Sunday is his birthday, but it turns out I don’t like Derek Jeter at all and you probably don’t either. Besides, NYC belongs to Jorts now, so let’s skip the BS and get to a few quick notes before I turn you loose for the night…
—Brandon Knight was officially introduced to the Detroit media this afternoon, and he put to bed the speculation from the draft that his reaction after being picked meant that he was unhappy going to Detroit. Knight chalked it up to being a ‘serious guy’ and reiterated that he’s happy to be going to a franchise with tradition like the Pistons. He acknowledged that there are things he needs to work on, like getting stronger and improving as a point guard, but he will work hard to get better. Joe Dumars said that it was ‘better to be lucky than good’ when referring to Knight (and Kyle Singler and Vernon Macklin) falling to them in the draft when they weren’t projected to be available. He also talked about how getting tough, high character guys was important to the Pistons and they feel like they got just that in the draft. I would have to agree.
Here’s video of the press conference:
–The other news of the day from the former Cats was that Knight and Enes Kanter selected the jersey numbers they will wear with their new teams. Kanter picked the #0 which, as one of our commenters pointed out, might just be a tribute to the number of career losses the Undertaker has at Wrestlemania. Or, he could just like the number. Initially, it looked like Knight would also choose #0, but after clearing up some confusion on which number Ben Gordon would wear next year, he chose the #7 that Gordon had previously opted to give up. Knight said that the ‘7’ is for the number of picks that went ahead of him, demonstrating that he’s coming to the league with a little bit of a chip on his shoulder and something to prove.
–In a bit of recruiting news that I don’t think has graced these pages yet, 2013 wing prospect Ishmail Wainwright decommitted from Missouri and has listed Kentucky as one of his schools of interest. Wainwright is currently the 30th-ranked player by Scout and, according to ZagsBlog, is considering the Cats along with UCLA, St. John’s, Arkansas, Memphis and several more schools.
–It’s not Kentucky related, but if you haven’t heard about the Minnesota Timberwolves acquiring the draft rights to a guy who is actually 26, it’s worth checking out. Apparently teams were told that Tanguy Ngombo was only 21, but Draft Express reported that he was actually born in 1984 and will turn 27 in less than a month. The Wolves even went so far as to purchase the #57 pick to take Ngombo, ensuring that they are the jokes of the NBA draft yet again. Because players his age can’t be drafted, the pick will be voided with no compensation for the team. The fact that this probably isn’t the worst draft move the team has made lately only serves to make it more comical. Kahn!
That’s it for now. Someone will be along to greet you all in the morning. Until then…