Aside from all the rumors listed in the article below, there are a few other things to be noted today. The Herald has an all purpose article that discusses O'Brien's hiring in Indy, Sean Williams and his willingness to discuss the behavior that led to his dismissal from BC, and the fact that Pierce is probably every bit as frustrated as Kobe. The Globe also has a rambling article from Peter May that covers O'Brien, Kobe, the Finals, Donovan, Yi, Wallace, Jazz, Draft, and Brown. May does make the first mention of the David Blatt as a replacement for Tony Brown, so that is interesting.
The MetroWest Daily reports that Brandon Wright could be a steal with the 5th pick, but this contradicts all the other reports coming out of Orlando including one from NBADraft.net that his shot only extends to 8 ft with 57% FT shooting, Chad Ford's report that Wright struggled with the drills and looked a little lost at times, and this from Draft Express's report on Day 4 in Orlando:
Brandan Wright did not do much to quell most of the fears about him, even if there was only so much you could take away from this setting. He doesn’t appear to have added any weight to his frame since the season ended, and his jump-shot and ball-handling skills were virtually non-existent as we’ve been mentioning all season long. The fact that he was working out in the 3rd gear didn’t really help him out.
The Fayetteville Observer reports that diet may be key to Wright's success at the next level. The Journal Sentinel reports that they expect to land an impact player with the 6th pick. If they find an impact player with the 6th pick, we certainly should be able to find one with the 5th pick. I believe that we can find a player who will make an impact right away so hopefully Danny will not just give the pick away as he did last season and will make a wise choice.
The Orlando Sentinel has a good article on Brewer. I wouldn't mind picking Brewer. He knows how to win, is intense and a hard worker and best of all, he loves defense.
The Commercial Appeal has an interesting article discussing the search for a GM and in the process calls Danny incompetent and enumerates all of Chris Wallace's miscues in Boston. In spite of them all, Wallace is still in the running for their GM job in Memphis.
On the other side of the court Spencer Hawes seemed to be taking things quite seriously, looking absolutely phenomenal in the post drills with his gorgeous jump-hook shot and incredibly soft touch off the glass. He’s clearly one of the most fundamentally sound players in the draft. He told us he’d help himself here a few weeks ago when we interviewed him, and if this is any indication of how the drills portions of his NBA private workouts are going to go, he is absolutely right.
I hope Danny is planning on giving this kid a look. He is a legit 7 footer and seems to have what it takes to make an impact for an NBA team.
25 days until the draft and the Celtics will begin workouts next week. It will be interesting to see who they bring in and the reports on those workouts. I am still suspect of Yi's defense and hope that reports of Danny's desire for him are just smoke screens. Hawes has emerged as a favorite for me along with Noah and Brewer.
As always good to hear from you Pierce. There is more on Blatt in the rumors article below. There are reports that he has been offered 1 million dollars to be head coach of Maccabi. There is also the first mention of him in Boston press in Peter May's column mentioning him as a possible replacement for Brown.