NEW YORK -- This NBA Draft, like all NBA Drafts, started out with talk about stars and ended in absurdity, with deputy commissioner
At that moment, it was easy to forget the only part of this event that people will really remember: the players at the top. The top two picks,
You didn't hear much of the Wall-Turner debate in recent weeks, and I'd like to rekindle it now, but alas, I would have taken Wall, like most of America. But that debate is just one more pebble in the mountain of evidence that the NBA Draft is so much better than the NFL Draft.
I know -- America does not agree with me. That's OK. The NFL rules the universe. I get it. Still, consider some highlights of Thursday's draft:
• A second round that featured
(In his post-pick press conference, Pleiss described his game like this: "I am a good defender and I like to shoot the ball. This is what I can do. I think I must fight for my dream." He was asked four questions and used the word "dream" seven times.)
• The Portland Trail Blazers firing their general manager
The NBA Draft is shorter than the NFL's version and does not take itself nearly as seriously. It ends with players you have never heard of, but unlike in the NFL you aren't
And it starts with players everybody knows. If you even watched a little college basketball this season, you probably saw 13 of the first 14 picks (all but
On that note: nothing against Johnson, who might be a wonderful NBA player, but I'm still waiting for the first sign that T'wolves' general manager
If you're a true sports fan, you understand your teams will stink sometimes, but you at least want an indication that there is a plan. I don't know -- maybe Kahn does have a sensible plan. But it's hard to see from here.
Five Kentucky Wildcats went in the first round: Picks 1 (Wall), 5 (
Calipari signed four of those five Wildcats (all but Patterson) and also signed
Cousins will go to Sacramento -- where, believe it or not, it is quite possible to get into trouble, but you have to do it by 10 p.m. I find it amusing that Cousins is considered the biggest risk in this draft. I don't see it that way at all. But I guess it depends on how you define "risk."
Yes, Cousins is immature -- that label has followed him around since high school. He was overweight for pretty much the whole season at Kentucky (though he looked thinner on draft night). He has a temper and isn't afraid to tussle with his coaches -- though, for what it's worth, he wasn't the problem on this Kentucky team that people make him out to be.
But when you talk about
It was appropriate that Cousins got drafted on the same day reports surfaced that
Favors, the No. 3 pick, is more of a risk -- he could be
Williams was drafted ahead of