Thoughts On Pre-Draft Camp, Cavaliers
If you happened to see my story on the first day of the pre-draft camp in Chicago, you're probably wondering why I wasn't able to inform you how the players looked. Well, reporters weren't allowed to view the workouts.
And from what I could tell on ESPN -- the only outlet was allowed to have people film and observe the workouts (corporate partnership has its privileges) -- NBA front office and scouts lined up in chairs along the baseline and watched the players run through light skills drills in 30 minute intervals. Then, the players came and sat down with us to talk about whatever we asked them in several different shifts.
There was a lot that I wasn't able to fit into a 22-inch story, so here is a little more from the players the Wizards are interested in, and some that are interested in them. I can tell you that the Wizards have already spoken with Memphis point guard Tyreke Evans, Arizona State's James Harden, Syracuse point guard Jonny Flynn, Arizona forward Jordan Hill, Connecticut center Hasheem Thabeet and USC swingman DeMar DeRozan in Chicago the past two days. I had a chance to catch up with a few of those guys, so I'll drop some mini-items from them throughout the day.
I know some of you are probably wondering what the big deal is with this camp if Ernie Grunfeld has already openly said that he is willing to move the fifth pick. What happens if the Wizards cannot get a good offer for the pick? A high lottery pick really is an asset, so you can't just dump it. A 19-63 season has to give you something in return, and the Wizards are optimistic that they can find a good player at No. 5.
Before leaving behind the first series of quotes, I just want to mention that LeBron James's teammates finally decided to join him for the ride. I also have to give Mike Brown some credit for making a huge adjustment by going small in the fourth quarter. By putting three shooters and Anderson Varejao on the floor with James up high, the Cavaliers made Orlando decide between letting James go to work on Mickael Pietrus or double-teaming him and letting the shooters knock down three-pointers.
It helped Cleveland that Mo Williams, Delonte West and Daniel "Boobie" Gibson were making shots. It also helped James go to work, scoring and assisting on all of the Cavaliers' field goal in the fourth quarter. Orlando may have slipped up by giving Cleveland more life.
I'll be back with the comments from the draft prospects.
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