8:31 - Ah, it wouldn’t be a sporting event if I didn’t get to hear “This is our countrrrry!”
8:32 - Sac up, they could really go in any direction here depending on if they’re ready to deal Artest and Bibby. Spencer Hawes… bust city. When you’re 7′1″ and you only average 6.5 rebounds in the PAC-10 we’ve got problems.
8:36 - John Paxson confirms that he plans to keep Noah. Why can’t we talk to Kevin McHale or Danny Ainge, or somebody who’s trying to pull something off. Come on… Paxson says he is still looking for a low-post scorer, so maybe a sign-and-trade or something to get Randolph? Could be interesting…
8:39 - Atlanta back up at 11, you’ve gotta think Acie Law IV… Acie Law IV it is. And the Hawks finally have a PG… Of course he’s not quite Chris Paul or Deron Williams (or even Mike Conley) but I do think he’s better than Speedy Claxson and Tyrone Lue, so for the Hawks, probably an improvement.
8:42 - Philly up at #12… I’d have to guess they’re going after one of the Youngs here. Sal Pal says that Billy King has been working furiously on the phone trying to trade up all night. He also says they’re trying to decide between Al Thornton and someone that we’re not too sure about right now… Interesting. Gotta get somebody to go with Iguodala right here, who’s blossoming into a star.
8:46 -Â Thaddeus Young from G-Tech goes… another freshman. Bilas says “he needs to tighten up his ball skills.” That just sounded dirty. Bilas sounds lukewarm on Young, and says that he has plenty of UPPPPside, but isn’t as polished as Thornton.
8:52 - New Orleans is on the clock and you’d have to figure Nick Young is about to go. Billy King is talking, and I’ve never heard anyone say more words while saying absolutely nothing at all. He’s keeping Horford and Law, very uninsightful. Julian Wright finally goes… while they could have used Young, Wright is a really good value here. Good pick.
8:54 - I think Dick Vitale is sedated tonight. He’s been extremely low-key. It’s like a breath of fresh air.
8:56 - Clippers are up. Another team that desperately needs some shooting and could really used Nick Young… also I’m going to mention that it’s almost 9:00 pm EST and almost the end of the lottery, which seems like a great time to be wrapping this blog up… and there goes Al Thornton. Makes sense as he had slipped quite a bit. Good pick for the Clipps, taking the best guy available… and Bilas agrees. With that I’m out of here. If the Timberwolves don’t find a way to move Garnett within the next 2 weeks I’m going to go crazy.