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Rick Bucher lays out the 1st big ticket news item of the night, involving the Big Ticket. KG will not be moved this evening. And Minny fans continue to wring their hands at the certainty of Kevin McHale screwing up another pick. Hopefully, he won't try to sign the pick to a secret contract beforehand.
Interesting Seattle-Boston trade rumor. I think Ray Allen and Paul Pierce could be enough to contend in a weak East.
Is Stephen A. ever happy? A great drinking game for a Mormon draft party would be this: drink once every time Stephen A. smiles.
Quite Frankly, I think a combination of Paul Pierce and the Franchise might be enough to contend in a weak East.
I'm still at work, but relieved to hear the news of KG -- Nash + KG + Amare or Marion = bad news in Mavsland.
Dude, as long as you're waiting under the basket to the take the charge
Kevin Durant - rocking a pink shirt for the NBA Draft... You could have taken some money from me on that proposition!
Nice camera angle on the Joakim Noah interview - didn't see any of his face; but there was PLENTY of hair!!
I think I could score at least 4 points a game on the Celtics...
Is Yi rocking a Chinese flag lapel pin? Nice!And how much money did the All American Rejects get for having their song be the bumper music going into EVERY commercial break!!
I love Stern's smarmy reaction whenever fans boo something he says!
How about 30 seconds to make this pick... it's not that hard!
Just think - David Stern was, at one point, a second year associate in a law firm... ahh... dreams!!
Not quite sure why Portland is milking its alloted time - if you haven't figured it out by now ...
Hilarious that Oden had a Trailblazers hat in his hand as they made the selection. Didn't need a hat from Stern!! Nothing more hilarious than a roomful of white guys giving each other awkward high fives while dressed in suits and baseball hat.
I never heard of this Oden guy. Sounds like he may be pretty good...
The last Big 10 guy to go No. 1 overall was Glenn Robinson! Oden should want to aspire to something a little higher than that...
Wow... Don't understand that trade from Boston's perspective. I thought they were rebuilding!! Smart move by Seattle here - probably get worse next year, but build with young talent and start contending once the Suns/Spurs/Mavericks start to get old.
SO far no surprises. Memphis has an interesting pick to make here...
This pick coming up would have been a lot more fun if not for the Ray Allen trade...
Danny Ainge trying anything to save his job. I do like the Sonics in like 3-4 years. Here's hoping they stay in Seattle.
Uhh.. Did you see those rings on the hand of Jeff Green's mom??? I'm glad that Green's agent didn't advance the family any money.
Yi to the Bucks?
Team Yi is frantically searching through the Milwaukee phone book for Chinese restaurants!
Well, that may be the NBA market with the LEAST Asian fans...
Yi need to hit the training room a little bit! I'm guessing a few steaks might be in his diet.
No love for Corey Brewer so far...
And team Yi quietly weeps...
Worst interview ever!!!
This Yi interview is hilarity at its best!! No ESPN!! Make Stuart keeping asking questions!!
I like Brewer, but that doesn't seem to make much sense for the Wolves. Don't they need a big man for when they inevitably trade KG?
There's love for Corey Brewer!! Congratulations Corey, you'll learn how to play defense and give maximum effort from Ricky Davis!!
By the way, I love those NBA Live commercials with Agent Zero and Durant!
I find it impossible that a commercial with Agent Zero isn't funny. It would take an incredibly bad director for that to happen!
Okafor, Wallace, Wright is going to be a phenomenally athletic front court. Strangely, the starting SG is still Matt Carroll!
Can the Bobcats just change their uniforms to match UNC's and get it over with?
Jordan's such a joke
Is having Marvin Williams as a mentor is a good thing??? Shouldn't you pick someone who's had... oh I don't know ... success in the NBA!!
The Bobcats might be trying to start a new fad... UNC players bomb in the pros (as opposed to their Durham counterparts who have been quite successful lately).
Isn't Joakim Noah and Tyrus Thomas the same player?!?!
