The Virgin Megastore on Hollywood Boulevard had a “Going Out Of Business!” auction this month. For the aboriginal few days, aggregate in the abundance was 30 percent off. The abatement jumped to 40 percent and, finally, 80 percent. I voyaged bottomward bottomward there one day too late, able-bodied afterwards every adorable DVD and Blu-Ray disc had been snagged. One bank of DVDs featured alone “Don’t Mess with the Zohan” and “Meet Dave,” to accord you a faculty of what was left.
I spent 20 account coursing through the Blu-Ray remains. It wasn’t pretty. I talked myself into “Terminator 3,” “The Shining” and “Superman Returns,” afresh agitated them for a few added account afore realizing, “Wait a second, what am I doing?” I put the Blu-Rays aback and absolved out of the store.
Here’s the point: The 2009 NBA abstract is the agnate of that 10 account aback I about talked myself into three Blu-Rays I didn’t alike want. I accept apparent “The Shining” 10 actor katrillion times. I don’t charge to own it on Blu-Ray. But aback it’s sitting on the aforementioned shelf with “Along Came Polly” and “Ocean’s 12”? It starts attractive acceptable by default. That’s the botheration with this year’s abstract chic — too abounding “Terminator 3” Blu-Rays, alone anybody abroad is so bad, you alpha talking yourself into them.
Maybe Tyreke Evans actually is a point guard! Maybe DeMar DeRozan can put it together! Maybe Tyler Hansbrough isn’t too slow! Maybe Jrue Holiday’s academy stats aren’t a red flag!
Trust me: It’s the affliction abstract chic aback the abominable Kenyon Martin Abstract in 2000. If I had to bet my activity on any 2009 anticipation acceptable a top-three amateur on a championship team, I’d bet on Blake Griffin, Ricky Rubio and Stephen Curry. That’s it. You’d bethink this abstract as Suckapalooza 2009 anytime if it hadn’t happened on the aforementioned day we absent Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett. Alone the Clippers could accept the No. 1 aces on a day like this, right?
Without added ado, Abstract Diary XIII …
Click actuality for all of the Sports Guy’s abstract affidavit from 2001-2012.
4:30 p.m. (PT) — We’re advancing to you alive from the New And Improved Man Cave! I’m aing by my pooch Rufus, some added pizza and a can of Dr Pepper. Crazy day already: Farrah and Michael; Orlando trades for Vince Carter (one of the bigger “It will end up actuality either a huge hit or a behemothic miss” deals in contempo memory); Mike Dunleavy lashing out at a Clippers season-ticket holder on Colin Cowherd’s radio appearance (OK, it was me, but still); and now, Blake Griffin is about to about-face into the babe from “Drag Me to Hell.” My arch is spinning.
Anyway, some highlights from ESPN’s pre-draft appearance with Stu Scott, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson and Jay Bilas:
1. They showed a attempt of the Clippers war room. It was actually empty.
2. The added ESPN guys acclaim choleric Scott’s activity for Cleveland’s Shaq barter afterwards one bluntly saying, “Stu, I accept some bad account for you — it’s not 2001, it’s 2009.” This is why they accumulate me off flat shows.
3. Bilas said Griffin could “finish with either hand” alert in eight seconds. I’m 39 years old. It still fabricated me laugh.
4. It took 21 account afore addition (Fran Fraschilla) gushed about Rubio’s once-in-a-generation passing, two-steps-ahead-of-everyone timing and absurd career (playing professionally aback age 14). Everyone, and I beggarly EVERYONE, is activity to affliction not actuality added aflame about Ricky Rubio on June 25, 2009. Added on this in a second.
4:33 — Why do I smile every time David Stern strolls out to accost anybody for an NBA draft? I swear, I aloof bent myself smiling. Acceptable to see him.
4:39 — Blake Griffin goes No. 1, followed by shots of Griffin assuming to be blessed and one abandoned Clippers fan animated in the crowd. That was funny. That’s followed by Stern abashed Griffin’s duke the aforementioned way a father-in-law all-overs a son-in-law’s duke appropriate afore he marries off his craziest babe — as in, “I apperceive you’re marrying into my family, but I accept to be honest, I feel actually abhorrent about this and allotment of me wants to acquaint you to run.” That was funnier.
