8:36 I’ve got to check out for a while now to work on my story. Be back later.
8:34 Donnie Walsh just came in for a four-minute press conference. He said he wanted either Curry or Hill and knew he’d be getting one of them.However, I’m not sure he’s crazy about Hill. Maybe I’m projecting, but he didn’t sound like a guy who’d plucked a gem. I could see a trade happening.
8:26 What do you think of the pick?
8:22 With Hill still on the board, the Knicks couldn’t resist. The 6-10 Arizona forward is a Knick. This is very unexpected. All the talk was about them taking a guard. They needed backcourt help in the worst way. So they took a big man instead.
8:18 Is there a pharmacist in the house? Somebody get the Curry family some Prozac. The moment Curry’s name was announced his father Dell looked like a jury had just found him guilty of grand larceny. Steph needs to be hit with a cattle prod too. They wanted to be in NYC badly.
8:16 Tragedy! Knick fans were teased and then had the rug pulled out from under them. Curry is now a Warrior. Like Monta Ellis he is a tweener who can shoot and pass. What a blow to the Knicks. Now who do they get? Holiday? That’s what I picked.
8:10 Wow. I did not see that coming. The Wolves took another point guard, Jonny Flynn of Syracuse, with their other pick. They’re going to pair him with Rubio in a brand new backcourt that will be one of the best passing units in the league. Their long-range shooting will be very weak though. Rubio in particular is a bad shooter. It’s possible that Minny is planning to trade one of them. That would make a little more sense.
New York is now only one Golden State pick away from landing Steph Curry. I’ve heard a lot about G-State looking at Arizona forward Jordan Hill.
8:08 I see Curry going here.
8:04 Down goes Rubio. Minnesota takes him with the fifth pick. Quite a fake smile the Rickster was sporting. He could smell New York. Instead he’s being dropped off in the frozen tundra.
One of my coworkers said he looks like Balky from Perfect Strangers. I can see it. “With the fifth pick, from the small island of Mypos, the Timberwolves select…”
8:01 Now comes Minnesota’s two picks. This is where the draft will shape up for the Knicks.
7:57 The Kings take Tyreke Evans with the fourth pick. That’s one of the Knicks’ wants off the board. I’m not sure if Sacto views Evans as a point guard or not. If so, he would play alongside Kevin Martin. That could be a nasty backcourt combo of shooting and driving. And would boot Beno Udrih to the bench where he belongs. It won’t boot him to the NBDL bench where he really belongs, but still, good first step.
7:54 Like that reaction by Harden. Just a quick chest pound with his fist and a little snarl. Hell yeah, he was saying. Love the bowtie too. This guy sounds really mature. I’m calling it right now — future assistant coach.
7:52 Innnnnnnnteresting. OKC just took James Harden with the third pick. This was a possibility all along, but so was Rubio. By taking Harden, a polished guard who does a lot of good things, the Thunder pushed Rubio a tiny bit closer to New York. Harden, a mature player, will go well with the young Thunder. Rubio is now the favorite for Sacto at 4.
7:46 No big surprise here. The Grizz take UConn center Hasheem Thabeet. He’ll be the defensive counterpart to Marc Gasol. Of course Gasol scored about 11 a game last year, so it won’t take much by Thabeet to supplant him as a scorer either.
7:45 Mike Dunleavy just did a video conference. He looks like a potato. And he’s about as inspiring as one. Something tells me the Clips aren’t winning 60 next year.
7:42 Now things get interesting. Memphis is up with the No. 2.
7:39 Blake Griffin, your NBA career is now over. You are an LA Clipper. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Well, there’s always Taylor Griffin to carry the family name. No matter how things end up for Blake, he’ll always have the distinction of having the straightest hairline in league history. That thing was shaved with a slide rule or something.
7:35 David Stern just started the clock on the Clippers. Then the camera cut to Mike Dunleavy on the phone in the Clips war room. Who is he talking to? You’re taking Blake Griffin. I hope for his sake he was ordering a pizza.