I have no thoughts

I sit down to try and think what the hell to write on this forsaken blog…nothing.  Just nothing.  The writer’s mind draws a complete blank.  I suppose that’s appropriate, since it took me until I was 21 to be able to even draw a straight line, which in turn is something I only accomplish 47% of the time with the odds doubling on the second and third attempts respectively.

I attended college for four years, which felt like three years rolled into two of which I remember maybe 6 days worth of events.  I paid the money it took to get a piece of construction paper mailed to me months after graduating.  I shook the hand of the dean who really had no previous knowledge of my existence…and still doesn’t.

Bottom line is I know I’m talented, sort of, and I know I’m interested, kind of.  I have some strengths with writing and MANY weaknesses (comma use, parenthesis, elipses…and a lack of ideas).  I’ve been known to make people laugh and to bore people to death, all within a 140 character tweet!

Supposedly this blog is supposed to hone my writing skills, express opinions I’ve been told are “fresh” or “interesting” or “funny” or “odd” and possibly to create something to show employers.  Clearly that isn’t going to happen without any motivation.

So fuck it, I’ll just write when I feel like it about whatever the hell I feel like.  I’ll make this a very public, yet rarely frequented place for me to bitch to nobody but myself about whatever is annoying me.

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880 sucks!…and other notes from the nether regions of the Bay Area

Note: I originally wrote this in July of 09, but was too lazy to finish it and too chickenshit to publish it.  I don’t know why I’m afraid to post my thoughts.  I just am.

Berkeley Farms isn’t in Berkeley…it’s in Hayward.  This is the biggest takeaway I had from my  venture to the often forgetten South Bay that isn’t Scrillacon Valley (I’ll thank E40 for that nickname…brilliant) for a job interview that, per usual, appeared to be legitimate and targeted at exactly what I wanted.  I was so overjoyed that they called me back for a second interview that I completely excused their normly inexcusable location in Hayward.  This was it, my ticket into the ad/marketing industry.  I would pay my dues at this smallish boutique, do the least inspiring work you could think of and rise to the level of Don Draper in no time.

A friend warned me about such an opportunity, as she was sucked into an opportunity of the same rhetoric.  She was promised the world, and ended up with cold calling offices, peddling office supplies.  “Haha,” I sniggered as she relived one of the worst experiences of her life, “sucks for you,” I continue insensitively.   Like many athletes Pacman’s locker room, I immediately thought “the bad things that happen to other’s will NEVER happen to me!” I was special, ordained by this boutique agency, getting in on the ground floor of something Madison Avenue will soon develop a drinking problem over not thinking of first.

I think I was the one who needed a drink after the second interview.

Driving to Hayward the next morning was a sign of things to come.  The traffic wasn’t as bad as people told me it would be, but the commute still seemed painful.  I feel for people in their cars all day.  I bet it’s daily commutes that get people so addicted to talk radio: it gives a human connection to some of the loneliest people in the world.  Moving on highway 880 is like any movie where everyone is trying to leave, only for some reason you’re going TOWARD the looming disaster. Just when you think you’ve passed the worst, meaning the ghetto in Oakland, you soon wish you were back near the Coliseum, airport and especially the In n Out burger off Hegenberger.  Not only have I passed San Leandro (a town only know to me as the home of Dennis Dixon) but I’m also forced to drive through somewhere called Union City.

The name Union City may evoke some kind of wonderful community where everyone gathers in a park to play frisbee or have a picnic.  This couldn’t be a bigger lie of a name…or the biggest lie for a name since Richmond’s motto being “City of Pride and Purpose”.  The most interaction between the locals in Union City is the MASSIVE movie theatre I can see from the dreaded 880 South, which easily could seat the entire city of San Francisco.  It’s probably what Texas-sized Walmarts look like or those big, evil stores in Wall-e…it’s embarrassing.

Ok, I finally get to Hayward, which isn’t much of a relief.  This time, I don’t get lost and easily find my way with plenty of time to spare (rule number one of job interviews: plan to get lost, so get there hella early).  I arrive, only to be surprised with how many people made it to the second round.  I sign in and the mega-cute secretary tells me to get in line withe everyone else.  Line?  Really? Is this a ride at Disney Land?  Must I be this height to ride Marketing Mountain?

