd has established himself as an All-Star in the game, but they haven't fared well as a team, so I think this is a great opportunity if he welcomes it," Pippen said.

Yi averaged 24.9 points, 11.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots a game last season for the Guangdong Southern Tigers, where he helped the team win three China Basketball Association (CBA) championships in five years.

Mark Fischer, managing director of NBA China, refused to comment on reports that commissioner David Stern was seeking to mediate terms between the Bucks and Yi's agents, but said it was likely Yi would end up in a Milwaukee uniform.

"We are pretty confident that Yi will end up in Milwaukee and enjoying it," Fischer said, adding he also thought it was in the power forward's interests to do so.

"From a CBA perspective, the important thing is for him to be in a stable situation and get good playing time and come back and help the national team ... (in Milwaukee) he will get playing time."

CM_Punk
04-01-2008, 09:31 AM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/basketball/ncaa/specials/ncaa_tourney/2008/03/31/lopez.pro.ap/index.html

Lopez twins declare for NBA draft

The Lopez twins are going pro together.

Stanford sophomore Robin Lopez is joining his 7-foot brother Brook in entering the NBA draft.

The brothers made their announcement to The Associated Press on Monday through mother, Deborah Ledford.

It was expected that Brook would declare himself eligible for the NBA, but Robin was not so certain. They were prep stars in Fresno, Calif., and came to Stanford together. Now they will depart as a tandem, too.

"This has been a very difficult decision for me because I really enjoyed my two years at Stanford," Robin Lopez said in a statement released to the AP. "I have always hoped I would have an opportunity to play in the NBA and I feel now is the right time to make that dream a reality."

Brook Lopez, a third-team All-American and a first-team Pac-10 selection, averaged 19.3 points and 8.2 rebounds to go with 56 blocks this season. He scored the game-winning basket with 1.3 seconds left in an 82-81 victory over Marquette in the second round of the NCAA tournament to put Stanford in the regional semifinals for the first time since 2001.

He averaged 16.0 points and 7.1 rebounds in his two college seasons, blocking 101 shots and shooting 48 percent from the field in 53 games. Brook, who missed time earlier in the season because he was academically ineligible, scored in double figures in 41 games and scored a career-high 31 points at Washington this season.

"After a great deal of thought and discussion with my family, I feel it is the appropriate time to enter the NBA draft," Brook Lopez said. "It is the dream of every basketball player to play and succeed in the NBA and I feel I am ready to take on this new challenge."

Robin's confidence during the tournament run was contagious, according to his teammates. He averaged 10.2 points and 5.2 boards and blocked 83 shots for the Cardinal.

Both Lopez brothers said they will return to Stanford over time to complete their degrees.

"Nobody's surprised. We wish they were staying, but they made their decisions," Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby said in Spokane, Wash., where the Cardinal women were playing Monday night in the NCAA regional final. "They're terrific players, no question about that. They've done a great job for us."

Ledford, a former Stanford swimmer, opted to send out separate statements from the twins in order to keep the attention on both of them.

"When they go into the NBA, they're going to go to separate teams," she said. "Robin, his whole life he's been underappreciated and undervalued."

The Cardinal were eliminated by Texas in the South Regional semifinals on Saturday in Houston.

Ledford said coach Trent Johnson was supportive of the twins' decision. A message left at Johnson's office was not immediately returned.

The_Big_Cat
04-01-2008, 10:08 AM
Look for Brook to be drafted in the first round. He's the better player among the twins.

CM_Punk
04-02-2008, 12:25 AM
Brook Lopez is a top-10 pick, maybe even top 5 depending on workouts, and if a team really likes him, a big man who can score inside. I can see his twin brother Robin going middle of the 1st round; his defense is his specialty, and the fact that he's a young 7 footer with 2 years of college under his belt also helps.

coreytaylor
04-02-2008, 10:02 AM
Brook is one of the best centers in this year's batch. he will definitely be in the top 10. who do you think is better and deserves to be called the best center in the upcoming nba draft, brook lopez or georgetown's roy hibbert?

erichubert
04-02-2008, 01:42 PM
Brook is one of the best centers in this year's batch. he will definitely be in the top 10. who do you think is better and deserves to be called the best center in the upcoming nba draft, brook lopez or georgetown's roy hibbert?


Brook is hands down the better prospect at the center position. Hibbert's stock has really gone down this year and depending on who would declare, he could go all the way down to late 1st round area. One sleeper center is JaVale McGee of Nevada, his athleticism and length can make him a better prospect than the Lopezes and Hibbert. Imagine a 7'1 guy with 7'6 wingspan, nbadraft.net compares him to Andrew Bynum. He already is projected to be in the late lottery and if he plays well in the workouts, he might just crack the top 10.

CM_Punk
04-05-2008, 04:16 PM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/basketball/ncaa/specials/ncaa_tourney/2008/04/04/gordon.ap/index.html

Gordon expected to declare for Draft

Posted: Friday April 4, 2008 3:58PM; Updated: Friday April 4, 2008 3:58PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Indiana freshman Eric Gordon is expected to announce Monday that he'll turn pro.

The Big Ten's freshman of the year said through the university Friday that he will hold a news conference in his hometown of Indianapolis to announce his decision.

The Indianapolis Star reported that Gordon would forgo his final three seasons of college ball, citing a source close to the situation. Earlier this week, Gordon told The Associated Press that he would make his decision public Monday.

Leaving early would hardly be a surprise.

Long before Gordon enrolled at Indiana, most figured the 6-foot-4 guard with the nifty moves and NBA 3-point range would play only one college season before heading to the NBA, where he is expected to be a lottery pick.

The speculation continued after Gordon was invited but did not attend Wednesday's team meeting with new coach Tom Crean.

Gordon was named a third-team All-American this week, after leading the Big Ten in scoring (20.9 points) and setting school and Big Ten freshman scoring records with 669 points.

He became the first Hoosier to average more than 20 points per game since Brian Evans in 1996, made the third most free throws by a Hoosier in a single season (231) and had the fourth-highest total in school history for free throw attempts (277).

But after injuring his left wrist during a January practice, Gordon was not the same player. Both his field goal percentage and 3-point shooting tailed off after the injury, culminating in one of his worst performances all year in the NCAA tournament.

Gordon was 3-of-15 from the field, missed all six of his 3-pointers and finished with just six points in an 86-72 loss to Arkansas.

He was unavailable for comment Friday because he was flying to San Antonio, where he is a guest of the National Association of Basketball Coaches at the Final Four.

CM_Punk
04-06-2008, 01:01 PM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/basketball/ncaa/specials/ncaa_tourney/2008/04/05/bayless.arizona.ap/index.html

Bayless declares for NBA draft

Posted: Saturday April 5, 2008 5:31PM; Updated: Saturday April 5, 2008 5:31PM

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- Arizona freshman guard Jerryd Bayless has decided to enter the NBA draft.

Athletic department spokesman Tom Duddleston confirmed Bayless' decision Saturday.

Bayless has been projected as a lottery pick. He averaged a team-high 19.7 points.

john_paul_manahan
04-06-2008, 09:56 PM
not surprised with eric gordon. but jury is out. can he bring it consistently.

not surprised with bayless. he good.

coreytaylor
04-06-2008, 10:01 PM
i think gordon should stay for 1 more year. same with brook lopez's brother, who i think is still not ready in the nba.

CM_Punk
04-08-2008, 02:07 PM
Although Chris Douglas-Roberts missed those crucial free throws at the end of the NCAA title game, he was still the top scorer for Memphis, and worked hard to get his points against Brandon Rush, one of the best perimeter defenders in the tournament.

I can see CDR being picked middle of the 1st round, and with improved strength and ball-handling skills, has the potential to be a decent 2-3 starter in the NBA. I also like his Bible Psalm 37 tattoo on his right arm ;)

coreytaylor
04-08-2008, 02:09 PM
chalmers, robinson, arthur are possible 1st round picks. :D

coreytaylor
04-08-2008, 03:05 PM
Gordon makes it official: He’s leaving Indiana for NBA

INDIANAPOLIS (AP)—Indiana freshman Eric Gordon is entering the NBA draft.

While he has not yet signed with an agent, his father, Eric Gordon Sr., said he intended to sign with one, which would officially end his college eligibility.

The move was expected long before Gordon made the announcement Monday. When he joined the Hoosiers, many people predicted the 6-foot-4 guard with the nifty moves and NBA 3-point range would go straight to the league after one college season. He’s projected as a top-10 pick in the June draft.

“I’m doing this to compete at the highest level, not for the fame or the money,” Gordon said during a news conference. “I just had a couple of weeks to really think about this after the season, and now is the right time to do it.”

Gordon, a third-team All-American, is the second member of the heralded 2008 freshman class to declare for the draft, joining Arizona’s Jerryd Bayless. Those who have not yet announced whether they will turn pro include centers Michael Beasley of Kansas State and Kevin Love of UCLA, both first-team All-Americans; Memphis guard Derrick Rose, a third-team All-American; and guard O.J. Mayo of Southern Cal, who was an honorable mention choice on the All-American list.

Gordon led the Big Ten in scoring (20.9 points), set school and Big Ten freshman scoring records with 669 points, and made the third most free throws by a Hoosier in a single season (231). He also tied Mike Woodson’s school record for most 30-point games by a freshman (three) and won the conference’s freshman player of the year award.

But after injuring his left wrist during a practice in late January, Gordon was not the same player. His shooting percentage dropped and he committed more turnovers.

Gordon’s decision comes after a tumultuous season at Indiana in which the Hoosiers’ 25-8 record was overshadowed by Kelvin Sampson’s midseason resignation, the promotion of Dan Dakich to interim coach, three player suspensions and a first-round loss to Arkansas in the NCAA tournament.

erichubert
04-08-2008, 03:49 PM
I think Brandon Rush would be the best pro prospect out of Kansas, he is definitely the most pro-ready. I rank him ahead of Chris Douglas Roberts mainly because of his defensive prowess.

cub
04-08-2008, 06:35 PM
one of the steals in the draft would be Joey Dorsey. he looks like Ben Wallace and also plays like him. :)

coreytaylor
04-08-2008, 06:38 PM
speaking of "the steal of the draft", its got to be "stephen curry!"

Mikhail
04-08-2008, 07:01 PM
Stephen Curry says he's staying for another year. ;D

King_stag
04-08-2008, 10:03 PM
JR Giddens of new mexico is a steal. A good on ball defender and has a monster hops. LIsted at 6'5" but plays bigger.

CM_Punk
04-09-2008, 09:19 AM
http://cbs.sportsline.com/collegebasketball/story/10767881

Arizona sophomore Budinger to explore NBA chances

April 8, 2008
CBSSports.com wire reports

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona sophomore Chase Budinger plans to explore his chances in the NBA Draft, the second Wildcat player to consider his pro prospects.

It's not known whether Budinger will hire an agent, the team said Tuesday. If he doesn't, he could keep his college eligibility if he withdraws his name 10 days before the draft on June 26.

Budinger averaged 17.1 points and 5.4 rebounds for the Wildcats.

On Saturday, freshman guard Jerryd Bayless announced he will enter the NBA Draft. He led the Wildcats with a 19.7-point average and has been projected as a lottery pick.

CM_Punk
04-09-2008, 09:41 AM
I think Brandon Rush would be the best pro prospect out of Kansas, he is definitely the most pro-ready. I rank him ahead of Chris Douglas Roberts mainly because of his defensive prowess.


Both guys are sure first rounders, but I think NBA teams might rank CDR higher than Rush because he's two years younger, and he's an inch taller (which isn't much, but some teams are obsessed with any extra height advantage). I am looking forward to their future battles in the NBA at the shooting guard spot.

The_Big_Cat
04-09-2008, 11:33 AM
one of the steals in the draft would be Joey Dorsey. he looks like Ben Wallace and also plays like him. :)


And he also shoots miserably from the free throw like Ben Wallace is.
:D

King_stag
04-09-2008, 12:36 PM
Dorsey might be drafted late in the 2nd round if he's lucky. A physical specimen, but he will be 24 y/o come draft night. Also a big offensive liability, the only way for him to score is to crash the boards and get garbage baskets. Prone to commit turnovers, averaging almost 2/game.

CM_Punk
04-09-2008, 12:42 PM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/basketball/ncaa/04/08/ucla.love.ap/index.html

Report: Love, Collison headed to NBA

Posted: Tuesday April 8, 2008 11:44PM; Updated: Tuesday April 8, 2008 11:44PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- UCLA All-American Kevin Love and teammate Darren Collison will make themselves available for the NBA draft, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday night.

The newspaper, quoting unidentified sources close to the players, reported they are expected to hire agents, which would mean they could not return to play for the Bruins next season.

UCLA coach Ben Howland has a news conference scheduled for Wednesday.

Love, a freshman center, led the Bruins in scoring (17.5 points) and rebounds (10.6). Collison, a junior point guard, was a third-team All-American who averaged 15.2 points and 3.9 assists this season.

The Bruins lost in the national semifinals to Memphis on Saturday.

The Times also reported the Bruins are expected to lose sophomore guard Russell Westbrook to the draft. The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft is April 27.

CM_Punk
04-10-2008, 09:12 AM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/basketball/ncaa/04/09/draft.ap/index.html

Headed out
Alexander, Greene, Jordan declare for the Draft

Posted: Wednesday April 9, 2008 5:52PM; Updated: Wednesday April 9, 2008 5:52PM

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia forward Joe Alexander has declared himself eligible for the NBA draft.

Alexander said Wednesday he will not sign with an agent, leaving the possibility that he would return for his senior season.

Alexander led the Mountaineers in scoring at 16.9 points per game and in rebounding at 6.4. He was named to the all-Big East first team.

The deadline for early entry withdrawals is June 16, 10 days before the draft.


Aggies C DeAndre Jordan to enter draft without agent, allowing for return

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) -- Texas A&M freshman DeAndre Jordan said Wednesday he will enter the NBA draft without hiring an agent, giving him the option of returning to the Aggies.

The 7-foot center averaged 7.9 points and 6.0 rebounds per game for Texas A&M, which finished 25-11 and lost to Final Four qualifier UCLA in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Early entrants have until June 16, 10 days before the draft, to withdraw.

"I just want to test the waters and get a good feel for where I might be drafted," Jordan said in a statement released by the school.


Syracuse freshman Donte Greene to enter NBA draft

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Syracuse freshman Donte Greene has declared himself eligible for the NBA draft.

Greene said he made the decision after discussing the future with his family and coach Jim Boeheim.

"The Syracuse coaching staff is going to gather information on my behalf and help me begin that process," Greene said in a posting Wednesday on the university's Web site.

Syracuse athletic communications director Pete Moore said Greene had not yet signed with an agent but intends to.

Boeheim was not surprised.

"He made his mind up last year in high school," Boeheim said. "There's nothing new here. He had a solid year. He wants to take a look."

erichubert
04-10-2008, 11:25 AM
I wish Alexander and Jordan stayed for another year. Joe Alexander could have a breakout year next season and I think he would be selected in the lottery if he stayed. De Andre Jordan is just too raw right now, he really didn't show much this past season, his stock has dropped from potential top 5 pick down to the late lottery. The only thing going for him now is his freakish athleticism and height like Dwight Howard.

marmand
04-10-2008, 11:40 AM
I hope these players take a good hard look at players who came out early. ( College or High School before ) Gerald Green, Kwame Brown, Bender, Mc Roberts just to name a few. Staying and playing college ball helps a player develop physically and mentally. But one can always debate on the money matter part of it. It is a case of Development vs. Need.

coreytaylor
04-10-2008, 11:43 AM
Howland: UCLA’s Love, Collison have not said they’re leaving for NBA

LOS ANGELES (AP)—UCLA All-American Kevin Love and teammate Darren Collison have not yet decided whether they will make themselves available for the NBA draft, coach Ben Howland said Wednesday.

He dismissed a report on the Los Angeles Times’ Web site that said the players had decided to leave and were expected to hire agents, which would prevent them from returning to the Bruins next season.

“It’s an erroneous report,” Howland, adding that Love and Collison were very upset about the report because they had yet to discuss their future with their families.

College players have until April 27 to declare for the June draft.

Love, a freshman center, led the Bruins in scoring (17.5 points) and rebounds (10.6). Collison, a junior point guard, was a third-team All-American who averaged 15.2 points and 3.9 assists.

The Bruins (35-4) lost in the national semifinals to Memphis on Saturday.

“There’s definitely a chance that Darren will come back,” Howland said. “Nothing has been decided yet.”

Howland said he met with Love on Monday to discuss the freshman’s draft potential. Scouts have told Howland that Love is a definite lottery pick who could be selected between fifth and 10th in the draft.

Love returned home to Lake Oswego, Ore., on Wednesday to celebrate his father’s 59th birthday on Thursday.

“He’s going to sit with his parents over the weekend and try to formulate some decisions on what he wants to do,” Howland said. “I’m expecting that he’ll have some decision early next week. I’ll support whatever he does.”

Love told The Associated Press in February that he would rely on his family and close friends to help him decide about the NBA.

“The people that aren’t yes-men, the people that have the best interests in me and don’t want anything from me is who I’m going to look toward,” he said.

“There’s so many things why I would stay and there’s so many things why I wouldn’t stay. College is fun. This is a great experience. I’ll sit back, assess my options, see what my pros and cons are from each spot and make my decision.”

Howland said he has not yet met with Collison.

coreytaylor
04-10-2008, 11:52 AM
USC’s Mayo to declare for NBA draft

LOS ANGELES (AP)—O.J. Mayo is leaving Southern California after one season to enter the NBA draft, a decision confirmed Wednesday night by a school spokesman.

Mayo plans to hire an agent, which would prevent him from returning to the Trojans.

The freshman guard signaled his intentions by wearing socks with the NBA logo in USC’s 80-67 loss to Kansas State in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Mayo helped the Trojans to a 21-12 record, giving them back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time since 2001-02. Their wins included an upset of crosstown-rival UCLA.

Mayo averaged 20.7 points and 4.5 rebounds, and set freshman school records for points in a season (684) and

CM_Punk
04-10-2008, 11:53 AM
Love should declare, his NBA stock is really high, and I don't see how college can help his game that much more; he just needs to lose some excess weight. Collison should stay with UCLA, and work on his game, because unless you're Chris Paul or TJ Ford, short point guards aren't really seen as starters in the league, and more as bench rotation players or back-ups.

erichubert
04-10-2008, 11:57 AM
Love won't get selected in the lottery if a lot of the other freshmen and sophomores declare this year. Scouts still see him as overweight and undersized although I really like his game, he is for me the most fundamentally sound big man in college despite being just a freshman. Hope he returns, UCLA would be instant preseason favorites if he, Collison and Westbrook all return.

coreytaylor
04-10-2008, 12:01 PM
^ i agree. if he returns, he would definitely be in the top 3 or top 5 next season.

CM_Punk
04-10-2008, 05:26 PM
I hope these players take a good hard look at players who came out early. ( College or High School before ) Gerald Green, Kwame Brown, Bender, McRoberts just to name a few. Staying and playing college ball helps a player develop physically and mentally. But one can always debate on the money matter part of it. It is a case of Development vs. Need.


I agree with those names, except for Josh McRoberts. In his case, being the #1 rated high school player for some teams back in 2005, he should have joined the NBA draft already that year where he was a guaranteed 1st rounder, instead of going to college. He wasted 2 years in Duke, and ended up being a 2nd rounder, and doesn't look to have a steady future with Portland. Josh sure lost a lot of guaranteed money when his draft stock took a major hit while he was in Duke.

john_paul_manahan
04-12-2008, 08:15 PM
if Love wants to have as good a legacy as Kareem and Bill, he should stay.

no announcements from DJ Augustine, Ty Lawson, and Psycho T,

Maresse Speights, and the two Louisville bigs (Clark and Caracter) declared already.

coreytaylor
04-14-2008, 02:59 PM
Michael Beasley to announce whether he’ll go into the NBA

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP)—Kansas State freshman Michael Beasley plans to announce whether he will enter the NBA draft at a Monday news conference on campus.

While Beasley is expected to be the first pick in the June 26 draft if he declares, the consensus All-American is apparently having a tough enough time deciding that advisers and family members gathered over the weekend to help him make a choice before his self-imposed 5 p.m. CDT deadline.

Nobody doubts his NBA potential. Quick, strong and agile, the 6-foot-10 power forward had the second-most rebounds and third-most points of any freshman in NCAA history and led the Wildcats to their first NCAA tournament victory in 20 years.

“There’s no question in my mind who the best player in the country is,” said Kansas coach Bill Self. “It’s Michael Beasley. He may not win all the player of the year awards, but he’s the best player.”

Kansas State coach Frank Martin has made no secret of his advice for Beasley.

“I think he’s going to go, and I think it’s the right thing to do, because he’s going to be the top pick in the draft,” Martin said in an interview with The Associated Press.

His friends know Beasley as a big, playful kid who will jolt teammates out of bed in the morning by shooting them with a water pistol. Opposing players know him as the bruising forward who averaged 26.2 points and a nation-leading 12.4 rebounds.

The day he arrived at Kansas State as the most highly advertised recruit in school history, he talked about sticking around.

“I don’t want to be an athletic student,” he said. “I want to be a student-athlete.”

Nevertheless, most fans and basketball experts believe Beasley will turn pro no matter how much he enjoys college life.

“In life, you only have so many opportunities for certain things,” Martin said. “He’s got a huge opportunity right now. But there are a whole lot of different factors that go into play when you’ve got to make a hard decision. He’s got to make sure he does what’s best for himself and his family.”

CM_Punk
04-14-2008, 05:25 PM
Beasley is definitely going to the NBA for the 2008-09 season. He's #1 for a lot of NBA teams, and sure to get plenty of playing time next year. I just wish he doesn't end up in the Western coference next season. In last year's draft, the top 2 picks, Oden and Durant ended up being drafted by Western teams, leaving the East with other players who weren't on the same talent level as those two.

CM_Punk
04-15-2008, 09:08 AM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/basketball/ncaa/04/14/bc.bkc.kansasst.beasley.ap/index.html

Beasley declares for NBA draft

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- After putting together one of the best freshman seasons ever, Michael Beasley is headed to the NBA.

Kansas State's All-American freshman announced Monday that he will skip his final three seasons to enter the June 26 NBA draft, where he could be the No. 1 overall pick.

"It's time to take my game to the next level," Beasley said as his family and several teammates looked on. "I think I proved myself over the course of the season. I just think it's time for new challenges."

Beasley dominated his lone college season, averaging 26.2 points and becoming just the third freshman in NCAA history to lead the nation in rebounds at 12.4 per game. He had the second-most rebounds and third-most points by a freshman in NCAA history, helping Kansas State to its first NCAA tournament victory in 20 years.

Beasley also was a consensus All American, was named Big 12 player of the year and finished second to North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough for numerous player of the year awards.....

stonecold316
04-15-2008, 03:24 PM
Beasley to decide today on NBA draft
04/15/2008 | 12:56 AM

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State freshman Michael Beasley plans to announce whether he will enter the NBA draft at a Monday news conference on campus.

While Beasley is expected to be the first pick in the June 26 draft if he declares, the consensus All-American is apparently having a tough enough time deciding that advisers and family members gathered over the weekend to help him make a choice before his self-imposed 5 p.m. CDT deadline.

Nobody doubts his NBA potential. Quick, strong and agile, the 6-foot-10 power forward had the second-most rebounds and third-most points of any freshman in NCAA history and led the Wildcats to their first NCAA tournament victory in 20 years.

"There's no question in my mind who the best player in the country is," said Kansas coach Bill Self. "It's Michael Beasley. He may not win all the player of the year awards, but he's the best player."

Kansas State coach Frank Martin has made no secret of his advice for Beasley.

"I think he's going to go, and I think it's the right thing to do, because he's going to be the top pick in the draft," Martin said in an interview with The Associated Press.

His friends know Beasley as a big, playful kid who will jolt teammates out of bed in the morning by shooting them with a water pistol. Opposing players know him as the bruising forward who averaged 26.2 points and a nation-leading 12.4 rebounds.

The day he arrived at Kansas State as the most highly advertised recruit in school history, he talked about sticking around.

"I don't want to be an athletic student," he said. "I want to be a student-athlete."

Nevertheless, most fans and basketball experts believe Beasley will turn pro no matter how much he enjoys college life.

"In life, you only have so many opportunities for certain things," Martin said. "He's got a huge opportunity right now. But there are a whole lot of different factors that go into play when you've got to make a hard decision. He's got to make sure he does what's best for himself and his family." - AP

CM_Punk
04-16-2008, 08:02 AM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/basketball/ncaa/04/15/rose.nba.ap/index.html

Rose declares for NBA draft

Posted: Tuesday April 15, 2008 6:44PM; Updated: Tuesday April 15, 2008 7:19PM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Memphis freshman Derrick Rose announced he was jumping to the NBA Tuesday, the same day coach John Calipari agreed in principle to a contract extension with the school.

