Prepare yourselves. Turn off ESPN (except for live sports programming), mute Twitter, and in general expect to be innundated with obscure, ridiculous, over the top media coverage.
LeBron has opted out of his heat contract. This may just be a way to restructure it to get the Heat more cap space, but he's now a free agent. With Carmelo Anthony opting out too this may just break the HOT TAKES engine.
Seth Davis' wrote an amalgamation of six anonymous NBA scouts evaluations. Fifty-four prospects are covered. Here are a couple of the most interesting.
Nik Stauskas, 6-6 guard, Michigan. "Cannot say enough good things about that kid. He's a big-time shooter, good size. More athletic than people think. Big fan. The guy is bouncier than you think and he can really pass. I think he can come in and play right away. I like his cockiness."
Aaron Craft, 6-2 point guard, Ohio State. "Great college career, wonderful human being, but OK, end of story. He's not an NBA player."
The entire article is here. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/college-basketball/news/20140623/nba-dr...
It is reported that Mitch will not participate in any physical activities prior to the draft. The latest ESPN draft has him going #26 to the Heat. What he may lose in terms of lower rookie salary, he could make it up by being on a winning team (better stats and endorsements). Of course, it would suck if James were to leave Heat.
Edit: Obvisouly, I mean for him going forward. It sucked for us, of course.
Can someone identify left to right?
ESPN Insider article on Embiid and how his foot injury impacts the draft. Relevant part is at the bottom where Ford lists the players invited to the green room for the draft. This is the first I've seen on what players were invited, and I know from some of Nik's interviews that he was hoping to be there. Very cool for him indeed. Assuming he accepts the invite, here's hoping for two straight years of seeing one of ours putting on a random NBA team's hat and holdling up a jersey. Here's my hope for his new uni...