4:42 — “I’m not abashed about what’s happened in the past,” Griffin tells Mark Jones. “I’m alone attractive advanced against the future.” Isn’t that what Mark McGwire said during the aldermanic hearings? Not a acceptable omen. On the ablaze side, we aloof abstruse one of Griffin’s goals is to host “Saturday Night Live.” In all seriousness, what affectionate of allowance would you put on this? I’m activity with 750,000-1.
4:44 — Griffin’s dad aloof gave the best account by a dad in NBA abstract history. Gregarious, thoughtful, informative, funny — I admired it. Did he accept a ton of antagonism for the title? Well, no. But still … I admired it.
4:44 — Mike Dunleavy’s banal account with Scott earns this e-mail from Chad in Denver: “In the history of the world, has there anytime been addition who looked added like a 1930s Cine ‘Bad Guy’ than Drillmaster Dunleavy? Do you anticipate aback players are cut or released, he tells them it’s ‘curtains’ for them? Are affairs and bacon abstracts discussed in agreement of ‘loot?’ During timeouts, I can’t acquaint if he’s cartoon up plays or addition out the break avenue for an armored car job.” And you forgot to acknowledgment that he’s annexation the Clippers appropriate now.
4:46 — Jackson tells us the Grizzlies “are a team, to me, that needs talent.” I agree. I was aloof activity to say that. By the way, I’m aflame for “Thabeet over Rubio” to become the new “Darko over Carmelo.” Somebody should alpha a “Free Thabeet” blog appropriate now. Beat the crowd.
4:46 — The Grizz booty Thabeet. Of advance they do. It would be funny if Rubio and his associates were celebrating. Woohoo! We’re not activity to Memphis! My booty on Thabeet: He’s either a abandoned man’s Dikembe Mutombo or a affluent man’s Keith Closs Jr.
4:48 — “I’m not abiding [Thabeet’s] breach is anytime gonna get there,” Bilas tells us, adding, “He has to get stronger … DeJuan Blair absolutely beasted him … and he actually has to clarify his abhorrent skills.” That’s followed by Thabeet’s accepting the ESPN graphic, “Must Improve: Abhorrent Game.” Somewhere, Darko Milicic is screaming, “I’m off the hook! I’m off the hook!”
4:50 — Jones asks Thabeet, “What does it beggarly to be the aboriginal amateur in the NBA from Tanzania?” This could be a continued night. On the ablaze side, Thabeet allegedly bought Andre the Giant’s articulation on eBay. I accumulate cat-and-mouse for him to claiming Big John Studd to a lumberjack match.
4:51 — OK, who would be the funniest celebrity to try to say the name “Hasheem Thabeet?” Tom Brokaw? Bob Cousy?
4:51 — I accept to appear clean: If the Zombie Sonics booty Rubio or Curry, they will be employing my admired academy amateur of the decade (Kevin Durant); my admired all-embracing amateur of the decade (Rubio) OR my admired academy amateur of the accomplished two years (Curry); two added academy guys I admired (Jeff Green and Russell Westbrook); and if that’s not enough, they accept my admired adolescent drillmaster (Scottie Brooks) and my admired GM who didn’t go to MIT (Sam Presti). At some point, all these things will override “They accept abhorrent owners who hijacked the aggregation from Seattle.” I don’t assurance myself to handle this well. I am an alone child. I’m selfish. I affliction about me only. And if I’m watching 75 Zombie Sonics amateur aing season, at some point, I’m activity to appetite to go to one.
Just apperceive that, if I about-face to the aphotic side, I won’t do it half-assed. It will be like aback Hulk Hogan aing the nWo. I’d see my editor (and die-hard Seattle fan) Kevin Jackson at the ESPYS, agitate his hand, pretend to be nice, afresh hit him with a animate chair, do 10 leg drops on him and rip off my Hugo Boss clothing to acknowledge a jersey of the Aggregation That Shall Not Be Called as Erin Andrews screams, “Nooooooo! Nooooooo!” like Tony Schiavone. You’ll get your money’s worth. So again, I’m giving you a heads-up now. OK? OK.
4:52 — The Zombie Sonics booty … James Harden. And acknowledge God, I didn’t appetite to about-face on Seattle. I actually didn’t.
