The drafted Cats have spent the last couple of days meeting their new teams and, surprisingly, people who get paid to write about such things wrote about them. Check out these links to see some notes on first impressions and the roles the Kentucky players will play on their new squads:
–John Wall met the Wizards and this is his first press conference and some interview action. And the other moves the Wizards made on draft night will affect what Wall’s role will be on the team and might lead to him not sharing the floor with Gilbert Arenas.
–Demarcus Cousins got acquainted with his new digs in Sacramento, along with getting to know fellow Kings draftee Hassan Whiteside and the coaching staff. They run down how extensive their background research on Boogie was and how they were more than satisfied with what they found. What they found was that everyone who lacked an axe to grind gave a consistent message that Cousins wasn’t the risk many people said he was. The article also points out that Boogie will be sharing a summer league team with former Vol Wayne Chism. So he’s got that going for him.
–Patrick Patterson made an impression on the Rockets organization without even taking a jumper in his first visit to Houston since being drafted 14th. His work ethic, maturity, commitment, attitude, adaptability and every other quality that endeared him to Kentucky fans seem to have struck the right chord with Houston brass, as well. Even KSR’s favorite parents, Buster and Tywanna, make it in the article.
–The Clippers’ General Manager, Neil Oshey, discusses the team’s draft. He says Eric Bledsoe was ranked right behind John Wall in terms of point guards on their board. Bledsoe’s end-to-end speed and finishing intrigued the team, and he compares the guard’s skills to some of last year’s crop of rookie points like Brandon Jennings, Darren Collison and Ty Lawson. In other Kentucky-related Clipper news, former Cat Dwane Casey is a finalist for their head coaching position along with former Bulls coach Vinny del Negro.
–Finally. Orlando GM Otis Smith is pleased with their draft of Daniel Orton, even though he won’t play a big role right away. He’ll learn behind Dwight Howard and Marcin Gortat and the Magic hope he’ll develop into a reliable backup post presence in the next couple of seasons.