Found this on twitter. Pretty cool. I'll admit I didn't think THJ would be a first rounder but man I shouted when his name was called.
Front page of the official Utah Jazz website
Now I have reasons to watch Utah and New York NBA games. Normally I don't watch the NBA because it's not nearly as good as it was in the 90s, but it will be fun watching two of my favorite M players.
Without NBA Pass, I wonder that I'll see much of Trey. Who plays Utah games?
Well, yeah. That is a good point. I will just have to follow their respective schedules to see when they're on national television. NY definitely has a lot of games on ESPN or TNT though, considering they have Carmelo (as overrated as I think he is).
Just keep your eye on sportscenter ... he'll pop up, eventually.
No way is that his mother!?
that was one of the first things I thought when I saw that picture.
Same here. Second thing I wonder was whether I was the only one who though so. Props to the board.
my first was, where is Tim Hardaways knit cap?
BREAKING: On ESPN radio in NY this afternoon Timmy said his dad "ain't gonna be wearing no Knicks hat."
I can't wait to pick up the new 2k this year and next (seeing how GR3 and McGary will prolly leave next year.) So ill be able to play with these guys.
I'm happy for THJ. Good for him. I also thought it was cool that the Knicks fans cheered so loudly when they read his name. They were excited with the pick.
Me too. I always thought they were a pessimistic bunch when it came to draft picks.
They were excited because it means that idiot JR Smith is out of there now. Can't blame them.
From what I've heard from experts, I think JR is still sticking around. He's still an extremely high value considering his salary, on a team that doesn't have much cap space for improvement.
Also, most Knick fans love JR SWISH, despite his mediocrity this playoff season.
I am a big Knicks fan and have a lot of Knick fan friends. The general consensus was that they like the pick because they consider it a "safe" pick. I think the championship run got a lot of Knicks fans some decent exposure to Tim.
Michigan played there a lot during THJ's career. From what I remember, Michigan always did well there. I haven't seen Timmy's stat lines from all the games, but I am sure he showed up in at least one of them.
...I'm kind of digging the MSG connection. Seems like Michigan plays there often and given it's Manhattan locations it one of the few venues that I seem to pass by regularly myself. Nice to see THJ playing there & hopefully he can make an impact.
Here's one fan who looks pretty excited about the pick.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, a fair number of Jazz fans were pretty stoked about Burke, although they did not produce anything nearly as great as the Spike Lee reaction photo. Here's one fan anyway complimenting the team's strategy:
"I think for what they would have gotten at picks 14 and 21, it wouldn’t have added up to what they got in Trey Burke," Jordan Blackham said."
I texted a few of my buddies who are in SLC and huge Jazz fans, and they are excited about getting Trey. Point Guard was a big need for them anyway, but they didn't think Burke would be available for them. Their only concern was his lack of size, but overall they are Jazzed up about the pick.
Cold truth is TH3 will start riding pine after 2 or 3 years at most. I have no idea how he went in the first round. He virtually disappeared in the big moments all year, committing more turn overs and making more mistakes than being helpful. As a blog community are we supposed to blow sunshine up the ass of all of our players and alums all the time? I think not, but maybe I'm wrong, in which case I'll get flamed to oblivion but so be it.
I hope I'm wrong, but I just don't see it for TH3. Glad for him that he at least made the Association for a couple of years.
As a blog community are we supposed to blow sunshine up the ass of all of our players and alums all the time?
UnAbomber. Come on!
Yeah, if only he had made 5 straight three pointers in the home game vs. OSU we could have had a chance to win. Shucks!
Well he did miss the sixth one IIRC
TH3? Am I missing something? Isn't he only TH2?
I think he means that THJ's unborn child will be riding the pine in a couple of years. Which, you know, seems fair.
I hear this from Michigan fans a lot, and while I'd agree that perhaps his sophomore year wasn't all that, last year there were times that I felt he flat-out rescued the team, either with defense or being aggressive going to the basket and making things happen for himself or others.
That was the joy of that team last year, I thought, having two folks capable of doing that in Burke and Hardaway.
he won't even show up to the Knicks for two or three years? I don't understand. My understanding is he isn't going to the Knicks to be their star right now, but if he is a serviceable backup who develops, then that's basically ideal for everyone.
