West Virginia v Kansas

Report: Ben McLemore was out of shape for recent workouts


Kansas’ Ben McLemore was pretty much a top three pick on everybody’s board a month ago, but he may be sliding down some boards right now.

In part that is because the smooth-shooting guard out of Kansas didn’t help his cause in some recent workouts, reports Chad Ford at ESPN.com (Insider).

Multiple sources told me that his workout in Phoenix was not impressive; he wasn’t in shape, and he struggled to keep up in the workout. I heard similar things in Orlando. McLemore is in a tug-of-war right now between adviser Rodney Blackstock and his agency Rivals. It’s kept McLemore out of the gym and for the most part, out of workouts. How much will all of this affect the draft stock?

Probably not that much, because teams are drafting on talent (and think it’s the people around McLemore pulling him in different directions that is hurting his cause).

There’s no doubt McLemore is talented. He’s a 6’4” shooting guard, with a silky-smooth shot. He’s a late bloomer and a guy you can say the most overused of draft buzzword about — upside — and be right. But he isn’t great at creating his own shot so he needs to be paired with a point guard (or other shot creator). Our man Rob Dauster at CollegeBasketballTalk has said he thinks the ceiling for McLemore is the 2010 version of Ray Allen — a knock down shooter who can do a few other things and makes a great third player on a very good team.

In this draft, that likely keeps him up high. DraftExpress still has him at No. 2 to Orlando. He’s likely still top three, but we will see.

Draymond Green compares detractors to ‘a bitter female that’s just scorned’

Draymond Green, Hedo Turkoglu, J.J. Redick
1 Comment

Doc Rivers said the Warriors got a lucky break not playing his Clippers or the Spurs in last year’s playoffs. He didn’t mean Golden State was lucky to win its championship, a point he made crystal clear. He just meant the Warriors got a lucky break. It doesn’t mean they wouldn’t have won, anyway. It doesn’t mean much of anything. Every championship team experiences luck.

Of course, the Warriors – particularly Draymond Green – are taking that as a slight.

Diamond Leung of Bay Area News Group

You see? Because scorned bitter women are different than scorned bitter men. So very different – and worse. Much, much worse.

Unless Green is just trying to have the back of Klay Thompson, whose girlfriend apparently caught the shooting guard guard cheating. That’d probably make these comments even stranger.

Chris Paul, after breaking finger, intends to play in Clippers preseason game tomorrow

Chris Paul
Leave a comment

Chris Paul broke his finger Saturday.

The initial diagnosis said the injury wasn’t serious.

Here’s confirmation.

Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times:

Paul obviously wouldn’t push it during the preseason. If the Clippers are allowing him to play, this can’t be bad.

Really, the most challenging aspect to this is grasping the concept that a broke finger can be a minor injury.