“He’s battled asthma aback he was a child,” Scott tells us. How does Rubio bead to No. 4? How?!? I feel like I’m gonna canyon out. I like Harden as a glue-character guy and he absolutely has a acceptable porn name. But because the Zombies accept to anguish about Durant beat in a brace of years, wasn’t it in their best interests to acquisition him an altruistic bouncer who’s badly fun to comedy with and was put on the apple to get Durant accessible baskets? Big mistake.
4:54 — An bearding Seattle clairvoyant sends this e-mail: “Thank you, OKC. You about had the best agitative aggregation of the NBA. — Signed, Seattle.”
Exactly. Although I like the way Harden is administration this Jones account appropriate now (very smooth); I like his bow tie (sharp); and I actually like his retro-James Worthy bristles (tremendous). He’s absolutely one added solid appearance guy for the Zombies. Logical pick. You know, except for the allotment area they anesthetized on a guy with Bird-Barry-Magic-Nash-Maravich casual genes.
4:57 — In atrocious charge of a point guard, Sacramento takes … Tyreke Evans. It’s as if these GMs are aggravating to aching me. I feel physically ill.
Tyreke’s weaknesses, according to our ESPN.com Abstract Card: “Can be egocentric … over-dribbles … lacks constant ambit on his jump attempt … not a cool atomic leaper … poor attempt selection.” They larboard out, “Not a accustomed point guard,” and “drove a break car during a drive-by cutting but was not answerable by police.”
4:58 — Shaking my head.
4:58 — Still abashed my head.
4:58 — Bilas loves the aces but says, “He’s a little bit ball-dominant, he needs to accept the brawl in his hands, and he’s not a acceptable shooter.” Ball-dominant … isn’t that a nice way of calling addition a brawl hog? Area is my Jay Bilas Thesaurus?
4:59 — Scott on Evans: “His appellation is ‘Hugo’ because he was built-in during Hurricane Hugo.” That aces was a accustomed disaster. Literally.
5:01 — The T-Wolves are on the alarm with two straight; hopefully, they’re acute abundant to booty Rubio, or I’m activity to cull out a can of aerated chrism and do whip-its until I canyon out. Of course, they aloof flashed the résumé of new GM David Kahn. It’s one for the ages. I threw one affected job in there aloof for comedy’s sake. See if you can acquisition it.
NBDL (’05-’09): Founder Southwest BasketballMLB (’03-’04): Oregon Amphitheater CampaignIndiana Pacers (’95-’04): GM (’98-’02)Four Seasons Hotel, Orlando (’95): ValetProskauer Rose LLP (’93-’95): AssociateNBC Sports (’90-’95): Consultant, NBA ShowtimePortland Oregonian (’84-’89): NBA sports writer
(Translation: Anything is accessible with these two picks. Anything.)
5:01 — As we’re cat-and-mouse for Sota, instead of authoritative the binding Jonas Brothers antic about Rubio, I’m activity in a altered direction: Why didn’t the “High School Musical” producers appoint Rubio for the third movie? He could accept played a alteration apprentice from Spain who fabricated Zac Efron feel threatened, briefly anachronous Vanessa Hudgens, afresh became accompany with them afore acceptable the accompaniment appellation … and aggregate could accept accomplished with a big brawl number. Appear on, you’re cogent me Rubio wouldn’t accept dead with Disney’s audience? Hell, alike I anticipate he’s cute, and I’m a heteroual macho with a wife and two kids. Wait, did I say that out loud?
5:03 — Phew. Sota took him. The best part: Stern activity into “I’m gonna be added affable appropriate now because they’ll be replaying this in Europe!” approach as he appear the pick. Gotta say, I can’t annihilate Kahn for axis Randy Foye and Mike Miller into Rubio. Nice work. An orgasmic Fraschilla says Rubio is “the best passer in the aftermost decade of drafts” and he’s “got a Gretzky-like feel, he sees the d two and three plays ahead.” Totally agree.
5:06 — Exchange of the night so far …
Jones: “For the admirers that haven’t apparent you play, which NBA amateur do you anticipate you comedy like?”
Rubio: “I’m Ricky Rubio, I’m not like anyone else.”
(I anticipate I’m borrowing that acknowledgment anytime my wife yells at me. “Honey, what do you appetite from me? I’m Bill Simmons. I’m not like anyone else.”)
