Friday Fire: After the O.J. Mayo/Kevin Love Blockbuster Went Down, What Are Your Thoughts On The Draft?
This night job is kicking my ass, so the NYOIL Interview will be posted on Monday. Taped a segment yesterday with Chuck D to be aired Sunday night 11 pm-1am on Air America. Chuck called me after seeing Scoop and I asking Kobe Bryant questions on NBA TV in the press conference after Game 1 of the Finals. I’ll post some mini interviews with Julius Erving, Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe and a couple of interesting quotes I got from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar over dinner on Tuesday.
You happy O? One thing, ya gotta change ya number kid. 23 is no longer available
OK, enough of shameless self promotion. Usually the NBA draft, for me at least, is something I can’t wait for. I used to tape all of them growing up. Now the draft seems more like a made for TV production more than anything. I think TNT does a much better job of piquing your interest and providing unknown information as the players are selected. ESPN seems to be all about breaking a story. Who gives a damn who announces first where a player is going?
It also seemed that, after Rose and B-Eazy were picked, all the drama went with them. Riley got yall asses huh? You knew damn well Miami was not going to let one of the most dynamic young talents at his position in a while get past South Beach. Could you imagine being a rookie lacing them up in South Beach? Goodness…
2 hours after the draft, a blockbuster trade was announced that essentially had Kevin Love and O.J. Mayo swap cities. Memphis needed a little more size at the guard position and Love should develop well with teaming with Al Jefferson. Here’s the trade and all the particulars:
O.J. Mayo’s draft rights along with Marko Jaric, Antoine Walker, Greg Buckner and their contracts to Memphis for the rights to Kevin Love, swingman shooter Mike Miller, forward Brian Cardinal and center Jason Collins.
‘Toine is on his way to becoming Damon Jones with all the moving he’s doing huh?
Beginning to make sense now? Love is nice. If McHale teaches the youngster his skills? Wow
Oh the Darrell Arthur slide is more than meets the eye.
What was the highlight for you? Rose became the first guard since Bubba Chuck in 1996 to go first (Magic before him in 1979). Will he revolutionize the position with his skill set? I thought another intriguing trade was Bill Walker being traded to Boston via Washington. Don’t sleep on Walker. What about CDR dropping? Crazy…
Here’s a list of the other trades via AP:
1 — Indiana traded F Jermaine O’Neal to Toronto for G T.J. Ford, C Rasho Nesterovic, the rights to C Roy Hibbert and a player to be determined.
2 — Indiana traded F Ike Diogu and the rights to G Jerryd Bayless to Portland for G Jarrett Jack, F Josh McRoberts and the rights to G Brandon Rush.
3 — New Orleans traded the rights to F Darrell Arthur to Portland for cash considerations.
4 — Detroit traded the rights F D.J. White to Seattle for the rights to F Walter Sharpe and the rights to F Trent Plaisted.
5 — Minnesota traded the rights to G Mario Chalmers to Miami for two future second-round pick and cash considerations.
6 — Washington traded the rights to F Bill Walker to Boston for cash considerations.
7 — Portland traded the rights to G Mike Taylor to the L.A. Clippers for a 2009 second-round pick.
8 — San Antonio traded the rights to F Goran Dragic to Phoenix for the rights to F Malik Hairston, a future second-round pick and cash considerations.
9 — Houston traded the rights to g Nicolas Batum to Portland for the rights to F Darrell Arthur and F Joey Dorsey.
10 — Houston traded the rights to F Darrell Arthur to Memphis for the rights to F Donte Greene and a future second-round pick.
11 — Chicago traded the rights to G-F Sonny Weems to Denver for its 2009 second-round pick.
12 — Chicago acquired the rights to F Omer Asik from Portland for its 2010 second-round pick, Denver’s 2009 second-round pick and New York’s 2009 second-round pick.
13 — Miami traded the rights to F Darnell Jackson to Cleveland for a future second-round pick.
14 — Seattle traded the rights to C Sasha Kaun to Cleveland for cash considerations