Rose capped his spectacular first season by leading Memphis to the national championship game, where they lost to Kansas in overtime.

The 6-foot-3 guard from Chicago averaged 20.8 points in six NCAA tournament games and will likely be taken with one of the top picks in the draft.

Terms of Calipari's deal have not been finalized.

Rose, who helped Memphis to an NCAA Division I record 38 victories last season, said he enjoyed his year in college but is ready to make the leap to the NBA.

"My only regret is not winning a national title for the University of Memphis," Rose said. "I am, however, very excited about the prospect of playing in the NBA and continuing to strive to be the best player and the best person I can be."

Rose's announcement was hardly shocking.

He came to Memphis as one of the nation's top recruits, and spent the year in college only because of the NBA rule that requires a player to be at least one year removed from high school before entering the draft.

Calipari said he always worked under the assumption that Rose would be a one-and-done player.

"Derrick is one of the great players I've ever coached, but of even more importance, he is one of the greatest teammates I've been around," Calipari said in a statement. "We are forever indebted to Derrick and his family for what they did for not only this basketball program, but also for the University and the city of Memphis. It was a tremendous opportunity for me and the staff to coach such a fine person."

Memphis is still waiting to see if junior guard Chris Douglas-Roberts, the team's leading scorer and Conference USA Player of the Year, will enter the draft. Douglas-Roberts had indicated during the season that he would at least submit his name into the draft to test interest from teams.

coreytaylor
04-17-2008, 03:11 PM
UCLA’s Love to announce future plans at news conference

LOS ANGELES (AP)—UCLA All-American Kevin Love will announce his plans for next season at a campus news conference Thursday.

The freshman center led the Bruins in scoring (17.5 points) and rebounds (10.6). They lost in the national semifinals to Memphis and finished the season with a 35-4 record.

Love will be accompanied by father Stan and coach Ben Howland at the news conference.

College players have until April 27 to declare for the NBA draft.

Howland said last week that scouts have projected Love as a definite lottery pick who could be selected between fifth and 10th in the draft. The freshman returned home to Lake Oswego, Ore., last week to celebrate his father’s birthday and discuss his future with his family.

mighty_lion
04-17-2008, 09:09 PM
Pardon me for saying this one but I feel that DeAndre Jordan will be the next Patrick O'Bryant.

coreytaylor
04-18-2008, 08:55 AM
^ i think deandre should think twice in joining this year's draft. i think he needs to stay in school for another year to boost his stock next year's draft.

coreytaylor
04-18-2008, 08:56 AM
Rush, Arthur headed to NBA

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP)—Brandon Rush is headed to the NBA for sure this time. Darrell Arthur may be going with him. Mario Chalmers? He hasn’t made up his mind.

Two of Kansas’ three biggest stars declared themselves eligible for the draft on Thursday, less than two weeks after helping lead the Jayhawks to their first national title in 20 years.

Rush, who lost his college eligibility by declaring for the NBA draft a second time, is shopping for an agent and likely will start working out for NBA teams in about a month.

Arthur has yet to hire an agent, leaving open the possibility of returning to Kansas if it appears he isn’t going to be drafted high enough.

Chalmers, who hit the shot that got Kansas into overtime in the national title game, is still debating whether to declare for the draft or come back for his senior season.

“We knew going into the season … this particular day was coming,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “Brandon is at a point that it’s time for him to move on and Shady (Arthur) owes it to himself to investigate. There’s no surprises on what transpired today.”

As a high-schooler, Rush said he would have preferred to skip college altogether and head straight for the NBA. His game wasn’t ready, so he enrolled at Kansas.

Rush was set to bolt for the NBA last year after his sophomore season, but tore his ACL during a pickup game and pulled himself out of the draft.

After intensive rehab, Rush was back on the court about a month earlier than expected and was slowly eased into Kansas’ rotation. It didn’t take long for Rush to get his strength back and he averaged a team-best 13.3 points, joining Chalmers, Russell Robinson and Sherron Collins to form one of the nation’s best back courts.

There were times when Self had to get on the 6-foot-6 guard about being more assertive, but overall Rush had a strong junior season—one that may have improved his stock.

The MVP of the Big 12 tournament, Rush is projected as a late first-round, early second-round pick in the June 26 draft.

“It depends on how I plan my workouts,” said Rush, whose brother Kareem plays for the Indiana Pacers. “I’ve really got to get after it these next couple of weeks and get to work and get ready for the workouts.”

Arthur was one of the nation’s top recruits out of high school, a McDonald’s All-American who led Dallas South Oak Cliff to consecutive state titles, earning tournament MVP both times.

An athletic 6-9 forward, he was Kansas’ fourth-leading scorer as a freshman at 9.9 points per game and the team’s leading shot blocker. But this past season, under the tutelage of former Jayhawks star and assistant coach Danny Manning, Arthur really blossomed.

With better footwork, a new cache of post moves and increased range, he tied Chalmers for second on the team in scoring at 12.8 and was second in rebounding. Arthur was just as active on the defensive end, leading Kansas in blocked shots for the second straight year with 53.

Arthur’s athleticism has him projected to go in the first round, and he hopes to improve his positioning through workouts with NBA teams.

“He’s going to be a first-round draft pick. The question is where he’s going to go,” Self said. “We have a feel in the range that he would go in and I think he’s totally comfortable with that feel, knowing that you need to go perform well.”

Whether Arthur goes at all will be determined by his draft status. If it looks like he’s going to be picked in the top 15, he’ll hire an agent. If not, he’s more than happy to return to Lawrence for a chance at another NCAA title.

Arthur has until June 16 to withdraw his name from the draft.

“I’m in a win-win situation right now,” he said. “I’m going into it the right way, without an agent, and I feel very comfortable in coming and trying to compete for another national championship if things don’t go the way I want them to.”

Chalmers is still trying to figure out if he even wants to test the waters. He’s been talking it over with family members and Self expects him to decide in the next 10 days or so.

“He’s certainly a guy who could be in the first round,” Self said. “He’s in the game.”

coreytaylor
04-18-2008, 08:59 AM
UCLA All-American Love plans to leave early for the NBA

LOS ANGELES (AP)—UCLA’s Kevin Love is NBA-bound.

Less than two weeks after leading the Bruins to the Final Four, the All-American freshman announced Thursday that he’ll skip his final three college seasons and enter the NBA draft.

“I feel like I’m in the right spot to take my game to the next level,” Love said Thursday. “Since I was 5 years old this has been a dream of mine.”

Love made his announcement at a news conference while sitting between his father, former NBA player Stan Love, and UCLA coach Ben Howland.

The 6-foot-10 Love said he did not immediately plan to hire an agent, which would temporarily allow to keep playing for UCLA.

“I want to maintain my eligibility in case something happens,” Love said. He later added that it’s “definitely a possibility” that something could prompt him to change his mind.

Love led the Bruins in scoring (17.5 points) and rebounds (10.6) on the way to a 35-win season and a trip to national semifinals, where UCLA lost to Memphis.

Love impressed many with his strength—in practice, he made full-court shots with two-handed chest passes. He was known for his sharp outlet passes, court smarts and leadership qualities.

Scouts have projected Love to be a top-10 pick in the June 26 draft, Howland said.

“We fully expect that he’ll be a very high draft pick,” Howland said. “We’re behind his decision 100 percent.”

Love said he spent the two weeks since the Final Four getting advice from Howland, former UCLA coach John Wooden and teammates in a similar spot.

Last week, Love returned home to Oregon to mull over his choices with his family. The nephew of Beach Boys member Mike Love called his year at UCLA was “the best of my life” both on the court and around campus, but said the NBA was too much to resist.

“If you have a chance, you have to take it,” he said.

Love’s teammate, sophomore guard Russell Westbrook, also said Thursday that he’s headed to the NBA, as had been expected.

“Russell Westbrook has worked very, very hard to put himself in a position where he could be a first-round draft pick,” Howland said. “I haven’t had a player who improved more in one year, ever, than Russell.”

Westbrook said that if it looks as though he’ll go lower than about the 20th pick in the draft, he’ll likely return to school. Players who don’t hire agents can back out of the draft as late as June 16.

Howland said he’s facing more uncertainty than he ever has in an offseason, but called the presence of so many potential NBA players “a good problem to have.” He said he was lucky to get Love for even a season because in previous years he could well have gone straight the NBA.

Darren Collison, the team’s junior point guard, has yet to decide whether he’ll stay or go. The deadline for underclassmen to declare is April 27.

“He’s not in any hurry,” Howland said of Collison.

Love said his performance and his team’s healthy run through the Pac-10 season and the postseason tournaments pushed him toward leaving.

“The second half of the season really decided it for me,” he said.

Love said he will be happy whoever drafts him, but if he had his druthers he’d like to stay home—or one of his homes anyway.

“Obviously, I’d like to go to Portland, it’s my hometown,” he said with a grin. “Or I’d like to stay here in Los Angeles, and have one of these teams take me.”

Love said he had prepared a written statement but instead spoke off the cuff, loudly and with a smile, as he did most of a season when his production and infectious personality made him a local—then a national—celebrity.

He also drew constant comparisons to former UCLA big men Lew Alcindor and Bill Walton. Love said Thursday he plans to use those two, along with UCLA alum Jackie Robinson, as his model for how to stay involved with the school after he leaves.

“I’m looking to leave a legacy at UCLA,” he said.

Love’s father sat looking considerably shaggier than his short-haired, suit-and-tied son.

“I’m trying to get this guy to dress better,” Kevin Love said.

“It’s his coat,” Stan Love replied.

CM_Punk
04-18-2008, 09:57 AM
Good for Brandon Rush, hope he lands with a team that can give him quality minutes off the bench in the NBA. I sure wish he stays healthy this time, and not suffer any serious injury like what happened to him last year just before the NBA draft of 2007.

marmand
04-18-2008, 11:27 AM
Some Mock Draft have him at 14 to 20th pick. Probably will fall a spot or two.

BigBlue
04-18-2008, 12:05 PM
around a year ago, I read somewhere that Brandon would definitely have a better NBA career than Kareem. Is this still a valid view?

King_stag
04-18-2008, 01:42 PM
USC wont be affected by the departure of OJ mayo, They already lured Demar Derozan from compton. A shooting guard with tons of upside, at this point DeRozan is already projected to be the top pick in the 2009 NBA draft.

erichubert
04-18-2008, 02:34 PM
around a year ago, I read somewhere that Brandon would definitely have a better NBA career than Kareem. Is this still a valid view?


I think he will have a better career. Kareem is a pure shooter but basically just that, he had his best days when he was a Laker but his being one-dimensional prevented him from having a long productive career. Brandon is more athletic, the better defender and the more complete offensive player. He might not be the better shooter but he can also stroke it. At this stage, he is much much better than Kareem ever was.

john_paul_manahan
04-19-2008, 02:09 AM
don't forget. Lil' romeo (yes, the rapping lil romeo a.k.a also known as master p's son) is also part of the USC recruiting class.

brandon rush would surely be a great help to a contending team.

i still feel k-love should stay.

CM_Punk
04-19-2008, 08:39 AM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/basketball/ncaa/04/18/cdr.ap/index.html

Chris Douglas-Roberts going pro

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Memphis All-American guard Chris Douglas-Roberts will enter the NBA draft, joining teammate Derrick Rose as an early entry to the pros, the school announced Friday.

Douglas-Roberts led Memphis with 18.1 points a game his junior season, shooting a team-best 41.3 percent from behind the 3-point line. He also was voted Conference USA Player of the Year and named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team.

The slashing guard helped the Tigers to an NCAA Division I record 38 victories last season. But he and Memphis lost to Kansas 75-68 in overtime of the national title game.

Douglas-Roberts made just 1-of-5 free throws over the final 1:12 of regulation in the game, a blemish on one of the best seasons in Memphis history.

"The ride that we all took together this year is what dreams are made of, and now I feel it is time to pursue my ultimate dream of playing in the NBA," he said in a statement.

Douglas-Roberts was often overshadowed in his final season at Memphis by Rose, the flashy freshman who electrified crowds with his perpetual motion and acrobatic moves.

But is was Douglas-Roberts, the team leader and seasoned veteran, who Memphis coach John Calipari turned to throughout the season when the team needed a critical basket.

"Like in years past, I have said that during the season, it is about the team, and that after the season, it's about the individual players. Chris did just that this year," Memphis coach John Calipari said. "Chris -- along with every player on the team -- gave his all for the team this season, and we are grateful for what he did for this program."

Besides Douglas-Roberts and Rose, who declared for the draft earlier in the week, the Tigers also will be without starting center Joey Dorsey and reserve guard Andre Allen next season. The pair of seniors have used up their eligibility.

But Memphis is expected to be strong again next year.

The Tigers landed one of the country's last undecided high-profile basketball recruits earlier this week in Tyreke Evans, the most valuable player of the McDonald's All-American game last month. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard is expected to be one of the top freshmen next season and could follow Rose as a one-and-done Memphis player.

The Tigers already also have a signed letter-of-intent from another top recruit, 6-foot-11 forward Angel Garcia, and are expecting to get one from 6-foot-8 forward Matt Simpkins, who gave a verbal commitment in January.

CM_Punk
04-19-2008, 08:41 AM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/basketball/ncaa/04/18/mbah.a.moute.nba.ap/index.html

UCLA's Mbah a Moute the latest Bruin to enter NBA draft

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is the latest UCLA player intending to leave early for the NBA.

The junior forward said Friday he will enter the draft. The 6-foot-8 Mbah a Moute won't hire an agent right away, keeping him eligible to return to UCLA for his senior year.

"I feel that it is in my best interest to see what the NBA has to offer," Mbah a Moute said. "I have had a wonderful experience at UCLA."

Mbah a Moute joins All-American freshman Kevin Love and sophomore Russell Westbrook, who announced Thursday their intentions to go pro.

Mbah a Moute averaged 8.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game during the regular season. The 21-year-old native of Cameroon was part of three consecutive Final Four teams at UCLA.

Mbah a Moute was hampered by a sprained ankle throughout this year's tournament that ended when UCLA lost to Memphis 78-63 in the national semifinals.

UCLA coach Ben Howland said Mbah a Moute will have to work on his jump shot, but believes his reputation as an active defender will pay off.

"Luc is a great rebounder and is an outstanding defender," Howland said. "He's the most versatile defensive player I've ever coached. He has been an integral part of the success that our program has achieved over the last three seasons. I fully support him exploring his opportunities to play in the NBA."

marmand
04-19-2008, 01:25 PM
With the Lottery for this year's draft slated next month who do you think will win the top over-all pick?

I pick either the Knicks or the T-wolves. Seldom does the team with the worst record ever have the first round pick.
The Heat might fall to the 3rd or 4th spots while the Sonics remain in the 2nd spot.

Just for fun, Here is my prediction:

1) Knicks
2) Sonics
3) Wolves
4) Heat
5) Grizzlies
6) Clippers
7) Bucks
8) Bobcats
9) Pacers
10) Bulls
11) Suns ( from a previous trade )
12) Kings
13) Blazers
14) Nuggets ( I think Warriors owe Nuggets a pick )

marmand
04-19-2008, 01:52 PM
Just found out that the Lottery draft will be held on May 20 and that the order will be, The first three picks in the Draft will be determined by the lottery and the remainder of the “lottery teams” will select in positions 4 through 14 in inverse order of their consolidated standings at the end of the regular season) This is from NBA.com

Joescoundrel
04-19-2008, 02:19 PM
With the Lottery for this year's draft slated next month who do you think will win the top over-all pick?

I pick either the Knicks or the T-wolves. Seldom does the team with the worst record ever have the first round pick.
The Heat might fall to the 3rd or 4th spots while the Sonics remain in the 2nd spot.

Just for fun, Here is my prediction:

1) Knicks
2) Sonics
3) Wolves
4) Heat
5) Grizzlies
6) Clippers
7) Bucks
8) Bobcats
9) Pacers
10) Bulls
11) Suns ( from a previous trade )
12) Kings
13) Blazers
14) Nuggets ( I think Warriors owe Nuggets a pick )


That means Michael Beasly should go to the Knicks. I only hope he does not take lessons from Zach Randolph.

OJ Mayo OR Kevin Love goes to the Sonics. Kevin Durant will get someone to help on the court and at the arcade.

Whoever does not get picked by the Sonics above goes to the T-wolves. Good luck to whoever goes way north.

Chris Douglas-Roberts should go to the Heat. Should be interesting to see him alongside D-Wade and The Matrix.

If he finally declares Tyler Hansbrough should head to the Grizz. No Gasol he but he should help right away.

stonecold316
04-20-2008, 04:04 AM
Mike Beastly will be an awesome pick in the NBA draft. Kahit anong team makakuha sa kanya, he will have an immediate impact for them.

stonecold316

cub
04-20-2008, 11:16 AM
should the Sonics get the 2nd pick, i think they will get Derrick Rose. a soild PG + Durant, Green, Collison and Wilcox will be a good line up for the next few years.

coreytaylor
04-20-2008, 06:34 PM
NC’s Williams: 3 still undecided on NBA

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP)—North Carolina underclassmen Tyler Hansbrough, Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington—who led the Tar Heels to the Final Four—remain undecided about whether to enter the NBA draft, coach Roy Williams said Thursday night.

Williams said he is still gathering information about where the trio would likely be picked in this year’s draft, adding that he will have contacted 18 NBA teams by Friday afternoon either directly or through the league’s undergraduate advisory committee. The deadline for underclassmen to declare is April 27.

“We’re not finished with the process right now,” Williams said after the team’s end-of-year ceremony.

The three players did not talk about their futures during the ceremony at the Smith Center. Hansbrough and Lawson each briefly addressed fans in attendance after winning team awards, though they didn’t mention whether they will return and were unavailable to reporters afterward.

Hansbrough, selected the national player of the year by The Associated Press, is a 6-foot-9 junior who averaged 22.6 points and 10.2 rebounds while leading the Tar Heels (36-3) to the winningest season in school history. Ellington, a sophomore, was the team’s No. 2 scorer at nearly 17 points per game, and fellow sophomore Lawson averaged about 13 while directing Williams’ fast-paced offense.

At least one fan in attendance offered his opinion, shouting “One more year, Tyler!” at the end of the ceremony. But junior Marcus Ginyard said the team has tried to avoid the topic completely.

“I don’t want to know honestly,” he said. “I just hope everybody comes back. I’m sure these guys are really thinking hard about their decision, but I’ve got no information about that.”

Still, Ginyard admitted he was anxious, and it’s easy to understand why. If the three come back, North Carolina will return its top eight players while adding one of the nation’s top recruiting classes. If they don’t, the Tar Heels will have to rebuild in much the same fashion they did after losing four underclassmen to the NBA and their top seven scorers overall from the 2005 NCAA title-winning team.

Hansbrough faced questions all season about his future, but he remained adamant that his only goal was to lead his team to the national championship. The Tar Heels got back to the Final Four for the first time since ‘05 before losing to eventual champion Kansas in San Antonio.

By winning numerous national player of the year awards, Hansbrough has ensured that he will become only the eighth player in school history to have his jersey retired when he leaves school. He enters next season ranked second on the school’s career list with 2,168 points, putting him 122 behind Phil Ford for the record. If he returns, he’ll likely pass Ford in the first few weeks of the season and would be within reach of the Atlantic Coast Conference career mark set by Duke’s J.J. Redick (2,769 points) in 2006.

Gene Hansbrough, Tyler’s father, said late last month that he didn’t know what his son would decide.

“He’s very happy in Chapel Hill and he likes being a college student,” he said. “He’s a frugal person. He doesn’t need Rolexes and Escalades to be a happy person. … They may have to redshirt him to get him out of there.”

coreytaylor
04-20-2008, 06:39 PM
Mayo looks ahead to draft

LOS ANGELES (AP)—Since Southern California lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament, freshman guard O.J. Mayo has been working on his ball-handling skills.

He has also been practicing for a moment he has waited for his entire life— the walk from the green room to the podium during the NBA draft to shake hands with commissioner David Stern.

The 6-foot-5 guard who is projected to be a lottery pick in the June 26 draft spoke to reporters on Thursday for the first time since announcing he would forgo his college eligibility last week.

“All my life I’ve worked to be an NBA player, that was my ultimate dream so I’m happy I get this opportunity,” Mayo said. “I just feel like this year, why pass it up when you’ve been waiting all your life.”

Mayo recently hired Calvin Andrews of BDA Sports Management, based in Walnut Creek, to represent him. The agency, which was founded by Billy Duffy, also represents Carmelo Anthony, Yao Ming and Steve Nash.

Led by Mayo, the Trojans tied for third in the Pac-10 at 11-7 and finished 21-12 overall.

Once the season ended, Mayo said he consulted with USC head coach Tim Floyd and his mother, Alisha Mayo before deciding his fate.

His only regret was not being able to lead the Trojans further in the NCAA tournament.

“We feel like we got put of the tournament pretty early and March Madness is an exciting time. “We really felt like we could do well so for us to get put out early, there’s always a feeling that maybe you want to come back and try to go a little further.”

But Mayo said he ultimately decided to turn pro so that he could provide financial security for his family that includes seven siblings.

“That’s the most important thing right now for me, to give my brothers and sisters the best living situation possible,” Mayo said.

Mayo plans on finishing out the semester at USC and working out on campus before the draft to help prepare for his rookie season.

Mayo said that Floyd, who was a former coach of the Chicago Bulls and the New Orleans Hornets simply told him that playing in the NBA is “a different world,” and acknowledged that he will have to adjust to a grueling 82-game season.

Mayo enjoyed his one season at USC and thought the time helped him mature on and off the court.

“I definitely got the most out of it,” Mayo said. “It taught me to grow up and make the right decisions.”

erichubert
04-21-2008, 02:22 PM
It would be Beasley or Rose for the top 2 picks. While the 3-10 picks will be littered with freshmen and sophomores. I think Mayo would go 5-7, while Love will be around 13-15. Let us not forget that a strong International contingent is also available for this draft like Gallinari, Batum and Ante Tomic.

mighty_lion
04-21-2008, 02:32 PM
Yong Javalee Mcgee mukhang okey din. Parang Aldridge and Bargnani in one.

erichubert
04-21-2008, 02:50 PM
McGee is more of a physical specimen, athletic, long-armed yet very very raw in terms of basketball skills. Hit or miss prospect ito, I think a team like Detroit or San Antonio can afford to take a risk with him. He does resemble Aldridge but he can knock down the 3 too.

CM_Punk
04-21-2008, 09:38 PM
Let us not forget that a strong International contingent is also available for this draft like Gallinari, Batum and Ante Tomic.


I sure hope Danilo Ganillari does better in the NBA compared to his countryman Andrea Bargnani of the Raptors. While Andrea is no bust (fans of the Raptors are getting impatient and calling him the new Araujo), he has been slow to adapt to the center position, and his numbers were down in his 2nd year in the league. Danilo should be the 1st international player taken, top 10 in the draft this June.

erichubert
04-22-2008, 09:42 AM
Gallinari I think is better than Bargnani, at least Danilo is already a top player in his team in Europe, when Andrea was selected first overall in the draft, he wasn't even used heavily by his team in Europe.

CM_Punk
04-23-2008, 10:33 PM
http://www.pr-inside.com/italy-s-leading-scorer-gallinari-declares-r553184.htm

Italy's leading scorer Gallinari declares himself eligible for NBA draft

2008-04-23 16:19:22

MILAN, Italy (AP) - Danilo Gallinari, the leading scorer in the Italian basketball league, declared himself eligible for the NBA draft Wednesday.

With one game remaining in the regular season, the 19-year-old Gallinari is averaging 17.5 points per game, 39.8 percent from 3-point range and 5.6 rebounds with Armani Jeans Milano.

At 2.05 meters (6-foot-9) and 95 kilograms (209 pounds), Gallinari is hoping to be a top 15 pick. He plays guard or forward.

«An athlete has to evaluate what challenges you want to win over the course of your career,» Gallinari said on his Web site. «I think the challenges are mostly with yourself, knowing to put yourself into play not only when you feel ready but when destiny presents you with a chance.

Also Wednesday, Gallinari won the Rising Star award in the Euroleague as the best player under 22. The draft is scheduled for June 26 and Gallinari will have until June 16 to decide to stay in or not.

Gallinari is hoping to be the third Italian selected in three years. The Toronto Raptors took Andrea Bargnani with the top pick in 2006, and Marco Belinelli was chosen 18th by the Golden State Warriors last year.


http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/basketball/nba/04/23/gallinari.draft.ap/index.html

Italian star Gallinari to enter draft

Posted: Wednesday April 23, 2008 11:25AM; Updated: Wednesday April 23, 2008 11:38AM

MILAN, Italy (AP) -- Danilo Gallinari, the leading scorer in the Italian basketball league, declared for the NBA draft on Wednesday.