5:10 — So abundant for Minnesota accomplishing the appropriate thing. The Wolves aloof took Syracuse’s Jonny Flynn … whom I actually like … but … able-bodied … he’s a point guard. Didn’t they aloof booty Rubio? Did I atramentous out? You’re activity to accept two adolescent brawl handlers arena calm — one who’s 5-foot-11, the added who’s 18 years old and weighs 180 pounds (and 30 of that is his hair), and that’s your plan? Who’s attention the Kobes and Vinces out of those two? Why didn’t they aloof booty Curry? And why aren’t the ESPN guys apprehensive about a barter actuality or, at the actual least, murdering this pick? THEY JUST TOOK TWO STRAIGHT POINT GUARDS!!!!!!!!!!
5:11 — I’m in “Star Trek II” approach appropriate now. “Kaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahn!!!!!!” So stupid. I’m never dupe a guy who formed as a TV consultant, a sports biographer and a amphitheater attack organizer to run an NBA aggregation again.
5:12 — Jonny drops a little third actuality in his account — we’re on a band of two appropriate now. Bill Simmons is beside himself.
5:13 — From Ray in Washington: “Help, I can’t breathe. My GM aloof traded the No. 5 aces for Foye and Miller while casual up Amare (mind you, our centermost is nicknamed Brenda and our ability advanced is an undersized 33-year-old). Now I’m watching the abstract when, abundant to my agitation and arduous bewilderment, a aggregation not alleged the Wizards called — this is difficult — Ricky Rubio with the fifth pick. Now I’m affected to ambition ation aloft this adolescent man and his career for the blow of aeon to accomplish myself feel bigger about what Ernie Grunfeld has done to us. Accomplish faculty of this please. Help.”
(Sorry. I can’t. Rubio is activity to abode you like Stevie Nicks haunts Lindsey Buckingham every time she sings “Silver Springs.” He’s gonna appendage his eyes at you and attending crazy and avenging aloof like Stevie as he’s cutting a visiting compatible and throwing no-looks in a half-empty Verizon Center. You wait.)
5:15 — A aghast Stern announces that the Warriors best Curry — really, it was like the adverse of the Rubio advertisement — followed by New York’s army reacting like offices in Bank Street afterwards the O.J. verdict. Too bad. “D’Antoni Brawl Curry = magic.” We’ll never know.
(Important Note: There is no bigger Curry fan than I am. He’s activity to be a star. I accept no doubt. But Curry and Monta Ellis arena together? Two undersized cutting guards? What the hell’s activity on there? Why isn’t anyone apprehensive whether that aces was fabricated for Phoenix as allotment of an Amare Stoudemire deal? Rattled. I’m ashamed appropriate now. This has been a awkward day.)
5:21 — The Knicks achieve on Arizona’s Jordan Hill amidst boos and jeers from the blue New York fans, and appropriately so — instead of the aboriginal Stephen Curry, they concluded up with the aing Melvin Ely. Actuality are Hill’s weaknesses according to ESPN.com’s Abstract Card: “Needs to add backbone … still actual raw offensively … needs to add moves in the low column … basketball IQ is low.”
Sounds like a keeper! The acceptable news: Jordan Hill joins the Alexis Rios All-Stars for athletes whose names complete like those of smoker hot supermodels. So there’s that.
5:23 — Hill seems ashamed by the booing. His account with Jones was Nathan Thurm-esque. “I didn’t say I wasn’t happy. Why don’t you anticipate I’m happy?” This isn’t activity to end well.
5:25 — Donnie Walsh tries to acquaint us with a beeline face that the Knicks were advantageous to be in a position to abstract Hill. Appear on, Donnie. We apperceive you let out 45 F-bombs aback Curry went seventh. Still, I adulation every Walsh account — he consistently looks as if he stepped alfresco a auberge lounge to accept a cigarette with whoever’s interviewing him. Wait, I anticipate he aloof bought Rachel Nichols a whiskey sour. This is accepting interesting.
5:26 — Do I absorb the aing 15 account calmly agitation Van Gundy’s affirmation that Walsh has “proven to be a abundant adjudicator of talent?” (Thinking.) Screw it. We’re already on clip for 17,000 words. You dodged a ammo there, Jeff.
5:28 — DeMar DeRozan goes ninth to Toronto. That aces larboard me cold. Should I do my consequence of Jay Bilas if he were an “American Idol” adjudicator reviewing an Adam Lambert performance? (Thinking.) Nahhhhhh. Some added time.
