It’s been a very busy day so far and there are more than a handful of notes worth mentioning here, so let’s work through this quickly and keep them brief:
– It was reported earlier in the week that the Cavs had settled in on Kyrie Irving at #1 overall, but Hoopsworld is reporting that Cleveland hasnt’ decided who to pick at #1 overall. The site says that Cleveland notified Irving, as well as Derrick Williams, Enes Kanter and Brandon Knight that no decision has been made just yet. That might just be posturing on the part of the Cleveland, but Hoopsworld believes that to be true. I guess you can hold out hope for one more day.
– In the same report, Hoopsworld says that if Minnesota does not end up dealing their pick, #2 overall, the Timberwolves will likely select Enes Kanter. Their report cites the same thing that many have been saying for a few days – the Wolves like the idea of pairing Kanter with Kevin Love in the frontcourt much more than the thought of finding a spot for Derrick Williams. Calipari seemed awfully confident still that Enes would be gone in the first two picks this morning, but we’ll get into that shortly.
– Apparently undeterred by reports of the Wolves’ interest in Kanter, the Utah Jazz worked out Enes today. Again, there were people citing sources that the Jazz actually are now more intrigued with Enes than they are Brandon Knight and that might have strengthened today as Kanter and head coach Tyrone Corbin were said to have clicked. If Kanter goes #3, Knight could very well end up in Cleveland – regardless of whether or not they pick Irving with their first pick – and will most certainly not slip past Toronto. Word is Bryan Colangelo fell in love with Knight and badly wants to add him to the Raptors.
– Not to get lost in the draft madness, a KSR commenter known as “TheApex” made Deadspin today for his astute comparison of Kyle Singler as “that guy in your rec gym who looks like he’s gonna suck because he’s so ugly and he keeps scoring and you just want to punch him in the nuts while blocking out for a rebound”. Good work.
– There were a lot of solid parts of Coach Cal’s segment on KSR this morning, but the most amusing moment came when Cal talked about his wife getting irritated with him taking jabs at the NCAA. Cal said, “My wife asked how old I am and I said I was 52, but they vacated two years, so I guess I’m 50.” The NCAA jokes never get old.
– On the subject of Enes Kanter, Calipari had quite a bit to say, but stood firm on his belief he’d be picked in the first two spots tomorrow night. He said that if he’s the Cavs, he’d take Enes with the first pick, but understands that “the kid from Duke” is probably safer. In citing Enes’ youth as a reason for Cleveland to take a serious look at him, Cal poked again at the NCAA, saying “I know people made him out to be 25 years old and an NBA veteran with a contract, but he just turned 19 years old.” He said that he sees him as a guy who is going to demand a double-team in the NBA and that if he’d played this season, he’d be “far and away” the top pick.
– On his other top-five player, Calipari predicted Knight’s landing spot was dependent on Kanter’s. Cal said that if Enes goes #2, he thinks Knight will go third overall to the Jazz and if Enes gets nabbed by the Jazz at #3, Knight will go off the board to Cleveland at #4. Cal talked about what kind of player an NBA team will get with Knight by saying that whatever that team expects his upside to be, that’s what Knight will give him because he’s such a hard worker and high character kid.
– On the small possibility that both guys would end up with the Cavs at #1 and #4, Cal said Cleveland could expect their apparel sales to go through the roof and more ticket sales than they would by going in a different direction. Because you’re crazy. He even said he might sneak off to a game or two.
– In discussing the whole 500 wins situation, Calipari again said he wasn’t aware of it and only found out after the game when he was given the ball and was told what happened. He said his opinion is that he doesn’t win games – the players do – and that he should only be judged by his losses, which he says are all on him. He finished by saying he won’t have how many games he won on his tombstone and that all he cares about is “guys in the class room, the green room and hanging banners.” He also said he can’t seem himself coaching at 60 either.
– Cal finished up by talking about the incoming players who are going to contribute heavily. He said he’s heard great things about Ryan Harrow in pickup games and that Anthony Davis is a blessing because he has guard skills in a big man’s body. He called Michael Gilchrist is “a warrior” and said that Marquis Teague needs to play more north and south like his brother, but has a lot of courage to want to follow the last four Calipari point guards. He finished by saying Kyle Wiltjer is so skilled (and might be the best shooter on the team) that he isn’t sure how to use him yet. I think that’s a long way of saying they should be good.
That should cover it. There’s probably more, but you can dig that out yourself by listening to the podcast below. Cal is in the first hour and Jacob Tamme kept the party going aftwerward. Give it a listen.