The 2011 draft class doesn’t bowl you over with names. It’s considered one of the weakest in years. But all that does is make Kyrie Irving look like more of a sure thing. The Duke freshman is widely considered the top overall player in the draft and has been seen as such since he dazzled scouts last summer. But there’s always that chance that things could change and his combine numbers or some other element could push him down. Team needs is the easiest. Say the Warriors, Bucks, and Timberwolves land 1-2-3, all with point guards in place, or on their way, in the case of the Wolves with Ricky Rubio, according to the Wolves at least. Irving would probably fall in that situation, right?
Not so much.
CBSSports.com reports that Irving won’t fall past the Wolves. Rubio is reportedly leaning towards coming to America like Eddie Murphy lockout or no lockout, but Irving presents such a talent base that David Kahn would take him regardless, meaning a trade either for Irving or Rubio. Either way, it would present a huge opportunity for the Wolves. Trading Rubio on the open market would bring in more assets which is what they need despite Kahn’s insistence that rebuilding is over for Minnesota. Trading Irving would fetch an even higher price.
Then again, there’s always the chance that the Wolves roll the dice with both Irving and Rubio, causing more tension between the two and further frustrating a fanbase. But maybe it could work. Weirder things have happened. Odds are this is moot. No, literally, the odds are this is moot and a team with a point guard need like Cleveland or Sacramento snatches him up in the top 3.
Let’s hope that this is not as bad as it sounds.
Lamar Odom, whose NBA career was cut short due to his challenges with drug use, has been taken to a Las Vegas-area hospital after being found unconscious at a brothel in a city not far outside the city, according to the report from TMZ.
Lamar Odom is fighting for his life after falling into unconsciousness at Dennis Hof’s Love Ranch South in Pahrump, Nevada … TMZ Sports has learned.
Sources at the Love Ranch tell us … 35-year-old Odom arrived at the Ranch Saturday and was partying with the girls for days. A source at the Ranch said Lamar was taking an herbal substitute for Viagra. We spoke with Hof … who tells us Tuesday afternoon, a woman went into Odom’s room in the VIP suites and found him unconscious.
Odom spent 14 seasons in the NBA, starting his career with the Clippers and going on to be a key figure in the 2009 and 2010 Los Angeles Lakers title teams. He won Sixth Man of the Year in 2011.
While famous in basketball circles — and incredibly well liked by players and media, he was one of the funniest guys in the league — he became a pop culture sensation when he married Khloe Kardashian. However, it was about that time that his drug use started to take a toll on everything in his life. It was not long before he was traded to Dallas, and things started to truly spiral out of control for him. He went for treatment after that, but never returned to the NBA.
We will have more as the story develops. Our thoughts are with Odom, and we hope he pulls out of this.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz said Tuesday that they have waived forwards Jack Cooley and J.J. O'Brien.
Cooley played in 16 games with the Jazz last season after being called up from the NBA Developmental League. He averaged 1.7 points and 1.6 rebounds. Cooley’s fate with the team seemed to be decided when 7-foot center Jeff Withey signed a multi-year free agent deal in August. The 6-9, 260-pounder was in his second NBA season.
O’Brien was signed as an undrafted rookie Aug. 28 and played in one preseason game with the Jazz.
The Jazz roster now stands at 18.