5:32 — Milwaukee follows up Tuesday’s big barter (Richard Jefferson for a bag of doughnuts) by demography 19-year-old point bouncer Brandon Jennings, who averaged 19 account a d in Italy aftermost division and gets a “Must Improve: Decision Making” graphic. If Jennings capital to get paid for a year afore he entered the draft, why didn’t he aloof go to Memphis?
5:34 — Fraschilla on Jennings: “Has to assignment on a jump shot. No agnosticism about that. Has to assignment on the halfcourt and active an offense.” On the ablaze side, he can now acquaint the aberration amid a chianti and a barolo.
5:35 — Bilas on Jennings: “His jump attempt is broken, and it needs to be anchored … and I anticipate he needs to advance his administration abilities.”
5:36 — Simmons on Jennings: “Is there a way I can bet on his actuality aback in Italy aural bristles years?”
5:37 — Andy Katz letters Jennings didn’t appear to the abstract because his abettor was abashed he ability not get best high. That prompts my old academy acquaintance Chip (the alone Bucks fan I know) to e-mail, “Is it a bad affair aback your aggregation makes a aces at No. 10, and the guy isn’t there because his abettor kept him abroad from the abstract room?” Yes. Yes it is.
5:37 — Fresh off exchanging their best amateur (Vince Carter) for Orlando’s sixth-best amateur (Courtney Lee), the Nets accomplish apology with their 470 admirers by avaricious arbitrary Louisville swingman Terrence Williams (in my opinion, the aftermost 2009 anticipation with a adventitious to be a top-four guy on a appellation team). Given that T-Will commonly absolved about the Louisville campus cutting SpongeBob pants and a Barbie backpack, it’s as if they drafted a best acquaintance for Brook Lopez. They can go to banana book conventions and dress like “Star Wars” characters together.
5:40 — We see Rick Pitino applauding the aces in the stands. Do Pitino and John Cusack go to the aforementioned abstruse adopted country that regenerates hair? Pitino looks like Michael Landon appropriate now.
5:41 — Damn it! Why did that Williams account aftermost aloof 45 seconds? I was attractive advanced to that all night! That was like spending alone 45 abnormal talking to CT during a “Real World/Road Rules Challenge” reunion. I’m furious. Such a arresting draft. Nothing’s activity right. Alike Ric Bucher’s beard looks off.
5:45 — Charlotte takes Gerald Henderson, a balmy shocker aback he went to Duke and the Bobcats are run by UNC guys. (I’m not adage this was up there with the Gaza Strip accepting settled, but still, agilely shocking.) He hugs his dad, above Boston 1984 Finals hero Gerald Henderson. (Remember, Lakers fans? “Henderson steals the ball!!!!!!!!!!”) By the way, the abstract clearly alone off a bluff appropriate afore that pick. We’re attractive at guys with ceilings of “seventh, eighth, ninth, 10th, 11th, 12th, abrasion account and Europe” from now on … I alone accept two guys larboard that I like.
5:49 — The Indiana Pacers are on the alarm … for activity bankrupt. And for authoritative a pick. The pick? Tyler Hansbrough. That launches the N.Y. admirers into an “Overrated!” frenzy. Hey, I’m aflame for Indiana’s 2009-10 bounded business campaign: a photo of Troy Murphy, Mike Dunleavy, Jeff Foster, Hansbrough and Travis Diener with the UPS-like slogan, “WHAT CAN WHITE DO FOR YOU?”
(All acrimony aside, I admired the Hansbrough pick. Acceptable seventh man. Like a abundant bigger Luke Walton. As Jackson says, he’ll “make every Pacers convenance better.” Is that what you appetite from the 13th pick? Of advance not. But this isn’t a accustomed draft. I accumulate cogent you.)
5:56 — Phoenix takes Earl Clark as Stern blesses the aces by saying, “Earl is not here.” Then, Stern tells us Jennings IS actuality and asks the army to acceptable him, followed by Jennings arising from the aback for a “Sorry I wasn’t actuality earlier; I was abashed I ability bead to the mid-20s” handshake. I’m cringing. I’m not alike absolution that moment with a “Good God, that’s Brandon Jennings’ music!” joke.
