Knicks scout led improper workouts
Old 10-27-2010, 01:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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For the past four years, the New York Knicks may have circumvented NBA draft rules by conducting secret workouts of collegiate players throughout gymnasiums in suburban Atlanta, Yahoo! Sports has found.

Knicks director of East Coast scouting Rodney Heard coordinated and conducted the sessions, three players who were involved in some of the workouts told Yahoo! Sports – including one May 2007 session that resulted in a devastating knee injury to Kansas All-American Brandon Rush. A tear of the anterior cruciate ligament in Rush’s right knee forced him to withdraw from the 2007 draft and required surgery plus six months of rehabilitation.

In addition to the Rush session – which was an apparent violation of NBA bylaws forbidding teams from working out players before the annual predraft camp – Heard may have broken more rules by conducting predraft workouts with additional players during restricted time periods in 2007 and for excessive sessions in 2009 and 2010.

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• League sources with knowledge of the workouts said Heard trained forward Wilson Chandler for multiple weeks before the 2007 predraft camp. The Knicks went on to draft Chandler with the 23rd overall pick that year.

• DePaul’s Dar Tucker said Heard led two-a-day workouts for him and other players for multiple days before the 2009 draft. NBA rules limit teams to two total workouts spaced three days apart.

• Heard also helped oversee multiple workouts in 2010 for a group of players including Baylor’s Ekpe Udoh and Notre Dame’s Tory Jackson, said Jackson and a college coach who was present at the sessions. The workouts also are an apparent violation of NBA rules limiting the time teams may spend with players before each draft.
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Old 10-27-2010, 01:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, they certainly haven't drafted any gems. With the exception of David Lee at 30th overall.
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oh snap....
stern better take away their 1st rounders for the next 5 years!
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looks like it paid off in the end
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oh snap....
stern better take away their 1st rounders for the next 5 years!
they probably traded them away already
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^ In fact, they won't be drafting in 2011. Houston has their pick.
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Old 10-27-2010, 01:30 AM   #7 (permalink)
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good work Knicks, this makes you look more hopeless, you can't even cheat right

that Houston Pick might become the piece that puts Houston into that upper tier of teams if they could some how move it for a Steve Nash if it becomes valuable
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