But believe it or not, there's a less arrogant space that exists between "blowing sunshine" and declaring "cold truths."
But kudos for the HOT TAKE.
Thank you. Not only that, it's an asinine comment. 2-guard is like the thinnest position in the NBA right now. You have, in some order
And that's about it. So I think THJ will do just fine for himself. I don't see him turning into any of those guys (except maybe Johnson), but he'll have a long career being an aboverage 2, which is not a high hurdle in the league right now.
Cool pic, bro.
Why don't we actually wait a few years to see how things go before we totally dismiss/praise certain picks. Wait, that goes against the rules of sport fandom. My bad.
Are you trying to tell me that Gardner's back-to-back Heismans during his two national title winning seasons don't count yet? That's some bullshit.
Just saw I can get 35/1 odds on a "Gardner for Heisman" bet. With his skillset, the schedule, and the lack of other great candidates (especially at positions/schools where a win is likely) that seems like a pretty good bet.
That is indeed enticing. I might take that action. I definitely think he can enter into that conversation, for all the reasons you mentioned and for the fact that Michigan provides the tradition and history to make him a popular pick nationwide. I just began messing around with sports books last year. I used to be casually indifferent towards Oklahoma and now I will never forgive them for their unbelievably terrible defense last year. I guess I'm the moron for thinking they could get it together at any point. Oh well.
...it's almost odd that Michigan hasn't produced a Heisman winning quarterback. Most winners are QBs and M has had a ton of good ones. Maybe Gardner will be the one.
But this team man. (our should I say last years team).
Michigan hasn't had success like this in a long time. Not one, but two first round picks!! I am going to be excited as hell. And Tim isn't going to Minnesota (or Utah), but to New York. We could see him playing on ESPN like once a week. That is huge. I can't say he will flame out, or end up starting by mid-season, but I am going to be hopeful. And that is sports fandom.
I completely agree with you sir, and I'm equally excited to see how Burke and THJ do in the pros. I was addressing the "THJ is overrated and shouldn't have been a first-rounder" comments. I, for one, refuse to take off my maize tinted glasses when evaluating our teams, but even if one thought Timmy would flame out, why would you feel the need to say it here? Most of us are really excited to see our guys in the NBA and I see no need to forecast failure yet. The praise? Okay, okay. Heap it on. :)
Damn. My first double post.
I feel the same way visiting fans must feel when we cheer so loudly for Slipper Rock in the Big House: "I must be missing something here". Did they desperately need a 2? Did KnicksGoBlog declare that THJ was the KnicksGoSleeperOfTheYear? What am I missing? Because there was pretty much unanimous joy when he was picked
They only saw him play in the garden this year maybe?
Solid player, known name with his dad a former NBA great, played well in a lot of big games, and a lot of Michigan fans in the New York area. Plus maybe the fans wanted to show some love to their newest player.
looking like new money!
Knicks website's official announcement hails THJ from "Michigan University".
Some comments from TH Sr. from NJ.com
The elder also assessed his son’s ability, trying his hardest to be impartial. Hardaway, Sr. said his son “sacrificed a lot” last season at Michigan, noting his 14.3 points per game scoring average.
“As a scout, I felt he really wasn’t able to show his full talents,’’ the father said. “He was the veteran of the team, the leader of the team. He had to make sure everyone else does their job and does it well [and] it hampered his game a little bit. … If he would’ve went out there and been selfish, and done his own thing, they wouldn’t have made it to the championship game.’’
I just gotta say, that's one bad suit Burke is rocking. And by bad I mean I mentally trying to figure out where I can go and find a tie that color.
Any men's clothing store in the Detroit city limits, they'll probably even have the gator shoes and handkerchief to match
I'm confused, Burke doesn't smile.
As much as I hated THJ leaving, it was the right move for him. Next year's draft is going to be ridiculous and unless he blew up out of nowhere I don't know that he would have been picked at all.
Happy for both. Pretty good situation for both as well. Utah is great for Trey - at least on the basketball court... not sure how much he'll love being in SLC. For me, there is exactly NO team that I like less than Utah. This is presonally disappointing. I guess I will have to learn to like Utah. I like jazz a lot, so I'll focus on the great Utah/Jazz musical connection.