You can call me crazy or a bit too ambitious, but I find myself in my third different time zone in three days. I went from Denver to Los Angeles on Tuesday, then caught a red-eye flight after Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals last night (or this morning) to get to Chicago for the NBA pre-draft camp. If you don't believe me, you can check out the datelines on my stories from Wednesday and today, then see where I am in tomorrow's story.
I tossed off my NBA beat cap and put on my Wizards beat cap today, so I will be catching up with the top draft prospects over the next two days -- then I'll head back to Denver for Game 6 on Friday night. Projected No. 1 overall pick Blake Griffin and top three choice, Hasheem Thabeet, are among the top prospects in Chicago this week. But I will try to speak with all of the players that the Wizards will consider for the No. 5 pick in the NBA draft on June 25.
With the exception of Arizona forward Jordan Hill, the rest of the Wizards' options at the fifth spot are in the backcourt. The team will likely pay close attention to guards Tyreke Evans of Memphis, James Harden of Arizona State, Stephen Curry of Davidson and Jrue Holiday of UCLA. USC swingman DeMar DeRozan is also in the mix at No. 5, but another name that I keep hearing about, should the Wizards decide to trade down, is Syracuse guard Jonny Flynn.
Brandon Jennings, the kid who skipped college to play in Europe, will not be attending the workout, with his Italian team (Lottomatica Roma) still in the postseason. Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio, whom the Wizards are interested in and would have to move up to acquire, is also not attending. Media is not allowed to see the workouts, but we have access for interviews, so I'll try to help you guys know these guys a bit.
The coolest part about being in Chicago is that I'm supposedly staying in a very legendary hotel suite at the historic landmark, Blackstone. When I checked in, the man behind the desk told me that the room I'm staying in is the same room where Warren G. Harding stayed when he was selected as the Republican candidate for president in 1920 and where John F. Kennedy stayed when he was informed of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Here's another history lesson folks: Want to know what Harding, Kennedy and Barack Obama all have in common? They are the only three men to be elected president while serving as a U.S. Senator.
Anyway, back to basketball. I forgot to pass along this great line from Nuggets Coach George Karl when asked about Sam Cassell joining Flip Saunders's staff as an assistant coach. "I can't wait to see Sam make that 7:30 meeting," said Karl, who coached Cassell in Milwaukee.
All right, let me wipe the sleep from my eyes and get ready to work.
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