The 19-year-old Gallinari is averaging 17.5 points and 5.6 rebounds with Armani Jeans Milano. He's shooting 39.8 percent from 3-point range.

At 6-foot-9, Gallinari is hoping to be a top 15 pick. He plays guard or forward.

Also Wednesday, Gallinari won the Rising Star award in the Euroleague as the best player under 22.

The draft is scheduled for June 26 and Gallinari will have until June 16 to decide to stay in or not.

Gallinari is looks to become the third Italian selected in three years.

The Toronto Raptors took Andrea Bargnani with the top pick in 2006, and Marco Belinelli was chosen 18th by the Golden State Warriors last year.

CM_Punk
04-24-2008, 08:58 AM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/basketball/ncaa/04/23/augustin/index.html

Augustin, Abrams declare for NBA

By Luke Winn, SI.com

The D.J. & A.J. show is over at Texas.

On Wednesday, sophomore point guard D.J. Augustin and junior shooting guard A.J. Abrams both announced plans to declare early for the NBA draft, but did not hire agents. Sources close to the situation told SI.com that while Augustin has no plans to return to school, Abrams will seriously consider the option after testing the waters.

Augustin, a first-team Sports Illustrated All-America, averaged 19.2 points and 5.8 assists for the Longhorns, who were knocked out of the NCAA tournament in the Elite Eight by top-seeded Memphis. He's projected as a late Lottery pick and is considered a lock to be selected in the first round, according to multiple NBA scouts. The heady floor general, who was also a first-team Academic All-American, patterns much of his game after Phoenix Suns star Steve Nash, is considered likely to be one of the first guards taken after Memphis' Derrick Rose, Arizona's Jerryd Bayless, USC's O.J. Mayo and Indiana's Eric Gordon are off the board.

In a school news release, Augustin said, "I have dreamed of playing in the NBA since I was a little boy, and I am ready to start living this dream."

Texas coach Rick Barnes, who, like Augustin, was unavailable for interviews on Wednesday, said in the same statement, "We are so thankful for the opportunity to have been around an individual like D.J. for the last two years."

Abrams, who averaged 16.5 points as a junior, helped carry the Longhorns to a 31-7 record, a share of the Big 12 regular-season title, and a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament. The university issued a statement later Wednesday regarding Abrams, in which he said, "If I'm comfortable with where I feel I'll be drafted, I'll stay in the draft. If not, I'll be back for my senior year." Abrams is currently not projected to be selected in mock drafts on NBAdraft.net or DraftExpress.com.

Augustin (37.3 minutes per game) and Abrams (35.9 mpg) manned the 'Horns' backcourt together for an overwhelmingly high amount of the time in '07-08. Together they scored 46.8 percent of Texas' points last season, 46.5 percent of the team's steals and 54.7 percent of the assists.

Had both players planned to return for another season in Austin, Texas would have been a strong candidate for a national preseason No. 1 ranking, and the early favorite in the Big 12. Now the 'Horns face an uncertain situation at point guard, with junior Justin Mason and redshirt freshman Dogus Balbay the likely candidates on a committee to replace their departed All-America. Abrams, if he comes back, would be expected to help at the point, a position he played as a freshman alongside current Cleveland Cavalier Daniel Gibson.

The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NBA draft is April 27, and a group of big names have yet to make their decisions. The plans of North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough, Tywon Lawson and Wayne Ellington, as well as UCLA's Darren Collison and UConn's Hasheem Thabeet could still greatly affect the college basketball landscape for 2008-09. All three of their teams -- the Tar Heels, Bruins and Huskies -- would be considered national-title contenders should their wavering players return.

CM_Punk
04-24-2008, 09:06 AM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/basketball/ncaa/04/23/memphis.ap/index.html

Memphis' Anderson, Dozier join teammates in NBA draft

Posted: Wednesday April 23, 2008 5:03PM; Updated: Wednesday April 23, 2008 5:03PM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Memphis Tigers' entire starting lineup last season has declared for the NBA draft now that juniors Antonio Anderson and Robert Dozier have become the last from the 2008 NCAA runner-up to announce.

The school announced Wednesday that neither Anderson and Dozier is expected to sign with an agent, leaving the possibility of returning for their senior season open.

They join Derrick Rose and Chris Douglas-Roberts as early entries along with senior center Joey Dorsey.

With a deep pool of underclassmen entering the draft, Anderson and Dozier are unlikely to get drafted with their teammates. But Memphis coach John Calipari says Anderson and Dozier will be able to work out for teams, participate in pre-draft camp and get feedback from scouts.

coreytaylor
04-24-2008, 11:17 AM
Chalmers opts to test NBA waters

Kansas star Mario Chalmers declared himself eligible for the NBA draft on Wednesday, deciding to not sign with an agent to leave open the possibility of a return to the national champion Jayhawks.

The junior guard says he’ll come out only if it looks like he’ll be picked in the first round of the June 26 draft. If not—he’s currently projected to go between pick Nos. 25-35—Chalmers will return to Kansas, the team he helped win its third national championship with one of the biggest shots in NCAA tournament history.

“I looked at the pros and cons of all three options and I don’t think hiring an agent right now would be the best fit for me right now personally just because I’m not projected that high in the draft,” Chalmers said. “It’s just great that I have the opportunity to come back if I can and the opportunity to go if I can. I think it’s a win-win situation.”

Rangy and athletic, Chalmers was one of the leaders in Kansas’ run to its first national championship in 20 years, teaming with Brandon Rush, Russell Robinson and Sherron Collins to form one of the nation’s best backcourts.

A superb on-the-ball defender, Chalmers led the Jayhawks with 97 steals and was just as good on the offensive end, tying Darrell Arthur for second in scoring with 12.8 points. He also had a knack for hitting big shots, none bigger than his last-second 3-pointer that sent the national championship game into overtime.

The key question, as far as the NBA draft goes, is whether Chalmers can play point guard.

Because of the Jayhawks’ bevy of talented guards, Chalmers spent most of his three years in Lawrence at shooting guard, allowing Robinson and Collins to handle the point. Though he led the Jayhawks in assists at 4.3 per game, he hasn’t played point guard since high school, a concern for some NBA teams, particularly because he lacks the size at 6-foot-1, 190 pounds to play shooting guard at the next level.

But Kansas coach Bill Self believes it won’t be an issue once Chalmers starts to prove himself during predraft workouts.

“I think he’s a first-round player,” Self said. “I think it’s a deep draft, it’s guard-heavy, but the bottom line is I believe he’s as good as anybody out there. Next year’s draft probably isn’t as strong on paper and that’s something I think he should consider, but he’s earned the right to investigate.”

Chalmers delivered one of the most memorable shots in NCAA tournament history during the national championship game on April 7.

The tendency after such a career-defining moment might be to ride the wave of momentum and see how far it might carry him into the next level. Instead, Chalmers took his time to weigh every option, talking it over with his family and Self before deciding the best route was to leave open the possibility of returning to Kansas.

“That shot is a one-in-a-million chance,” Chalmers said. “I’ll probably never again have a chance to shoot that shot on that big of a stage. That was a good shot and it brought us a national championship, but I think it’s just time to move on from that.”

If he does come back, Chalmers will likely find himself playing on a drastically different team.

Robinson, forward Darnell Jackson and center Sasha Kaun were seniors this past season and Rush declared for the draft for the second straight year, ending his college eligibility. Arthur declared without hiring an agent, but there’s a strong possibility he could be gone, too.

Collins and center Cole Aldrich are the only returning players who played significant minutes during Kansas’ national title run. Self doesn’t see a problem.

“Coaching Mario after he’s made the shot I don’t think will be any more difficult than coaching Mario before he made the shot,” Self said. “If anything, once you get that taste in your mouth, the more you taste it the more you want it. I think that would be a great opportunity to lead a bunch of young guys who don’t know any better, help mold the team the way he wants it molded.”

coreytaylor
04-25-2008, 09:24 AM
2 Tigers to test waters in NBA draft

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP)—Missouri starters DeMarre Carroll and Leo Lyons declared for the NBA draft Thursday, though neither will hire an agent and could return to school.

As long as they maintain their academic standing and withdraw their names by June 16, both would be eligible to return.

Lyons was in and out of the starting lineup last season as a junior. He led the Big 12 in field-goal percentage at 58.3 and had a team-high 13.1-point average.

Carroll, who started 30 of 32 games as a junior, was the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year after averaging 13 points and a team-high 6.7 rebounds. The Vanderbilt transfer hurt an ankle in December, which hampered him the rest of the season.

CM_Punk
04-26-2008, 12:14 PM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/basketball/ncaa/04/25/unc.nba.ap/index.html

Posted: Friday April 25, 2008 3:28PM; Updated: Friday April 25, 2008 6:47PM

Hansbrough returns; Ellington, Lawson declare for NBA draft

yler Hansbrough wants to make one more run at the national championship. The North Carolina star will have to wait a little longer to find out whether two of his high-scoring teammates will be back to help him.

The Associated Press national player of the year said Friday that he will return for his senior year. However, sophomores Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington will declare for the NBA draft, though they won't hire agents -- leaving open the possibility of their return.

Hansbrough, a 6-foot-9 forward, averaged 22.6 points and 10.2 rebounds. He led the Tar Heels (36-3) to the winningest season in school history and the Final Four while sweeping the major national player of the year awards. He already has qualified to become the eighth player in school history to have his jersey retired and can add several more records to his resume in his final season.

He will be the first returning AP national player of the year since LSU's Shaquille O'Neal in 1991.

"I love my collegiate experience and want to finish my four years here, then move on to my next dream of playing in the NBA," Hansbrough said in a statement. "I am very relieved that this decision is behind us and I can concentrate on my academic work and improving my game for next season."

His return wasn't a big surprise considering he has long talked about his drive to win a national championship before he leaves Chapel Hill. He has focused on his game with that same determination, earning the nickname "Psycho T" with his relentless inside play and work ethic. He has thrived by scoring in the paint despite contact and getting to the foul line throughout his career, but also steadily increased his shooting range last season.

He enters next year ranked second on the program's career list with 2,168 points, putting him 122 behind Phil Ford for the record. He also is within reach of the Atlantic Coast Conference career mark set by Duke's J.J. Redick (2,769 points) in 2006.

With Hansbrough back, the Tar Heels figure to remain among the favorites to win the ACC and reach another Final Four. Now he'll have to wait to find out whether the team's second- and third-leading scorers from last season will join him.

Ellington, a 6-4 wing guard, averaged nearly 17 points per game as the Tar Heels' top perimeter scorer. Lawson averaged about 13 while directing coach Roy Williams' fast-paced offense. If the duo comes back, the Tar Heels would return their top eight players while adding one of the nation's best recruiting classes.

Both Ellington and Lawson said in statements that they would remain in good academic standing while working out for NBA teams to learn more about their draft potential. Players who declare but do not hire an agent have until June 16 to withdraw their names.

"I'm not dying to leave here, but playing in the NBA is another dream I have," Ellington said.

Coach Roy Williams said he contacted more teams than ever before -- he put the number at 18 by the end of last week -- to find out about where the trio would be picked.

"I want what is best for each individual and each individual player is different and has different factors to consider," Williams said. "We will continue to help Ty and Wayne with the draft process and give them all the support they need in making any future decisions related to staying in the draft or returning to Carolina."

_____________

I think Ellington and Lawson should come back. The 2 of them plus Tyler could very well get over that last hurdle next year and have a legitimate shot at winning the NCAA championship for North Carolina.

erichubert
04-26-2008, 01:55 PM
Ellington might come back, he is not a first round lock this year, so the wise decision is to return. Lawson might leave though, depending on his workouts, he might go as high as the lottery. Lots of players declared this year, many surprising decisions, but the biggest mistakes for me if they go on to the draft: Derrick Character, Bill Walker, Robin Lopez, De Andre Jordan, Ellington and Joe Alexander.

CM_Punk
04-28-2008, 08:43 AM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/basketball/ncaa/04/27/shipp.ucla.ap/index.html

Posted: Sunday April 27, 2008 5:44PM; Updated: Sunday April 27, 2008 5:45PM

Shipp declares for NBA draft but does not sign with agent

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- UCLA's Josh Shipp will enter the NBA draft, but the junior won't hire an agent, leaving him the option of returning to play for the Bruins.

Shipp averaged 12.2 points and 3.2 rebounds during UCLA's run to its third consecutive Final Four. The Bruins lost to Memphis in the national semifinals.

"After speaking with my family and with coach (Ben) Howland, I think I should test the NBA waters to get some feedback," Shipp said in a statement Sunday. "I feel like it really can't hurt me at this time. I want to go through the process this year, which will serve as a positive experience for me in my future development."

Shipp is the fourth UCLA starter to enter the June draft, along with freshman Kevin Love, sophomore Russell Westbrook and junior Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. On Saturday, point guard Darren Collison announced he will return for his senior season.

Shipp started a school-record 39 games this season and led the Bruins in 3-point field goals. He announced his decision on the final day for underclassmen to declare for the draft.

"It has been great being a part of so many winning teams," he said. "But at the same time, I'm at the later stages of my college career and I think it would be an advantage for me to test this year."

CM_Punk
04-28-2008, 08:46 AM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/basketball/ncaa/04/27/thabeet.uconn.ap/index.html

Posted: Sunday April 27, 2008 1:50PM; Updated: Sunday April 27, 2008 3:16PM

Thabeet to return for junior season

STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- Connecticut center Hasheem Thabeet plans to return to school for his junior season instead of entering the NBA draft.

The 7-foot-3 native of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, was projected as a first-round pick in the draft.

Thabeet averaged more than 10 points and almost eight rebounds a game as a sophomore, and ranked third in the nation with 147 blocked shots. He was the Big East's defensive player of the year, helping UConn to a 24-9 record.

"As a team, we took a step in the right direction this year, but I look forward to us working together to win a Big East Championship and making a run at a national championship," Thabeet said in a statement released Sunday by UConn. "I really enjoy being here, getting a great education and spending time with my friends and teammates."

Thabeet, 21, has been playing organized basketball for fewer than six years.

"Hasheem has made as much progress as any player I have coached in my 36 years and if he continues that incredible progress, he will help us take the next step as a team and help himself become one of the best players in college basketball," UConn coach Jim Calhoun said.

King_stag
04-29-2008, 03:51 PM
List of early draft enrtries

Player Position School Class
A.J. Abrams* Point guard Texas Junior
Joe Alexander* Forward West Virginia Junior
Antonio Anderson* Guard Memphis Junior
Ryan Anderson* Forward Cal Sophomore
Darrell Arthur* Power forward Kansas Sophomore
D.J. Augustin* Point guard Texas Sophomore
Jerryd Bayless Point guard Arizona Freshman
Michael Beasley Power forward Kansas State Freshman
Chase Budinger* Small forward Arizona Sophomore
Derrick Caracter Power forward Louisville Junior
Demarre Carroll* Forward Missouri Junior
Josh Carter* Guard Texas A&M Junior
Mario Chalmers* Guard Kansas Junior
Lee Cummard* Guard BYU Junior
Chris Douglas-Roberts Small forward Memphis Junior
Robert Dozier* Small Forward Memphis Junior
Wayne Ellington Guard North Carolina Sophomore
C.J. Giles Forward Oregon St. Junior
Eric Gordon Guard Indiana Freshman
Jamont Gordon* Guard Mississippi St. Junior
Danny Green* Guard North Carolina Junior
Donte Greene* Forward Syracuse Freshman
Richard Hendrix* Power forward Alabama Junior
J.J. Hickson* Forward N.C. State Freshman
Lester Hudson* Guard UT Martin Junior
Shawn James* Forward Duquesne Junior
Davon Jefferson Forward USC Freshman
DeAndre Jordan* Center Texas A&M Freshman
Kosta Koufos* Center Ohio St. Freshman
Ty Lawson* Guard North Carolina Sophomore
Brook Lopez Center Stanford Sophomore
Robin Lopez Center Stanford Sophomore
Kevin Love Center UCLA Freshman
Leo Lyons* Forward Missouri Junior
O.J. Mayo Guard USC Freshman
JaVale McGee Center Nevada Freshman
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute* Forward UCLA Junior
Jeremy Pargo* Point guard Gonzaga Junior
Trent Plaisted* Center BYU Junior
Anthony Randolph Power forward LSU Freshman
Derrick Rose Point guard Memphis Freshman
Brandon Rush* Shooting guard Kansas Junior
Josh Shipp* Guard UCLA Junior
Marreese Speights* Power forward Florida Sophomore
Ronald Steele* Point guard Alabama Junior
Robert Vaden* Shooting guard Alabama-Birmingham Junior
Lorenzo Wade Forward San Diego St. Junior
Bill Walker* Shooting guard Kansas State Freshman
Russell Westbrook* Shooting guard UCLA Freshman

amdgc82
05-01-2008, 05:23 AM
Danilo Gallinari Interview
4/30/08
http://nbadraft.net

He is the best player in Italy at the age of 19. He has just won the Rising Star Trophy in Euroleague. He is 6’9”, but has the ball handling of a point guard. Nicknamed "Gallo" (Rooster) because of his surname, Danilo Gallinari is one of the hottest prospects in Europe. It is certain that he will be a lottery pick at the end of June. He has until June 16th to decide on his playing future. Although it is more than likely he will achieve his dream of playing in the NBA and therefore will not return to the Italian League next season….

NDN: Why do you declare for the NBA draft?

DG: After a not so easy regular season with Olimpia Milano, we have succeeded and qualified for the playoffs. In my opinion, being a go-to-guy player for a glorious team like Milano in the Italian League and in Euroleague is a great honor. After these accomplishments I probably feel ready to take on the challenge of playing at a higher level, but first I would like to help my team to do as best we can.

NDN: Your father Vittorio was an important player for Olimpia Milano in the 80’s and right now one of the most respected agents in Europe. How much does his opinion mean to you?

DG: His opinion means a lot to me. Obviously because he knows the basketball environment. Also my mom always has good advice for me, we are very close and her opinion is important as well.

NDN: Do you feel ready to join an NBA team next year?

DG: I’m only 19 and I have a lot work to do, technically and also physically. I practice with my staff on fundamentals and on my body with the physical trainer whenever I can. In case I decide to face the NBA, I know I have to train harder if I want to make my body ready for a higher level of competition.

NDN: Has playing in the NBA been a dream of yours for along time? Which team do you like the most?

DG: The NBA is a dream for everybody. When I was a child, I use to watch a lot of NBA on television. I admired Michael Jordan's games with the Chicago Bulls in the 90’s as they were my favourite team. Although, its not my only dream, because I also want to become one of the best players in the world.

Are you in touch with Andrea Bargnani or Marco Belinelli? Have they given you any advice?

DG: Yes, I’m in touch with them both, especially with “The Magician” (Bargnani). We talked together last summer during the Italian national team preparation. I’m not afraid of my future, but the experience of Andrea and Marco is useful to understand that the NBA is different from Europe and you have to work hard to succeed.

NDN: Which players do you think your skills most closely resemble?

DG: It’s difficult to judge yourself, a lot of people compare me to Detlef Schrempf or Dejan Bodiroga. I’m proud of these comparisons, but I'm trying to improve myself and become a better player day by day. Bodiroga is a legend, a true winner and I’m only 19 and I have a lot of work to do. If at the end of my career I collect half of the awards of these two great players, I will be happy enough. In the NBA I admire Tayshaun Prince of Detroit Pistons, he’s one of my favourite players. He has good athleticism, he’s an excellent outside shooter and a clutch player also on defense.

NDN: You missed the European Championships in Spain over the summer due to an injury. How frustrating was that?

DG: I've played with the NT during the summer but a knee injury stopped me in the last quarter of a friendly match against Latvia. This was a frustrating episode because I fell short of reaching one of my goals of going to the European Championships and Italy also didn’t qualify for the 2008 Olympics even if we had a good team.

NDN: Italian NT is counting on you, Bargnani, Belinelli and Hackett to qualify for the 2009 European Championships. What are your feelings for your National team?

DG: I want to play with the Italian NT with other young guys, but we're speaking about the future. I have experienced playing for the Senior National Team last summer and I enjoyed the experience. I’ve spoken with the Italian NT coach Carlo Recalcati and I am available to play in the qualifications.

NDN: You’re having a wonderful season for Armani Jeans Milano averaging 17.5 ppg and 5.6 rpg in 34 minutes per game. What are your goals for the Italian League playoff?

DG: We have to play against Montegranaro, one of the surprises of this season and maybe in the semifinals against Siena, one of the best teams in Europe. I hope all goes well, and only after the end of the season I will make a final decision on my future.

*Special thanks to Luca Codato

King_stag
05-01-2008, 09:59 PM
Here is the list of foreign players who made themselves available in the draft:

DAnilo Gallinari:
Very good athlete. PG skills in a 6-8 forward body, can play all the back-court spots. Has great fundamentals for his age, drives well and know how to create his own shot or pass the ball. Offensively he can do almost everything at the best level possible for a 16 year old. Great 3p shot, has shooting range of more than 24 feet and likes to show it off. Even if Gallinari seems a streak shooter sometimes, he is definitely a true shooter who doesn't miss twice if left open and is able to shoot even from the dribble. His ball-handling is very strong for a man of his height. He can drive to the basket from left and right with a good first step and often tryes finishing with a dunk in traffic.

Nicolas Batum:
Agile forward with size, an incredible wingspan, and great all around skills … Has a natural feel for the game, and great physical attributes … Competitive … Team player, but also knows when to take over … Clutch player. Shows the ability to raise his level of play in big games.

Omri Casspi:
Athletic, runs the floor very well, good leaping ability … Long arms, can throw it down almost any way … Versatile, can either take it to the rim or pull up for long jump shots … Good finishing touch, has a good feel for the ball … Very strong at penetration, almost unstoppable.

Alexis Ajinca:
Ajinca was an important factor in his team reaching the semifinals of the French Cup (Semaine des As), not solely due to his 7 blocks and several others redirected, but on offense as well, he created his share of mayhem ... A very agile and mobile 7 footer with great athleticism and long arms, able to run the floor very well and shows solid passing ability in the process ... Even in the open court, he enjoys an accurate awareness.

Omer Asik:
Consistency is his calling card as he always gives his team some points and an equal share of rebounds while being a capable shot blocker at the Euroleague level (should be able to be a solid shot blocker at the NBA level as well) ... Center seems to be his natural position as he loves playing with his back to the basket possessing a good assortment of moves to get his shot off.

Nikola Pekovic:
Athletic young big man who uses his body well … Strong and physical player with good strength and size … He loves to play with his back to the basket relying on deep position under the basket; if he catches the ball on the low post it’s very difficult to stop him.

Semih Erden:
Arguably Turkey’s top current prospect, Semih Erden offers a long and lean body frame with good athletic skills, long arms and good legs ... He can run the floor very well for a guy his size and has good agility and quickness ... Especially right handed, he also has penetration possibilities to go with decent hands and passing, as well as acceptable body balance.

Joe Ingles:
Played for melbourne dragons

Goran Dragic:
Point guard with great size and athleticism ... Great penetrator with a quick first step and excellent footwork ... Great finisher around the basket and from midrange, decent from 3pt line ... Very competitive player, hard to push around ... Long arms ... Creates havoc inside the paint with his drives and knows how to pass when double teamed.

mighty_lion
05-20-2008, 08:27 AM
Up! Bukas na ang lotto.

CM_Punk
05-20-2008, 10:39 AM
I don't want Miami to win the draft lottery, after their blatant tank job this year. I'm rooting for Memphis and Minnesota to get the top two picks and select either Rose or Beasley.

erichubert
05-20-2008, 11:53 AM
I want the top 3 picks to go to the East. Sobrang puno at hirap na sa West, lets give more talent to the East. I think Miami won't get the top pick too, may karma ang ginawa nilang tank job, my guess would be New York, Miami and Minnesota gets the top 3.

CM_Punk
05-21-2008, 09:22 AM
Chicago wins the lottery and will pick 1st in the draft, followed by Miami (2nd) and Minnesota (3rd). I think the Bulls should select Beasley at the top spot, as they don't really have a bunch of quality guys on that team who can score in the paint, and I still believe that Kirk Hinrich is a quality starting PG in the league who just had a bad year last season. Miami would be pretty happy to have Rose at #2, which would provide some much needed relief for D-Wade in the back court.

CM_Punk
05-21-2008, 09:26 AM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/basketball/nba/05/20/draft.lottery.ap/index.html?eref=T1

Bulls win NBA draft lottery

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) -- The Chicago Bulls won the NBA's draft lottery Tuesday night, giving them the right to choose between star freshmen Michael Beasley and Derrick Rose.

