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Is Knight making a dumb decision?


Sam Amick over at Sports Illustrated wrote in his NBA Draft Notebook that Brandon Knight may be making a mistake in the way that he is handling his workouts.

There are rumblings that Utah is less than thrilled at the notion that Knight would even consider dictating the terms with the No. 3 pick (although Turkish center Enes Kanter already did just that in his Jazz workout in Chicago in which Toronto also took part). It’s unclear whether the Jazz would take a hard-line stance and refuse to take Knight unless he worked out against other top-line competitors, but that appears to be a possibility.

It does seem strange that Brandon would refuse to work out against the other top players in the draft, but he has been projected as a top five pick and his agent, Arn Tellem, said that Brandon shouldn’t be expected to work out against players projected lower than he is because he has nothing to gain from it. I guess that makes sense, but there is still an emphasis on competitive spirit. If Tellem really feels like Brandon is worthy of his projection, then he should prove it by going head-to-head against guys like Kemba and Jimmer. Brandon should be doing everything he can to make the best impression possible, especially with whispers that Kyrie Irving may not have the top spot absolutely locked up. Magic Johnson once said that he’d take Knight with the first pick in the draft. Had the workouts been handled differently up to this point, Knight maybe receiving more consideration for the number one selection.

Amick goes on to note that Brandon Knight considers Sacramento at 7 to be his assumed floor in the draft. Personally, there’s no team that I’d rather see Brandon on than the Kings. I think that he’d fit in well with Tyreke Evans because both of them could step in at either guard position and make plays. Plus, if he were to be paired with Boogie, then he’d instantly cement the Kings as one of Kentucky’s favorite teams. I know that it would mean less money for Brandon, but if he were to drop to the seventh pick, then I wouldn’t be upset. Utah and Toronto at third and fifth, respectively, seem to be the other teams in the running for his services, but neither one of those franchises carry the same intrigue as Knight landing in Sacramento does. However, Amick reported that even the Sacramento top dogs weren’t too pleased with his refusal to compete against another prospect.

Knight is becoming a bit of a wild card in the draft process and it’ll be interesting to see where he is chosen. I hope that he finds his way to a team with another former Wildcat, and that his workout refusals don’t have the negative impact that Amick says is a possibility. Regardless, wherever Brandon Knight lands, he’s going to tear it up with all of Big Blue Nation behind him.

Article written by Matthew Hays

23 Comments for Is Knight making a dumb decision?

  1. tdogg4033011
    3:42 pm June 11, 2011 Permalink

    all projections have Knight as a top 5 pick, how is it dumb??

  2. Booyakasha!
    3:49 pm June 11, 2011 Permalink

    Kyrie Irving hasn’t worked out against anyone either and he ducked the drills at the combine. Hasn’t hurt him. I don’t think Brandon needs to work out against anyone at this point either. He’s a freak to watch in individual workouts and there’s no reason to risk having an off day against Kemba and especially Jimmer.

  3. Ronald D.
    3:54 pm June 11, 2011 Permalink

    Dumb is definitely not a word I associate with Brandon Knight.

  4. JMFATZ47
    4:11 pm June 11, 2011 Permalink

    His competitive “spirit” speaks for itself. I scoff at this notion that it is “hurting” him. The only ones it will “hurt” is the team who decided to pass on drafting for such a reason.

  5. wildcat_marine
    4:14 pm June 11, 2011 Permalink

    Poor choice of words for title of article. Asking if one of UK’s recent fan favorites and one of the smartest players to ever dress in blue made a ‘dumb’ decision is not kosher for me and hopefully not for any other fan.

  6. wildcat_marine
    4:16 pm June 11, 2011 Permalink

    Ditto what 3 said. Come on Hayes!

  7. TeamWeaver
    4:19 pm June 11, 2011 Permalink

    Matt Hays, I assume you are trying to stir some traffic with this post so I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt – otherwise, I’d have to wonder if you weren’t ‘clueless with a byline.’ We come here in great numbers – don’t insult our intelligence by repeating inanities you read elsewhere without adding some insight. If you don’t know what the heck you are talking about, certainly don’t take the side of a perspective against a beloved former Kentucky player.

  8. mark p
    4:20 pm June 11, 2011 Permalink

    I felt BK should have stayed one more year at UK to mature physically more. I believe as he matures physically, and gets handled correctly/avoids injury, he will become the best pick in this group by a long shot. Go BK!