Just when I sit down, the employees role in, awkwardly staring at us with a gaze akin to frat boys sizing up new recruits.  None of us were particularly comfortable, considering none of us knew what the job was or who these people were.  They were all wearing matching uniforms, which gave me fright because they looked like a pit crew.  After our west side story-like confrontation (snapping as we approach each other in the alleyway), we paired off to see marketing in action: or how to want to light yourself and college diploma on fire.

What was promised to me as a jump start to a fantastic career of glitz, CLEOs, One Clubs and other random awards nobody cares about turned out to be akin to pumping gas at a full service gas station (shout out to all the Oregon readers, who experience this luxury on a daily basis).

It turns out it doesn’t matter how good you are at marketing to be good at marketing.  The entire concept of talent or creativity is thrown out the window.  So much so that when I asked my shadowee if the pay was commission based, he emphatically told me no. The pay was, in fact, based on how well you sold the products.  Now, I’m only a college grad with a degree in advertising, but I’m pretty sure that is the definition of a commission-based job!

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I don’t want to become one of those leftist bloggers, but…

When I began blogging, I didn’t really know what the hell I wanted to write about.  So much so that I gave it all up. My friend is a sports writer, through and through, so I figured dabbling in sports writing could be fun.  In the end that isn’t for me.  I realized that the Brein excels in sports writing because it is where his passion lies.  I quickly noticed myself not being as passionate as he with regards to the excruciating minutiae of the sporting world.

So here it goes: the search for topics to write on.

I know I’m interested in politics.  I’m fascinated by how the deals get done and how elections are won. It is clear to me that our political system has become nothing other than a series of competing PR machines, with actual substance in terms of policy cast aside for the oh-so-important public perception.  Americans are no longer competent or interested enough to understand policy and the consequences of their opinions.

In restarting this blog, I won’t be looking to convert readers to the liberal cause, or to get you not to vote Republican or reject your God. I don’t want to convince you of everything.  All I hope is that my opinions pique your interest enough to keep reading.

I plan to post something almost everyday, looking to hone my writing skills and entertain myself (and you as well!).  Help me out by commenting on the posts with your extended thoughts!

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Ok guys, do you really not get this

So this is now bothering me.

At the conclusion of an episode of a show I was just watching a female character finds out she’s pregnant. Now, I fail to understand how this is surprising.

She had sex, no where does it say that they used protection.And yet she sat there weeping, and unsure of what to do.

Are people honestly this stupid? I can understand not using a condom if birth control is involved. I can understand if there are mitigating circumstances (really drunk, not being educated about sex, buying into some of the more ridiculous myths surrounding it, the entire plot of Knocked Up). But when they have unprotected sex without these circumstances, the characters are still surprised. It’s a natural reaction, but where is the fear and worry after the actual act. People just turn the other way and assume, “oh well, probably won’t happen to me.”?

Now this seems to happen to tons of young people on TV and in movies (Juno for one). I’m pondering, is this common in the real world? Is art imitating life? Or am I just thinking to hard about it.

I’ve heard advertisers in the early 20th century started believing people were tremendously stupid after seeing how long words were up in silent movies (the logic being, “if it takes them this long to read those few words, I must be much smarter than them”). I read that during Viet Nam, the White House though the world really reflected what they saw on TV (a problematic fact that led to Johnson freaking out during the Tet offensive).

Note: Thank you history of Mass Communication

Is my perception similar to those two examples? Is this simply an easy plot device for various TV shows? Or do people really understand that little about the basic mechanisms of sex?

I’m just going to hope that media and anecdotes have warped my perception, because otherwise it really doesn’t say much for people as a whole.

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Look at it this way, we don’t even use the same name the rest of the world does for futbol!

In the recent excitement (very recent, and regarding this morning, disappointment) surrounding team USA soccer, we are once again asked the broken record question of whether or not the world’s most popular sport will ever become relevant and/or popular (which really means profitable) in the world’s most powerful company errr I mean country.

Blogger’s (am I an editor of a blog or a blogger?)  note: I literally wrote company instead of country.  Only in going back and proofreading did I catch it and add that second part.  Funny little Freudian slip there, methinks.
In response to that question I have a two part answer: “Not really” and “really?”  Neither answer, nor the real level of interest, inspires a lot of confidence in the MLS and FIFA regarding the United States and its commitment to professional soccer.  Simply put: we don’t (consistently) care and never will. I say consistently because it is true that at times, such as the past week or so, the country does tune into international competition to see the US’s slim hopes of actually winning something.  Credit Landon Donovan and the crew for getting this far…but man that was a rude awakening courtesy of Brazil.  After striking to a 2-0 (that’s two-NILL for all you Americans out there) lead against the first-named futbol freaks out of South America we all thought it too good to be true.  Here was the United States dominating on a world stage in the largest tuneup before the World Cup.  Then reality kicked in and Brazil showed us who is still boss.

