Of draft picks and legacies and, yes, Liz's big weekend
Think I mentioned that a few of the Henchmen are out in Minnesota this weekend for one of those gang workouts for draft eligible kids that’s basically for second-rounders.
Well, it’ll be interesting to see what they think when they get back.
As you know, second-round draft picks haven’t been the most glorious part of the past for the HOTH, unless you’re thinking Remon Van de Hare, Giorgos Printezis, Solo!!!!, DeeAndre Hulett or Tyson Wheeler are just gems being polished.
And this year, it could be double the fun, given that the Raptors now have two picks in the second round.
Or it couldn’t, according to Bryan.
“It may even be unlikely that we utilize both picks, one being a little bit later. Maybe you take a player based on future, if there is someone on the board who piques our interest but would be better served playing a season or two in Europe whether or not that player was an international player.
“A lot of times a second round pick finds himself in a situation where the contract offer is just not there and they are better suited going to Europe and making a little bit of money and developing their game.”
I know one of the fun things to do is rag on these guys for not making the most of the second round picks they’ve had and, sure, Van de Hare, Wheeler, Hulett and Printezis are pretty good examples but, frankly, it’s so much more an inexact science when you’re picking 35-60 that teams probably deserve a bit of a break from constant criticism.
We know the draft is a crapshoot in the top 10 or 14 (see Oden vs. Durant, everyone vs. the Lakers wanting Kobe, etc, etc, etc), think how much basic luck you need to have a second-rounder pan out.
Lots. And lots.
I don’t know if these guys, or any team, can find a gem that far down the list, for every Manu Ginobili (who was years away from being a player when he was chosen, huge credit to the Spurs staff for that one) there are dozens of gambles that simply don’t pan out across the league.
It’s why I tend to zone out when the second round starts, it’s barely worth paying attention to.
More Bryan on it:
“Second round picks have been places where teams have hit the occasional triple, maybe even home run. You could call a Manu Ginobili in the second round parked in Europe, that’s a home run, maybe a grand slam. You look at the Paul Milsap pick, that’s a triple and yes, we acknowledge he was on the board when we picked that year. But that’s where you have to do a lot of homework, but again get a little bit lucky as well.”
So Liz gets to the big 6-0 in charge this weekend or something, right?
Good for her; couple more decades or so and she can reach the level of Hazel.
Of all the jobs in the world, wouldn’t being Queen, or even a basic run-of-the-mill lowly Royal, be one of the all-time greats?
You don’t do an awful lot, people bow and curtsy towards you all the time and you can travel wherever you want on someone else’s dime and see the world.
People fawn over you, the hours are what you make them and no one’s really ever been fired from the gig. It’s a job for life and it looks really, really easy.
Outside of Canadian Senator or Governor-General or something like that, it seems like one of the great jobs in the world.
Love the way the league rigged that game last night so the Spurs-Thunder series got much better.
Looks like rain might be coming here, maybe some stool time later this afternoon and what better way to kill some time than doing mail, right?
Let me hear from you so I can get it done and maybe sleep in tomorrow morning. That’d be nice, wouldn’t it?
How the heck did it get to be June already?
So what do we think might happen up in Boston tonight when Game 3 unfolds?
The one thing about this group of Celtics that’s been impressive the past few years has been their mental resolve but coming back after that gut-wrenching Game 2 loss is probably going to be too much for them to handle.
They didn’t get a lot of calls while LeBron and Wade kind of ran amok, they did all they could to keep the game close and still couldn’t close the deal in the final few minutes and you wonder when the mental grind is going to get to them.
The one guy I want to watch closely will be Rondo, who was so utterly excellent in Game 2 with nothing to show with it. We know he can be brilliant, we also know he can be mercurial and go for stretches where he has little impact on the game.
I do know that given the circumstances – the iffy bench, the health of Ray Allen, the stakes of being down 2-0 to a team that has better talent – this has to be one of those nights where he follows up his Game 2 effort with something close it in Game 3.
But if he can’t, the Celtics can’t win and I can’t see that series even getting to five games.
Not much pressure on the kid, is there?
All that’s on the line is this series and, in some ways, the legacy of the Big Three. This is unquestionably their last kick at the can, it’s strange to think that the “other” guy is going to be so responsible for how they’re remembered.