Sacramento Kings fans have been through a lot in the past year or so, with the uncertainty of if they will remain in the state’s capital. On Thursday, the franchise had the stars aligned for once. The player they wanted was still on the board at No.5, despite being arguably more NBA ready than the 2-4 picks were. Had he been off the table, odds are the pick would’ve been traded to the Houston Rockets. Yet, Thomas Robinson will slide right into that starting PF spot in Sactown next to DeMarcus Cousins. He is a perfect fit. And his tearful interview with Mark Jones after his name was called, one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. For those who don’t know, he lost his mother and grandparents in the past year. His sister isn’t just a sibling, but his custodial responsibility. She’s in good hands and so are the Kings. Now, if they can just find a position for Tyreke Evans…..
I can’t help laughing when people say that Phoenix Suns pick Kendall Marshall is a great passer but no Steve Nash…..As memory serves me right, Steve Nash wasn’t even supposed to be Steve Nash back in 1996. Being a liability on defense hasn’t hurt Nash’s career, I expect Marshall to be just fine. I also expect him to be the starting PG for the Suns very soon, especially in Alvin Gentry’s system.
The Washington Wizards officially have the coolest backcourt in the league, Wall n’ Beal, it sounds like a huge network sitcom…maybe even a full feature movie. These two guys will grow together and have a nice cast of veterans in D.C. to help show them the ropes on and off the court. Randy Wittman is a very lucky man…while Ernie Grunfeld is a very smart man.
The Los Angeles Lakers will regret not having a pick in the 1st round in 2012 (they traded away both at the deadline in February). The purp n’ yellow had the last pick of the draft…only. Even when they’re not the best, they love to act like it. How do you get the last pick in the draft unless you’re the best team in the league? It must be the mystique of the Lakers. Mitch Kupchak says they will try and hit a home run this summer…..surprise, surprise. At least they traded for Odom…..Darius Johnson-Odom.
Props to the Portland Trail Blazers for, in essence, turning Gerald Wallace into the #6 pick Oakland native PG Damian Lillard. The Nets’ loss was their gain…and I like his attitude. But is it me or did he take a shot at Gary Payton in his post-draft interview…”GP didn’t tell me anything about being successful”. He then went on to praise Brian Shaw. Gotta luv the Bay.