But allow me to go somewhat deeper into the American obsession with sports.  Let’s look at the sports this country consumes at astronomical rates: Football and basketball at amatuer and pro levels, baseball at for the most part a pro level, hockey at a niche level and auto racing at a regional level.  Football, basketball and baseball have simple explanations as to their popularity.  They are all American sports (I refuse to acccept that basketball is Canadian), invented, grown and nutured right here domestically.  Auto racing, specifically NASCAR, comes from southern street racing, or so I’m told.  Soccer is centuries old and from a far off land, distanced from all the goings-on in the US.

This cannot fully explain our disinterest in soccer.  Golf was not invented in this country, yet it is widely played and celebrates its finest tour of play in America.  Perhaps it is a question of winning.  As Ray Ratto pointed out, Americans do have quite the interest in Premeir League Soccer which is…funny, it’s the best soccer played in the entire world.  It doesn’t seem like a wholly American thing to want to watch the best and only the best.  As my co-blogger said, MLS is akin to the Australian Basketball League, somebody may watch it, but not nearly enough for people to care.  Simply put, if nobody watched a sport, it wouldn’t exist.  But to be placed on the level of NFL, NBA and MLB, the MLS would have to be as good, if not better than the Premeir League, which will probably coincide with hell freezing over someday (which coincidentally appears to be the same time I finally get a job…f*** the economy!).

Were the US to win the World Cup next year, it would probably be the single greatest sporting achievement in American history, or at least since the Miracle on Ice.  That being said, it still wouldn’t ignite the NCAA to make soccer and elite collegiate sport, or for MLS to suddenly be featuring players like Flopiano Ronaldo or Henry.  Our disconnect to soccer stems from an attitudinal difference between Americans and the rest of the world.  A major reason American sports fans are so passionate is the possibility and anticipation of the so-called “walk off” win.  Everyone dreams of witnessing, or fantasizes about playing in, that bottom of the 9th situation where the bases are loaded and it’s all on the line.  We practice the final shot of the basketball game with time expiring, or the final, Hail Mary pass.  Soccer does not appear to have walk offs.

I watched today as Brazil scored in the 80 something minute, only to celebrate for a good 90 seconds.  It was two minutes before the US even began play again.  Suddenly, it was stoppage time and all Brazil had to do was casually walk to inbound the ball, wasting another minute.  Essentially it was clear nearly 10 minutes before the match was over that the match was over.  In American sports, there is always a chance for a last second comeback, against all odds.  Perhaps this is a sign of Americans’ intentions or expectations in a sporting event, or even life.  We want to know that no matter the journey, no matter the path to get here, we still have a shot to “win”.  The soccer-loving world seems more concerned with the journey and not the ending.  Of course, the score still matters, but the entire body of work appears to be more important than the 9th inning or the 2 minute drill.

It’s the reason Hedo Turkolou can stink it up for three quarters then be hailed as clutch in the 4th, or the reason Tim Howard is still a fantastic keeper, despite the lapses down the stretch.

Here the ends justify the means, everywhere else you better tread a good path.

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Taking a spicier dish: Warriors order the Curry

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What a way to start a career: under a hail of jealous boos from the New York faithful. None the less, there are no second chances at a big moment and that’s how Stephen Curry’s time as a Warrior and NBA player began.

On the surface the move is puzzling as there were potential bona fide point guards on the board and the hometown team opted for a scoring combo guard. Monta Ellis also might be miffed since he and Curry are about the same size (just above 6-feet and skinny), like to score and will both probably vie for the same starting spot.

Then again, knowing Nellie, an undersized, no-defense all-scoring ‘tweener backcourt could easily be on the menu.

But looking at Curry, I see him are representing the same promise to basketball that stem cells do to the human body (note: do not take this as any sort of commentary on the issue of stem cell research. My thoughts on the subject are boring, unoriginal and wholly not worth reading). 

In the same way the a stem cell could eventually be grown into heart, liver or kidney tissue, Curry could be grown into several different archetypes, each different and useful in their own way.

