What up world. This EJ and I’m back with another edition of The Blog About Nothing. It’s the middle of June. 6 months ago was my extra special birthday edition of the blog, and 6 months from now would be the 2nd annual extra special edition. So I guess I’m stuck in the middle with you. Stuck is how I feel to be honest. Every now and again the boy goes through a bit of a block, and I go through these periods where I don’t feel like coming up with 1,000 to 2,000 words of blog every Friday. So this blog is going to be real brief.
Basketball is my specialty, and with an NBA Finals in the books, free agency a few weeks away, and a draft in less than a week we’ll have plenty of basketball talk upcoming. LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade could be free agents, and Pat Riley laid the law down in Miami yesterday. He challenged his three to be great and to be great in Miami. Can’t blame the old man. Riley said a lot of things yesterday, but what I took from his press conference is that he threw the ball in LeBron’s court where he dared the star of stars to be great in Miami and not go running for what he’ll perceive as greener pastures. In the chess match that is Riley vs. James, Riley has the King in check. It’s not checkmate yet, however. Not yet.
Will Kevin Love be a Golden State Warrior? A Denver Nugget? A Boston Celtic? Who knows, but this story is slowly gaining traction with word yesterday that the Warriors are willing to throw Klay Thompson in a deal, and Klay’s father Mychal all but alluding to the fact that his son could be dealt. Frameworks of deals have been laid out for weeks, and for those of you unaware of what they are, try Google or Twitter. I’m not willing to lay them out in this blog (to be frank) and I don’t expect a deal to be done before my next blog, so if things do pick up steam to where they require some paragraphs? I’ll fill you in later.
Where I will spend some time is on the upcoming NBA Draft. David, Zach, and I are currently doing our own NBA Mock Draft here on 7Poundbag, and I am the one in charge of teams playing in the Atlantic and Central Division. I control the top three picks in the draft and I selected Andrew Wiggins for the Cleveland Cavaliers. I did so in the face of overwhelming odds that the Cavs were going to select Joel Embiid if he checked out as healthy. Well? He ain’t healthy. The back is an issue, but now Embiid has a stress fracture in his foot, and he requires surgery that may keep him out 4 to 6 months (some reports suggest that Embiid could be out 9 to 12 months).
I must admit I’m a big fan of Embiid’s, but his injury would give me pause if I were the Cavs, Bucks, or Sixers. I’d be hesitant to take him top three overall, however, I would take him that high. In the aftermath of yesterday’s breaking news many were quick to push Embiid down the draft boards but with apologies to ESPN College Football analyst Lee Corso: Not so fast my friends! Embiid is a talent. He’s raw, granted, but his potential, and willingness to learn, is something to admire. I’ve seen comparisons to Hakeem Olajuwon and as crazy as that sounds: I believe it. Both men came to the game late, after establishing themselves in other sports in their native countries (Olajuwon in soccer back in Nigeria, Embiid as a volleyball player in the Cameroon) both men had better freshman years in college than the their teams and coaches expected (Embiid’s numbers exceeded Olajuwon at the same point). Now I’m not saying Embiid would have walked into the NBA and dominated but if the Cavs, or whoever takes him, exhibits patience he will get there. Mark it down. *Woody Paige voice*
The NBA Draft isn’t as loaded as some will allow us to believe, but it’s full of players that should have some sort of impact at the next level. It’s a better draft than last year’s, but to be honest that isn’t saying much. It’s the kind of draft where you can find a good player at 10, and find a similar caliber player at 30. You may not get an All-Star at 10 or at 30 but you’ll find a decent starter or a decent reserve talent. It’s that draft. It bares watching. So ESPN, June 26th, 7:30 Eastern. Watch it!
I’m done. Said it would be brief. Thanks for reading. Thanks for supporting www.7poundbag.com. Peace.
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