The NBA Draft is a lot like a game of checkers. There isn’t a ton of strategy involved. You basically take what is given to you and just try to jump everybody on the board. You hope that the end result is you as the victor and screaming, “King me!” throughout the game.
But now that the draft is over and the checkers ...
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We're a couple of days removed from the NBA Draft and I thought it was time to let the dust settle and look back over what people/analysts/people who are analysts had to say to see what their reactions were to the selection of Tyreke Evans over Ricky Rubio by the Kings. So here goes, I'll try to respond to each of the reactions whether they're negative or positive or a Switzerland-esque neutral.
First off, Bill Simmons from his 13th Annual NBA Draft Running Diary
"4:57: In desperate need of a point guard, Sacramento takes … Tyreke Evans. It's as if these GMs are trying to hurt me. I feel physically ill.
Tyreke's weaknesses, according to our ESPN.com Draft Card: "Can be selfish … over-dribbles … lacks consistent range on his jump shot … not a super explosive leaper … poor shot selection." They left out, "Not a natural point guard," and "drove a getaway car during a drive-by shooting but was not charged by police."
4:58: Shaking my head.
4:58: Still shaking my head.
4:58: Bilas loves the pick but says, "He's a little bit ball-dominant, he needs to have the ball in his hands, and he's not a good shooter." Ball-dominant … isn't that a nice way of calling someone a ball hog? Where is my Jay Bilas Thesaurus?
4:59: Scott on Evans: "His nickname is 'Hugo' because he was born during Hurricane Hugo." That pick was a natural disaster. Literally."
Now, while I disagree more with Bill Simmons in the past two years than I would have thought I ever would, I'm not one of those guys that bashes whatever he does/writes while secretly waiting for his next article to come out on Page 2. I'm a fan of his and have no problem letting it be known. Despite the fact that he has confused me on many a topic in the past two years doesn't mean I all of a sudden have to hate him.
Found this from a Mr. Tom Ziller on Sactown Royalty.
I remember how Tyreke Evans was the prize of the 2008 recruiting class and then seemingly in the first two months of the college season, everyone had already forgotten about him.
Now? He was one of the more polarizing picks of the 2009 Draft and the potential ...
This article was submitted to me by Eran Soroka from the Ma'ariv Newspaper. Eran was nice enough to provide me with some quotes and pictures from Omri Casspi's press conference overseas earlier and submitted this great piece about who Omri is and what he brings as a player. Thanks, Eran for such a great submission.
The Sacramento Kings will be introducing their three newest players (Tyreke Evans, Omri Casspi, and Jon Brockman) in midtown are of Sacramento on Saturday from 4-9pm. Here's the info from Kings.com:
Meet the Newest Kings at Their First Public Appearance in Sacramento!
The newest members of your Sacramento Kings will be ...
The worry about the 23rd pick in the draft started to come about when the Portland Trailblazers leapfrogged the Kings by trading three picks to the Mavericks in order to move from the 24th pick in the first round to the 22nd pick. It was widely rumored that they did this in order to take Omri Casspi before the Kings could add ...
Many thanks to Eran Soroka of the Ma'ariv Sports Newspaper for hooking me up with these quotes and pictures.
"I'm very excited and happy to be the first Israeli in the NBA. It's every player's dream. I've been through a long journey until I became a first round pick. The Kings weren't ver successful last year in the league, ...
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I genuinely love the excitement. Not many owners would show this kind of emotion.