Coming off a miserable season and still without a coach, the Bulls vaulted from the No. 9 spot, where they had just a 1.7 percent chance of landing the top choice.

They will almost certainly choose between Beasley, the Kansas State forward who averaged 26.5 points and an NCAA-best 12.5 rebounds, or Rose, the point guard who carried Memphis within minutes of the national title.

"After this season, we needed a break and I think we just got one tonight," said Steve Schanwald, the Bulls' executive vice president of business operations who represented them on the podium.

The Miami Heat, who had a 25 percent chance of landing the top pick thanks to their NBA-worst 15-67 record, fell to second. The Minnesota Timberwolves will go third.

The NBA draft will be held June 26 in New York.

Chicago came into the season with high expectations after reaching the Eastern Conference semifinals last season. But the Bulls never recovered from a dismal start and finished 33-49. They fired coach Scott Skiles on Christmas Eve and have already decided not to retain interim coach Jim Boylan.

The Bulls failed to land the coach they wanted, Mike D'Antoni, but the position became much more appealing Tuesday. They could turn to hometown star Rose, who D'Antoni said was like Jason Kidd with a jump shot.

The Seattle SuperSonics, who moved up to No. 2 last year to pick Rookie of the Year Kevin Durant, fell from second to fourth. Memphis will pick fifth, followed by New York, the Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee, Charlotte and New Jersey.

Indiana has the 11th pick, followed by Sacramento, Portland and Golden State. The lottery settled the top three spots. The remainder of the first 14 picks are determined inverse order of their record.

Chicago got the No. 2 and 9 picks the last two years from New York as a result of the trade for Eddy Curry. Schanwald gave a fist pump early on when he realized he would move up, then took a deep breath and pumped both fists after beating out the Heat, represented by All-Star guard Dwyane Wade.

Only twice have teams with the worst record won the lottery since the current format began in 1994.

Semenelin
05-21-2008, 10:51 AM
i dont think Chicago will release any names that they favor right now because they dont have a coach yet. I mean, the owner can say what he wants but I still think the coach has enough say to change that. question now is, who'll coach the bulls? After a name is called out, dun cguro mas maprepredict natin kung sino papaburan nila sa draft. I like Rose for them pero gaya ng sabi ng iba, Hinrich is still good a PG overall. Parang mas bagay si Beasley sa kanila dahil dati pa nila nirereklamo na wla silang post presence. Being a suns fan, sana matrade namin si Shaq sa kanila. May post presence na sila, may pampalit na rin kami kay Nash. ;D

coreytaylor
05-21-2008, 11:29 AM
if chicago wants derrick rose, then expect to trade hinrich w/ cedric simmons or shannon brown or demetris nicholes for a CENTER. i want rose to start, while chris duhon will replace him off the bench. if they select beasley, then should trade drew gooden together w/ cedric simmons or shannon brown or demetris nicholes for a CENTER so that they could give room for beasley. i want beasley to start, while tyrus thomas will replace him of the bench. i think chicago really needs a versatile center right now who can help them offensively and defensively and i think right now, noah is not ripe enough to start, same with aaron gray, in the center position.

projected starting line-up if chicago selects rose:

pg - derrick rose
sg - ben gordon
sf - luol deng
pf - drew gooden
c - a new center

projected starting line-up if chicago selects beasley:
pg - kirk hinrich
sg - ben gordon
sf - loul deng
pf - micheal beasley
c - a new center

Raging Blue
05-21-2008, 11:31 AM
This reminds me of the often-repeated replay of Michael Jordan's winning shot against Cleveland in the 1988 or 1989 playoffs showing Doug Collins running with arms raised and the sportscaster shouting in the background, "THE BULLS WIN!, THE BULLS WIN!"

Walang talo ang Bulls and Heat given the top two players available in Rose and Beasley. As previously mentioned, the pick will depend on the philosophy of the next coach. In Miami's case, whoever of the two is available after the Bulls make their pick will compliment Dwayne Wade. Beasley in the frontline and Rose in the point guard position. The latter will be insurance for Wade if he is further slowed down by injuries.

Our boy, Eric Spoelstra should be counting his lucky stars.

marmand
05-21-2008, 01:01 PM
if chicago wants derrick rose, then expect to trade hinrich w/ cedric simmons or shannon brown or demetris nicholes for a CENTER. i want rose to start, while chris duhon will replace him off the bench. if they select beasley, then should trade drew gooden together w/ cedric simmons or shannon brown or demetris nicholes for a CENTER so that they could give room for beasley. i want beasley to start, while tyrus thomas will replace him of the bench. i think chicago really needs a versatile center right now who can help them offensively and defensively and i think right now, noah is not ripe enough to start, same with aaron gray, in the center position.

projected starting line-up if chicago selects rose:

pg - derrick rose
sg - ben gordon
sf - luol deng
pf - drew gooden
c - a new center

projected starting line-up if chicago selects beasley:
pg - kirk hinrich
sg - ben gordon
sf - loul deng
pf - micheal beasley
c - a new center


Pick Beasley. The Bulls never had that effective low post player. ( last was Brand ) Trade Hinrich to Miami for the second pick and you can have both Rose and Beasley. :o

coreytaylor
05-21-2008, 05:15 PM
^ i doubt if it will happen but there's always a possibility ;D

coreytaylor
05-21-2008, 05:25 PM
Results of the 2008 NBA Draft Lottery

2008 First Round Draft Choice Order:
1. Chicago
2. Miami
3. Minnesota
4. Seattle
5. Memphis
6. New York
7. LA Clippers
8. Milwaukee
9. Charlotte
10. New Jersey
11. Indiana
12. Sacramento
13. Portland
14. Golden State
15. Atlanta (To Phoenix)
16. Philadelphia
17. Toronto
18. Washington
19. Cleveland
20. Denver
21. Dallas (To New Jersey)
22. Orlando
23. Utah
24. Phoenix (To Seattle)
25. Houston
26. San Antonio
27. New Orleans
28. LA Lakers (To Memphis)
29. Detroit
30. Boston

2008 Second Round Draft Choice Order:
31. Miami (To Minnesota via Boston)
32. Seattle
33. Memphis (To Portland)
34. Minnesota*
35. LA Clippers
36. New York (To Portland)
37. Milwaukee
38. Charlotte
39. Chicago
40. New Jersey
41. Indiana
42. Atlanta (To Sacramento)
43. Sacramento
44. Philadelphia (To Utah)
45. Toronto (To San Antonio)
46. Portland (To Seattle via Boston)
47. Washington
48. Cleveland (To Phoenix)
49. Golden State
50. Denver (To Seattle)
51. Dallas
52. Orlando (To Miami)
53. Utah
54. Houston
55. Phoenix (To Portland via Indiana)
56. New Orleans (To Seattle via Houston)
57. San Antonio
58. LA Lakers
59. Detroit
60. Boston

* Pick may be conveyed to Detroit.

CM_Punk
05-21-2008, 05:29 PM
Since we all know who's going numbers 1 and 2, who do you guys think Minnesota will pick at #3? If they pick for need, then there's the 7-footer Brook Lopez who can play center, moving Al Jefferson to the 4 spot. But, I'm not totally sold on Brook, and feel that the guards available such as Bayless of Arizona and Mayo of USC might have higher "all-star" potential compared to the big man from Stanford. Tough choice to make for the GM and scouts of Minnesota come draft night.

dark_seid
05-21-2008, 05:44 PM
if chicago wants derrick rose, then expect to trade hinrich w/ cedric simmons or shannon brown or demetris nicholes for a CENTER. i want rose to start, while chris duhon will replace him off the bench. if they select beasley, then should trade drew gooden together w/ cedric simmons or shannon brown or demetris nicholes for a CENTER so that they could give room for beasley. i want beasley to start, while tyrus thomas will replace him of the bench. i think chicago really needs a versatile center right now who can help them offensively and defensively and i think right now, noah is not ripe enough to start, same with aaron gray, in the center position.



don't make the same mistake of trading away a tyson chandler energy type of player. plus noah has a "decent" jumper.

coreytaylor
05-21-2008, 05:56 PM
^ i did not say anything about trading noah dude. i just think his not ready yet to be a full time starter at the center spot.

coreytaylor
05-21-2008, 06:10 PM
Since we all know who's going numbers 1 and 2, who do you guys think Minnesota will pick at #3? If they pick for need, then there's the 7-footer Brook Lopez who can play center, moving Al Jefferson to the 4 spot. But, I'm not totally sold on Brook, and feel that the guards available such as Bayless of Arizona and Mayo of USC might have higher "all-star" potential compared to the big man from Stanford. Tough choice to make for the GM and scouts of Minnesota come draft night.


ill pick brook lopez. well, minnesota have many problems in different positions but i think the center spot is the position that they really need to improve in and bringing in brook, for me, may really help them. if you look at their present roster, they only have micheal doleac and mark madsen (6'9, are u kidding me?) that can play the center spot of the bench. also, i dont consider al jefferson as pure center, i think he is more of a pf.

stonecold316
05-21-2008, 06:28 PM
Chicago Bulls win No. 1 pick in NBA draft lottery
05/21/2008 | 08:52 AM

Email this | Email the Editor | Print | Digg this | Add to del.icio.us SECAUCUS, N.J. - The Chicago Bulls won the NBA's draft lottery Tuesday night, giving them the right to choose between star freshmen Michael Beasley and Derrick Rose.

Coming off a miserable season and still without a coach, the Bulls vaulted from the No. 9 spot, where they had just a 1.7 percent chance of landing the top choice.

They will almost certainly choose between Beasley, the Kansas State forward who averaged 26.5 points and an NCAA-best 12.5 rebounds, or Rose, the point guard who carried Memphis within minutes of the national title.

The Miami Heat, who had a 25 percent chance of landing the top pick thanks to their NBA-worst 15-67 record, fell to second. The Minnesota Timberwolves will go third.

The NBA draft will be held June 26 in New York.

Chicago came into the season with high expectations after reaching the Eastern Conference semifinals last season. But the Bulls never recovered from a dismal start and finished 33-49. They fired coach Scott Skiles on Christmas Eve and have already decided not to retain interim coach Jim Boylan.

The rest of the lottery draft order: Seattle, Memphis, New York, the Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee, Charlotte, New Jersey, Indiana, Sacramento, Portland and Golden State. - AP

MonL
05-21-2008, 08:01 PM
Since we all know who's going numbers 1 and 2, who do you guys think Minnesota will pick at #3? If they pick for need, then there's the 7-footer Brook Lopez who can play center, moving Al Jefferson to the 4 spot. But, I'm not totally sold on Brook, and feel that the guards available such as Bayless of Arizona and Mayo of USC might have higher "all-star" potential compared to the big man from Stanford. Tough choice to make for the GM and scouts of Minnesota come draft night.


ill pick brook lopez. well, minnesota have many problems in different positions but i think the center spot is the position that they really need to improve in and bringing in brook, for me, may really help them. if you look at their present roster, they only have micheal doleac and mark madsen (6'9, are u kidding me?) that can play the center spot of the bench. also, i dont consider al jefferson as pure center, i think he is more of a pf.


Think of drafting for need, then remember the Blazers choosing Sam Bowie over someone named Jordan, because they already had Clyde Drexler. :P

coreytaylor
05-21-2008, 08:16 PM
^ yes these things happen my friend, not unless if your like nostradamos who can predict the future or madam auring who can see the future through her bolang crystal ::)

MonL
05-22-2008, 06:39 AM
^ yes these things happen my friend, not unless if your like nostradamos who can predict the future or madam auring who can see the future through her bolang crystal* ::)


A little further scouting or background check would have helped, but it can only go so far to minimize uncertainties or the proverbial roll of the dice. In the case of Bowie, he had a history of brittleness to go with his not so dominant game at Kentucky. He was more of a solid prospect that would fill a position, not a player* to build a franchise on, somewhat like Shawn Bradley years later. But Portland drafted him, anyway.

And when Charlotte drafted Larry Johnson #1 overall instead of Dikembe Mutombo, who went at #4 to the Nuggets, their reasoning was that LJ was simply the best talent available. When you are positioned at #1-5, I would be more inclined to think that way, too.

mighty_lion
05-22-2008, 08:12 AM
Since we all know who's going numbers 1 and 2, who do you guys think Minnesota will pick at #3? If they pick for need, then there's the 7-footer Brook Lopez who can play center, moving Al Jefferson to the 4 spot. But, I'm not totally sold on Brook, and feel that the guards available such as Bayless of Arizona and Mayo of USC might have higher "all-star" potential compared to the big man from Stanford. Tough choice to make for the GM and scouts of Minnesota come draft night.


It will be down to whether Minny goes BPA or by need. If BPA then its a between Mayo and Bayless. If by need, it has to be Brook. Memphis is on the same dilemna. Grizz need a 4/5 who they can rebuild with and pair with Rudy Gay and young guards in Conley and Crittenton.

Marami talagang nangyayaring bloopers sa draft. How about Battier Trade for Rudy Gay? ;D

coreytaylor
05-22-2008, 08:23 AM
^ yes these things happen my friend, not unless if your like nostradamos who can predict the future or madam auring who can see the future through her bolang crystal ::)


A little further scouting or background check would have helped, but it can only go so far to minimize uncertainties or the proverbial roll of the dice. In the case of Bowie, he had a history of brittleness to go with his not so dominant game at Kentucky. He was more of a solid prospect that would fill a position, not a player to build a franchise on, somewhat like Shawn Bradley years later. But Portland drafted him, anyway.

And when Charlotte drafted Larry Johnson #1 overall instead of Dikembe Mutombo, who went at #4 to the Nuggets, their reasoning was that LJ was simply the best talent available. When you are positioned at #1-5, I would be more inclined to think that way, too.


yes i know what you mean my friend. its just that most teams today usually pick players from the draft base on what the team needs.

The_Big_Cat
05-22-2008, 09:03 AM
Rose or Beasley. Mahirap na decision for the Bulls.

I think the Bulls will go for Beasley. The Bulls are loaded at the backcourt with Kirk and Ben.
Beasley can provide them with frontline scoring which was non-existent in the past 4 years. Puro defensive oriented ang big men ng Chicago in the past like Chandler and Ben Wallace.

Tyrus Thomas and Joakim Noah are not your typical scoring big men. They are more like role-players or complementary player. Energy players.

The last time the Chicago Bulls drafted a guard was in 2002 at number 2, Jay Williams (Duke).

Beasley is the solid choice for the Bulls.

marmand
05-22-2008, 09:30 AM
Rose or Beasley. Mahirap na decision for the Bulls.

I think the Bulls will go for Beasley. The Bulls are loaded at the backcourt with Kirk and Ben.
Beasley can provide them with frontline scoring which was non-existent in the past 4 years. Puro defensive oriented ang big men ng Chicago in the past like Chandler and Ben Wallace.

Tyrus Thomas and Joakim Noah are not your typical scoring big men. They are more like role-players or complementary player. Energy players.

The last time the Chicago Bulls drafted a guard was in 2002 at number 2, Jay Williams (Duke).

Beasley is the solid choice for the Bulls.



Agree. Think Big. The Bulls have the guards and all play the perimeter or are slashers. They lack an inside threat.

The_Big_Cat
05-22-2008, 09:35 AM
Maganda pakinggan ngayon sa Miami ang:

D-Wade and D-Rose. Plus the "Matrix".

marmand
05-22-2008, 09:38 AM
Maganda pakinggan ngayon sa Miami ang:

D-Wade and D-Rose. Plus the "Matrix".



Gawin mo na rin D Matrix. ;D ;D

The_Big_Cat
05-22-2008, 09:41 AM
Maganda pakinggan ngayon sa Miami ang:

D-Wade and D-Rose. Plus the "Matrix".



Gawin mo na rin D Matrix. ;D ;D

Oo nga no. Nasobrahan yata ako sa kape this morning. ;D
But seriously, gusto ko yung combination na yan sa Miami. Two big, aggressive and athletic scoring guards at Miami's backcourt.

marmand
05-22-2008, 10:05 AM
Why not trade Marion for the first pick? Imagine Wade, Rose and Beasley. :o :o :o

CM_Punk
05-22-2008, 10:58 AM
I am looking at the power forwards and centers who have entered their names in the draft, and other than Brook Lopez, the other tall guys all have question marks on them. Randolph of LSU, Jordan of Texas A&M, McGee of Nevada, Spreights of Florida, Hibbert of Georgetown, Robin Lopez of Stanford, Koufos of Ohio St. all have their names in the draft.

Out of that group, I've only watched the Lopez twins and Hibbert in action. I don't think all of them will find success in the NBA, but they will get picked in the 1st round with their guaranteed contracts because teams are always looking out for young, potentially talented big men on rookie deals.

erichubert
05-22-2008, 11:59 AM
Why not trade Marion for the first pick? Imagine Wade, Rose and Beasley. :o :o :o


That would be perfect in the fantasy world, but no way would the Bulls trade the first pick for just Marion. Rose and Beasley are franchise players in the mold of Chris Paul and Kevin Durant. That first pick or even the second pick would be worth more than just an all-star like Marion.

erichubert
05-22-2008, 12:01 PM
This draft could be very deep or could have the most busts depending on how the Freshmen turn out. As many as 10-12 Freshies could be selected in the first round with at least 8 in the lottery. They are still raw and unproven but they could be very good too. That is not counting the Sophomores like the Lopezes, Spreights and McGee all of whom are still too raw to contribute right now.

The_Big_Cat
05-22-2008, 12:43 PM
I was watching ESPN commentary and they made a prediction Brook Lopez would land in the top 5.
I would have to disagree with this. He's not that athletic. Slow & soft on defense. His good points is that he has a decent perimeter shot and excellent passing skills.

I would compare Brook Lopez to Aaron Gray (Chicago). But I agree he is a first rounder.

erichubert
05-22-2008, 01:40 PM
I think Lopez is better than Gray, actually he is infinitely better than Gray. As for being a top 5 pick, in this draft I think he will be, in fact he might go as high as no. 3 to Minnesota. He is long and moves well so that is a plus. I say he will be a solid pro, might be 12 pts 10 rebs a game, considering the fetish of teams for big men, he will be a prime commodity come draft night.

MonL
05-22-2008, 04:15 PM
yes i know what you mean my friend. its just that most teams today usually pick players from the draft base on what the team needs.


True, like the Spurs. Others do draft and then do the quicker fix: make trades. And win 30+ games the next season if they are lucky. Irish lucky. :)

mighty_lion
05-22-2008, 07:49 PM
This draft class has good prospects between mid to late first round.

coreytaylor
05-22-2008, 08:22 PM
yes i know what you mean my friend. its just that most teams today usually pick players from the draft base on what the team needs.


True, like the Spurs. Others do draft and then do the quicker fix: make trades. And win 30+ games the next season if they are lucky. Irish lucky. :)


exactly!

CM_Punk
05-23-2008, 12:37 PM
I read the draft workout report of ESPN's infamous Chad Ford, and he described some of the swingmen in the draft, such as Bill Walker of Kansas St., CDR of Memphis, and Brandon Rush of the championship team Kansas.

Brandon Rush is one of my favourite college players, and I'm glad that he's finally entering the NBA draft for good this year. ESPN's Ford compared Brandon's game to Joe Johnson of Atlanta, which I think is a bit of a lofty comparison, as I don't think Brandon will be an all-star in his future NBA career. Still, with his defensive abilities and nice perimeter shooting touch, I think Rush can become a decent starter and glue guy in the league.

erichubert
05-23-2008, 01:44 PM
I think Rush and CDR could be steals in the end of the first round if they fall that far. Unlike the freshmen, these two guys have been proven commodities in the college game and somehow have fallen in the draft boards of teams. But they can contribute right away and would be good additions specially to teams in the 19-30 range like Cleveland and Orlando. Rush would be perfect fit to partner with Lebron.

coreytaylor
05-23-2008, 05:25 PM
my "steals of the draft" are: aj abrams and dj augustin.

coreytaylor
05-23-2008, 05:38 PM
parang di pa magpapadraft si joey dorsey of memphis ah. diba senior na siya?

The_Big_Cat
05-23-2008, 05:49 PM
my "steals of the draft" are: aj abrams and dj augustin.

Parang si Jameer Nelson (Orlando) itong si DJ Augustin.
Small but quick guards.

erichubert
05-23-2008, 05:57 PM
Joey Dorsey is automatically eligible for the draft because he is already a senior. As of now, I think he is projected in the early 2nd round, but if some players withdraw, he might sneak in to the first round. He is like a Carl Landry type of player, undersized but full of grit and hustle.

DJ Augustin is undersized too but he shoots the ball well and is a blur with the ball, he might go to the lottery but his teammate AJ Abrams is a long shot to be drafted, He should withdraw and go back to college.

CM_Punk
05-23-2008, 10:47 PM
DJ Agustin is a "pure" point guard, and is the second best passing PG available after Rose, as guards like Gordon, Mayo, and Bayless are more of the scoring guard variety at the moment. Agustin will probably be picked late lottery, like when Acie Law was picked 11th by Atlanta in last year's draft. Teams such as Indiana and Sacramento can use a young point guard for the back-up role on their teams.

erichubert
05-24-2008, 12:05 PM
Gordon can't play the point, he will definitely be playing the 2 spot. I like Bayless, he is fast like Monta Ellis, could be a good fit with New York. Rumors have it that the Heat really want Rose, and if he is selected by the Bulls, they are agreeable to trading the no.2 pick. They are reportedly favoring Mayo over Beasley.

john_paul_manahan
05-25-2008, 06:24 PM
but he can be taught how be adqeuate enough. clips will be considering him and westbrook. dj is too small. bayless and mayo will be gone by then.

i would prefer bayless.

CM_Punk
05-25-2008, 07:10 PM
The LA Clippers have been picking lottery players for the past 10+ years, and they still end up doing poorly during the regular season and always end up with a high pick again each year. If Livingston is good to go after a year of rehab, then I also agree that they'll pick up Gordon or Westbrook to play the other guard position.

john_paul_manahan
05-25-2008, 07:22 PM
ah... the travails of being a clipper fan. then again, we did have of share of the spotlight this season. natabunan lang. just remember, we did not have elton for pretty much the whole year, so it was pretty hard (period) to compete.

CM_Punk
05-25-2008, 08:10 PM
^ I actually like the players on the Clippers roster more than the Lakers team, heh. Brand, Kaman, Livingston are good players, and showed that they can compete when they made the playoffs a few seasons ago. Hope they can find another good one to add in the upcoming draft.

stonecold316
05-29-2008, 06:06 PM
Patrick Ewing - the son - aiming to make own name
05/29/2008 | 05:10 PM
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KISSIMMEE, Fla. - More than a few players at this week's NBA predraft camp have looked at the people studying them from the stands and acknowledged getting goosebumps.

Michael Jordan is here, scouting for talent. Larry Bird's seat is in the front row near midcourt. Pat Riley is on his way, too.

Playing in the presence of — and simply being near — some of basketball's all-time biggest names can be intimidating.

Of course, when your name is Patrick Ewing Jr., it's not exactly a big deal anymore.

"I'm used to being around them, but in more of a social setting, not me trying to impress them so they pick me to play on their team," said Ewing, the son of the longtime NBA star center who'll enter the Basketball Hall of Fame later this year. "In that sense, it is like shocking. But if I was to be out there just talking to them, it'd be different."

This week, Ewing's play will do the talking.

He's just like everyone else at the camp going on through Friday at the Disney complex near Orlando, trying to show an arena full of NBA scouts, executives and coaches that he does belong in their league. And that quest got off to a fine start Wednesday, when in his first game of the week, Ewing scored 14 points on 5-for-7 shooting and helped his team win its opener of the three-game mini-league.

"I hope he improves his draft position," said Patrick Ewing Sr., now an assistant coach for the Orlando Magic. "That's what this week is all about, improving his draft position."

So far, so good in that quest.

If nothing else, his play Wednesday might have shown that his chance to vie for an NBA opportunity came on his own merits as a player, not the surname on the back of his jersey.

"I would hope so," Ewing said, when asked if he truly believes he has NBA talent. "They wouldn't have invited me to the camp if I didn't."

Ewing, who transferred from Indiana and finished his collegiate career at Georgetown — again, having to do so in his father's shadow, something the 24-year-old got used to many years ago — had two steals and two rebounds to go with his 14 points in 20 minutes Wednesday.

He looked smooth and poised, and was one of only four players in his game not to be charged with a turnover.

"All he has to do is be himself," the elder Ewing said. "If he just is himself, he'll be fine. Come out, play hard, do the same things that got him to this point and the chips will fall where they may. ... He's been around me long enough to know that."

Some mock drafts suggest that Ewing, who averaged 6.1 points and 4.2 rebounds this past season for the Hoyas, might not hear his name called on draft night.