No, that's a good pick for the Bulls. Their strategy involves boring people to death and scoring about 80 points a game, so they don't need anyone who can score...
Not sure if I've ever seen "Bumble & Bumble" at the store... Must not be shopping at the right stores
Whenever I hear "Our Country," I expect LaDanian Tomlinson to score a touchdown in the next five minutes.
Nice job Kings! Continue to spiral into suckiness!
By the way, I'd love for the Hawks to take Julian Wright with the next pick and then petition the NBA to allow them to start Joe Johnson and seven forwards next year...
The Hawks would be a phenomenal team if you could only start players between 6'8" and 6'10".
Stephen A! Calm down... eat some more cheese doodles... you might be the first person to ever get that excited about Spencer Hawes!
Wait, the Hawks actually picked someone they need? What just happened?
I'm not sold on Acie IV. I don't see how he'll be that much of an upgrade over Tyronn Lue or Speedy Claxton. I would have gone with Crittendon there.
That is one ugly jersey... I hope they didn't pay anyone to design that!
At least those new Hawks jerseys look a little better than the old ones.
No, the meaner-looking Hawk is cool!
Sixers have new jerseys too, apparently.
Who goes to Philly to go to Burger King?!? Stephen A! Shake yourself!
Uh... I think the Sixers should have taken Thornton there. Not sure how Thaddeus fits in, and he may take time to develop.
Oops!! I appear to have left out Thaddeus Young from my mock draft!!! Two scary wing athletes for Philly...
Leaving out players make me feel like Kevin McHale!
But no low post scoring for the Sixers. A solid point guard, a couple of athletic wings and some defense-only big men... sounds like a poor man's Bulls team to me.
This doesn't make a whole lotta sense to me. They already have David West, they still have no one at shooting guard!!
I like how Bilas described Julian Wright by saying "he can do everything except shoot it." I know what he was trying to say, but shooting is a pretty important skill for an NBA player!
That's a steal for the Clips, though they may have wanted Crittendon given that Cassell is ancient and Livingston is unlikely to be back any time soon.
Corey Maggette is thinking... uh... huh?
I think Maggette is gone if they can find the right trade for him.
It's weird that a pick so far down the first round was predicted by so many, but EVERY mock draft had Stuckey going to the Pistons.
Poor man's Dwayne Wade? It sounds like Bilas is working a ridiculously low poverty line!
Using that logic, just about every slightly undersized two-guard is a poor man's Dwyane Wade!
It's surreal that players are now wearing uniform numbers to honor other players who were in elementary school when I first started watching the NBA!!
That's a steal for the Wizards! Slipping player at a position of need - can't really plan it any better than that!
Oh yeah! Agent Zero and Nick Young together! I will watch all Wizards games in 2007-08!
Stephen A. didn't like that pick... figures!
Uhh... Antawn Jamison?? Stephen A? Anyone home?
HA! It doesn't sound like Nick and his brother has too many intellectual conversations.
Spike Lee loves that trade!
Isn't Eddy Curry and Zach Randolph the same player? I'm not quite sure that's going to work out. Of course, Steve Francis is essentially useless in New York.
Someone turn down the volume on Stephen A's mike!!!
High character pick for the Nets!
Dude, you know the Mavs are hoping for the Chinese Magic to slip to #34. I forget his name, but he averages double-figure assists in China and is dating a famouse Chinese model.
what did the Warriors do in the playoffs? I don't remember
Sun Yue. He's terrible
There are models in China? That's more surprising to me than the fact that there is a "Chinese Magic"...
Nellie strikes again!
Speaking of models, I think Belinilli is dating a model.
I love Nellie... He's already got Ellis, Richardson, Pietrus, Barnes and S. Jackson at the wing spots, but what's one more!!
I heard this year's crop of foreigners is weak. I can't wait until someone calls Tiago Splitter a poor man's Anderson Varejao!
Dudes, I've now joined the Josh McRoberts watch... Though I fear I am way too early.
