Big day is here, who knows what's going to happen
Well here we go.
Who do they take?
Who should they take?
What’s the trade chatter?
What’s going to happen at No. 3 and No. 4.
I think this might be the draft with the most intrigue and indecision that I’ve seen in a long, long time.
So what’s it mean?
Think what it means most is that we’ll be surprised an awful lot, some guys will go far earlier than expected, some will fall and much angst and discussion will ensue.
Not too many of the Henchmen were around yesterday at the other of texts or e-mails and Bryan tends to go far under cover in the final hours before the draft so to suggest there was any new insight is a bit of a stretch.
But the one name I heard linked to these guys more than any other – and not just from people here, either – was Bismack Biyombo, the raw 19-year-old Congo kid.
And if you think of it, maybe going with a big guy and someone young and full of potential is the way to go.
It’s a young group anyway, not likely going to contend for anything other than relative mediocrity next year and another young big, given the alternatives, makes sense.
Now, I’ll say that if Brandon Knight falls to No. 5 – and it would most likely only happen if Utah takes Kanter at No. 3 – they’ll snap him up but of the group that’s likely to be there, why not take a shot at Biyombo, a 6-9 bit of an energetic beast.
This I heard, and it’s paraphrased, about Biyombo from a friend last night who got it from the GM of the team he covers:
“His offensive game isn’t nearly as bad as I was led to believe. Good footwork, just needs coaching.”
Not likely but you never know.
Couldn’t get anyone to even acknowledge the ESPN thing about Tony Parker yesterday but it does seem a stretch.
And, as we read from Bryan in this missive, if he makes a deal, it’s not going to be to move too far.
There have been, and will be, copious amounts of rumours floating around today, I’m sure, given the uncertain nature of the entire draft.
Some of them might even be true.
I was going to let Super Dog do it – she’d have as good a chance at getting six or seven right – but she was recalcitrant and wouldn’t put her paw on a name.
Biggest waste of a bunch of writers time, draft edition?
Had to be 2007 for sure.
We’re all done, filed, and have retired for a post-draft chinwag at this little bistro I know that’s in the Bermuda Triangle of office, parking lot, arena.
Well, we’re not done, as it turns out. We all get the same e-mail at about the same time, somewhere around 12:30 a.m. as I recall, that Bryan’s picked up Giorgos Printezis, merely the 57th pick in a 60-pick draft.
Out come the laptops, we all type about four sentences, send ‘em in and get back to our regularly-scheduled social hour.
It’s the only real impact Giorgos Printezis has had on my life, other than the eleventy kabillion times I had to explain he wasn’t good enough to play over here.
Oh, we are so absolutely going to do one of those In Game Bloggy Thingies here tonight if you want.
After all besides mocking mock drafts and reacting with outrage at a pick or three, there’ll be fashion.
And you know how we love fashion.
So show up about 7:15 or so and we’ll see how it goes.
I miss some of you lugs.
DeAndree Hulett, Tyson Wheeler, Remon Van de Hare.
Which is the worst pick ever?
Hard to choose, isn’t it?
Kind of an interesting “process” question from the mail and I quite enjoy them.
Want to get in the mail? Do it here, the usual way.
Q: I've often wondered about how contact information for NBA types and the media is disseminated. You often hear players, coaches, management and even the press saying they called or texted so and so about such and such. Is contact information for all NBA people made available to other NBA people and the media or is it purely a personal decision on who it's made available to?
Stephen G, Kitchener
A: It’s entirely personal and up to the player, coach, GM, whatever to decide who they want to have their numbers. I don’t remember ever not having a cell number for any coach or GM here, dating back to the Isiah even. A lot of it has to do with the fact I – and most of my colleagues – won’t abuse it; we only make calls when it’s absolutely necessary and not just to say hi.
Players are a different story. Some are quite reluctant to give them out – they’d rather we all agents – and some have more than a few phones at their disposal and you might not get the right number anyway.
Funny story from the day the two Canadians kids worked out here. Can’t remember which one of them it was but he was asked by three different media members for a number where he could be reached draft night and they got three entirely different ones.
Now, there is – or used to be – a league book, known as the Red Book – that had all the contact numbers for executives and head office people in it but that was only given to high ranking guys in the franchise. I got my hands on one one year but never had cause to call David Stern at home.
That’d be a helluva drunk dial, wouldn’t it?
Some night you’re not so Mighty after all.
Other guys 17, Mighty Rockies 9.
I’m loving all his stuff about Tristan Thompson and where he’ll get picked and will he go higher than Steve Nash did at No. 15 and become the highest-picked Canadian ever.
Thompson seems like a good kid, good player and by all accounts he’s not going to slip past No. 13 when they get around to making the selections.
But highest ever?
Not so much.
This old friend musicologist and magazine scribbler of some note always points out that a fellow by the name of Bob Houbregs, Vancouver-born chap, was the second overall pick in the 1953 draft and went on to play five seasons in the NBA.
A 6-9 forward-centre, he was also the GM of the Sonics for a spell, is in the basketball Hall of Fame and should probably get his due.
Here’s a wee look at him and maybe we need to toss the qualifier “of the modern era” to this chatter about Thompson.