If that's the case, the Ewing clan might not mind — that will give them the flexibility to sign as a free agent and, perhaps, choose where the son of the NBA legend tries to break into the league.

"I feel like I'm able to help teams win games," said Ewing, a forward who, at 6-foot-8, stands at least four inches shorter than his father and isn't anywhere near big enough to play center. "I'm willing to do whatever. Even if it doesn't involve me being on the court, I still want to win the games."

Father and son have both been asked often this week about the notion of Ewing Jr. perhaps playing with the Knicks, where his dad starred for years, or even teaming up in Orlando.

Naturally, neither would mind if this story ended with them on the same sideline.

"To be honest with you, it wouldn't bother me any," Ewing Jr. said. "I'm sure a lot of people would have a lot to say about it, but I've been dealing with criticism my whole life, so that wouldn't be a big thing for me." - AP

coreytaylor
05-29-2008, 07:54 PM
Tigers’ Anderson withdraws from draft

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP)—Memphis guard Antonio Anderson has withdrawn from the 2008 NBA Draft and is returning to school for his final season of eligibility.

He said in a statement released by the school Friday that he’d been projected as a second-round pick, and he was not satisfied with that.

This past season, he was the team’s fourth-leading scorer at 8.6 points per game. He tied for the team lead with 49 steals and was second with 136 assists.

Anderson also was the most valuable player of the Conference USA tournament.

coreytaylor
05-29-2008, 08:01 PM
this year's draft is very deep. talagang maraming players na pwedeng pagpipilian. depende na lang yan sa coach ng team kung gagamitin nya ang player or totally bench him -> and the end result will be: wasted talent!

cub
05-29-2008, 08:20 PM
every year naman there are too many good players who will be joining the draft pero when they are in na, they cannot show what they are supposed to show. even those All-American players end up in the bench of some NBA teams. one good example is Alando Tucker. from Beasley to Love to Dorsey to Hardin to Hudson, who will be the biggest draft bust of this year's batch?

coreytaylor
05-29-2008, 08:28 PM
^ examples are patrick o'bryant, morris almond, dj strawberry, alando tucker, aaron brooks, aaron gray, rudy fernandez, mike sweetney, acie law, julian wright, dermarr johnson, tony allen, ike diogu, sheldan williams, and the list goes on and on...

coreytaylor
05-30-2008, 06:43 PM
Beasley, Rose still wondering what’ll happen on draft night

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP)—A simple question was posed to Michael Beasley and Derrick Rose.

Who’s better?

Neither of the presumptive top two picks in next month’s NBA draft took long before answering, and naturally, their opinions couldn’t have been more different.

“He’s way better than me,” Rose said.

“Why would he say that? His team went further in the tournament,” Beasley countered.

So even between the two millionaires-in-waiting, the debate continues—and it likely won’t stop until June 26, when the Chicago Bulls will deliver the only answer that matters in the quest to decide between the two one-and-done college stars who’ll almost certainly get taken with the first two selections in this year’s draft. Chicago has the No. 1 pick, with the No. 2 pick owned by the Miami Heat.

Beasley is a forward from Kansas State, which reached the NCAA tournament thanks in large part to his 26.2 points and 12.4 rebounds per game. Rose is a point guard from Memphis, which fell to Kansas in the national title game and went 38-2 with him. Some experts say Beasley is certain to be taken with the No. 1 overall selection by the Bulls; others insist that Rose will begin his pro career playing in the jersey of his hometown team in Chicago.

As far as the players are concerned, they say not only do they not know their fate yet, but it really doesn’t matter, either.

“I would love to be No. 1, but if not, then No. 2 isn’t that bad,” Rose said. “I know a lot of people who would love to be No. 2. For me to be right there, I’d be happy.”

Relatively benign and anything-but-controversial statements like those were the order of the day Thursday, when Beasley and Rose made their first formal appearances at the NBA’s predraft camp. Both were exempted by the league from taking part in the four days of drills and scrimmages at the Disney complex near Orlando, although they are expected to be present Friday for physical evaluations.

Among the tests awaiting Friday: A standard check of every player’s height.

And in Beasley’s case, that could mean he stands to lose out on being the No. 1 overall selection by a matter of inches.

Listed as 6 feet 10 in the NBA’s official draft guide, Beasley doesn’t appear to stand that tall. Some onlookers surrounding his table in a hotel ballroom Friday surmised that he could be as short as 6 feet 7. While that still makes him a mountain of a man by conventional standards, in the NBA, height remains a premium commodity.

“I thought I was 6-9. I heard 6-7. In college I was 6-10. I might have grown an inch, maybe,” Beasley said. “I didn’t know there was a height requirement for the NBA.”

He knows there isn’t, of course.

There also isn’t a requirement that dictates the Bulls must reveal their selection before draft night, although the speculation game has been going on almost from the very moment that Chicago defied the odds and won the lottery that determined who would win the No. 1 pick.

Rose’s college teammate, Joey Dorsey, created a stir Wednesday when he said — either factually or in jest—that he knows Beasley is going to the Bulls and Rose is off to Miami to form a backcourt with Dwyane Wade.

Beasley didn’t even learn of Dorsey’s remarks until Thursday.

“Joey, he’s got this car that takes him to the future sometimes,” Beasley said. “He must have just got back from the future.”

And Rose simply dismissed the proclamation as Dorsey looking for a laugh.

“Joey’s going to be Joey. Everybody knows that,” Rose said. “He was just in the arcade room and I was just asking him, what was he thinking? He was just playing around. If anybody knows, it wouldn’t be Joey.”

If any decision has been made, only a handful of people would know, and Heat president Pat Riley is likely among them.

But not only did Riley decline to reveal if he has a favorite on Thursday, he even indicated that deciding who the top two picks are might not be as automatic a process as most draftniks would suggest.

“Don’t believe any of this stuff,” Riley said. “We’re just doing our due diligence on everything. That’s it. … There’s a consensus two that everyone talks about, but there’s some other guys that really light up your eyes when you look at them.”

Riley didn’t name names, but Jerryd Bayless might be one of those guys.

Nonetheless, the guard who left Arizona after his freshman year is harboring no hope of getting picked before No. 3.

“Derrick is exceptional at what he does,” Bayless said. “And Michael, I don’t know what to say about him. He’s a freak. … So obviously, I’m not going to be one of the top two picks. Derrick and Mike, they deserve what they’ve done.”

So for perhaps another four weeks, the quest to solve the mystery will continue.

Beasley or Rose?

Even they don’t know the answer, but they’re surely enjoying just being part of the spotlight.

“It just makes it more fun,” Beasley said. “A race isn’t a race if you’re just running by yourself. It’s competitive now. Time to compete. Time to work harder than the next guy.”

CM_Punk
06-04-2008, 07:54 AM
http://www.draftexpress.com/article/Entire-NBA-Pre-Draft-Camp-Measurements,-Combine-Results-Released-2911/

Entire NBA Pre-Draft Camp Measurements, Combine Results Released
by: DraftExpress
June 3, 2008

Here are some of the most interesting results. Keep in mind that this is hardly the holy grail in regards to talent evaluation. But people definitely love to look, which is why we rushed out the first results.

Michael Beasley measured at 6-7 without shoes, and 6-8 ¼ with. His wingspan in 7-0 ¼ and his standing reach is 8-11. He did fairly well in the combine, lifting the 185 bar 19 times, jumping 35 inches on the max vert, but measuring a slightly high body fat at 7.7%

Derrick Rose came out a bit shorter than advertised, at just 6-1 ½ in shoes and 6-2 ½ in. He has a 6-8 wingspan, a 40 inch vertical and ran the 3/4 court sprint very fast at 3.05.

Brook Lopez is a legit 7-footer in shoes. He also has a phenomenal 7-5 ½ wingspan and an outrageous 9-5 standing reach. He did not do very well at all in the combine though, jumping just 30 inches in the max vert and coming dead last in the lane agility drill at 12.77.

Jerryd Bayless is a legit 6-3 in shoes, and he has expected has a very poor wingspan at 6-3 ½. He did well in the combine, though, jumping 38 inches, lifting the 185 bar 10 times, running 11.26 in the lane agility drills, and sprinting ¾ court in 3.07 seconds.

Kevin Love measured out reasonably well—6-9 ½ in shoes (6-7 ¾ without), with a 6-11 ¼ wingspan and an 8-10 standing reach. His body fat is still very high at 12.9%, but in the combine he jumped 35 inches, lifted the 185 bar 18 times, and ran very well (11.17, 3.22)

O.J. Mayo is 6-3 ¼ without shoes, 6-4 ½ with, with a 6-6 wingspan and 8-3 standing reach. He had the second best vertical leap at 41 inches and ran 11.04 and 3.14.

Eric Gordon is 6-3 ¼ in shoes, with a terrific 6-9 wingspan. He jumped 40 inches, lifted the bar 15 times, and ran 10.81 and 3.01. He plays like a great athlete, and tested out well too.

Anthony Randolph is 6-10 ¼ in shoes, with a freakish 7-3 wingspan and 9-1 standing reach. He is skinny as expected at 4.7% body fat, jumped 35 inches on the max vert, and ran just OK at 11.86 and 3.26.

DeAndre Jordan came in an inch short at 6-11, but has an outrageous 7-6 wingspan and 9-5 ½ standing reach that more than compensates. He jumped poorly at 30.5 inches, lifted the bar 8 times, and ran the drills in 12.3 and 3.27 seconds.

The biggest wingspan: John Riek at 7-8 ¾. His standing reach was N/A. Probably too long to believe. We’re told its 9-10, and certainly believe that.
Biggest standing reach: JaVale McGee- 9-6 ½.

Lightest Player: Mike Taylor- 166 pounds, followed by D.J. Augustin at 171.
Heaviest Player: Kentrell Gransberry- 290 pounds
Lowest Body Fat: Lester Hudson- 3.4%
Highest Body Fat: Kentrell Gransberry -17.4% body fat
Best no-step vertical: Patrick Ewing- 35 inches
Best Max-Step Vertical: O.J. Mayo- 42 inches (tied with Ewing)
Bench Press: Josh Duncan 26 reps
Fastest Lane Agility: Sonny Weems- 10.58 seconds
Fastest ¾ Court Sprint: Sonny Weems- 2.96, (Joe Alexander 2.99)

Others:

Joey Dorsey measured in at only 6’6.25 without shoes, and 6’7.25 with shoes, but had a +7.5 wingspan and managed a very respectable 19 reps off 185 on the bench.

DeVon Hardin stands 6’10.75 in shoes with a 7’3 wingspan, he had 20 reps on the bench and recorded a 32” max vertical leap.
Josh Duncan put up 26 reps of 185 on the bench, recorded a 32” max vertical leap, is 6’8 without shoes, and recorded a body far percentage of only 5.4%.

Patrick Ewing Jr. recorded the highest max vertical leap on the day recording 42”, but struggled on the bench, finishing with only 2 reps. His is 9.4% body fat was surprising for a player of his build as well. At only 6’6 without shoes, he’s between positions with his measurables and game very much in conflict.

Richard Hendrix tested out very well. He is a hair under 6-9 in shoes, has a 7-3 wingspan, a 9-0 standing reach, and ran a 10.62 and 3.27. He jumped just 28 inches in the max vert.

CM_Punk
06-04-2008, 08:00 AM
http://www.draftexpress.com/nba-pre-draft-measurements/?year=2008&sort2=ASC&draft=0&sort=

The complete table here of the players measured and tested at the pre-draft camp. IMHO, I'm not that concerned if a guy was 1 inch shorter, or jumped poorly in the vertical leap. If the player can play basketball well and shows a good attitude to improve themselves, then that's what is important come draft night.

coreytaylor
06-04-2008, 05:02 PM
Mystery solved: Beasley a shade over 6-foot-8
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP)—Turns out, Michael Beasley is not 6-foot-10, as he was listed by Kansas State. He also isn’t 6-foot-7, as some of his detractors have suggested in recent weeks, either.

The truth was almost exactly in the middle.

The Kansas State star who left college after one year for the lure of pro riches officially is 6-foot-8 tall with basketball shoes on, according to measurements taken at last week’s NBA predraft camp near Orlando and released by the league Tuesday.

“I didn’t know there was a height requirement for the NBA,” Beasley said last week, poking fun at the incessant speculation about his height.

By any measure, his stats couldn’t be argued. Beasley averaged 26.2 points and an NCAA-best 12.4 rebounds this past season for Kansas State, and is widely expected to be one of the top two picks in the June 26 draft.

Memphis point guard Derrick Rose also measured at a slightly smaller height than he was listed in college: Thought to be at least 6-foot-3, Rose actually stands 6-foot-2 1/2 , the NBA said.

Rose and Beasley are widely presumed to go atop this year’s draft. Chicago holds the No. 1 selection, followed by Miami.

coreytaylor
06-04-2008, 05:14 PM
Updated NBA mock draft
By Jonathan Givony, DraftExpress.com
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

1. Chicago Bulls – Derrick Rose, PG, 19, 6-3, 190 pounds (Memphis freshman): Chicago appeases the locals by taking the player that fits the culture and direction of its organization. He also brings an incredible amount of talent to the table.

2. Miami Heat – Michael Beasley, PF, 19, 6-9, 235 pounds (Kansas State freshman): No hesitation here. The Heat are happy to take the leading candidate for Rookie of the Year honors.

3. Minnesota Timberwolves – Brook Lopez, C, 20, 7-0, 260 pounds (Stanford sophomore): Not a sexy pick, but Minnesota needs a low-post presence to move Al Jefferson to power forward. Timberwolves also might not have given up on Randy Foye quite yet to take Jerryd Bayless or O.J. Mayo.

4. Seattle SuperSonics– Jerryd Bayless, PG/SG, 19, 6-3, 199 pounds (Arizona freshman): Bayless isn’t ready to play the point full time, but he’s the best value at this pick and suits the Sonics’ needs better than anyone else.

5. Memphis Grizzlies – Kevin Love, PF/C, 19, 6-9, 255 pounds (UCLA freshman): This may be a reach, but Memphis likes Love and needs to take a frontcourt player at all costs.

6. New York Knicks – O.J. Mayo, PG/SG, 20, 6-5, 195 pounds (USC freshman): Clearly the best player available. A great fit for Mike D’Antoni’s offense, and probably the most ready player around for the New York City circus.

7. Los Angeles Clippers – Eric Gordon, SG, 19, 6-3, 215 pounds (Indiana freshman): The Clippers need a pure point guard here, but they could also have a hole to fill at the other guard position, and will want to get value at this pick.

8. Milwaukee Bucks – Danilo Gallinari, SF, 19, 6-9, 209 pounds (Armani Jeans Milano, international): Gallinari is the best player available, the best fit for the Bucks’ needs and also an outstanding compliment to their existing personnel.

9. Charlotte Bobcats – Anthony Randolph, SF/PF, 18, 6-11, 220 pounds (LSU freshman): Charlotte has talent and potential at every position. With no center with value in sight, the Bobcats may opt for an athletic forward and keep Okafor at center.

10. New Jersey Nets – DeAndre Jordan, C, 19 , 7-0, 260 pounds (Texas A&M freshman): Jordan is a bad fit for Lawrence Frank, but is likely the best big man available, which is New Jersey’s biggest need.

11. Indiana Pacers – D.J. Augustin, PG, 20 , 5-11, 175 pounds (Texas sophomore): The Pacers feel fortunate to secure the best player available at their biggest position of need – while also filling their necessity of drafting a player with strong character.

12. Sacramento Kings – Westbrook, PG/SG, 19, 6-3, 187 pounds (UCLA sophomore): Kings traded Mike Bibby and would like to re-sign Beno Udrih. An athletic, defensive-oriented combo guard with major potential makes some sense.

13. Portland Trail Blazers – Portland needs a point guard, but won’t find one and thus may opt to trade the pick for a veteran. Alexander is the best player available here, with the kind of athleticism, attitude and upside that can provide short-term and long-term dividends.

14. Golden State Warriors – Kosta Koufos, C, 19, 7-1, 245 pounds (Ohio State freshman): The Warriors love their shooters, and could always use another long big man who can play under Don Nelson immediately.

15. Phoenix Suns (from Atlanta) – Brandon Rush, SG/SF, 22, 6-7, 211 pounds (Kansas junior): Steve Kerr gets the best of both worlds, by picking up another outstanding perimeter shooter who just happens to be one of the best defenders you’ll find on the board here.

16. Philadelphia 76ers – Darrell Arthur, PF, 20, 6-9, 215 pounds (Kansas sophomore): The Sixers’ biggest need is at power forward and Arthur has the athleticism and skill to run in their up-tempo system.

17. Toronto Raptors – Donte Greene, SF/PF, 20, 6-10, 220 pounds (Syracuse freshman): Toronto needs a small forward who can spread the floor and are elated to see a talent like Greene fall to them.

18. Washington Wizards – Nicolas Batum, SF, 19, 6-8, 214 pounds (Le Mans Sarthe Basket, international): The Wizards are in a position to draft the best player available and will like the defensive ability, passing skills and all-around talent Batum brings to the table.

19. Cleveland Cavaliers – The Cavs have been struggling to find a wing player who can make shots for some time now. Budinger can do that, and is a team player to boot.

20. Denver Nuggets – The Nuggets love to play up-tempo basketball and really need to find a better solution at the point than Anthony Carter. Lawson may have a promise here.

21. New Jersey Nets (from Dallas) – – JaVale McGee, C, 20, 7-0, 237 pounds (Nevada sophomore): The Nets could be too intrigued by McGee’s all-around talent to let him slip any further, even if it will take him considerable time to develop.

22. Orlando Magic – Chris Douglas-Roberts, SG/SF, 21, 6-7, 200 pounds (Memphis junior): The Magic’s biggest hole is at the 2-3 spot, and Douglas-Roberts is ready to help them out immediately.

23. Utah Jazz – – Marreese Speights, PF/C, 20, 6-10, 245 pounds (Florida sophomore): The Jazz need size and are yearning for an athlete who can play both frontcourt positions.

24. Seattle SuperSonics (from Phoenix) – Roy Hibbert, C, 21, 7-2, 272 pounds (Georgetown senior): Hibbert is reunited with his old buddy from Georgetown Jeff Green, and will be able to give Seattle quality minutes right away at the center position.

25. Houston Rockets – Robin Lopez, PF/C, 20, 7-0, 255 pounds (Stanford sophomore): Yao Ming’s injuries make this pick a no-brainer, especially considering the energy and activity level Brooks Lopez’s less-heralded brother brings.

26. San Antonio Spurs – Courtney Lee, SG/SF, 22, 6-5, 200 pounds (Western Kentucky senior): High character, extremely versatile defender, which is exactly what the Spurs have been looking for the past few years to eventually replace Bruce Bowen.

27. New Orleans Hornets – Alexis Ajinca, C, 20, 7-1, 225 pounds (Hyeres-Toulon, international): The Hornets are in a position to take the best overall talent on the board, and could afford to develop Ajinca in the D-League until he’s ready to play.

28. Memphis Grizzlies (from L.A. Lakers) – Jason Thompson, C, 21, 6-11, 250 pounds (Rider senior): Memphis needs all the size it can get, and Thompson has plenty of that, as well as skill.

29. Detroit Pistons – Bill Walker, SF, 20, 6-6, 225 pounds (Kansas State freshman): The Pistons could use some added depth on the wing, and Walker is the type of athlete and competitor who fits the brand of basketball they embrace.

30. Boston Celtics – DeVon Hardin, C, 21, 6-11, 250 pounds (California senior): The Celtics get the defensive-oriented athletic backup center they need.

coreytaylor
06-07-2008, 11:09 AM
Mayo signs with LeBron James’ agent
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP)—O.J. Mayo has new representation—LeBron James’ agent, Leon Rose.

Mike Woelfel, a Huntington lawyer for Mayo’s family, confirmed the signing, which was first reported Friday by The Herald-Dispatch of Huntington. Woelfel didn’t immediately return a telephone message to The Associated Press.

Mayo and agent Calvin Andrews of Bill Duffy Associates parted ways last month over the distraction of allegations first revealed in an ESPN report.

Former Mayo associate Louis Johnson told ESPN that Mayo associate Rodney Guillory received money from the agency BDA Sports and funneled cash and gifts to Mayo.

Mayo, a former Huntington High and Ohio prep standout, has denied receiving any improper funds. The allegations are being investigated by the NCAA, Pacific-10 Conference and Southern Cal.

Mayo played one season at USC before declaring for this month’s NBA draft.

CM_Punk
06-12-2008, 08:31 PM
I was reading up on some draft sites, when I read that Stanford's 2nd year player Robin Lopez is currently dating golfer Michelle Wie, who is in her 1st year also at Stanford. Guess she literally went for the "biggest" guy on the campus ;)

But then again, it says in this ESPN article (http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/columns/story?columnist=katz_andy&id=3427071) that their relationship is "currently suspended" according to Robin as he focuses on his draft workouts schedule.

Joescoundrel
06-12-2008, 11:55 PM
About height: why do these goddam colleges bother to pad heights? Obviously the NBA measures guys as exactly as possible and find out their real height anyway.

Larry Johnson was listed at 6'8" or 6'9" when he was with UNLV. The NBA measured him at 6'5 1/2" before Charlotte drafted him.

Corliss Williamson was listed as 6'9" at Arkansas. The NBA measured him at 6'6".

Allen Iverson has always been listed as at least 6'0", Georgetown listed him at 6'1". When he came to the Philippines he was clearly shorter than 6-foot Anthony Suntay even in his Reebok sneakers.

I wouldn't mind if the discrepancies were were an inch or half-inch. But two or three inches off?

bchoter
06-13-2008, 12:00 PM
^ I think they do this more on boosting their recruitment stock. They may never even merit a 1st look if they were listed with their true (and shorter) height

coreytaylor
06-13-2008, 12:07 PM
Mayo, undistracted, works out for Knicks
By RICK FREEMAN, AP Sports Writer
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP)—O.J. Mayo can already see the bright side if he gets drafted by the New York Knicks: New coach Mike D’Antoni’s up-tempo game should give the big guard plenty of action.

Might take the sting out of falling to sixth in the draft and joining one of the NBA’s most woeful franchises.

Not that Mayo’s ride has been the smoothest lately, either. In the past month, he’s been dogged by multiple reports that he had cash and gifts funneled his way by an agent, in violation of NCAA regulations. The 20-year-old has denied receiving any improper benefits.

Subsequent reports have said that California authorities are investigating whether an associate of Mayo’s used a charity’s credit card to purchase the benefits.

On Thursday, still beaded with sweat after working out privately for Knicks officials at their training center, the 6-foot-5 guard shrugged off the idea that he might be thrown off his game by the allegations.

“Not at all,” Mayo said. “Like I said, it’s a lifelong dream to play in the NBA.”

Mayo, who is leaving Southern California after his freshman year, is among the top prospects in the June 26 draft, probably just after guard Derrick Rose of Memphis and forward Michael Beasley of Kansas State. Any team seeking a versatile guard who can score inside and on the perimeter is likely to give Mayo a look.

Chicago has the first pick, followed by Miami, Minnesota, Seattle and Memphis ahead of the Knicks.

New president Donnie Walsh and D’Antoni will be making the organization’s highest pick since Kenny Walker was drafted fifth in 1986. New York would have chosen second in 2006 but had to hand over that pick—as well as their first in 2005—to Chicago in exchange for center Eddy Curry.

Getting to pick this early is almost a novelty for the Knicks. Using it wisely would go a long way to repair relations after the team repelled fans and others with a seventh straight losing season amid unending drama surrounding coach Isiah Thomas, who was fired in April.

One of the league’s top offensive minds, D’Antoni favors an entertaining, high-scoring, up-tempo style. Mayo has taken notice, especially after working out with Knicks swingman Quentin Richardson, who tied for the NBA lead with 226 3-pointers while playing with the Suns for D’Antoni in 2004-05.

“I’ve been working out with Q-Rich, too,” Mayo said, beaming. “So definitely if you get a chance to play for D’Antoni, you’ll get a chance to put up some shots.”

Mayo, from Huntington, W.Va., where D’Antoni played college ball at Marshall, averaged 20.7 points (on 16.2 shots), and made 41 percent of his 3-pointers.

Events would have to play out just right for Mayo to wind up in New York. Miami could take Mayo if Rose goes to Chicago, because the Heat need a guard. So do the SuperSonics, who pick fourth. However, Mayo’s talented enough and the draft is thin enough on projectable big men that the Timberwolves could take him and hope to address their pivot needs elsewhere.

So if Mayo slides to sixth, he’d have an amenable offense, a coach with whom he shares some West Virginia connections and, of course, the eternal appeal of playing in basketball-mad New York.

