Thursday, June 28, 2007
Decision time for Grizzlies in NBA draft
Undoubtedly, you have probably seen the TV commercial about the University of Memphis bookstore wherein the young lady pitching the areas of the store prances, dances and swirls while shaking a cute little tacked on Tiger tail.
She preambles each and every item with, “What you need and what you want. What you want and what you need.”
Unfortunately for the Memphis Grizzlies, what they want is exactly what they need. What they need is exactly what, or who, they want. The NBA lottery didn’t really do them any favors and they were relegated to the fourth pick in the NBA draft on Thursday, June 28. If the lottery had been kinder, they wanted and, more than likely, would have gotten Greg Oden of Ohio State. But the Portland Trail Blazers ended up with the first choice, and who would not want the Vince Young of basketball?
First of all, Oden is exactly what the Griz need – big and strong sans NBA experience. What the Griz don’t need is another big forward. And that is what Kevin Durant of Texas is. Durant has declared and will probably be taken by the team with the second pick – Seattle.
The Hawks of Atlanta have the third selection and speculation is they will take Mike Conley Jr. Conley is purportedly just what the Hawks need, a capable point guard. He would also make a good bargaining chip for later in the first round.
We have mentioned before that Memphis was leaning heavily toward Al Horford. While he is not an Oden, Horford is big and tough and also considered to be a bruiser in the middle. The Griz also interviewed another candidate from Florida – Joakim Noah. Noah, sort of lithe, is a proven, consistent performer.
The Griz’s new general manager, Chris Wallace, has promised Memphis everything, stopping short of the proverbial rose garden. Is he going to be able to deliver this on June 28? We are certainly hopeful.
(Sports Editor’s Note: News reached us that Lawrence White, one of our photographers, took the top award in the state for a sports photo. We congratulate Lawrence and want him to know we are proud of him. Actually, the award should go to Barry and me, since we taught him all he knows about sports photography. Heh, heh).
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