finnaly we managed to restore the database corectly with alot of support from a lot of people
in these about 2 weeks of break, important things had happened and we didn't had the chance to discuss them
here, in this topic we should talk about the 03 Draft news, rumors, conclusions
June 25, 2003 -- Latrell Sprewell has lobbied Knicks management for a big post-up player to dump the ball inside and take heat off the perimeter. Antonio McDyess was supposed to be that guy last season. But no one can say for sure whether McDyess will ever be able to patrol the Knicks' post without his left kneecap exploding.
So that is why the Knicks were so desperate to arrange an 8 p.m. workout for Central Michigan 7-foot center Chris Kaman last night. That is why the Knicks are crossing their fingers this true back-to-the-basket center drops to the No. 9 spot in tomorrow night's NBA Draft. They already know 6-10 power forward Chris Bosh won't be there at nine.
Kaman has few workouts to the No. 6 Clippers, No. 5 Miami and No. 4 Toronto. Last night, Raptors new head coach Kevin O'Neill and their scouts flew in to Westchester and was permitted to watch the Kaman workout. Ironically, the Knicks and Raptors discussed swapping picks, with Sprewell heading to Canada. The Raptors reportedly were closing in on a deal with No. 12 Seattle but O'Neill said it was "looking at all possibilities."
O'Neill, the former Knick assistant and Marquette coach, said his past relationship with Sprewell was no factor.
"I've known him for a long time, he used to play pick-up games at our gym in Milwaukee but don't read anything into that," O'Neill said.
The chances of Kaman falling to the ninth spot were diminished when 7-5 center Pavel Podzokline pulled out. If Kaman isn't there and the big men include Kansas' Nick Collison, Georgetown's Mike Sweetney and 7-foot small-forward project Maciej Lampe, the Knicks may decide to trade down. Layden will interview Sweetney today.
Kaman averaged 22.4 points and 12.0 rebounds as a junior and Layden likes his preference for the low post.
"He had a great workout," Layden said. "He did as good as he could've."
"I got a lot stronger this past summer and that helped me a lot in the paint," said Kaman. "I was getting pushed around before. I still want to get stronger, especially playing in the post. Quickness doesn't always work."
There's been some classic Layden misdirections the past nine days, ever since he said after Kansas' Kirk Hinrich's workout that he would consider drafting a point guard. That led to speculation the Knicks wanted to move up in the draft to get a crack at undersized Texas point guard T.J. Ford, whose stock has been dropping.
That's mostly smokescreen. In truth, the Knicks would like to see both point guards snapped up in the top eight, which would allow Kaman to fall. If Ford fell to nine and Kaman was gone, the Knicks would consider the 5-10 jitterbug, with the option of trading him later. If the Knicks traded up to four, they'd likely snatch Bosh or Kaman. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
if the knicks dont take collison there retarded they really are do not take KAMAN he looks like doleac my god you know collison is good keep it safe christ teh knicks will mess it up like retards i cant stand them now they want that polish guy?! theyre so stupid
Layden has the ninth, 30th and 39th picks tonight. His priority is to either trade up, or turn Latrell Sprewell into a veteran with frontcourt size (Erick Dampier, Adonal Foyle, Jerome Williams or Stromile Swift) while gaining a solid draft prospect.
Layden said he's willing to move up or down, possibly to No. 4 in a swap of picks with Toronto, with a shot at power forward Chris Bosh, or back to No. 11 where the Warriors select. "We'll investigate it right up until we make the pick," said Layden, who had extensive talks with the Warriors at this season's trading deadline. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
in the end, i guess kaman will be the one
i really hope there's gonna be a trade with the raps, even if it includes spree, the important thing is not to miss another playoff tonight's the big night
Sweetney, Lampe and Vranes, the knicks' 3 picks
which of them do you think will have the biggets impact?
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finaly an acceptable draft
not sure about sweetney who actually could help spoon and harrington, but layden did a decent job by taking lampe. he'll probably be our next Center and give us some stability on the court
what i wonder is that few days ago, nobody have heard about lampe, but last night everybody yelled his name
couldn't be any happier
sweetney+lampe o gosh . but it gaved me the goosebumps when layden picked sweetney instead of maciej, i thought he'll be gone be the second round
after all everything came out good for us and i'm hoping in a resurection over the summer
amazing 3/4 of those guys on that list aren't even in the NBA anymore...sad. Imagine thinking you just won the lottery getting picked to play in the NBA, and a few short years, your packing groceries at a local market