Clip Of The Day: One Reason NOT To Trade Jason Richardson

June 27, 2007

With a cornucopia of trade rumors circling J-Rich lately, we thought we’d provide a good reason to keep Jason around the Bay: he’s a great guy.

Here’s hoping Patrick O’Bryant likes popcorn. Considering how the rookie performed last year, he’s lucky it’s just popcorn.

Quote of the video, by that Frenchman Mickael Pietrus (sporting the bright green pants!) in the background: “Hawpee New Yeeeaaawww!!”

The “Keep J-Rich Movement” starts … now.

(Note: It seems Monta Ellis has become the latest Warrior to be involved in trade talk.)

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Nostalgia: The 1995 Draft, Revisited

June 27, 2007

This media-roundup video of the 1995 Draft is a little long, but full of gems, including the debate between Jerry Stackhouse, Rasheed Wallace and “the safe pick,” Joe Smith. It’s downright painful at some points.

Aside from a young(er) Gary Radnich and a Mark Ibanez sighting (!), our favorite part is this Greg Papa quote: “People want to get Karl Malone and Derrick Coleman and all these great power forwards.”

Yep, Derrick Coleman: great power forward.


Our NBA Draft Wish List, Picks 6-10

June 27, 2007

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The interwebs are completely abuzz with news, notes, rumors and the like regarding Thursday’s NBA Draft. With the NBA playoffs (Warriors aside) evolving into a snoozefest, the draft is the last hope for entertainment for basketball lovers everywhere … at least until the fall. So, we’d like to present a version of the draft that is sure to provide maximum entertainment. Sure it won’t happen … but you can imagine if it did!

6. Milwaukee Bucks: Andrew Bogut is severely disappointed that none of the options are Australian, let alone old enough to drink, thus robbing him of a potential drinking buddy. Following their course, the Bucks opt for yet another safe pick, Georgetown’s Jeff Green.

7. Minnesota Timberwolves: Kevin McHale announces that he made a promise to big man Spencer Hawes, saying that he’s got “a good feeling” about the 7’1″ white guy who barely averaged six rebounds a game. Upon hearing that Minnesota A) drafted Hawes and B) failed to get a deal done, Kevin Garnett suddenly disappears, like the world movers in Atlas Shrugged … what?

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Our NBA Draft Wish List, Picks 1-5

June 26, 2007

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The interwebs are completely abuzz with news, notes, rumors and the like regarding Thursday’s NBA Draft. With the NBA playoffs (Warriors aside) evolving into a snoozefest, the draft is the last hope for entertainment for basketball lovers everywhere … at least until the fall. So, we’d like to present a version of the draft that is sure to provide maximum entertainment. Sure it won’t happen … but you can imagine if it did!

1. Portland Trailblazer: As soon as David Stern utters the words “Kevin Durant” on the podium, a symphony of murmurs and oohs/aahs spreads across the draft room. The camera inexplicably remains on Greg Oden, as smoke visibly emanates from the ears of the 40-year-old center who was widely regarded as the #1 pick. Durant happily struts on stage to greet Stern, but once the commissioner gives him the Blazer baseball cap, the lanky teenager buckles from the weight of the hat. Meanwhile, Portland GM Kevin Pritchard talks to Stuart Scott on ESPN, explaining that they couldn’t pass on Michael Jordan again, and that Greg Oden seemed too much like Sam Bowie. Durant goes on to become an evolved version of Glenn Robinson, while …

https://i0.wp.com/www.americansuperstarmag.com/sports/Mar06/gregoden1.jpg2. Seattle Supersonics: Fresh off his snub from Portland, Greg Oden refuses to smile for the next ten years. He goes on a workout regimen the likes of which Roger Clemens, Jerry Rice and the U.S. Marines have never seen. The following season, rookie Oden dominates the league, including a 40-point, 20-rebound game against Portland in which his vicious dunks injure the entire Blazer frontline. Oden goes on to win eleven championships (tying his idol/mentor Bill Russell) as he establishes himself as one of the best players of all-time.

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Koponen! Koponen!

June 9, 2007

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Almost every team was shocked at how well Finnish point guard Petteri Koponen handled the workout. Only 18 years old, he was put up against college veterans like Taurean Green, Aaron Brooks and Sean Singletary.

Koponen, according to multiple team sources, stood out with his poise, shooting and ability to adapt his game to the speed of the workout. One executive went so far as to say he saw enough to rank Koponen as the fourth-best point guard in the draft. Others said that he was on par with [Florida point guard Taurean] Green, who also played well in the workout.

Koponen will skip the Reebok Eurocamp to continue individual workouts, and it looks like he may have a good shot at sneaking into the late first round. All of which makes it hard to understand why the Orlando pre-draft camp selection committee excluded him from the camp.

Koponen currently plays for the Honka Espoo Playboys in Finland (really). The 6″4′, 195-pound point guard has the size and strength to make it in the league and despite being only 18 and having no college experience, has been repeatedly described as “polished.” It’s pretty impressive that the Finn can hold his own with the college-tested point guards. Plus, he looks like one of the Hansen brothers. Hooray Suomi!

Workout season requires sorting fact from fiction [ESPN Insider]


We Welcome Our New Finnish Overlords

April 9, 2007

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This past weekend was the Nike Hoops Summit, which is something of an opportunity for international and domestic players alike to showcase their skills for NBA scouts. According to ESPN Insider and draft guru Chad Ford, a Flying Finn stole the show. You know, someone from Finland. The country! With all the saunas and sauna competitions (above):

This year’s sleeper was 6-foot-4 point guard Petteri Koponen from Finland.

Koponen got some attention from NBA scouts earlier in the year, and Grizzlies president Jerry West even made a visit to Finland to see him play this season.

Despite being wowed by his poise and fundamentals, scouts wondered whether he has the speed to make it in the pros. On Saturday, against two of the best high school guards in the country (O.J. Mayo and Derrick Rose), Koponen was solid, committing just one turnover and dishing out six assists against constant pressure from the two future NBA lottery picks.

His play caused one prominent NBA GM to remark, “He may be a better fit in the pros than I thought. I’ve been surprised he’s been able to do what he’s done against that competition.”

We’re not positive, but we think this Petteri Koponen is Number Four in the picture above, sitting in between Jaski and Jussi.


With The Hope Of Getting Greg Oden In The Lottery, The Giants Begin Tanking

April 9, 2007

baby.jpgWell, this is not a great start.

Here are the facts: the Giants are 1-5. They just got swept by the hated Dodgers at home. The Dodgers have won seven in a row against the Giants, including six in a row at Pac Bell or AT&T or whatever it is this year. Jason Schmidt, Jeff Kent and even Ramon Martinez dominated the weekend.

The Giants are batting .244 through six games. Opponents are batting .287. Four starters (Feliz, Vizquel, Winn, Roberts) are batting .250 or below. They have been outscored 31-14. The Giants are dead-last in runs scored. Barry William Zito has 8.18 ERA.

Tonight: a three-game series kicks off in San Diego. Cain versus Young, 7:05pm.