The straight-up scorer

Think Monta Ellis; style but with more range and less speed. He would have the ball in his hands, create as a second option and really look to put the ball in the basket.

In college he showed that he has the skills to be a gunner, which isn’t a bad thing, but might be the most limited path he could take (plus the Warriors have about 22 of those guys already).

Under Nellie this is (sadly) the most likely result. The Don Nelson offense (patent pending) relies on isolations, pick and rolls and hasty shots and can tap into the primal instinct of every top point maker to play like he’s the only guy out there.

Note: this just about goes to hell if the jump in size and speed from NCAA to NBA renders his individual scoring skills impotent. If that happens he’ll immediately be pigeonholed into the next archetype of…

Long-range bomber

What’s odd is that this type can be even further divided in to subsets, lest call them major shooter and minor shooter-. The minor role is just what it sounds like, a rotation guy, who comes in to space the floor, wander around the perimeter and hit jumpers.

These are they guys everyone wants to put around Shaq and Lebron since they “keep defenses honest,” an idea that never pans out when more than one is on the court. On the other hand this could keep Curry in the league for a while since GMs always want 1-3 pure bombers some where on the roster.

The major shooter, however, is a far more interesting kind of player, and is a job Curry knows quite well. These are the men who spend most of their time traversing around screens with out the ball, only to pop open for a pretty open jumper. This is what Rip Hamilton and Ray Allen have done forever and it’s much of what Curry did when he rocked the hell out of Wisconsin and led Davidson to the Elite Eight.

Should he do this for the Dubs it would be great, mostly because a guard would be able to produce without pounding the ball into the ground.

This does hit two potential snags in both coach and player. Nelson’s offense does not feature much (any?) off-ball movement in the half court making his perhaps just a beautiful pipe dream.

And that pesky height issue again rears its ugly head. Curry is three inches shorter than Allen and four below Hamilton. Kansas (which tends to have quick guys with long arms) gave Curry a lot of trouble two years ago, a sign that he could be on the J.J. Redick path of good college shooter whipped out in the pros.

Baller multifaceted point guard

Think of this as the most idyllic future for the newest Warrior. I heard Nelson say on the radio that he loves the kid’s passing on the break and in the pick-and-roll. Furthermore, when shoe horned into the point guard role last year with a mediocre surrounding cast, Curry responded by handing out 5.6 assists per game.

So we’re looking at a kind of slow, defensively-challenged point guard who does what Nellie wants pretty well and can be a high-percentage shooter from deep and from the line. That sounds just a bit like Steve Nash, doesn’t it?

Now some might scoff and say that Nash is a far better passer. This is true, but in college he averaged 6-6.4 dimes at best, and he for stayed four seasons. Also, look at the teams that wanted him; the Warriors, with the first coach to give Nash a chance, New York, who’s coach rode Nash’s MVP seasons to success, and Phoenix, a team run by Nash for the last half-decade.

This would be the role all Dub’s fans would like Curry to take, but it’s so just very dependant on him having some innate skills and honing the hell out of them.  He won’t ever be a good defender (though even Redick got good enough to bug Kobe in a minute in the finals, so I guess there is hope) or rebounder, but the kid could grow in so many directions.

Then again, maybe he’ll be traded for Amare tomorrow, and this whole damn thing will be for naught.

The other important Warrior happening: SOMEONE TOOK CRAWFORD FROM THE WARRIORS! SOMEONE TOOK CRAWFORD FROM THE WARRIORS! It’s amazing since he seemed so untradable, yet the front office got valuable cap space/expiring contracts for their defensively challenged gunner. Will Acie Law have any impact on the team? Probably not, but in the long run, it doesn’t really matter.

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Our first actual post! sorry to the non-sports fans

And now a mock for tomorrow’s NBA Draft.  We crapped out after the lottery…those are the only interesting picks anyway

1. LA Clippers

Blake Griffin

Really a toss up here…it’s not like they already announced who they are picking.  We’re going to love the anticipation, edge of your seat drama of David Stern coming to the podium for that first pick.  For all of you who may have money on the draft (we don’t really know if there are Vegas odds on drafts) and you get this one wrong…just do yourself a favor and take the rest of your money, put it in a locked safe and forget the combination.  That way your money will be safe.

