By Craig Kwasniewski
Whew! The draft is over, was there 60 picks or 60 trades?
So what did we learn from the draft? Here's what I got from the 2006 NBA Draft:
-Isiah Thomas is going down in a blaze of glory! I set the over-under on Renaldo Balkman/Rolando Blackmon jokes at 2,371. I TIVO'ed the draft and watched the crowd reaction to the Knicks 20th pick 5 times and it hasn't gotten old yet.
-I'm loving the effect the NBA dress code has had on Adam Morrison. Wednesday he looked like he came straight from his summer job at Blockbuster. Today's introductory press conference he broke out a pin-striped suit. He's got the WNBA player-in-high-heels awkwardness about him. I may start a Adam Morrison Fashion blog site. It cracks me up.
-Portland made the whole night fun. We've all had that one guy in our fantasy leagues that just likes to make trades all season, even if it's 2 dimes for a quarter. He'll fuck up his season eventually trading too much... that was Portland last night.
-I learned that I sucked when it comes to draft predictions. I got a whopping 5 out of 30 correct! Still, slamonline.com asked for me to participate in a mock draft and it was fun to get into it.
-Utah shocked me the most. Given they have the whitest fan base in all of professional sports, not one cracker? Evidently modesty is not a Mormon virtue as they linked all the draft grades to their website.
-With all the trades, it'll take me a few days just to see if there are any major repercussions. I am giddy at the rumored A.I. trade to Boston. It's worth it to see A.I. and Paul Pierce grow to hate each other's ball-demanding games.
-David Stern likes England to win over those cheating Portuguese (see photo).
-Now let me put away "unbiased guy" and put on my Laker fan persona...
Mitch Kupchak is a (earmuffs please)... fucking, cocksucking, shitbagging, ballbusting asshole of a General Manager!
Why oh why did he have to take Jordan Farmar? Here's a few reasons why Farmar was a poor pick:
1. Never, ever, ever, ever, ever take a local kid. Family, friends, posse and alumni obligations are all huge distractions to a young player coming into the league. Besides LeBron there's not too many local-kid success stories. That alone is a very pre-2005 Clipper-like move. All I have to say is Bo Kimble.
2. Unknown to people outside of Los Angeles, but UCLA basketball is ranks up there with Entourage as highly overrated. I've always joked with my friends that the newspaper is the UCLA Times. Every season (especially during the Steve Lavin era) the media hailed UCLA's "Final Four talent!" How many lottery picks in the past 10 years? One in Barron Davis.
3. Never let the bandwagon element influence your draft pick. Local media are claiming that the Lakers "lucked-out" when Farmar fell down to the 26th spot. Just who the hell was making Farmar a lottery pick? Four weeks ago Farmar was a rumored late 1st-early 2nd round pick. He was considering returning to UCLA for another season (with "Final Four talent!!!"). Being the most visible star on Final Four bound UCLA obviously clouded the local media's vision.
4. Lets look at the numbers... being rather small at 6-2 you would hope that Farmar's a good outside shooter. Nope, he shot a Devean George-like 41% from the field. At least he's quick, right? Not really, he doesn't have the type of lateral speed to keep with Nash or Parker. And at 19, he's a good 2 or three seasons from developing into a regular on the team.
5. Instead of drafting a more experienced player who's ready to contribute immediately, the Lakers drafted with their future in mind, continuing to neglect Kobe in his prime. So I guess the plan is to squeeze everything out of Kobe for 3 seasons while losing in the first round every year with ZERO talent...good stuff.
Anyway, enough of Laker talk. What did y'all think about the draft? Any surprises? Were there any trades? REACTION!