  9. Rumor
    4:34 pm June 11, 2011 Permalink

    Hearing Tony Woods is considering uofl again. He would walk on this year and get a scholarship his senior year.

  10. ColoradoWildCat
    4:35 pm June 11, 2011 Permalink

    #7; I rather agree with your remarks…I do not know the benefits of repeating negative info without further insights into the issue.

    That said, I think we need to look at the source here – a sportswriter from SI [which is not at all in love with UK] who is not 1- an agent, nor 2- does he know the ins and outs of being one.

    He merely is upset that he has not seen/heard the results of Knight going head-to-head and possibly being embarrassed in the process.

    Matt, I wonder, if you had taken the time to talk to Coach Cal [which might have shown some Journalistic instincts] what he would think about the process, and just “maybe” he has already advised Brandon to be doing just exactly what he is doing.

    I really wish bloggers, in general, would become more than just copy/fax machines! There are exceptions, like Matt Jones, who have original thought in their writings; sadly, not enough.

  11. ribin
    5:02 pm June 11, 2011 Permalink

    Knight has nothing to prove by working against the others who are trying to make as good an impression as he’s already gotten – best he gets is that he is ‘what they expected’ the worst is he gets hurt. Not worth it – stick to your plan young man.

  12. wd
    5:41 pm June 11, 2011 Permalink

    Tellum knows what he’s doing.Utah is not a good fit for BK anyway. He’s not mormon.

    6:30 pm June 11, 2011 Permalink

    Right on 11. This is a dumb post.

  14. test
    6:46 pm June 11, 2011 Permalink


  15. bluesuedeshoes
    8:03 pm June 11, 2011 Permalink

    Knight and the people around him know significantly more than you do on all things basketball.

  16. Shields Eyes
    10:50 pm June 11, 2011 Permalink

    Let Arn Tellum earn his money. He knows how this works.

  17. Hicks
    11:13 pm June 11, 2011 Permalink

    What would working out against those guys prove anyway? If your looking to see a guy’s skills against NBA level competition have some of your own guys D him up. If your trying to compare a guy’s skills to another, having them guard each other does nothing sense they are different sizes, different speeds etc. If you want to compare them, have them do the exact same drills one after the other against the same defender. It’s called a variable and it has to be controlled if you want anything close to true comparitive results in this little experiment. These guys did take 5th grade science right?

  18. Brian Storn
    2:02 am June 12, 2011 Permalink

    So, according to you (Mathew), Kyrie Irving should workout against Brandon!?! This is a non-issue. Just as Brandon said in an interview, he hired an agent for a reason and not to listen to his agent’s advice would be foolish. And, his agent’s advice is sound. If anything, Brandon should be looking at being picked #1 over Kyrie. Is anyone writing articles about how Kyrie is ducking Brandon and Kemba and Fredette??? It will all wash out in the end when five and ten years from now we will look back at this moment when Brandon is heads and shoulders above any of these three. And that’s saying something b/c Kemba is going to have a really good to great nba career. Kyrie will be mediocre like all dukies in the nba. And Fredette…an occassional spark off the bench as a 7th or 8th man.

  19. Beetle bum
    8:55 am June 12, 2011 Permalink

    The Jordan pressure will always be on the team, not the player. Pass over Knight and Utah could be hearing about it for years.

  20. pccatsfan
    9:12 am June 12, 2011 Permalink

    I agree he has nothing to gain from the workouts and this is a smart & logical decision. The SI author and Hays act as if this is BK’s idea. I doubt that. The agents are paid to provide this type of advice to help their clients get the best possible situation. Be that a higher draft pick or getting picked by a certain team they prefer.

  21. jesco white
    2:38 pm June 12, 2011 Permalink

    This post seems to make it seem unusual that Knight is not working out against other players. They do it in football also. I recall Rothlisberger not doing somethings against other players and JP losman calling him out. ON THE FIELD it has worked out for Big Ben, not so much for JP.

  22. jesco white
    2:41 pm June 12, 2011 Permalink

    This is not some small county basketball camp, and it’s not checkers. It’s chess, and millions of dollars are at stake. Knight has trusted his agent. Is one workout against some lower rated guy gonna help Knight ?

  23. sir
    5:03 pm June 12, 2011 Permalink

    I wouldn’t be worried