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2009 NBA Draft Mailbag


Written by Paul Banks of NBC Chicago and the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
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2009 NBA Draft Mailbag - June 30, 2009




  • From Johnny Damon:

    First off I'm from Canada, I live in Vancouver (Miss the Grizzlies)

    NO ONE F***in Says "EH" in Canada

    Everyone i know pronounces defense the same way the c makes no f**in difference to me

    A-BOOT are you F***IN KIDDING ME

    i know people who lived in toronto all their life then moved here and they don't say f**in A-BOOT they say ABOUT not ABOOT

    Did you get that s*** South Park or Some S***

    F*** YOU





    Response:

    WOW! With the exception of "The FSU Cowgirl" Jenn Sterger, I don't think Iíve ever encountered someone online so filled with hatred and bitterness. It's interesting you signed this e-mail under such an obvious pseudonym, and your lack of syntax and sentence structure says quite a bit about yourself. Also, the prodigious cursing would make even Ozzie Guillen blush.

    However, you're barking up the wrong tree if you seek to extinguish bigotry and prejudice against Canadians. I literally had "O Canada" as my ring tone for a few months in 2006, and I plan to hopefully, have my bachelor party in Windsor, Ontario some day soon.

    If no one says "eh?" in Canada, how come they sell t-shirts with the phrase and a Canadian flag on it at tourist shops everywhere? You did succeed in destroying one Canadian stereotype: Many of us Yanks believe your people to excessively polite. You on the other hand...





  • From Matt:

    Los Angeles is the perfect market for Ricky Rubio (though I know he preferred NYK)... do you think LA would make the deal? Would you rather have Baron Davis and Eric Gordon, or Baron Davis with Ricky Rubio as the future?



    Response:

    With Baron and Gordon (or "Basketball Judas" as I call him, being a die-hard Illini and UI alum) you have a better traditional backcourt pairing. Davis can be a score-first point guard if needs be, but he's better in a distributor role with EG focusing on wing play and off the ball. So this would create better continuity. On the flip side, I think Rubio has a lot more potential long-term.

    So even though you'd have two "pure point guards," watching Rubio highlights make me salivate and given how young he is - imagine what he could be in his prime? Gordon for Rubio straight-up is... advantage - Spaniard. I've covered the Big Ten extensively these past couple years, and witness Gordon's sulking, slumping and sliding shooting percentages after Kelvin Sampson was fired make me wonder what type of maturity and toughness he truly has... Of course Rubio's game translating to the league is still a wild card in itself.





  • From Andre:

    I was wondering how you thought of Jonny Flynn on defense. On a scale of 1 - 10 how do you think he is on defense? Also on a scale of 1-10 how do you think Toney Douglas is on defense? Thanks!!!



    Response:

    I think Flynn was one of the best point guards in the country this season, but not really that spectacular on the defensive end. T-Wolves GM David Kahn thinks he'll be a great on-the-ball defender in the league though... which makes me think much less of Flynn defensively. Douglas, on the other hand is an outstanding defender - especially man to man. I rate him a nine.





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    Written by Paul Banks of NBC Chicago and the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
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