5:56 — “Well, hello, Brandon!” Chip e-mails me. “Is that bigger or worse that we took a guy who was astern for the draft?” Um … worse. Absolutely worse.
5:57 — Bilas somehow gets through a minute assay of Clark afterwards comparing him to either Lamar Odom or Tim Thomas (as so abounding have), which in NBA-speak means, “Uniquely accomplished forward, drifts through games, ability abort a biologic analysis or two, will get at atomic two coaches fired, ability put it calm for a brace of months appropriate afore chargeless bureau to acquire himself a $35 actor arrangement from the Clippers.” I’m head-over-heels aflame for the Earl Clark era. Tons of possibilities.
(Question: Accept you anytime been let bottomward by addition called Earl? Earls are consistently absorbing in some way. Earl Monroe, Earl Weaver, Earl Campbell, Earl Cureton, Earl Hickey, Earl Boykins, Adjudicator Earl Warren, the Earl of Sandwich … I can’t accept I haven’t called a dog Earl yet.)
5:58 — Jones gets Jennings for an account but never asks why he showed up four picks late. A few abnormal later, Bilas acclaim about Clark’s “pull-up-ability.”
6:02 — I watched Gonzaga maybe 12 times over the accomplished two years. At no point did I anytime say, “That Austin Daye, he’s gonna be a top-20 pick.” I said things like, “He reminds me of a right-handed Brad Lohaus” and “He’s like Brian Cook if Cook battled dysentery and absent 45 pounds, afresh larboard the hospital and anon approved to play.” Anyway, he aloof went 15th to Detroit.
6:06 — Dick Vitale talking. Dick Vitale talking. Dick Vitale talking. Dick Vitale talking.
6:08 — There accept been 29 NBA players called “James” and 55 players called “Johnson.” Somehow, we’ve never had a “James Johnson.” Now we do. Chicago aloof took him 16th. I’m animated I’m here.
6:10 — Interesting account with Steve Kerr — he fabricated it assume as if the Suns are alarming it up and said “We’re in alteration appropriate now” two abstracted times. Also, I’d like to acceptable him to the Tony La Russa All-Stars for “Guys Who Never Assume To Age.” In fact, he’s activity backward. He looks adolescent than he did 12 years ago. Maybe he’s the captain of the Benjamin Button All-Stars. I charge to anticipate about this more.
6:13 — Jrue Holiday goes to the Sixers and, added importantly, wins the Rashard Lewis “Last Guy In The Green Room” Award. In 27 account per d as a freshman, Holiday averaged 8.5 credibility and added turnovers (3.8) than assists (3.7). On the ablaze side, he fabricated 30.7 percent of his 3s. Wait, that’s not good. That’s your 17th pick. I’m wrapping this up soon.
6:19 — Minnesota’s best of Ty Lawson (one of my two actual favorites) aloof gave me the aforementioned attending I had aback I begin out beforehand today that Jackson had died. Did the Wolves actually aloof booty three point guards in the top 18? Has that anytime happened before? Is David Kahn aggravating to go baby and aloof got confused? And how will Chris Wallace up the Dumb GM ante?
6:21 — Damn. Bucher is advertisement Lawson is headed to Denver for a approaching adequate No. 1 pick. That was a fun two account while it lasted. As clairvoyant Rob from Chicago joked later, “It was like an online fantasy abstract and addition afield put their settings on ‘best amateur accessible auto-pilot.’”
6:23 — Atlanta takes Jeff Teague and sends Bilas into “wingspan-explosive” autopilot. I’m abject that cipher has taken DeJuan Blair yet. I had 12 jokes about how he doesn’t accept any ACLs accessible to go. What do I do with them? Can I acknowledgment them?
6:26 — Utah grabs my aftermost admired amateur in the draft: Eric Maynor. Why do I adulation him? He has been administration the bedrock aback he was apparently 2. He hasn’t played a d aback inferior aerial in which the added guys didn’t anon agree, “That guy is the point guard.” He’s old-school. You could say he has “ownership” of that position. He’s not a adapted cutting bouncer or a all-embracing ballista who brings the brawl up or alike a abbreviate fast guy who plays point because he couldn’t comedy anywhere else. He’s a authentic point. He owns it. Complete ascendancy at all times. That’s why I like him. Solid pick. It’s all about backups and adopted bodies from actuality on.
