One of the sub stories in regards to the draft the past week or so was whether or not Brandon Knight would work out against Kemba Walker prior to the NBA Draft. They had an opportunity to do so yesterday in Toronto (and will possibly have an opportunity again in Utah if both work out for the Jazz,) but it didn’t happen. Thanks, in part, to Brandon Knights agent Arn Tellem, according to Chad Ford.
The move makes sense, though. In the same way that Kyrie Irving refused to do drills and won’t go to work outs, if you’re predicted to go higher in the draft than other players, you shouldn’t work out against them. There is no reason to give others an opportunity to look better than you if you don’t have to. It’s strategy.
In Knights words, from the National Post:
“My main thing is that’s why you hire agents,” Knight said, basically agreeing with Thomas’s assessment. “Listen to what the agent tells you, just trust him, see what he says to do. Like you said, I’m not scared to work out against anybody. I’m a competitor. Sometimes with scheduling and stuff like that, you’ve got to listen to your agent and what he tells you to do. Sometimes it’s not about being a competitor. Sometimes it’s about being strategic.”
So for those of you waiting to hear reports of how Knight looked one on one against Kemba, I guess you’ll have to wait until they match up against each other in the NBA.