“Me and Mr. Rose will figure out what we need to do,” Mayo said. “It’s the Big Apple, it’s the Mecca.”

Mayo was referring to his new agent, Leon Rose. Mayo and Calvin Andrews of Bill Duffy Associates parted ways last month after the allegations of improper benefits first surfaced in an ESPN report.

Former Mayo associate Louis Johnson told ESPN that Mayo associate Rodney Guillory received money from the agency BDA Sports and funneled cash and gifts to Mayo.

The allegations are being investigated by the NCAA, Pacific-10 Conference and Southern California.

“I’m kind of upset,” Mayo said. “I think at the end of the day when the stuff clears, everything will be fine.”

CM_Punk
06-16-2008, 11:14 PM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/basketball/ncaa/06/16/chalmers.ap/index.html

Chalmers to remain in NBA draft

Posted: Monday June 16, 2008 7:35AM; Updated: Monday June 16, 2008 7:35AM

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Guard Mario Chalmers, the most outstanding player of the 2008 Final Four, has decided to skip his senior year at Kansas and stay in the NBA draft.

Jayhawks coach Bill Self made the announcement Sunday night, just hours after Chalmers informed him of his decision. He joins teammates Brandon Rush and Darrell Arthur in giving up their collegiate eligibility for the NBA. The NBA draft is June 26.

Chalmers led the Jayhawks with 97 steals and was just as good on the offensive end, tying Arthur for second in scoring with 12.8 points. He also had a knack for hitting big shots, none bigger than his last-second 3-pointer that sent the national championship game into overtime.

Kansas rallied past Memphis 75-68 for the NCAA championship.

Self said he anticipated Chalmers would pursue an NBA career since April when the 21-year-old guard from Alaska declared without an agent.

Chalmers said "being at Kansas has made me a better player and better person."

CM_Punk
06-16-2008, 11:15 PM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/basketball/more/06/15/alexander.draft.ap/index.html

WVU's Alexander to remain in draft

Posted: Sunday June 15, 2008 7:46PM; Updated: Sunday June 15, 2008 7:48PM

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (AP) -- West Virginia forward Joe Alexander will remain in the upcoming NBA draft.

Alexander entered his name in the draft on April 9, but initially said he would not sign with an agent. The university announced Sunday night that Alexander won't return for his senior season.

Alexander led the Mountaineers in scoring at 16.9 points per game and in rebounding at 6.4. He was selected to the all-Big East first team.

WVU coach Bob Huggins says he supports Alexander's decision.

Monday is the deadline for early entry withdrawals from the June 26 draft.

CM_Punk
06-17-2008, 06:37 AM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/basketball/ncaa/06/16/abrams.ap/index.html

Abrams withdraws from draft

Posted: Monday June 16, 2008 3:27PM; Updated: Monday June 16, 2008 3:27PM

Texas guard A.J. Abrams has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return to the Longhorns for his senior season, the school announced.

Texas' career leader in 3-pointers with 284, Abrams surprised many when he joined point guard D.J. Augustin in submitting his name for this summer's draft. But Abrams never signed with an agent, allowing him to return to the Longhorns.

Next season, Texas will return four starters from a team that went 31-7, won a share of the Big 12 regular season championship and advanced to the advanced NCAA tournament regional final in Houston.

CM_Punk
06-17-2008, 06:39 AM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/basketball/ncaa/06/16/unc.trio.ap/index.html

North Carolina trio to stay in school

Posted: Monday June 16, 2008 4:51PM; Updated: Monday June 16, 2008 5:46PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina's hopes of returning to the Final Four got a big boost Monday.

Underclassmen Ty Lawson, Wayne Ellington and Danny Green -- who helped the Tar Heels to the winningest season in school history last year -- will withdraw their names from the NBA draft and instead return to school and play next season in Chapel Hill.

The school's announcement came less than an hour before the deadline for underclassmen who had not hired agents to withdraw from the draft.

All three players had participated in the NBA's predraft camp in Orlando before working out for individual teams in recent weeks. They had all said they would stay in the draft if they were certain first-round picks, but coach Roy Williams said "the timing was just not exactly right at this point."

"It was a lengthy process, but one that is fair for these youngsters," Williams said in a statement. "Everyone should have the right to be evaluated in terms of possibly reaching his dreams. ... They had my 100 percent support throughout the process, regardless of which decision they might have made."

The announcement means the Tar Heels will return their top six players from a team that won 36 games and reached the Final Four last season. Among the six is Tyler Hansbrough, who announced in April that he would return for his senior season. He is the first returning Associated Press national player of the year since LSU's Shaquille O'Neal in 1991.

North Carolina will also return key reserve Bobby Frasor, who suffered a knee injury midway through last season.

On Sunday, rival North Carolina State learned that freshman J.J. Hickson planned to hire an agent and would not return to school. The 6-foot-9 forward led the Wolfpack in scoring (14.8 points), rebounding (8.5) and blocked shots (1.5) while shooting an Atlantic Coast Conference-best 59 percent.

"Basically they just told me I had good potential and I'm very coachable," Hickson said during a teleconference Monday afternoon. "Me personally, I felt like I was having good workouts and that I'm good enough to keep my name in."

CM_Punk
06-17-2008, 06:40 AM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/basketball/ncaa/06/12/speights.ap/index.html

Speights hires agent, will stay in draft

Posted: Thursday June 12, 2008 3:12PM; Updated: Thursday June 12, 2008 3:12PM

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida center Marreese Speights has decided to keep his name in the upcoming NBA draft, hiring an agent and skipping his final two years of eligibility.

Speights told coach Billy Donovan of his intentions Thursday.

Speights averaged 14.5 points and 8.1 rebounds last season. He also led the Gators with 49 blocked shots and 10 double-doubles.

He announced his decision to turn pro in early April, but left open the option of returning to Florida for his junior season. He has since worked out for numerous NBA teams, and said he received enough positive feedback to make the jump to the pros.

CM_Punk
06-17-2008, 06:43 AM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/basketball/ncaa/06/16/dozier.ap/index.html

Posted: Monday June 16, 2008 4:30PM; Updated: Monday June 16, 2008 5:25PM

Dozier withdraws name from draft

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Junior Robert Dozier has withdrawn his name from the NBA Draft and will return to Memphis for a team he thinks can be even better than the group that played for the national championship in April.

Dozier had been testing his draft status, and said in a statement Monday that he loved the process and the honesty he found. But he now joins Antonio Anderson in pulling his name from draft consideration to return to a team that went 38-2 last season.

With Anderson and Chance McGrady, Dozier could be a part of the winningest four-year class in Division I history. The record for most wins in four years is 133 by Duke between 1998 and 2001. Dozier's class goes into next season with 104 wins.


Pargo headed back to Gonzaga

Guard Jeremy Pargo will return for his senior season at Gonzaga.

Pargo told coaches today that he will take his name out of consideration for the NBA draft, which is later this month. This was the last day for Pargo to withdraw from the draft.

Pargo was the West Coast Conference player of the year and worked out for six different NBA teams in recent weeks. He had said he would skip his senior year only if he was to be a first round draft pick.

He averaged 12 points and 6 assists per game last season. Pargo's older brother Jannero plays for the New Orleans Hornets.

CM_Punk
06-17-2008, 06:48 AM
http://msn.foxsports.com/cbk/story/8251220/Walker-going-pro-despite-knee-injury

Walker going pro despite knee injury

by Jeff Goodman

Updated: June 16, 2008, 5:21 PM EST

Despite suffering a knee injury this past weekend, Bill Walker will remain in the NBA Draft.

He's definitely staying in, said Walker's advisor, Chris Rivers of Reebok.

Walker had fully anticipated staying in the draft prior to suffering a slight tear in the meniscus of his right knee — even as far as to remove the nameplate from his locker at Kansas State.

However, the family huddled Monday afternoon just hours before the 5 p.m. ET deadline to withdraw from the draft and opted to move forward and bypass the final three years of his college eligibility.

"We expect once he gets healthy, three or four teams will still consider him as a late first-round pick," Rivers said.

Walker suffered the injury while part of a mass workout at the Golden State Warriors facility.

Walker injured the same knee in high school and also suffered a torn ACL in his right knee early in an abbreviated freshman campaign at Kansas State.

"If it's true, it would be unfortunate," Martin said, "We knew Bill was going to take as much time as possible to make an intelligent decision."

One source indicated that Walker is set to sign with the same agent as his childhood friend and teammate, O.J. Mayo, who inked with Leon Rose after cutting ties with Bill Duffy.

Walker, who passed on the opportunity to play in the Orlando Pre-Draft Camp, has only had two workouts for individual teams — Detroit (29th) and Toronto (17th).

CM_Punk
06-17-2008, 06:50 AM
http://msn.foxsports.com/cbk/story/8251750/Budinger-will-return-to-Arizona-next-season

Budinger will return to Arizona next season

by Jeff Goodman

Updated: June 16, 2008, 5:25 PM EST

Arizona sophomore forward Chase Budinger has withdrawn from the NBA Draft.

"I felt good last night when we talked for 20 minutes," Arizona coach Lute Olson told FOXSports.com. "He worked out for Sacramento this morning."

"His dad called me just before the deadline and told me," Olson added. "I'm biased, but I honestly think he'll go in the top 10 next year, maybe even the top six."

This is crucial news for Arizona, which returns Budinger, Jordan Hill and will also add arguably the top freshman in the country in point guard Brandon Jennings.

CM_Punk
06-17-2008, 06:54 AM
Of all the players who pulled out, North Carolina's Ty Lawson was the one guy I thought who would keep his name in the NBA draft. Lawson was widely considered as the second best PG in the draft behind DJ Augustin, and had a shot at going top 20 in the 1st round. I guess Tyler Hansbrough and the rest of his teammates were able to convince him to come back to school in the hopes of winning that elusive NCAA championship.

erichubert
06-17-2008, 09:43 AM
North Carolina benefitted with today's events, now they get all of their top 6 players back plus their new recruits. They would be overwhelming favorites to win next year. Lawson might have pulled out because of an ankle injury he suffered while working out for teams, he has set a top 20 cut-off for himself, and he probably didn't get a promise from any of the top20 teams that they will pick him so he pulled out.

The surprising players who stayed in was Luc Mbah a Moute, he should have returned to UCLA, same with Bill Walker who has an injury right now but decided to stay.

CM_Punk
06-17-2008, 02:10 PM
^ I didn't know about the injury to Lawson. That means he is making the right choice in coming back to UNC, and try to improve his game with arguably the #1 NCAA team in the country next season.

One of my draft favourites, Brandon Rush has been having good workouts so far, showing that he is fully recovered from his knee injury last year. Some of the draft sites have him going as high as #15 to Phoenix, who own the draft pick of the Atlanta Hawks at that spot. I think Rush would be a good fit for the Suns if he does get drafted by them.

mighty_lion
06-17-2008, 04:40 PM
^ Yes. I like him for the Suns. His upside may not be as high compared to the other draftees in the mid-first round but as most sportwriters would say, Rush's maturity level as a basketball player is comparable to that of an NBA veteran. The other wing players in late lotto and mid to late first round are too young to contribute right away. The likes of Gallinari, Greene and Batum would need at least two to four NBA seasons for them to show thier A game. If the Suns is going to use thier 15th pick for a wing player this is the order I want them to pick.

1. Beasley. 14 teams passing to pick him in the draft. Libre at walang masamang mangarap. ;D
2. Alexander. Arguably the most athletic white player in this draft. Hoping he is still available on the 15th pick.
3. Rush
4. Greene
5. Gallinari.
6. Batum

john_paul_manahan
06-18-2008, 02:44 PM
no shot on beasley and gallinari. high likelihood joe will be gone. rush and batum might be a reach at 15.

si greene pwede.

erichubert
06-18-2008, 03:07 PM
Gallinari probably has a promise from the Nets at no. 10, Alexander would be gone by the time Suns pick, he is projected to go to the Bucks at no. 8. Greene, Rush and Batum might be available although Greene can go to the Warriors a pick earlier at no. 14. I think the best fit for the Suns would be Rush.

This draft has a lot of big men with high upsides, one player moving up is Kosta Koufos, he might be the second coming of Ilgauskus, he could fit a slow-tempo team.

john_paul_manahan
06-18-2008, 03:12 PM
actually, he fits the cavs.

erichubert
06-18-2008, 03:15 PM
I agree with you on that, Cleveland would be very fortunate if he is available to them at no. 19.

bigfreeze_bibby
06-18-2008, 03:19 PM
actually, he fits the cavs.


Yeah, I agree. Patanda na si Big Z and the Cavs need someone to that effect. They also need someone to compliment Varejao in the power forward spot. Koufos' game fits on the plays that they run for Z. But I have to say that Koufos has the better range than Big Z.

CM_Punk
06-20-2008, 12:27 PM
Looking at the mock drafts, seems like only 3 players from Europe have a chance to get drafted in the 1st round of the 2008 draft. Gallinari has stated that he wants to play in the New York area, so that means the Knicks and the Nets (more likely) are giving him a long look at their spots in the lottery.

Two Frenchmen, Batum and Ajinca, are candidates to go middle to late 1st round. I can see the Toronto Raptors picking one of them at #17 to add to their international roster- Batum as an upgrade over Moon and Kapono at the SF spot, or else Ajinca as a true center to replace Rasho Nesterovic, who is an expiring contract this season.

Serge Ibaka of Congo also has a shot at going in the 1st round, but he is more raw compared to the other international prospects. The big Greek Kosta Koufos played in Ohio St. and has a dual passport, so he's more like Andrew Bogut who was not considered as part of the international group of players eligible in his draft class.

The_Big_Cat
06-20-2008, 12:35 PM
When I saw Gallinari, I thought it was Eric Menk. ;D

Yes. He may fit right away in NY. But he could also be a good "trade bait".

erichubert
06-20-2008, 01:30 PM
Ajinca is quickly rising up the mock drafts, his workouts are reportedly very impressive, another player moving up is Robin Lopez who some say can be lottery bound with his great performances so far. Meanwhile, De Andre Jordan and JeVale McGee are slipping all the way out of the lottery. Just goes to show how important workouts are in the NBA.

CM_Punk
06-20-2008, 02:49 PM
^ I've read that out of all the centers in the draft, Jordan and his attitude have been a real disappointment in the draft workouts. He was once considered a sure top-10 pick, but now is ranked middle of the 1st round.

I've always thought that Robin Lopez was a bit underrated early in the mock drafts (he was listed in the 20's), and now is climbing up the draft boards with his defensive intensity and hustle in getting rebounds.

coreytaylor
06-20-2008, 04:00 PM
Beasley may be best, but Bulls could go with Rose
By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writers
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP)—Derrick Rose’s response was as direct as one of his passes.

The best player in the draft? He reiterated it’s Michael Beasley.

“Hands down he is,” Rose said after working out with the Chicago Bulls on Thursday.

The No. 1 pick? It could be Rose.

While he was quick to praise Beasley again, just as he did at the NBA’s pre-draft camp, Rose also made it clear he would love to play for his hometown team.

The Chicago Bulls have the top pick in the draft next week and an important decision to make. Do they go with Beasley, the forward from Kansas State who would give them a scoring presence? Or Rose, the point guard from Chicago who led Memphis to the NCAA championship game?

While Beasley indicated earlier in the week that he would visit Miami, which has the No. 2 pick, Rose had no other trips planned. The workout on Thursday was his first—and perhaps only—one.

“Right now, he’s not scheduled to work out with the Heat,” said Reggie Rose, his older brother. “This might be the last stop, I hope.”

Reggie Rose said they are willing to visit Miami, but, “This might be it.”

If the Bulls are it, that would be just fine with Derrick Rose, who grew up on the city’s South Side and played at Simeon High School before leading Memphis to the NCAA final in his lone season with the Tigers.

Rose averaged 14.9 points and 4.7 assists while leading Memphis to an NCAA Division I record 38 victories and was particularly good during the NCAA tournament. He averaged 20.8 points and dominated Kansas in the championship game until the final seconds of regulation.

Memphis was leading by two when Rose stepped to the line with 10.8 seconds left and a chance to seal the victory. Instead of making it a two-possession game, he made one of two free throws. That gave Kansas a chance to tie it and the Jayhawks’ Mario Chalmers did just that after Memphis couldn’t foul, sending the game into overtime with a 3-pointer that crushed the Tigers.

“It was real tough knowing that I was one of the reasons we lost, not hitting a free throw,” Rose said.

Now, he could be the man who helps the Bulls rebound from their most disappointing season in years. Expected to contend in the Eastern Conference after three straight playoff appearances, Chicago lost 49 games as players bickered with each other and their coaches.

Scott Skiles was fired in December, and interim coach Jim Boylan lost his job at the end of the season. The Bulls finally hired Vinny Del Negro after a two-month coaching search in which they seemed ready to go with Mike D’Antoni and then Doug Collins.

Along the way, Chicago’s luck took a turn for the better when it defied 1.7-percent odds and won the lottery.

“When I signed with (agent) Arn Tellem, we were in a room,” Rose said. “He was like, ‘Which team do you want to play for?’ And he was like, ‘I know your hometown.’ Everybody in the room started laughing because we thought it was impossible. That night when the Bulls got the No. 1 pick, I was looking at the TV like this can’t be true.”

Rose said he never owned a Michael Jordan jersey growing up. He paid closer attention to LeBron James and the two could have something in common in the near future: No. 1 picks who got drafted by the local team.

“I would love to play here,” Rose said. “It’s a dream come true. You get to bring the Bulls back to where they’re supposed to be, hopefully, take it step by step and make progress.”

But if Beasley’s the best player, why should the Bulls take Rose?

“I think I can control the team a little bit more,” Rose said. “I think I’m a leader. And I think I’ll push the players and everyone else to have that attitude.”

If Chicago doesn’t pick him?

“I’ll be hurt a little bit, but my goal is to be playing in the NBA,” Rose said.

erichubert
06-20-2008, 05:04 PM
Rose is really campaigning hard to be number one pick, he loves to play for his hometown Bulls. I think they will eventually pick him over Beasley although I think Beasley is the better fit for them.

coreytaylor
06-21-2008, 08:57 PM
NBA draft likely to finally separate Lopez twins
By TRAVIS REED, Associated Press Writer
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

Brook and Robin Lopez have been playing basketball together since the first grade. From driveway 1-on-1 to high school in Fresno, Calif., and later at Stanford, the twin 7-footers have never been far apart.

So you could forgive them for being sentimental about the future. The NBA draft on Thursday will likely separate the 20-year-olds for the first time in their lives.

But, frankly, you’d be wasting the compassion.

“It’s the same adjustments really, it’s just that I won’t have that guy following me around anymore,” joked Brook, the elder by a minute.

“I’m definitely not going to miss the guy, that’s for sure,” retorted Robin, whose bushy mop helps distinguish between the two.

All kidding aside, it will be a dramatic change for the Lopez twins, both of whom could be first-round selections. Besides sharing hoops, they also collaborate on ideas for novels, comic books and screen plays. When Stanford split them up in separate dorms, which is policy for freshmen, Robin spent weekends crashing on his brother’s floor. They even talk in the same deep, flat pitch, though Brook is more chatty.

“We’re very close. I don’t know if best friend would do it, but I guess close friends,” Brook Lopez said.

But they are also eager to prove themselves individually at the next level, and it starts with the draft. When the brothers announced on March 31 that they would forgo their final two years at Stanford for a shot at the NBA, they did so in individual statements. And when draft day comes, they’ll be sitting at separate tables in New York.

Brook Lopez is projected as a top-10 pick, and has worked out with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Seattle SuperSonics, who pick third and fourth, respectively. Known as the better scorer, he averaged 19 points and eight rebounds last season and was named an Associated Press third-team All-American. He scored at least 30 points in four games and had nine double-doubles, but wants to demonstrate more versatility in the NBA.

“I just think it’s limiting,” he said of the “offensive twin” label. “I’d like to show a little more of my inside-out game. At Stanford, it was a little bit difficult for players to ‘D’ me up in the post, so that was a strength of ours. We just pounded it in the block. But I really feel I could play both the 4 or 5 position.”

Robin Lopez, who averaged 10 points and five rebounds last season, embraces his role as a defensive stopper. He had 156 blocks in two seasons at Stanford, giving him the school’s second-best career total. The center pulled down double-digit rebounds in four games, including 10 offensive boards in a season-best 14-rebound performance against Cal.

He is projected to go mid to late first round, and has worked out for the New Jersey Nets, Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors. But Robin Lopez is taking it easy now after spraining a foot working out in Santa Monica, Calif., with his brother and other top prospects.

“I went to the workouts and I played like I felt I should’ve,” Robin said. “I don’t think there’s anything for me to prove, not for the people that really and truly matter.”

Both brothers view Tim Duncan as an NBA role model, for his numbers and work ethic.

“He’s not really flashy,” Brook Lopez said. “Just a guy that goes in there and does what’s required, does what’s asked of him.”

To help ease the transition to the pros, Brook plans to live with an older brother. The boys’ mother Deborah Ledford, who just retired after 33 years teaching high school math and German, could help Robin as a personal assistant, she said.

“They just turned 20; they’re young,” the 6-foot Ledford said. “Of course all the draft picks are young, and the top ones are even younger.”

It has been a long ride for Ledford, who also has two older sons. Alexander, who is 6-foot-10, played a year at Washington before finishing his collegiate career at Santa Clara.

Ledford remembers the boys’ sometimes heated contests in the driveway. It cost her a door screen after things went sour one day.

“If Brook beat Robin there were no fights afterward, but if Robin beat Brook then Brook would get quite upset,” she said. “I can remember him throwing a basketball and breaking the screen. Brook opened the front door and threw the ball, and boom, there goes the screen.”

The Lopez twins couldn’t say who won more of those daily battles—there were far too many to count. But it will be hard not to when they meet at the next level, on opposite teams and with much more at stake.

“It’ll be an experience,” Brook said, chuckling. “We’ll be playing with fouls.”

coreytaylor
06-21-2008, 09:00 PM
If Wolves pass on Mayo, they could get big man
By DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Sports Writer
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

MINNEAPOLIS (AP)—The Minnesota Timberwolves would like to find a true center and let budding star Al Jefferson focus on the power forward position, where he should have more advantageous matchups.

Next week’s draft could be the place to do that.

The Timberwolves hosted four post prospects for a workout Tuesday at their practice facility. Highlighting the list was Kevin Love of UCLA, a 6-foot-10 sure bet to be among the first 10 picks and perhaps tantalizing enough for vice president for basketball operations Kevin McHale and company to choose at No. 3.

The Wolves are thinking hard about ex-Southern California guard O.J. Mayo, whom they’re scheduled to work out in Chicago on Saturday. But they’ll also take a second look at Stanford’s Brook Lopez in Los Angeles on Friday. Assuming there are no trade shake-ups at the top of the board and Derrick Rose and Michael Beasley are taken with the first two selections as most analysts expect, the Wolves could have a choice between Mayo or a big man.

One of the NBA’s true greats in the paint, McHale can’t hide his fondness for guys who can play around the basket. Reflecting on the NBA finals, McHale smiled about the offensive evolution from the post to the perimeter and the decreased need for old-fashioned big men.

Case in point: his old Boston Celtics.

“I never thought I’d see a finals where the center would be Kevin Garnett and the power forward would be James Posey,” McHale said. “I was born too soon. I’d like to take my chances against Posey down there. He’d be sitting right next to Doc Rivers very quickly.”

McHale expressed a desire to land the Wolves another player who can flex his muscle underneath.

“It’s a smaller league right now, so it’s nice to see big guys,” McHale said.

Love sounded confident he could be that guy.

“There’s some stuff you can’t teach. You can’t teach toughness. You can’t teach being a winner. You can’t teach height,” he said.

Though Love spent only one season in college, he’s shown a unique ability to pass as well as score.

“I think he’s a pretty complete player. He’s kind of his own player,” Timberwolves assistant general manager Fred Hoiberg said.

In addition to Love, the Wolves worked out three others: DeAndre Jordan of Texas A&M, Kosta Koufos of Ohio State and Alexis Ajinca of France. They’re all 7-footers.

coreytaylor
06-21-2008, 09:01 PM
Rose is really campaigning hard to be number one pick, he loves to play for his hometown Bulls. I think they will eventually pick him over Beasley although I think Beasley is the better fit for them.


tumpak!

coreytaylor
06-21-2008, 09:08 PM
Updated NBA mock draft: Take 3
By Jonathan Givony, DraftExpress
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

1. Chicago Bulls – Derrick Rose, PG, 19, 6-3, 190 pounds (Memphis freshman): Chicago appeases the locals by taking the player that fits the culture and direction of its organization. He also brings an incredible amount of talent to the table.