In case you haven’t been following, the pick is more obvious than the coming year-long buildup of Shaq and LeBron joining forces against Kobe.  Griffin brings hype to the hapless Clip Show, and even more inevitable disappointment and heartbreak.  His demise-before-his-rise will play out in grand fashion on the only soap opera to compete with Guiding Light as longest running train wreck.

2. Memphis Grizzlies (they’re probably going to trade this pick, but predicting that is dumber than labeling Ricky Rubio as a can’t miss prospect…)

Hasheem Thabeet

Instead of entering into Clipper-esque drama with Rubio, they decide to take the safe 7 footer, aka the most boring player in the draft.  If it weren’t for the dude’s freakishly large hands (you know what that means) he would just be a skinnier Michael Olowokandi…in fact he probably still is this generations Candy Man.  On the downside (yes, worse than Candy Man 2.0) Marc Gasol large, bearded mug will be confined to the bench during pre game introductions.  Here’s to you finding your Spanish brethren someday Marc…

Real life comparison: The hottest girl at the bar will make you buy her too many drinks, so you just take the sure thing three seats down (and about a foot and a half taller).

3. Oklahoma City Thunder

Ricky Rubio

When we found out he was, in fact the next Pete Maravich (despite their only common traits being their floppy hair, skin pigment and the occasional flashy pass) it sets our minds a flutter because at one point Jason Williams (not “good guy” Jayson) aka “White Chocolate” was also the next Pistol Pete.  And the plot thickens even more when it comes to mind that the next Jason Williams was Rubio’s own Spanish national teammate Sergio Rodriguez (or as David has learned in four years of close proximity to Blazer Nation, THAT PIECE OF GARBAGE SPANISH POINT GUARD who needs both a haircut and a clue on the court).  This brings to mind two questions: First, with two Pistol Petes how is the Spanish national team NOT the most entertaining team to ever step on a court and second…was Pistol Pete really ever so good as to warrant four (FOUR!) heirs apparent?!

Ben’s anger aside, this is a pretty solid pick, considering you have a position-less Westbrook at point guard and Kevin Durant craves picture perfect lob passes in the key to earn him that max contract (that probably won’t be with the Thunder).

4. Sacramento Kings

Tyreke Evans

We really can’t make fun of him, because he’s just too damn solid.  We’re high enough on him that we’re PISSED he won’t fall to our beloved Warriors.  Our only reservation on Evans is that for some odd reason history has not been particularly kind to point guards who are 6’ 5”.  There have been some greats at 6’ 4” (Kidd, Payton), one at 6’9” (Magic) and the rest are pretty much 6’3” and below.  Of course there’s a good chance he won’t play point guard, and some are saying he’s still growing.  Perhaps he’ll avoid becoming Marco Jaric (6’5”) Redux…though I’m sure Evans would approve of Jaric’s companion.

Can we just take a moment and remember how ridiculous Sacramento was not that long ago?  The cow bells, Tyra Banks and Vlade Divac.  Doug Christie’s wife, C-Webb’s kicks and the Turk backing up the Slav.  Where have all the good times gone? And to think, if contemporary Hedo were on the Kings in 2002, we might have been talking dynasty in Sac Town.  To put things in perspective…Beno Udrih started 72 games for the Kings this year.  How the mighty have fallen.

5/6. Minnesota Timberwolves

James Harden and Stephen Curry

Even before the trade, looking at their depth chart was more painful than a post-blackout hangover (only Twolves fan remember how awful this team is).  Aside from Al Jefferson and the white Wes Unseld (the Beach Boy), this team is deplorable.  These picks offer scoring, entertainment and the prospect that the ball will no longer be brought up court by Kevin Ollie.  They say Curry can pass and Harden can score.  They also say Curry can shoot and Harden is lazy.  Worse case, Curry is a shorter, much cheaper Mike Miller.  Harden seems to be the draft’s biggest enigma.  Nobody knows how hard he will try, nobody really knows what NBA skills he has. Either way, these two, combined with Jefferson’s healthy ACL, brings Minnesota back into the land living (if only slightly).

7. DUUUUUUUBS (Golden State Warriors)

Jordan Hill

Our boys usually draft the big man out of need, often passing on a better, smaller player.  But for the first time since basketball was more an expose of players’ thighs than a spectacle of athletic talent, the opposite seems to be happening.  Monta isn’t a point guard; Acie Law is not the answer.  But instead, the Dubs invest in a bona fide power forward who can rebound… and maybe even post someone up. Now it may seem strange to the Warrior faithful that the team could try to play multiple bigs with Nellie as coach, but that’s how most real teams do it. Time to join the NBA.

