Thin field for draft camp
The NBA hoped that more big names would attend this week's pre-draft camp if teams were no longer allowed to hold individual workouts until after the camp. That hasn't happened. I'm in Orlando where the camp enters its second day Wednesday morning but the top dogs including Greg Oden, Kevin Durant, Corey Brewer, Michael Conley Jr. and Jeff Green aren't participating.
The biggest "name" players as far as college production are forward Jared Dudley (Boston College), guard Taurean Green (Florida) and center Aaron Gray (Pittsburgh). From a local perspective, Virginia is represented by guards JR Reynolds and Sean Singletary, Maryland is repped by DJ Strawberry and Ekene Ibekwe and Virginia Tech has two products in Zabian Dowdell and Coleman Collins.
Tuesday featured only one session and it pretty much consisted of drills and some half-court work so I'll know more today when the players are split into six teams and start playing games. Wizards president of basketball operations Ernie Grunfeld is on hand as is just about every other team boss in the league. By far the happiest of them is Portland GM Kevin Pritchard who is still soaking up the glow that came with landing the top pick in last week's lottery.
The day's most awkard sight had to be this: Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak taking in the action just one section over from soon-to-be-former Grizzlies head man Jerry West. This just days after Kobe Bryant reportedly threw Kupchak under the bus by demanding that West be brought back to the Lakers. Never a dull moment in Los Angeles no?
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