2. Miami Heat – Michael Beasley, PF, 19, 6-9, 235 pounds (Kansas State freshman): No hesitation here. The Heat are happy to take the leading candidate for Rookie of the Year honors.

3. Minnesota Timberwolves – O.J. Mayo, PG/SG, 20, 6-5, 195 pounds (USC freshman): Mayo adds talent to a backcourt that had high expectations but has little very little thus far. This may not be his first choice, but they call it a draft for a reason.

4. Seattle SuperSonics– Jerryd Bayless, PG/SG, 19, 6-3, 199 pounds (Arizona freshman): Bayless isn’t ready to play the point full time, but he’s the best value at this pick and suits the Sonics’ needs better than anyone else.

5. Memphis Grizzlies – Kevin Love, PF/C, 19, 6-9, 255 pounds (UCLA freshman): This may be a reach, but Memphis likes Love and needs to take a frontcourt player at all costs.

6. New York Knicks – Eric Gordon, SG, 19, 6-3, 215 pounds (Indiana freshman): New York needs a lot of everything and can’t afford to be picky about positions at this point. Gordon fits Mike D’Antoni’s offense and might be the best athlete in the draft.

7. Los Angeles Clippers – Russell Westbrook, PG/SG, 19, 6-3, 187 pounds (UCLA sophomore): The Clippers need to upgrade their backcourt in a major way, so taking the local kid here makes sense, especially with an eye on the future.

8. Milwaukee Bucks – Joe Alexander, 21, 6-8, 230 pounds (West Virginia junior): The Bucks have a big need at small forward and will want to take a player with great athleticism and upside and a high intensity level.

9. Charlotte Bobcats – Brook Lopez, C, 20, 7-0, 260 pounds (Stanford sophomore): Lopez slips in a major way and the Bobcats will be ecstatic to get a player as big and polished as Lopez. He’ll also take pressure off Emeka Okafor.

10. New Jersey Nets – Danilo Gallinari, SF, 19, 6-9, 209 pounds (Armani Jeans Milano, international): Gallinari is the best player available here, and may be one of the biggest steals in the draft at this point.

11. Indiana Pacers – D.J. Augustin, PG, 20 , 5-11, 175 pounds (Texas sophomore): The Pacers feel fortunate to secure the best player available at their biggest position of need – while also filling their necessity of drafting a player with strong character.

12. Sacramento Kings – Anthony Randolph, SF/PF, 18, 6-11, 220 pounds (LSU freshman): Geoff Petrie knows his team is lacking athleticism in a major way, and will be very happy to scoop up Randolph after he falls a few spots lower than he probably hoped.

13. Portland Trail Blazers – JaVale McGee, C, 20, 7-0, 237 pounds (Nevada sophomore): The Blazers could be too intrigued by McGee’s all-around talent to let him slip any further, even if it will take him considerable time to develop. They also could very well trade this pick.

14. Golden State Warriors – Donte Greene, SF/PF, 20, 6-10, 220 pounds (Syracuse freshman): Golden State isn’t married to any of their forwards for the long-term, and Donte Greene would be an excellent fit for Don Nelson’s offense.

15. Phoenix Suns (from Atlanta) – Robin Lopez, PF/C, 20, 7-0, 255 pounds (Stanford sophomore): The Suns were in love with Joakim Noah last year and Lopez is the closest fit to that this season. He will bring them major energy off the bench and some much-needed size.

16. Philadelphia 76ers – Kosta Koufos, C, 19, 7-1, 245 pounds (Ohio State freshman): The Sixers need to upgrade their frontline and Koufos would complement the team’s existing personnel.

17. Toronto Raptors – Brandon Rush, SG/SF, 22, 6-7, 211 pounds (Kansas junior): Bryan Colangelo fills his two biggest needs by picking up an outstanding perimeter shooter who just happens to be one of the best defenders you’ll find on the board.

18. Washington Wizards – Darrell Arthur, PF, 20, 6-9, 215 pounds (Kansas sophomore): The Wizards are in a position to draft the best player available and will like the athleticism and skill-level that Arthur brings to the table.

19. Cleveland Cavaliers – DeAndre Jordan, C, 19 , 7-0, 260 pounds (Texas A&M freshman): At this point in the draft Jordan’s upside and physical tools outweigh the many question marks about his skill level.

20. Denver Nuggets – Nicolas Batum, SF, 19, 6-8, 214 pounds (Le Mans Sarthe Basket, international): The Nuggets are in a position to draft the best player available and will like the defensive ability, passing skills and all-around talent Batum brings to the table.

21. New Jersey Nets (from Dallas) – Marreese Speights, PF/C, 20, 6-10, 245 pounds (Florida sophomore): The Nets need size after taking a SF with their first pick, and are yearning for an athlete who can play both frontcourt positions.

22. Orlando Magic – Courtney Lee, SG/SF, 22, 6-5, 200 pounds (Western Kentucky senior): The Magic have been looking for a quality SG for some time now, and Lee is a high character, extremely versatile defender who can space the floor for Dwight Howard.

23. Utah Jazz – Alexis Ajinca, C, 20, 7-1, 225 pounds (Hyeres-Toulon, international): The Jazz feel like they are missing an athletic player in their front court and could afford to develop Ajinca on their D-League team until he’s ready to play

24. Seattle SuperSonics (from Phoenix) – Serge Ibaka, PF, 6-10, 230 pounds (L’Hospitalet, international): Sam Presti can afford to swing for the fences with his second first round pick and hope that Ibaka can achieve his incredible upside down the road.

25. Houston Rockets – Douglas-Roberts, SG/SF, 21, 6-7, 200 pounds (Memphis junior): The Rockets are looking at slashing wing players who are tough and can defend, and CDR surely fits the bill.

26. San Antonio Spurs – Roy Hibbert, C, 21, 7-2, 272 pounds (Georgetown senior): After losing Tiago Splitter to Spain, the Spurs could use a good young big man to add to their aging rotation. Hibbert has the type of character and pedigree that the Spurs covet.

27. New Orleans Hornets – Mario Chalmers, PG, 22, 6-1, 190 pounds (Kansas junior): The Hornets don’t have a true backup point guard and Chalmers suits their style of basketball. He can defend, shoot and is excellent in transition.

28. Memphis Grizzlies (from L.A. Lakers) – Nathan Jawai, C, 21, 6-10, 282 pounds (Cairns Taipans international): Memphis needs all the size it can get, and Jawai has plenty of that, as well as some nice upside.

29. Detroit Pistons – DeVon Hardin, C, 21, 6-11, 250 pounds (California senior): The Pistons get a tough, defensive-oriented athletic backup center to add to their stable of promising young players.

30. Boston Celtics – J.J. Hickson, PF, 19, 6-9, 242 pounds (N.C. State freshman): The Celtics shouldn’t be too concerned with positional factors this late in the first round, and could go with an athletic freshman who could develop into a steal in a few years.

coreytaylor
06-22-2008, 09:41 AM
GM Stack says Wolves like what they see in Mayo
By DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Sports Writer
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

The Minnesota Timberwolves sent seven officials, including coach Randy Wittman, to watch draft prospect O.J. Mayo work out in Chicago on Saturday for the Wolves and four other teams.

The 6-foot-5 Mayo, who played one season at Southern California, is one of the “four or five” players the Timberwolves are considering with the No. 3 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft assuming Derrick Rose and Michael Beasley are taken with the first two.

General manager Jim Stack, in a conference call with Minnesota reporters, said the Wolves contingent spent about an hour interviewing Mayo afterward. Much of the discussion centered on improper benefits Mayo allegedly received through an agent while playing at USC.

“We wanted to pin him down on some things,” Stack said. “I’m really impressed with the fact that he was very much a standup person. He knows he’s got to be accountable for whatever happens in his life. He wasn’t looking to make excuses for anything. Regarding the allegations, he basically told us that he didn’t do anything wrong. I tended to buy into what he was saying.

“At the end of the day I think it really taught him some lessons about being careful with his inner circle and understanding where people are coming from and that they might have different agendas.”

Stack said he thought Mayo, who will turn 21 in November, was more mature than most of the other prospects. The Wolves see him as capable of playing both guard spots, like Randy Foye, their first-round draft pick in 2006.

The Wolves will host three more prospects at Target Center on Monday: Arizona guard Jerryd Bayless, Indiana guard Eric Gordon and Oklahoma center Longar Longar. Bayless and Gordon are considered top six picks by most analysts.

erichubert
06-22-2008, 06:26 PM
Rose is flipflopping on the Miami Heat, he didn't want to work out for them several days ago, but now says he will meet them. He has to be careful with how he deals with them because he can never be sure that the Bulls would select him first overall.

CM_Punk
06-23-2008, 12:32 AM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/draft2008/news/story?id=3454367&campaign=rsssrch&source=chad_ford

Batum cancels workouts; agent says he 'feels fine'
By Chad Ford

French swingman Nicolas Batum, projected to be a late first-round NBA draft pick, stopped participating in a workout with the Toronto Raptors earlier this week after a stress echo test -- a treadmill test that measures the health of the heart -- came back in the "borderline" area.

"There is an issue with Batum, and nothing is clear," his agent, Bouna Ndiaye, told ESPN.com on Friday afternoon. "The number [the score on his stress echo test] could be a borderline problem if he had a family history of heart problems. But I talked to Nicolas's mother and she said his father didn't die of a heart problem. His team in France and the French national team test him regularly and said they've never seen any indication that he had a heart issue."

A Sports Illustrated report in February said that Batum's father, Henry, suffered a "massive heart attack" and died at the free throw line while playing pro basketball in France when Nicolas was 2 years old. According to Ndiaye, Batum's father died of an aneurysm, not a heart attack.

Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo, reached by phone, refused to comment on the situation.

Batum was scheduled to be in the three-team workout in New Jersey on Friday, but didn't play. He did take a physical, and Ndiaye said results were similar to those in Toronto. Ndiaye said Batum will undergo another test over the weekend and, if it goes well, he'll be able to begin workouts again next week.

Batum also has canceled an open workout in New York scheduled for Saturday.

"He feels fine," Ndiaye said. "He wants to work out. He's been doing great. This morning he really wanted to work out with Joe Alexander. This is disappointing. I really don't think this is a real issue."

It's unclear whether the issue will affect Batum's draft status. It does come at a bad time. After wowing NBA scouts at the Nike Hoop Summit in April 2007, his draft stock has been on the decline. His play in the French league this year wasn't stellar. Neither was a brief appearance at this year's Reebok Eurocamp.

However, he's had some strong individual workouts for teams and was projected as a potential pick somewhere between 17 and 27.

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If the above projection is true, then that means that Toronto at #17 is taking a serious look at Batum, even if he wasn't able to complete his workout with the team. Ronny Turiaf and Lamarcus Aldridge are recent players who were drafted and then discovered to have heart conditions, but they have been healthy and productive in the NBA so far. Hope that Batum's case is also not too serious.

erichubert
06-23-2008, 06:11 PM
Toronto might pass on Batum because of the heart ailment situation, they are reportedly looking at Robin Lopez if he still is available. Batum might slip into the 20s because of this, and the team that selects him would be very lucky in my opinion.

Mateen Cleaves
06-23-2008, 07:26 PM
According to Draft Express, Robin Lopez is getting an invitation to sit in the Green Room on Draft Day. That means the NBA is almost certain that he'll be drafted in the first round.

CM_Punk
06-23-2008, 11:23 PM
http://www.draftexpress.com/blog/Jonathan-Givony/

From the same blog on draftexpress, Robin Lopez is predicted to go either #15 (Phoenix), or #17 (Toronto). Robin would get decent playing time in the frontcourt of both teams if he does get drafted by either of them. Good to see Brandon Rush getting invited to the Green Room, meaning he'll most likely picked either late lottery, or middle of the 1st round.

CM_Punk
06-23-2008, 11:37 PM
http://www.realgm.com/src_wiretap_archives/53137/20080623/green_room_attendees_released/

Green Room Attendees Released

Jun 23, 2008 11:14 AM EST

The NBA announced the 16 players that will be available to the media on Wednesday and also in the Green Room during the actual draft on Thursday.

- Joe Alexander (West Virginia) - Darrell Arthur (Kansas) - DJ Augustin (Texas) - Jerryd Bayless (Arizona) - Michael Beasley (Kansas State) - Danilo Gallinari (Italy) - Eric Gordon (Indiana) - DeAndre Jordan (Texas A&M) - Brook Lopez (Stanford) - Robin Lopez (Stanford) - Kevin Love (UCLA) - OJ Mayo (USC) - Anthony Randolph (LSU) - Derrick Rose (Memphis) - Brandon Rush (Kansas)) - Russell Westbrook (UCLA)

CM_Punk
06-24-2008, 11:40 AM
http://www.draftexpress.com/article/Word-on-the-Street-Rounding-Up-2940/

June 23, 2008

Great news for Nicolas Batum—he’s been cleared to continue working out for NBA teams after a long day of extensive testing with one of the world’s top doctors in Cleveland. He is flying out to San Antonio to work out tomorrow, and then will be in Cleveland the following day. His agent Bouna Ndiaye tells us that he will be sending out the full medical report at 9:30 AM tomorrow to us and every NBA team.

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We'll have to wait for the medical report to be released to the NBA teams, but it's a good sign for Batum that he has been cleared to play, and will resume his workouts. He should still go somewhere in the middle of the 1st round with his talents, IMO.

coreytaylor
06-24-2008, 03:58 PM
Who’s Joe Alexander? Just ask NBA scouts
By Adrian Wojnarowski, Yahoo! Sports
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

LAS VEGAS – The father’s cell phone rang back in Beijing and Steve Alexander sensed such joy in his son’s voice. Steve and his wife had dropped off Joe in Morgantown, W.Va., for the start of his freshman semester, and now the kid’s words tripped over themselves.

“Dad,” Joe Alexander gushed, “I love this place.”

For a moment, Steve wanted to believe such enthusiasm had been about the campus, the girls – and maybe God forbid – the classes. And yet, back in the Far East, where he had raised his son, Steve could just grumble an, “Oh no,” when Joe finally spit out these words:

“They’ve got a couch in the basketball locker room!”

A couch in the locker room. What else did Joe need? It wouldn’t be long until he had turned it into his bed on a lot of nights at West Virginia, until he had found a way to blend body and mind into the Mountaineers coliseum. Family members used to find him sleeping on the park bench on the outdoor courts in Beijing, and here, that foam mattress his stepmother gave him for school would be jammed into his locker and eventually thrown down on the couch for a night’s sleep.

In Joe’s mind, he had been racing against time upon arriving at West Virginia three years ago, trying to make up for those lost years without coaching, without competition, in his childhood stays in Beijing, Hong Kong and Taiwan. From no scholarship offers out of high school, to a surreal rapid rise on NBA draft boards, he started on a tear halfway through his junior season at West Virginia, exploding into the Big East tournament and Sweet 16 of the NCAAs, and now through some of the most spectacular pre-draft workouts witnessed in this class.

The New York Knicks have watched Joe Alexander, a 6-foot-8½, 230-pound forward, work out twice and are thinking long and hard about drafting him at No. 6. The Milwaukee Bucks are believed to be locked into Alexander with the No. 8 pick. Alexander wouldn’t just be a complement for Yi Jianlian at forward, but also a teammate who can speak Mandarin. Whatever happens on Thursday, no NBA executives believe the kid called “Vanilla Sky” will drop past Portland at No. 13.

Whatever happens, Alexander is one of the most fascinating stories to come down in years.

“I’m blown away by him,” one Western Conference executive said. “He’s a freakish talent. And it’s scary how good he could be, because he’s just now starting to figure it all out. He isn’t driven, he’s obsessed. I think he’s the next Tom Chambers.”

Alexander sighs. “How come,” he asks, “they only compare me to the white guys?”

The most improbable story of the NBA draft on Thursday comes shrouded in mystery out of the Far East, the son of an American CEO who found great inspiration studying a culture where millions of people worked in fields so long and hard for so little. As much as greatness obsesses him, Alexander is just as moved to obliterate stereotypes and force people to reassess the way in which they label basketball players, the way they assign attributes based on race and background.

Alexander is an extraordinary leaper, a dunker that has reached a cult celebrity on YouTube. He is grateful and all, but no one has to tell him that that the intrigue is constructed around the color of skin, the phenomenon that comes with a white guy who balances such strength and a sweet shot, with a 40-inch vertical leap, with an ability to fly from just inside the free-throw line for lean-in dunks.

Alexander lifted weights and skipped rope and wore those jumping shoes. And then he did it again, and again, and again.

“I could never jump really high until I worked really hard on my jumping,” Alexander said. “I was never quick until I worked on being quick. Same thing with speed and strength. A lot of kids think they’re born with great leaping ability. I still hear people today say that I was born with great athleticism. That’s not the truth at all. I’ve been working at it with a good deal of structure for nine years.

“That’s why I can hit my head on the rim.”

“Part of what I’ve done is take the stereotypes and completely ignore them,” he says. “Because I learned really early that if I put in an extra hour or two into something, I get results. Why not be able to put in an extra 100 hours and I’ll be able to jump real high. But a lot of youth, suburban kids, I guess they need to see that a white guy has done that. Where else have they seen that? It’s been few and far between. Right now, it’s about reversing the trend in people’s minds.

“If you don’t have a 40-inch vertical, all you have to do is work for it. It doesn’t matter if you’re white or black.”

So much of leaping comes from time on the playground and pick-up games, and Alexander never had to be bigger and stronger as a young player in China. He was the solitary figure on those outdoor courts in Beijing, where his father, Steve, who played football for Grand Valley State, is the president and CEO of the Adelson Center for U.S.-China Enterprise. His two older brothers, Jeremy and John, were MVPs of the high school division in Beijing, but they never invested the hours that Joe did.

Joe’s brothers would be drinking beer with buddies near the family’s house, and they would hear his ball bouncing in the distance, past midnight, on the courts. “As a parent, we did worry about the fact that he wasn’t out socializing,” Steve said. “Friends would call him to go out and he wasn’t interested. Either he wanted to go work out that night, or be fresh that next morning.”

As much as anything in Beijing, Joe’s mind was burdened with such uncertainty, such fear. “It was absolute paranoia that drove me,” he said. “Kids in America play in middle school and high school and they can gauge themselves on where they are talent-wise (with their peers), but I didn’t know how I compared with other players.”

He had his Michael Jordan and And1 mix tapes and just re-wound them over and over. He watched his older brothers pour hours into the game, too, and never make it past Division III basketball. They had grown up on those Beijing courts, had been the high school MVPs at the International School in Beijing and through it all, he told everyone he ever met that he was going to play in the NBA. After two years at Linganore High School in Maryland, Alexander, a scrawny 6-foot-6, couldn’t induce a Division II school to recruit him. Only Randolph-Macon, a Division III program, talked to him.

“At the time, I had no other option but my goal was set in stone in my head,” he said. “I wanted to go to a big-time major school.”

Alexander would go to Hargrave Military Academy for a year of prep school basketball. He played so little, his scoring average didn’t crack a point per game. “He didn’t really understand the game,” Hargrave coach Keith Keatts said. “He would stand straight up when he caught the ball, go between his legs five times before he made a move. In some ways, he was a little worse than the average American kid who had broken some of those habits. He had been watching tapes over there – the And1 stuff, I think – and gotten the wrong impression about American basketball.”

Before the season, the stream of Division I recruiters passing through the program to see Alexander’s teammates made several stops to inspect him. Keatts had little playing time for Alexander, but he did have hopes for him. He could shoot the ball, could dribble and had an intriguing athleticism. What’s more, he was impressed with how the kid would break into his gym late at night to play.

Keatts called West Virginia assistant, Jeff Neubauer, who made the drive down to watch a fairly unimpressive workout. Before he met Alexander, he still wasn’t sure he’d tell his boss, John Beilein, that they should offer him a scholarship.

“He was just OK,” Neubauer said. “He showed some hop and pop, but it wasn’t like he dominated.”

And they sat down to talk, and Alexander felt like he had waited his whole life for that moment. “He stared through me with those eyes of his, and it made everything he told me like it was the most convincing thing I’d ever heard,” Neubauer said. “Here he is, coming out of high school with no offers, and he’s telling me that he’s going to play in the NBA.”

Witnesses remember Beilein watching the open gyms after signing Alexander, pulling him to the side and telling him: “Joe, your teams never win.” Alexander flashed him something of a blank stare. All his life, he had just played played. He had never been coached in his life, and now, he had the Ph.D. on passing, shooting and cutting. He had that blended Princeton and triangle offense. As a freshman, to run an offense – remember the plays, read the defenses and respond – left him befuddled.

“I didn’t know what I was missing,” he said. “I had no idea. And that’s part of the reason why I struggled so much under Coach Beilein. I didn’t even realize what it meant to be coached.”

Behind an upperclassmen team that reached the Sweet 16, Alexander played little as a freshman. Even without minutes, though, he was winning respect within the program for a relentless work ethic. He was sleeping in the locker room three and four nights a week, climbing onto a billiards table to take out the safety lights when he finally, in his WVU sweats, lay down on the couch.

Once, the power was lost in the West Virginia coliseum when he was shooting baskets late at night. So, Alexander drove his Nissan down the ramp and turned on his headlights to finish his workout. West Virginia’s coaches would always tell his father, Steve, these stories, and on a visit to Morgantown, his son was getting antsy in his dorm room at 9:30 one night. “I need to go shoot,” Joe told him, and soon, Steve had an uneasy feeling in his stomach when his son knew the one coliseum door he could jerk open to shimmy them inside.

“I felt a little like we were breaking and entering,” Steve said.

Soon, the night security man greeted his son like an old friend, and Joe was introducing Steve to him and the cleaning lady like they were his closest friends on campus. In so many ways, it wasn’t that Alexander needed to spend those nights in the locker room so he could awake and return right to working out.

“It wasn’t like I was putting in 12 hours a day there,” he said. “But it was really a product of my mentality toward what I’m doing in life. Why do I need to go home? What am I going to do there? Watch TV? I had nothing else going in my life. Nothing else mattered. At night, I just need someplace soft to sleep. And the couch in the locker room was fine.”

He worked his way into the Mountaineers’ rotation as a sophomore, scoring 10.3 points per game, but his concentration declined down the stretch of the season. He had made dramatic strides over his freshman season, and Beilein could see the light was started to flicker in that cluttered mind. “We were waiting for him to just slow down, and see the game develop, and that started to happen at the end of his sophomore year,” Beilein said.

Only, Beilein wouldn’t stay to see that transformation as a junior. He left for Michigan, and Bob Huggins was hired as West Virginia’s coach. Whereas Beilein valued the skills and finesse of the game, Huggins honored strength and toughness. Right away, Huggins turned Alexander loose in the weight room, taught him to play the post, to use that burgeoning body on offense and defense.

As it turned out, this was the perfect balance to Beilein. For the kid who had never been coached, he had been delivered two decidedly different graduate-level courses at West Virginia. “The best of both worlds,” he said. “Coach Beilein teaches players to think the game and Coach Huggs teaches guys how to be tough.”

Across the final two months of his junior season, everything came together for Alexander. He lit up UConn for 30 points twice, scoring 25 points per game over the final half of the season. All of that confidence, that earnest cockiness, within him manifested itself on the floor. After scoring 22 points to beat Duke to reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament, he roared after teammate Joe Mazzulla mocked the Blue Devils’ tradition slapping of the court and Alexander later feigned astonishment in the postgame news conference that Duke had eight high school All-Americans on its roster.

“Who?” he asked.

To Alexander, Duke had been the establishment standard, and he had torn them apart. If nothing else, he was the outsider crashing the gates, the un-recruited kid whom Duke would’ve never considered. “Man, Joe Mazzulla slapping the floor – that was just such a great thing to happen in my life,” Alexander said.

Suddenly, he was a must-see prospect on NBA lists. Back then, there were teams picking in the late 20s who thought they’d have a shot at drafting him should he leave school early. Yet once Alexander started working out with guru Joe Abunassar in Las Vegas, reports of his strength and explosion – video of his 40-inch vertical leap and surreal lift on his jump shot – made him the story of the pre-draft process.

“Who?” he wondered.

Alexander moved to Vegas with his father and rapidly lost his belief that he needed to return to school for his senior year. Before signing with agent Doug Neustadt, they listened to pitches out of several of the powerhouse firms. They talked about all the money that he’d make in the draft lottery, and that rookie contract, and it was after the fifth presentation that Joe finally turned to his father.

“That 1.3 million,” Alexander asked, “is that a year, or over the course of the whole deal?”

“When he tells you the money doesn’t matter, it really doesn’t,” Steve said.

Alexander traveled to Milwaukee on Monday for a second visit with the Bucks, and it appears there’s a good chance he could be drafted eighth there. He comes out of nowhere, out of the Far East and the hills of West Virginia, the biggest story of this NBA draft for the simplest of reasons: Joe Alexander wouldn’t take no for an answer.

