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Old 06-06-2011, 09:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay all you draftniks.

You can get serious now because things are starting to really heat up for the HOTH.

But, as always, there’s an aspect of tail wagging the dog kind of.

Kemba Walker and Brandon Knight are scheduled in Toronto but, sadly, not to work out against each other. They’ll do two separate workouts, I’m told, which is nice to see how far they jump and how fast they are and how they shoot the ball but lacks any true competition between two guys really close to each other in all the fabricated mock drafts out there.

Then the HOTH are off to Europe to see Jan Vesely and Bismarck Biyombo in Europe mid-week before taking in the Eurocamp in Treviso on the weekend.

Kinda sucks that they have to travel to another continent to get a look at kids they might want to draft, in my opinion, but if you’re going to do your work, you’ve got to go where the people are.

In a perfect world, guys like Vesely and Biyombo would make a tour of North America and maybe workout with, and against, some top-rated NCAA kids.

But it’s not a perfect world; in many respects it’s an agent-driven world, and NBA teams have to grin and bear it.
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Old 06-06-2011, 09:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 06-06-2011, 11:51 AM   #4 (permalink)
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i assume they are only working out vesely to satisfy a colangelo fetish, they better not be considering that guy
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Chad Ford just confirmed on his twitter that Knight and Walker are both working out for Toronto tomorrow. He says Knight's "crew" wants them to workout separately.

Is Knight scared?
Would love to see them go head to head
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Old 06-06-2011, 05:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Knight is scared that Kemba would just destroy him

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when its all said and done, knight will be the better player. thats my prediction
i'll be happy if we end up with knight. if we end up with kemba, i hope he proves me wrong. either way, we better be getting one or the other
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Knight is scared that Kemba would just destroy him

Probably the other way around since Walker just cancelled a workout he was supposed to have with Fredette.
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This is just done to preserve their value. It's an agent's ploy and little else. It sucks, but I don't read a lot into it.
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Probably the other way around since Walker just cancelled a workout he was supposed to have with Fredette.
The rumour there is that it wasn't Kemba who cancelled it, but his agent...fueling speculation that he has a guarantee in the top 6.

Kemba's a competitor and if given the chance, he'd be like Tyreke of a few years ago and would go up against everyone and probably dominate them. You think Kemba's scared of Jimmer? I think he would torch him.
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The rumour there is that it wasn't Kemba who cancelled it, but his agent...fueling speculation that he has a guarantee in the top 6.

Kemba's a competitor and if given the chance, he'd be like Tyreke of a few years ago and would go up against everyone and probably dominate them. You think Kemba's scared of Jimmer? I think he would torch him.
Exactly, but from an agent's perpective it just offers a chance that kemba has an off day and jammer looks like gold. Then much bigger questions could circulate that go beyond why he opts for individual workouts.
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Probably the other way around since Walker just cancelled a workout he was supposed to have with Fredette.
Kimba cancelled because there was little chance he would drop to Sacramento, so he didn't waste his time.
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it'd be cool if they hooped to the death. Who wants the spot more
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You think Kemba's scared of Jimmer? I think he would torch him and break his ankles.
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Chad Ford (ESPN): So ... both Kemba & Brandon Knight in Toronto tomorrow ... however Knight's camp asking for separate workouts
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Chad Ford (ESPN): So ... both Kemba & Brandon Knight in Toronto tomorrow ... however Knight's camp asking for separate workouts
His agents idea.
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According to ESPN Insider, "Walker changed the workout date in Sacramento to facilitate a shot at working out with a player who has been reluctant to work out with anyone -- Knight. Over the weekend, Kemba's camp learned that Knight will be in Toronto on the 7th working out with the Raptors. Walker has been seeking a workout with Knight for weeks. The problem is that Knight is refusing to work out against anyone prior to the draft. Walker's coming in any way -- even though it looks like the two won't actually workout together. The move forced him to reschedule his workout in Detroit from the 7th to the 8th."

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According to ESPN Insider, "Walker changed the workout date in Sacramento to facilitate a shot at working out with a player who has been reluctant to work out with anyone -- Knight. Over the weekend, Kemba's camp learned that Knight will be in Toronto on the 7th working out with the Raptors. Walker has been seeking a workout with Knight for weeks. The problem is that Knight is refusing to work out against anyone prior to the draft. Walker's coming in any way -- even though it looks like the two won't actually workout together. The move forced him to reschedule his workout in Detroit from the 7th to the 8th."
If that's true, it's a little dissapointing.
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Old 06-08-2011, 07:45 AM   #19 (permalink)
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i love everything about Brandon Knight except he doesn't seem to be as quick/fast as most PGs
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Old 06-08-2011, 09:10 AM   #20 (permalink)
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The interview videos are up... (as well as some talk from Jim Kelly)

Jim Kelly, Pt. 2 - June 7, 2011 | video | Raptors

and I have to say, wow...what an interviewee Kemba is. I think my non-sexual man-crush on him is growing. Knight seemed a bit more reserved, but he'll get better as he gets older, and in front of the media more, but Kemba is just a natural interview. If we draft him, he instantly becomes a fan favourite.

Also, when a reporter asked him about the perception of American players not wanting to play in Canada (around 5:30 "I've never heard (of) that...I don't care...I have no problem (with it)"

LOVE it

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