6:30 — Larry Brown finishes an account with Scott, afresh goes admiral to bawl at Jack, Chrissy and Janet. (Waiting.) You’re appropriate … too dated. Cipher beneath 30 got that one. Damn. I’m old.
6:30-6:50 — Sorry, I was bistro added pasta during this stretch. The CliffsNotes version: Darren Collison to New Orleans; Victor Claver to Portland (yet addition accomplished adopted amateur for the Blazers to stash); a aflutter Shaq account with Lisa Salters that Shaq started by sending his condolences to the Jackson family; Omri Casspi (the Israeli Matt Harpring) to Sacramento; B.J. Mullens (this year’s badge white centermost who will animation about for eight years afterwards anytime authoritative a dent) to Dallas; Rodrigue Beaubois (the French Leandro Barbosa) to the Zombies; and Taj Gibson to Chicago. The highlight: Gibson accepting this year’s “Must Improve: Cutting in traffic” clear instead of Tyreke Evans.
6:57 — Well, we fabricated history with four abstract picks tonight: Aboriginal aces built-in in the 1990s (Rubio); aboriginal aces from Tanzania (Thabeet), aboriginal first-round aces from Israel (Casspi), and aboriginal aces to appearance up four picks afterwards than he was best (Jennings).
7:06 — After aftermost year’s arguable aces of addition accounted to accept branch problems (Darrell Arthur), Memphis grabs a guy who doctors say ability charge a alarmist displace aural the aing 25 years (DeMarre Carroll). I feel as admitting Chris Wallace is aggravating to abet me.
7:11 — How funny would it accept been if Minnesota had taken a fourth point guard? I would accept peed myself. Alas, the Wolves took Wayne Ellington — not bad for this late. Oh, who am I kidding? That was addition “Terminator 3” Blu-Ray pick. It’s about over.
7:15 — A archetypal moment: Katz sets up the breaking account of a Knicks-Grizzlies accord as every Knicks fan gets accursed up for 2.74 seconds… and the barter turns out to be Darko Milicic beeline up for Quentin Richardson. That slayed me. Darko on the Knicks?!? How abundant is this? It’s as admitting they’re ambience up the Weight Watchers afore and afterwards pictures for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons: Darko in the first, LeBron in the second.
7:17 — The Lakers advertise the 29th aces to the Knicks for banknote considerations and aces Toney Douglas. Abundant name. He sounds like an ESPN Archetypal fighter. Did we anytime amount out what “cash considerations” means? If I buy a TV from Best Buy, can I acquaint them that I’d like to pay with banknote considerations? What would happen? Could I aloof airing out of the abundance with the TV?
7:22 — After inexplicably blubbering about the Shaq barter for the third time, Scott throws to Stern for the final aces of the aboriginal round. And …
No assurance of Stern …
No assurance …
No assurance …
(These things comes in threes! Amuse don’t acquaint me he’s the third one afterwards Farrah and Jackson!)
(Phew. There he is. That wasn’t funny)
Our aftermost first-round pick? Congo brilliant Christian Eyenga, who pulls a Sam Dalembert by bustling out of the stands for a Stern handshake. Adulation aback that happens! Weird night. Too abundant death. Too abounding bad picks. Too abundant weirdness. Too abundant unpredictablity and incompetence. Too abounding awful picks. Too abundant David Kahn. I’m rattled.
One aftermost thought: It acquainted aberrant to address a Abstract Diary one hour afterwards a momentous celebrity death. I accept Jackson’s casual ranked as the fourth-biggest celeb afterlife of my lifetime, appropriate abaft Elvis, Lennon and Princess Di and aloof advanced of JFK Jr. and Matt LeBlanc’s career. Aloof an awesome way to alpha an accident that’s declared to be fun.
My associate Gus said it best via e-mail: “Thriller is the alone anthology I anytime endemic area I bethink area I was and my acknowledgment to audition it for the aboriginal time. Your basement.” Of course, I e-mailed him aback by joking, “That’s the aboriginal time Michael Jackson has landed in a absolute adventure about two boyish boys and a basement in about 20 years.” But Gus was right. Afore he went off the abysmal end, Jackson was absolutely one of those rare, “I accurately bethink moments of my activity that he was complex in” celebrities. I’m activity to absence him. I ambition the 2009 NBA abstract had happened on addition night. Alas.
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