Well, that was altogether too predictable that the Lake Show selects Crittendon. I imagine that the Lakers were surprised that Javaris fell this far.
Undude!! I think my McRoberts at 30 is fairly on target - though Philly may take him at 21.
Miami apparently continuing to stockpile white guys with generic names. Chris Quinn, Jason Williams, Jason Smith
In other news, Biggio singles in the 5th for hit no. 2999.
I must say the live blog is tough when you don't have TV to match the blog...
Undude, I'm sure your students feel the same way when they're reading American literature without your expert commentary on the text.
Why would Miami want Daequan Cook? Isn't there another SG at Miami? I hear he likes to contribute basketballs and Lexuses to youth basketball teams.
To be honest though Undude, you're not missing much on TV since this isn't on TNT.
If the Bobcats pick Reyshawn Terry, can Jordan get fired before the second round starts?
I think Sean Williams is a no-brainer there - he's a lottery level talent were it not for the pot, and really, the number of NBA players who use pot regularly isn't insignificant.
We're saved -- no Dudley in San Antonio.
Head Dude makes a great point. As much as I love Stephen A's antics; NBA studio coverage doesn't get any better than Ernie, Chucky and Kenny... I'd pay $5 for ESPN to put those three in a living room and broadcast the feed.
Well, the Boston blogs are trashing the C's tonight... I liked this gem best: "Danny Ainge sucks the sweat off of a dead man's balls!"
Surprisingly, the 3rd most predictable pick in the draft at no. 23. EVERY mock draft had Chandler going to the Knicks, including Spike Lee's apparently.
Another favorite from boston.com: "I will not be surprised when Ainge steps to the podium to introduce Ray Allen and he grabs fistful of his thinning hair and pulls of his mask to reveal his true identity: Matt Millen"
I'll say this - I'm looking forward to the Sports Guy column tomorrow. He should have something to say about Jesus Shuttlesworth
Why are they ripping Ray Allen? Were they that loyal to Wally? I guess Delonte West has potential, but wasn't Pierce going to demand a trade if nothing was done?
Portland is going to be quite a team to watch next year - Roy, Fernandez, Rodriguez, Oden, Aldridge. The West is absolutely loaded
pop quit hot dude: When was the last white Duke alum to make the NBA-Allstar team.
which one of us is hot dude?
What say the Rockets?
Ah... Finally, the Rockets' selection: one of the last two chances for McRoberts to be taken in the 1st round!
Aren't we all hot dudes??
But in response to Jay's question - Christian Laettner was a good pro for a long time.
Gee, Spanoulis must be crying that his 7 minutes per game just got taken.
Aaron Brooks!?!? This pick makes absolutely no sense!!! Is he any better than John Lucas III?
Or Mike James, Rafer Alston, and Luther Head. Didn't they just give up Juwan and need a power forward?
I'm very perplexed at this decision by Daryl Morey... But No. 3000 for Craig Biggio!!!
The Josh McRoberts watch continues. He is on the verge of falling into the second round.
But still Aaron Brooks? He's not even better than David Carr!
And apparently for the last 30 minutes, the dude and i are the only ones following the Josh Watch.
So dude, how about the Supreme Court tearing up precedent the last two weeks?I guess at least Clarence Thomas didn't declare that he's not part of the Judicial Branch.
Alando Tucker has Josh Howard written all over him -- second-to-last pick of first round, All-American, player of year in a power conference, his one weakness is perimter shooting, etc. I think it's a great pick for the Suns.
on SCOTUS, you could probably see this coming with Kennedy emerging as the new middle vote - that's why winning 2008 is an absolute MUST!
That's funny - I see Alando Tucker and see Chris Carrawell
Yeah, I suppose that could be right too.
It's official! Slipping and sliding!! All along the draft with Josh!!
Welcome to the second round, Josh. What are the odds that "Carlos Boozer" are among the first 20 words out of his mouth when talking about his disappointment?
