Consider me firmly in place on the Leon Powe bandwagon. The recent article on him is just one more piece that makes me really, really like this kid.
First consider all the hardships he has been through with his house burning down, growing up in foster care, losing his mother... Consider the effort and inner strength that it took to come back from not one, but two major reconstructive surgeries on his knees.
Consider the work ethic that has him spending every moment in the gym working out, practicing, working on his game. The work ethic that allowed him to add 2 or 3 inches to his vertical leap since last season.
Consider his character that makes him go back to the surgeon who reconstructed his knee to say thank you. The character that has him taking care of his brothers and sisters and has the goal of having them all together under one roof. The character that says that being a role model and helping the kids in the community is more important than the money. The character that will make him get his degree because he made a promise.
You just have to love this kid. I can see why Danny was making calls to every team trying to get him when he saw that he was still available in the draft. He is hungry. He works hard. He has a great skill set. And although, at 6'8", he is somewhat undersized for a 4, he has a big wingspan and is increasing his vertical leap as I write this. I can see him being a big surprise if he is given playing time and I can see him being one of the big steals of this draft (right along side of Rajon Rondo).
So, jump on the bandwagon now before the season starts and it gets too crowded.
Good luck to Powe. He has a sporting chance to get his foot into the door here in Boston because all of our PF's are young and the competition is still up for grabs. He has to play catch up to Jefferson and Gomes, but if there's ever a guy who will put in the extra effort to reach that goal, it'll probably be Leon Powe.
Watching him in the summer league games gave me mixed feelings. Offensively on one on one situations, he seemed out of sync and even a step slow. But I remember better things about him as I saw him briefly in college, and Ainge is really high on the kid as well.