Bit of a blah night but what else was expected?
Look at it this way:
All those operators they had standing by for season ticket orders had an easy night.
Seriously, though, it was a pretty lame draft from start to finish all throughout the league – where were all those trades we heard about? – and there was a pretty big “blah” factor when the HOTH came to make their pick.
For now, at least.
Here’s the truth of the matter: You don’t know and I don’t know and they don’t know for certainty whether Terrence Ross is going to be a prospect or a suspect and none of the hand-wringing or name calling is going to change that fact.
It’s probably going to be late 2013 or early 2014 before we know what he really is and that’s entirely understandable.
Could there have been a better pick?
I don’t know.
Sure, Austin Rivers was the flavour of the moment, in part because of name recognition, in part because people had seen him play on TV, in part because he’d be touted a few places.
But, as Dwane explained in the story, they didn’t think he could shoot the ball well enough right now to be the pick and he needs the ball in his hands to be effective and that wasn’t going to happen in a million years if they hit a free agency home run with You Know Who From Phoenix.
Sure, Andre Drummond was on everyone’s mind because he was kind of driving the draft as far as these fellows were concerned. But he’s also a centre, the last thing anyone wanted was two rookie centres to break in during the same season.
And, no, there was no “take Drummond and trade him” possibilities; no one wanted him that badly and it made no sense to take him without a surefire guarantee because if you got stuck with him, you were screwed. Yes, they tried; no, it didn’t work. Get over it.
Look, they tell me Terrence Ross can shoot and he can defend and he’s athletic and a good kid. All probably true.
He was also the consensus pick among the coaches and executives in the room, I’m told, for what that’s worth.
Look, there wasn’t a home run to be hit in this draft as it turned out; they had a list of three, those three were gone so it was time to move to the next name. That was Terrence Ross, for good or bad or indifferent and we’ll let you know sometime late next season whether it was a good pick, a bad pick, an indifferent pick.
It was a blah draft all around; it was a blah night around these parts. But they did what they thought was best for real and well thought out reasons; who knows if they will eventually be proved right.
But the truth of the matter is, they weren’t going to get a franchise changer at No. 8 even if they got one of those three other guys; the real work of keeping this team going forward begins with free agency on Sunday.
So we’re doing the IGBT: Draft Version and there’s two notable missing pieces:
That was as good a soccer game as maybe there’s been in the knockout round of Euro2012; some goals, some attacking, some play that took the bad taste of the plodding Spain-Portugal game away.
And, no, I’m not telling you who I like in Sunday’s final, I don’t need people mad at me.
Gonna be busy today – Ross and Quincy Acy are in at 1 p.m., have other stuff to write, the women’s hoops to follow and a rare radio show to do from 5-7 (yeah, they’re way down the list at the McCown show but you should listen if you can) – but we’ll find time somehow to do it.
Click. Write. Send.
So what did Bryan say?
What you’d expect.
It was a pick they’re comfortable with, had some trade talks but nothing came of them and they are more athletic with Ross than they were.
I’m sure he, like everyone associated with the team, was a little disappointed that the three guys at the top of the list were gone but what can you do? It didn’t work out; you deal with it and move on and see what happens.
But he did dangle on tiny carrot that might get you a bit, well, I don’t know what the right word is:
“(We) still have 48 hours or thereabouts until we go into the next salary cap year … so within the next 24 to 48 hours we’re going to exploring some conversations that we’ve been having. As the dust settles on the draft, team needs become very apparent but we are still armed with that cap flexibility that we have in this salary cap year.”
Do I expect something in the next day?
No, not at all. I think they will – and should – save as much money as they can for after Sunday (hello, Mr. Nash) and see if they can’t plug holes the other way.
One thing I don’t think they can do is use the amnesty clause too early. Yes, it’s all well and good to add to the money they have and they could get to a nice big number over $20 million but what if you amnesty someone and then get nothing in free agency? Then you’re screwed. You’ve got money, can’t spend it and glaring holes in your roster. Makes no sense to me.
At least there’s this.
Yeah, that’s Linas Kleiza making about 17 three-pointers in a row and it doesn’t mean much but I figured you want to see it.
Was nice catching up a bit with Damon Stoudamire before the draft, though.
And we again relived one of those “what if” moments when were talking about it.
“There kind of wasn’t a whole lot of anticipation I knew what was going to happen, that was discussed way back in November. It wasn’t like something that I didn’t know.
“If Kevin Garnett didn’t go to Minnesota, Minnesota was going to draft me and if Kevin Garnett was gone I was coming here."
"I already knew that was going to happen.”
Hmmm, KG in Toronto. That would have altered the course of history, wouldn’t it have?