Lucky me. It's past 10:30 but I've still made it in time for McRoberts watch. Also, my darling husband wants to know if there's any Terps in the running this year.
Isn't DJ Strawberry a likely second-round pick?
Three more until McRoberts comes to Dallas...
Is Ric Bucher just making these "proposed trades" up to fill air time? These rumors are things you've never heard of before.
Ah yes, seems like a nice kid that DJ. Over dinner just now I was recounting covering the 1999 draft. It's funny looking back and seeing how high Trajan and Avery went.
Uh oh...I really don't want the Mavs to take McRoberts. Give us the Chinese Magic!
Well at least based on the dude's mock draft, Fazekas is a solid pick -- i bet you'd rather have him than Aaron Brooks!
It's not a good thing when someone describes your pick as reminding him of Steve Novak!
Steve Francis was involved in a draft day trade today! I think I'll keep watching until McRoberts gets picked... I liked the rapid fire second round!
Yeah, I'd still have preferred Glen Davis.
Good job Josh -- you slip to the second round and a team with Oden and Aldridge in front of you for years to come.
No. 37 to Portland. I'm guessing that wasn't in McRoberts's plans when he declared his eligibility
Well dudes, I think it's time to call it a night.
I'm back after some storm-related power problems! And I missed the McRoberts pick!
Whoa, Gabe Pruitt went to the Celtics? No wonder Undude didn't want to watch this draft...
Yes, the Lakers took Chinese Magic!
Damnit, I would've rather had Yue than Fazekas.
Wow, Chris Richard just went 41st with 6 points and 4 boards a game!
Apparently college stats are now officially irrelevant!
And he was a senior, so it's not like a freshman with potential
I can't believe he went before Taurean Green...
WOW! The Richardson for Wright rumor was accurate. What a terrible deal for Charlotte and a steal for Golden State.
Whoa! Jason Richardson traded to the Bobcats!
I disagree. That's a good trade for both teams because Charlotte needs someone, anyone, that already knows how to get it done to add to all the young players. And they needed a 2/3 more than they needed Wright.
Only 10 more picks until the Rockets pick again!
J-Rich may have been the heart and soul of the Warriors, but he's also getting older and the core of the team had evolved beyond him. I think Wright fits in well.Maybe Charlotte needed a veteran to go along with the youth, and they do have Gerald Wallace and Sean May, but still, I'm not sure.
Yeah, the more I think about this, the more I agree it's good for both. That's why Stephen A. shouldn't be on TV -- he makes the same snap reactions I do, but people actually pay attention to his.
The most depressing thing about this draft is that everyone agrees it's deep... but the Nuggets have no picks!
Don't you think this trade puts the Warriors back on the outside of the playoffs? Portland may contend right away, and though GS may be good in the long run, I don't know if Monta Ellis is ready to step up and replace J-Rich. I guess they expect to keep Matt Barnes.
Portland will be good but VERY young. I don't think they will take G-State's playoff spot...
Yes, the Bulls took Aaron Gray! Too bad they can't petition the league to start 6 PFs and Cs!
See - Stephen A. had the same kneejerk reaction I did.
Stephen A., tell us how you really feel about the J-Rich trade!
Maybe it's because I don't think Brandan Wright is as much of a sure thing as lots of people do... though I will say he's a nice fit on G-State.I also think J-Rich is a better fit for Charlotte than Stephen A. does. Don't forget the East is weak - Smith himself called it a JV league!
Well, the Mavs take a Lithuanian, and I think that signals it's the time of the draft to head to sleep.Goodnight dudes!
Gotta be impressed that the LiveBlog is still going late into the second round!
By the way, until tonight I did not know there was pro basketball in Finland. Don't the Fins consider a basketball court a waste of a hockey rink?
Good night dudes!
And a high character pick for the Bulls!I'm in this LiveBlog until the end!
Nice, the Blazers got Green. Is it too late to jump on their bandwagon?
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