At this point, I would not be at all surprised to click to the Oklahoman and find out that Russell Westbrook has a life-sized tattoo of a honey badger on his back.
I recall reading that in pro sports, the day a head coach signs on with a team is the day that the clock starts ticking down to when he gets fired. I wonder how Scott Brooks' mom feels about that.
Amick writes that with the player talent pool so evenly distributed, teams are working hard to keep their intentions private. I suspect that as a result there will be plenty of draft day trades.
Here is a phenomenal interview with draft hopeful Bismack Biyombo. He should be of interest to OKC fans because he bears a striking resemblance to Serge Ibaka, both in terms of his background as well as his raw athletic ability. He also addresses what kind of girls he looks for in coming to America.
The CBA negotiations continued apace yesterday, and it looks like the league will have to forgo its attempt at putting a hard salary cap in place. It is also amusing to read that the owners feel like they 'conceded' ground by not pressing toward banishing guaranteed contracts. That's a golden egg that is never going to go away.
Pelton compares the current draft crop with current NBA players. Kyle Singler is compared to Brian Cook. If OKC got that kind of production out of its #24 pick, I think we'd be very happy indeed.
Some more player to player comparisons. Singler is hilariously compared to Danny Ferry, because the most obvious thing to do is compare Singler to other slow, white Duke small forwards. Ok, maybe it is appropriate. I'd probably have him closer to Mike Dunleavy though, and Dunleavy hasn't had a terrible career. Well, he's made a lot of money anyway, even if he has to live down this photo.
More links after the jump.
I like this look, which only considers the player's production. I think this analysis is useful if you're considering non-lottery picks, where guys will have to step in to fulfill a specific role and not be a cornerstone player.
A good look at the lottery picks this season. Added bonus is that each one has video footage so that you can see highlight videos of each player.
Featuring Judge Reinhold. Also, this draft does not have Singler taken in the first round at all, but instead has the Thunder going with UCLA product Michael Lee. An interesting choice, since the author argues that UCLA guys tend to get drafted too low while Duke guys get drafted too high.
Amick looks at six different international players who may go anywhere from a lottery spot down to the end of the first round. It is unlikely that the Thunder will wind up with any of these guys, although Donatas Monteijunas and Nikola Mirotic may be available at #24.
Gault takes a look back at previous drafts and considers how teams might have altered their drafting strategy. You might be surprised to see who would have gone #1 in 2007.
A great observation is made here - the notion of draft-day trades is something of a lark. They are as likely to fail as succeed. Strangely enough, one of the more arcane arguments that I play out in my head is one that involved a draft-day swap - I'm still not sure whether Antawn Jamison or Vince Carter had the better career.
We're seeing more and more of the smaller combo guards that have had a huge impact in the post-season - Russell Westbrook Derrick Rose, and Jose Barea to name a few. With the rules continuing to evolve to allow the smaller guys room to operate, they will continue to have advantages that should make the game fun to watch.
Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio is featured in some early workout video here. If he figures out his shot, I think his upside is someone in the Steve Nash mold. What concerns me most however is what he's going to do when muscle guards like Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, and Derrick Rose start checking him 30 feet away from the rim.
Mayberry takes on this ridiculous mini-controversy where TMZ made an attempt at its own particular brand of "gotcha" journalism. The attempt underscores the general attitude that cynical people have toward new media - the point is sensationalism, not journalism, and no scandal is too small.
Following the sage wisdom of DeShawn Stevenson and Jason Terry, Dominique Jones gets the Larry O'Brien Trophy tattooed on his neck. Is it that players are starting to run out of skin real estate, that they would take such a physically painful step? What comes next? A Leonidis tattoo on their eyelids? A picture of Jerry West on their scrotum?