Charles Barkley said it, so we should just assume it was absurd to begin with.
But it got a lot of play. Barkley said he thought Kentucky could beat the Raptors or Bobcats. In case you wanted some thoughts besides mine on why that idea is absurd, I bring you Magic coach Stan Van Gundy.
“Look, it’s absurd,” he said before the Magic faced the New York Knicks. “I mean, people will say, ‘Oh, Kentucky you know’s got four NBA players.’ Yeah, well the other team’s got 13.”
“Could anything happen on a one-night thing? I mean, I suppose, you have major upsets all the time. So maybe, but it’d be rare and in a series it’d be a joke,” Van Gundy said. “It wouldn’t be close. That’s just the way it is. John Calipari’s got a lot of talent, he does not have 13 NBA players. He just doesn’t. And even if those guys all are, they’re all NBA rookies. I mean, when has that ever been a success in the NBA? So no, they’re not going to win.”
Well said. Thank you. Now, let’s talk to Van Gundy about pizza…
Kyrie Irving is just over a week away from being the No. 1 pick of the draft and having unrealistic expectations heaped upon him in Cleveland.
Irving is the Duke point guard who played eight games to start the season before a toe injury sidelined him. Until NCAA Tournament, when he returned and almost instantly was back in charge of the Duke offense.
If it hadn’t been for those extra few games, he would have returned to Duke, he told Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio.
“Those eight games (before the injury) just weren’t enough,” he said. “But playing in the tournament gave me a chance to prove to all the naysayers about my durability.”
So, three games made all the difference? Apparently. Duke beat Hampton and Michigan the first weekend but fell to Arizona (led by soon to be No. 2 pick Derrick Williams) in the Sweet 16. Irving had 28 points in the loss on 9-of-15 shooting in that loss. Irving said he was about 70 percent for those tournament games but is 100 percent now.
Of course, the only team that got to see him at 100 percent this summer was Cleveland, the team with the No. 1 pick is the only one Irving has worked out for.
And apparently the only reason they got to see him was three more games in March.
Kemba Walker, who led Connecticut to the National Championship, has decided to leave college and enter the NBA draft.
That according to Andy Katz of ESPN. UConn has a press conference called for Tuesday where that will beocome official. And it is the right move. (We should note, as was pointed out in the comments, Walker is graduating in three years, but he could return for one more season if he wished.)
Walker is expected to be an NBA lottery pick (Draft Express has him as the fifth rated prospect). He’s the kind of small (6’0”), quick guard that has been in vogue in the NBA and he has an impressive step back shot and midrange game. But he is not an elite NBA athlete in the John Wall or Kyrie Irving kind of way, he’s going to have to adjust his game to the faster and longer guys he will regularly face in the NBA. But he should be a solid NBA point guard at the least, and there is value in that.
One other thing to like — Walker has been a big game player, stepping up on the biggest stages to make plays. He was a force when UConn needed him in the Big East and NCAA Tournament. You like having those kind of guys on your team.