Dickau meets Dickhead? Newsday’s Allan Hahn reports Isiah Thomas had a busy Thursday with Zach Randolph is headed to the Knicks in exchange for Channing Frye and Stevie Franchise, while the WWL says Dan Dickau and Fred Jones are part of the package to boot. True Hoop’s Henry Abbott wonders, “what about Channing Frye and LaMarcus Aldridge together? They are kind of clones. You can’t get away with two spindly guys like that, can you? Very jump-shooty. And willowy. But you know what? With Greg Oden on the floor, you sure can have two guys like that. It’s a new way of thinking for Portland, which now has a big defensive center,” but I’m simply pleased Portland’s sudden depth opened the door for the Knicks getting any value whatsoever for Francis.
I’m sure David Lee meant no ill will towards Channing Frye when he allowed himself to be seen whooping it up.
(jeez, you’d think someone would’ve slipped G.O. an early iPhone)
Jason Cohen writes, “I should have taken a picture of the crowd storming the floor at the Oden pick. It was slightly less frenzied than when a 15 seed knocks off a 2 in the NCAA.” Hey, I’m sure this is a big, big night in the history of Rip City, and if they can just somehow get Art Alexakis to retire from music, they’ll really have something worth celebrating.
As tipped earlier, the Knicks selected DePaul’s Wilson Chandler at no. 23 overall.
Though the Celtics opted for Georgetown’s Jeff Green at no. 5, the Hoya forward is instead bound for Seattle, along with Wally World, Delonte West and a future second round pick. Boston acquires Ray Allen as part of the deal, which should be enough to mollify Paul Pierce.
For the time being, it would appear as though Kevin Garnett is staying put. The T-Wolves made Florida junior Corey Brewer the no. 7 overall selection, while the 7’6″ PF from China, Yi Jianlian, will soon become the tallest man in Milwaukee.
As it turns out, Draft Night ’07 has been almost as frantic for the Blazers as last year’s ; they’re sending loot plus a second round pick to Philly for tonight’s no. 30 overall selection, Finnish PG Petteri Koponen.
The sort of analysis you just don’t get from Doug Gottlieb : “Josh McRoberts, known homosexual from Duke, goes to the Trailblazers to violent boos from the crowd. I wish he went to the early 2000s Trailblazers. McRoberts would be the white guy in Chappelle’s Mad Mad Real World, crying, getting raped, and watching Ruben Patterson and Sheed DP his girlfriend.” (The Blog Of Hilarity)
Though the Daily News’ Dick Weiss acknowledges the Nets have “gambled on character before” (ie. their selection of UConn’s laptop enthusiast Marcus Williams a year ago), they’ve stepped out a tad and perhaps snapped one of the first round’s bargain’s in the form of BC center Sean Williams at 17, while Charlotte opted for the Eagles’ Jared Dudley at no. 22.