8. New York Knicks

Jonny Flynn

This is a draft for point guards. Mike D’Antoni was a point guard. His best teams were led by Nash, a great point guard. Chris Duhon (of all freaking people) lit it up for the Knicks at… guess which position. That being said, D’Antoni wants a more talented PG, and New York native Jonny Flynn fills the role to perfection.  Maybe it was his ballsy play during that OT marathon against UConn but it seems like he has exactly the quality needed in a 7-seconds-or-less offense.  And by quality we really just mean cockiness.

9.Toronto Raptors

Demar DeRozan

And where does every Compton raised, Southern Cal Trojan want to end up?  If you said Toronto you’re…probably not even close to right.  DeRozan can do his best Jordan impression trying to usurp the starting shooting guard spot from Anthony “EuroJordan” Parker (yes, that was his nickname while playing for Maccabi Tel Aviv, soak it in).  Euro Jordan hasn’t quite been Air Canada, so DeRozan could be playing big minutes early on.  Solid pick for a team with just about one year left to make the playoffs.

10. Milwaukee

Jrue Holliday

Another conundrum because Holliday played out of position in limited minutes in his one and done year at UCLA.  On the other hand, Ramon Sessions is slated to start, with Luke Ridnour backing him up, which can’t be good.  Bonus points to Holliday since people describe him as “tough,” “gritty,” and “defensive minded.”  These just so happen to be traits that Scott Skiles falls in love with…until he demands 50 pushups.  Skiles needs to save face, since he’s still starting Charlie Villanueva, whose softness rivals the most luxurious satin pillows in the Pottery Barn catalog. Then again they did just trade Richard Jefferson so Joe Alexander could start.  With direction like that, they could take hometown hero (and by hero, we mean perceived leader who shoots 28% from three and 46% from the free throw line, standing at a generous 5’11”) Dominic James and we really wouldn’t be shocked.

We officially support Bill Simmons becoming their GM.

11. Nets

Earl Clark

We’ve identified a major need for the Nets.  They have a budding superstar in Devin Harris at point, an aging Vince Carter (we refuse to call him a star), and a nice young center in Brook Lopez.  Adding a combo forward only leaves one spot: the small forward.  I wonder who could fill that spot while still pleasing part owner and rapper Jay-Z?  We can now add the Nets to the list of teams who are intentionally leaving a hole in their rotations to hopefully be filled by one LeBron James.  Though they appear to be a dark horse in the looming LeBron sweepstakes, humor us and imagine him on the same team as Earl Clark.  Devin Harris would average 15+ apg…all on dunks!  Brook Lopez wouldn’t even need to rebound!

12. Charlotte (yes, they actually have a team) Bobcats

Terrence Williams

The most anonymous team in the league takes among the quietest prospects in this draft. Reports came out about how…bizarre Williams was (he literally carried a Barbie backpack in public) but coach Larry Brown (bet you didn’t remember he was their coach, huh?) has dealt with his share of strange players.  More importantly, Williams is docile compared to personalities like A.I. or everyone on the Knicks during Larry’s tenure.  Brown likes players he can coach, and he just might have one.

13. Indiana Pacers

Ty Lawson

John Hollinger thinks Lawson is one of the top two players in the draft.  Then again, Hollinger’s system rated Michael Sweetney over Dwyane Wade coming out of college.  It seems Larry Bird will stop at nothing until he has acquired every point guard that is under 6’ (watch out D.J. Augustine).  Word is he’s placing call into Mugsy Bogues and Spud Webb and Tiny Archibald.  Soon enough, Nellie WILL be their coach.

14. Phoenix Suns

Brandon Jennings

The last time Phoenix took something from Italy, Mike D’Antoni took them to new heights in fast paced basketball and playoff choking.  Also, it’s about time Nash had an actual backup, seeing as with all the minutes he has  played his biological clock is ticking to the pace of an 85 year-old coal miner.

It’s too bad everyone freaked out over the fact that Jennings went to Europe and then didn’t play big minutes.  If Rubio had had last year’s season in an American college, scouts would be piling on him as being too injury prone and raw.  Somehow everyone is an expert on euroball when a flashy American point guard struggles on the court yet they can’t read that a floppy haired Spaniard hit only 30 percent of his shots. Really, what the hell?

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