“The biggest thing that I wasn’t exposed to in this country, with kids coming up in basketball, was that idea that if they’re not good from the get-go, they’re done,” he said. “I always felt over there that the idea wasn’t to be good when you started, but work hard and become good eventually. Here, I get the sense that it’s too much of, ‘I’m not good at basketball, so that means I’m not going to be good.’ That shouldn’t be the mentality.”

Joe Alexander, the mystery slowly, surely fading away, hesitated for a second, and finally said, “Well, maybe they should just look at me.”

erichubert
06-25-2008, 01:48 PM
I love the replays of past NBA drafts that BTV is showing right now. So far I have seen the famous 1984 draft and the 1988 draft featuring Danny Manning. I was amused at the commentators' comments about the picks. They apparently liked Bowie over Jordan too, and they didn't like John Stockton. Another interesting thing was Mitch Richmond being booed for being selected no. 5 in the 88 draft, they said it was too high, whereas looking back, he should probably be selected first in that draft.

mighty_lion
06-25-2008, 02:17 PM
News is out that Portland and New Orleans closed a deal where Portland will acquire the 27th pick in exchange for $3 million. Nakakaaning ang ganitong balita lalo na sa mga Suns fan. ;D

john_paul_manahan
06-25-2008, 02:18 PM
based from the readings i have conducted in espn.com

1. it looks as though d-rose is a bull.
2. pat riley is looking at trading beasley to secure a guard.
3. blazers looking to wheel and deal again (they just secured, accdg to sources, nawlins' 1st rounder).

john_paul_manahan
06-25-2008, 02:19 PM
News is out that Portland and New Orleans closed a deal where Portland will acquire the 27th pick in exchange for $3 million. Nakakaaning ang ganitong balita lalo na sa mga Suns fan.* ;D


looking possibly at ante tomic or nicolas batum

mighty_lion
06-25-2008, 02:21 PM
Draft rumor.

Barbosa + 15th for Maggette + 7th.

john_paul_manahan
06-25-2008, 02:23 PM
clippers are also interested in dealing with the heat.

we want oj mayo!

coreytaylor
06-25-2008, 02:50 PM
Paxson’s draft announcement: Wait ‘til Thursday
By ANDREW SELIGMAN, AP Sports Writer
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP)—Derrick Rose or Michael Beasley?

Chicago Bulls general manager John Paxson wasn’t about to announce a decision on Tuesday, though he might have hinted at his intentions for the No. 1 pick despite his best effort to hide them.

Surveying the microphones and notepads, he grinned and said, “If anybody thinks I’m going to give something away today, I’m not.”

The Bulls have the top pick in the NBA draft on Thursday and a big decision to make, and Paxson said he’s thinking about the long term.

Considering he believes Beasley will have a more immediate impact, that could be an indication he’s leaning toward Rose.

“I know we can’t go wrong either way,” he said. “Every team would like to think when they have a bad year, they can turn it around overnight. But we sit here and we have to look a few years down the road and how we’re going to be better then to establish something.”

The Beasley-Rose debate began in Chicago when the Bulls defied 1.7 percent odds and won the lottery.

Do they go with Rose, who grew up on the city’s South Side and played at Simeon High School before leading Memphis to a record 38 wins and the NCAA finals in his lone season? Or Beasley, who delivered one of the best seasons ever by a college freshman?

Rose averaged 14.9 points and 4.7 assists and was better in the postseason when his scoring jumped to 20.8 per game before things ended on a sour note. He missed one of two free throws with 10.8 seconds left in regulation, and Kansas’ Mario Chalmers took advantage, hitting a 3-pointer to send the game into overtime and, ultimately, the Jayhawks to the championship.

Then there’s Beasley.

He became the third freshman in NCAA history to lead the nation in rebounds at 12.4 per game while averaging 26.2 points. He had the second-most rebounds and third-most points by a freshman in NCAA history, helping Kansas State to its first NCAA tournament victory in 20 years.

Paxson said he will keep the pick unless “somebody calls and wants to offer the best player in the game,” and there are no indications that LeBron James and Kobe Bryant are being shopped. That leaves Chicago in a situation similar to Portland’s last year.

The Trail Blazers were also a long shot to get the first pick, and they had to decide between a potentially dominant big man (Greg Oden) and perimeter player (Kevin Durant). Unlike Chicago, Portland did not have the added bonus of a coaching search.

“Thank God,” Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard said.

Trying to pick the cornerstone of the franchise was difficult enough. The Blazers ultimately drafted Oden, who had microfracture surgery on his right knee and missed his rookie year.

Pritchard said deciding between two players posed “a lot more challenges than you expect. But it allows you to get very deep into two players.”

Pritchard told his staff last year to “keep an open mind until right before the draft.” He gave Paxson this advice a few weeks ago: “Relax, you got two good guys to look at. Have fun with it.”

Paxson said, “I don’t think we’ve had as much fun as they might have. I’m a little more uptight than that.”

He has reason to be following a difficult season.

After three straight playoff appearances, the Bulls expected to contend in the Eastern Conference but went 33-49 instead. Coach Scott Skiles got fired in December, and interim coach Jim Boylan was let go after the season.

They ended a drawn-out search by hiring Vinny Del Negro after high-profile courtship’s with Mike D’Antoni and Doug Collins fell through. The Bulls did catch a big break when they won the lottery. Now, they need to capitalize.

If they go with Rose, the Bulls would have a crowded backcourt with Kirk Hinrich, Larry Hughes and Thabo Sefolosha even if restricted free agent Ben Gordon leaves. There would be a similar scenario up front if Chicago drafts Beasley, with Drew Gooden, Joakim Noah and Tyrus Thomas in place along with restricted free agent Luol Deng.

Either way, the Bulls would need to make a trade, right?

“That would be the quick reaction,” Paxson said. “But it’s not a given. It really isn’t. We haven’t had one guy who has distinguished himself as the real leader on our floor. And we have to be real careful to make any snap decisions. … You don’t want to jump into something, making a move, and then a year from now if something doesn’t work out, you don’t have a roster.”

coreytaylor
06-25-2008, 02:57 PM
Mock draft: Take 4
By Jonathan Givony, DraftExpress.com
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news

1. Chicago Bulls – Derrick Rose, PG, 19, 6-3, 190 pounds (Memphis freshman): Chicago appeases the locals by taking the player that fits the culture and direction of its organization. He also brings an incredible amount of talent to the table.

2. Miami Heat – Michael Beasley, PF, 19, 6-9, 235 pounds (Kansas State freshman): No hesitation here. The Heat are happy to take the leading candidate for Rookie of the Year honors.

3. Minnesota Timberwolves – O.J. Mayo, PG/SG, 20, 6-5, 195 pounds (USC freshman): Mayo adds talent to a backcourt that had high expectations but has little very little thus far. This may not be his first choice, but they call it a draft for a reason.

4. Seattle SuperSonics– Brook Lopez, C, 20, 7-0, 260 pounds (Stanford sophomore): If Sonics decide to go big, Lopez will be the choice. Russell Westbrook also figures to be in play here.

5. Memphis Grizzlies – Kevin Love, PF/C, 19, 6-9, 255 pounds (UCLA freshman): This may be a reach, but Memphis likes Love and needs to take a frontcourt player at all costs.

6. New York Knicks – Jerryd Bayless, PG/SG, 19, 6-3, 199 pounds (Arizona freshman): Bayless isn’t ready to play the point full time, but he’s the best value at this pick.

7. Los Angeles Clippers – Eric Gordon, SG, 19, 6-3, 215 pounds (Indiana freshman): Gordon has been penciled in to go to the Clippers for some time.

8. Milwaukee Bucks – Joe Alexander, 21, 6-8, 230 pounds (West Virginia junior): The Bucks have a big need at small forward and will want to take a player with great athleticism and upside and a high intensity level.

9. Charlotte Bobcats – Russell Westbrook, PG/SG, 19, 6-3, 187 pounds (UCLA sophomore): Larry Brown finally got chance to see Westbrook in person. Still, Bobcats will be fortunate if he falls this far considering Seattle also has interest.

10. New Jersey Nets – Danilo Gallinari, SF, 19, 6-9, 209 pounds (Armani Jeans Milano, international): Gallinari is the best player available here, and may be one of the biggest steals in the draft at this point.

11. Indiana Pacers – D.J. Augustin, PG, 20 , 5-11, 175 pounds (Texas sophomore): The Pacers like Westbrook, but still feel fortunate to get Augustin considering he fills their biggest position of need – and is of strong character.

12. Sacramento Kings – Anthony Randolph, SF/PF, 18, 6-11, 220 pounds (LSU freshman): Geoff Petrie knows his team is lacking athleticism in a major way, and will be very happy to scoop up Randolph after he falls a few spots lower than he probably hoped.

13. Portland Trail Blazers – Alexis Ajinca, C, 20, 7-1, 225 pounds (Hyeres-Toulon, international): Anjica has been making a charge up some draft boards. With Greg Oden expected to debut, Blazers also have luxury of bringing Anjica along.

14. Golden State Warriors – Donte Greene, SF/PF, 20, 6-10, 220 pounds (Syracuse freshman): Golden State isn’t married to any of their forwards for the long-term, and Donte Greene would be an excellent fit for Don Nelson’s offense.

15. Phoenix Suns (from Atlanta) – Brandon Rush, SG/SF, 22, 6-7, 211 pounds (Kansas junior): GM Steve Kerr wants greater emphasis on defense and Rush just happens to be one of the best defenders you’ll find on the board.

16. Philadelphia 76ers – DeAndre Jordan, C, 19 , 7-0, 260 pounds (Texas A&M freshman): At this point in the draft Jordan’s upside and physical tools outweigh the many question marks about his skill level.

17. Toronto Raptors – Robin Lopez, PF/C, 20, 7-0, 255 pounds (Stanford sophomore): Robin Lopez also has been moving up. He’ll give the Raptors, who have looked at moving Rasho Nesterovic, a quality post defender.

18. Washington Wizards – Darrell Arthur, PF, 20, 6-9, 215 pounds (Kansas sophomore): The Wizards are in a position to draft the best player available and will like the athleticism and skill-level that Arthur brings to the table.

19. Cleveland Cavaliers – Kosta Koufos, C, 19, 7-1, 245 pounds (Ohio State freshman): Zydrunas Ilgauskas is still quality starter, giving Koufos time to develop.

20. Denver Nuggets – JaVale McGee, C, 20, 7-0, 237 pounds (Nevada sophomore): The Nuggets, who have looked at moving Marcus Camby, could be too intrigued by McGee’s all-around talent to let him slip any further, even if it will take him considerable time to develop.

21. New Jersey Nets (from Dallas) – Marreese Speights, PF/C, 20, 6-10, 245 pounds (Florida sophomore): The Nets need size after taking a SF with their first pick, and are yearning for an athlete who can play both frontcourt positions. GM Rod Thorn also is said to favor Koufos if he drops this far.

22. Orlando Magic – Courtney Lee, SG/SF, 22, 6-5, 200 pounds (Western Kentucky senior): The Magic have been looking for a quality SG for some time now, and Lee is a high character, extremely versatile defender who can space the floor for Dwight Howard.

23. Utah Jazz – Roy Hibbert, C, 21, 7-2, 272 pounds (Georgetown senior): Hibbert would help give Jazz the shot-blocking presence they have lacked.

24. Seattle SuperSonics (from Phoenix) – J.J. Hickson, PF, 19, 6-9, 242 North Carolina State freshman): Hickson has been moving up on some boards; Sonics have time for him to develop.

25. Houston Rockets – Douglas-Roberts, SG/SF, 21, 6-7, 200 pounds (Memphis junior): The Rockets are looking at slashing wing players who are tough and can defend, and CDR surely fits the bill.

26. San Antonio Spurs – Ryan Anderson, PF, 20, 6-10, 240 (California sophomore): With Tiago Splitter electing to stay in Spain, Spurs could use another young big. Jason Thompson also could be pick here.

27. New Orleans Hornets – Mario Chalmers, PG, 22, 6-1, 190 pounds (Kansas junior): The Hornets don’t have a true backup point guard and Chalmers suits their style of basketball. He can defend, shoot and is excellent in transition.

28. Memphis Grizzlies (from L.A. Lakers) – Jason Thompson, C, 21, 6-11, 250 pounds (Rider senior): Memphis needs all the size it can get, and Thompson, who has been making a late climb, can give them that.

29. Detroit Pistons – Bill Walker, SF, 20, 6-6, 225 pounds (Kansas State freshman): Walker had been slated to go here before his injury. Do Pistons still gamble on him?

30. Boston Celtics – DeVon Hardin, C, 21, 6-11, 250 pounds (California senior): The Celtics could end up dealing the pick to keep from adding to their luxury-tax hit. If they keep it, Hardin gives them get a tough, defensive-oriented athletic backup center.

coreytaylor
06-25-2008, 05:09 PM
Knicks are looking at selecting Texas' D.J. Augustin in NBA draft
http://www.nydailynews.com/

The Knicks could make Texas' D.J. Augustin their first round pick in Thursday's NBA draft.

Listed at 6-foot by the University of Texas, D.J. Augustin measured at only 5-10 in recent workouts, and was last seen by America getting beaten up by a bigger, stronger Derrick Rose in an NCAA Tournament game.

So why does it feel like the Knicks will make Augustin their first-round pick in two days?

It's just a hunch, and maybe that feeling will go away by Thursday. But Rose will be long gone by the time the Knicks draft at No.6, Arizona's Jerryd Bayless is likely to be off the board as well, and UCLA's Russell Westbrook, the only other viable guard, is not ready to come in and run an NBA team.

With Donnie Walsh and Mike D'Antoni wanting to be competitive right away, Augustin - who averaged 19.2 points and 5.8 assists as a sophomore - might make for the best choice. And that's why a couple of teams drafting in the Knicks' vicinity see him coming to New York, even if a few think it's a bit of a reach. Once a lock to go in the top 10, Augustin's stock took a hit when Rose and Memphis ran over the Longhorns en route to the Final Four.

"That scared some people because you're looking at Augustin thinking, will this also happen on the next level?" said one Eastern Conference GM whose team picks in the top 10. "But he is the consummate point guard. He knows how to run a team and he can come in and do it right away, no questions asked. He's crafty with the ball. He can get his shot. And he can shoot it."

That sounds like just the kind of player D'Antoni wants to run his system. By all accounts, Walsh will have final say on whom the Knicks select. He knows all too well how things can go awry when he allows a coach to make the pick. Just go back to 2002 when he allowed Isiah Thomas to make the Pacers' selection. Thomas went against the wishes of the entire scouting department and took Fred Jones over Tayshaun Prince. Nice move.

But in this case, Walsh also has to see that despite Augustin's lack of height, he'd be a good fit for the Knicks. So he's two inches short of six feet? Chris Paul isn't the biggest guy in the world, either.

Westbrook is rated a little higher than Augustin, but only because he's 6-3. The UCLA star's No.1 strength is that he can defend either guard position. But since when is that a priority for D'Antoni? It's at the other end, the one the new coach really worries about, where Westbrook has shown that he will need lots of work.

D'Antoni wants a playmaker to get the ball to wing players. One of his favorite sayings in Phoenix was, "it's all about the corners," and Steve Nash did a superb job kicking the ball out to three-point shooters stationed in those areas.

In New York, D'Antoni needs to draft a player immediately to fill the post. Stephon Marbury and Jamal Crawford are shooters above all else. Nate Robinson is backup material.

Rose would have been the no-brainer choice, but the Knicks are going to have to contend with him for years to come when they play Chicago. Bayless, who has drawn comparisons to fellow Arizona product Gilbert Arenas, would be a Garden favorite. But he wouldn't be the best fit, even if he manages to slip past Seattle at No.4. Arizona didn't take off until the coaches moved him to shooting guard and put the ball in the hands of a better playmaker, Nic Wise.

The way the NBA has evolved, it's paramount to have a point guard who can penetrate for himself or find open shooters. That is, if you don't have Kobe Bryant, LeBron James or Tim Duncan. At last check, the Knicks don't have anyone approaching that level.

If they take Augustin, it's important to know up front that he is no Nash, which is going to present some problems for D'Antoni. But who knew Nash would turn out to be Nash when the Suns signed him to a free-agent contract in 2004?

"If someone had told me that Steve Nash would become a two-time MVP, I would have said, "Yeah, sure,'" Dallas owner Mark Cuban said. "But as it turned out, the Suns were a lot smarter than us. Steve was the perfect match for Mike D'Antoni. There was no better match for Steve than D'Antoni's style of play."

The Knicks need to find another match. The call here is for D.J. Augustin.

coreytaylor
06-25-2008, 05:14 PM
McHale not sure if Wolves will keep pick or trade it
By JERRY ZGODA, Star Tribune
http://www.startribune.com/

So much can happen between now and when Commissioner David Stern steps to the podium Thursday night at Madison Square Garden to announce the Timberwolves' selection in the NBA draft.

Will the Wolves trade down from the third pick a couple slots to acquire an extra player or draft pick and still hope they can select UCLA forward Kevin Love, Stanford center Brook Lopez, Italian forward Danilo Gallinari or Indiana guard Eric Gordon? Will they package their two second-round picks -- two of the first four in that round -- to acquire another first-round pick? If the Wolves keep the pick, will O.J. Mayo be your next Timberwolf?

Wolves vice president of basketball operations Kevin McHale watched Gordon, Arizona guard Jerryd Bayless, Indiana guard Eric Gordon and Oklahoma forward Longar Longar work out at Target Center, assured he knew one thing about Thursday night.

"We're going to get a really good player, no question," he said. "There are a lot of good players in this draft. It's a really deep draft. That's why I'm excited about 31 and 34 [their two second-round picks]. We can package those and move up, but the more and more I look at it, we might stay there. There are some really good, interesting players who might drop. It's going to be a fun Thursday night."

McHale said Monday's workouts were the team's last. He said his staff still was trying to organize a phone conversation with Kansas State's Michael Beasley, who worked out only for Chicago and Miami, just in case the Wolves find themselves with the chance to draft him.

"I hope so, not that it will be earth-shaking," McHale said. "But you'd like a chance of talking to him. We don't control that. You can just ask."

Asked what his gut feeling is about the Wolves keeping their pick or trading it, McHale said, "I've got one of those. I'm not going to share it with you ... Up until now, there have been a lot of people throwing some stuff out there. It'll get more serious today and tomorrow. On Thursday, you'll get a good offer."

erichubert
06-25-2008, 05:36 PM
This draft is really shaping up to be unpredictable and exciting and what is clear is that after Rose and Beasley, the next 10-12 picks are almost of the same caliber. Pagalingan na lang ng talent scouts and evaluators yan, and I think there would be a lot of busts and steals coming out of this draft. One person who is screaming bust is Kevin Love, specially if he is selected in the top 5.

CM_Punk
06-26-2008, 12:44 PM
With Indiana getting the #17 pick from Toronto in the J. O'Neal trade, they will probably pick Best Player Available (BPA) with their #11 lottery pick, and get whichever big man is available at #17- Robin Lopez, Jordan, McGee, etc. Indiana is going into full rebuilding mode, and look to dump their other expensive players for younger guys.

coreytaylor
06-26-2008, 03:14 PM
^ they should consider 6'11 donte green.

erichubert
06-26-2008, 04:48 PM
Indiana should have been in full rebuilding mode years ago. I think even with Ford, they need another point guard considering how injury-prone Ford is. I would get a big for #11 maybe Lopez, Jordan or Randolph, and I would hope Chalmers is available at #17.

King_stag
06-26-2008, 08:54 PM
Larry Bird is really serious when he told that indiana will have a facelift, expect him to make series of deals.

john_paul_manahan
06-27-2008, 08:21 AM
bulls - derrick rose
heat - michael beasley
wolves - oj mayo
sonics - russell westbrook
grizzlies - kevin love
knicks - danilo gallinari
clippers - eric gordon
bucks - joe alexander

JonarSabilano
06-27-2008, 08:46 AM
Kings pick Jason Thompson at #12.

First surprise of this draft. Kid has upside, had a 20-12 average at Rider, but I'm quite surprised he got picked this high. Most mock drafts had him at the 20's.

The_Big_Cat
06-27-2008, 09:22 AM
I love Miami's composition: Dwayne Wade, Shawn Marion & Michael Beasley.

Wow! Ang ganda ng combo ngayon sa Memphis: Gay-Love. ;D
Rudy Gay and Kevin Love.

Memphis has now a legit post-presence who can teach Kwame Brown (former #1 pick) and Darko Milicic (former #2 pick).

bigfreeze_bibby
06-27-2008, 10:04 AM
Darrell Arthur of Kansas has yet to be selected due to his kidney issues and he didn't undergo the usual medical exam for the rookies in their various workouts with different teams. This is what I've heard on the draft telecast.

john_paul_manahan
06-27-2008, 10:18 AM
he's going to portland (c/o nawlins)

JonarSabilano
06-27-2008, 10:20 AM
Japeth's WKU teammate Courtney Lee is selected by Orlando at #22. He's the first WKU player to be selected in the first round since 1987.

john_paul_manahan
06-27-2008, 10:22 AM
Japeth's WKU teammate Courtney Lee is selected by Orlando at #22. He's the first WKU player to be selected in the first round since 1987.


he'll fit right in. could be their starting sg.

BigBlue
06-27-2008, 10:31 AM
the first round has ended, and DeAndre Jordan has still not been picked

john_paul_manahan
06-27-2008, 10:32 AM
so is CDR and mario chalmers

King_stag
06-27-2008, 10:51 AM
Joe D is sick, he got the guy he wanted (DJ white) but he traded the right to the 32nd and 42nd pick. They received walter sharpe >:(.

john_paul_manahan
06-27-2008, 10:59 AM
CDR is still out there. he just went to the nets. deandre jordan goes to my clips.

King_stag
06-27-2008, 11:08 AM
Finally CDR's name is called ;D

JonarSabilano
06-27-2008, 11:14 AM
CDR is still out there. he just went to the nets. deandre jordan goes to my clips.


Ang taas ng binaba niya ah. :P

john_paul_manahan
06-27-2008, 11:15 AM
pat ewing jr is going to the kings

CM_Punk
06-27-2008, 11:41 AM
I'm very surprised that CDR lasted all the way to the 40th pick, going to New Jersey. Guess teams still view him as the guy who choked with his free throws in the last few minutes of the NCAA championship game, and the fact that he had had so-so workouts. I'm sure CDR will have a huge chip on his shoulder, and want to prove to all the other teams that they made a mistake in making him fall to the 2nd round.

tigerman
06-27-2008, 12:00 PM
Great pickups by New Jersey (B. Lopez, Anderson and CDR), good job Mr. Rod Thorn and Kiki. :)




USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!

john_paul_manahan
06-27-2008, 12:06 PM
draft has been completed.

not bad for the clips. getting eric gordon and deandre jordan (and trading for mike taylor).

tigerman
06-27-2008, 12:28 PM
I think the boos given by the Knicks fan to Galinari is as a welcome gesture. ;D

Galinari better show up early or else D' Antoni's gonna be getting some boos too. :D


USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!

tigerman
06-27-2008, 12:32 PM
I told you Brook Lopez is going down in the draft and on to Meadowlands in preparation for the Brooklyn Nets come 2010. :D




USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!

john_paul_manahan
06-27-2008, 12:50 PM
i just checked that there is an agreement in principle according to reports:

twolves trade oj mayo and throwins jaric, walker, buckner to grizz for kevin love, mike miller, brian cardinal's contract, one of the collins' twins

erichubert
06-27-2008, 03:05 PM
It was an action-packed draft. Biggest surprises were Darrell Arthur's slip, CDR and Chalmers going in the 2nd round and Sacramento picking Jason Thompson with the 12th pick. I really feel for Arthur, he slipped all the way to the 27th pick, from a projection of as high as the 8th pick, then he got traded to Portland, to Houston and finally to Memphis. Wow, what a way to start your career, I guess those kidney rumors really hurt him. CDR is going to be a steal for NJ, they are lucky to get him in the 2nd round.

tigerman
06-27-2008, 03:28 PM
You forgot to include the slip of Brook Lopez from a potential top 5 to being drafted late at 10.

Rod Thorn might have seen Brook somehow crying after getting bypassed in the next 7 picks. ;D


USTE LO MEJOR!
VIVA SANTO TOMAS!

john_paul_manahan
06-27-2008, 03:32 PM
jay-z: hei lebron a.k.a kaiser, we want you in brooklyn in 2010.

erichubert
06-27-2008, 03:38 PM
If Lebron indeed comes to NJ in 2010, this draft would certainly memorable for NJ. Brook Lopez, CDR, Ryan Anderson are all good pieces that can complement the King's game.