Thabeet cancels workout w/Grizzlies due to shoulder injury
Old 06-21-2009, 07:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Hasheem Thabeet canceled a pre-draft workout with the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday citing a shoulder injury, but he also had plans to talk to other teams.

"Thabeet was a combination of he's had some shoulder situations and he wanted to talk to some other teams," Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace said of the 7-foot-3 center out of Connecticut. "It's also what goes on this time of the year with guys showing, not showing, that type of thing. The gamesmanship of the draft."

Memphis officials have already met with Thabeet twice in preparation for Thursday's NBA Draft. Wallace said he expects to meet Thabeet later this week, but probably not for a workout.

The draft's top-rated big man, Thabeet averaged 13.6 points, 10.8 rebounds and 4.2 blocks (second in the nation) for the Huskies last season, when he was co-Big East Player of the Year.

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A number of projections have him going to the Grizzlies with the No. 2 pick, others have Memphis taking Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio. The Los Angeles Clippers are expected to take Oklahoma forward Blake Griffin at No. 1.

The debate on Thabeet is that he is not an offensive presence, has only adequate rebounding numbers and might not be strong enough to battle in the post. But there also is the potential for continued improvement. The native of Tanzania did not start playing basketball until he was 15.

Sunday's cancellation does not affect the Grizzlies' consideration of Thabeet, although Wallace didn't reveal his draft plans.

"We go on what they do in their careers. That's the vast majority of your final grade," Wallace said. "The workout has very little to do with it. You're just covering yourself with the workout."

With Thabeet's cancellation, the Grizzlies watched Jordan Hill, a 6-10 forward-center out of Arizona, and Demar DeRozan, a guard-forward from Southern California, in individual workouts.

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Old 06-21-2009, 07:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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The draft's top-rated big man, Thabeet averaged 13.6 points, 10.8 rebounds and 4.2 blocks (second in the nation) for the Huskies last season, when he was co-Big East Player of the Year.
So wait, who was first in the nation?
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Thabeet and his agent are just scared that teams will see how shit and sloppy his game really is.
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So wait, who was first in the nation?
It's really not that hard to google this stuff, man.
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So wait, who was first in the nation?
Jarvis Varnado (4.7bpg)

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Jarvis Varnado (4.7bpg)
Who's a 6'9 Power Forward from Mississippi State. He was projected to be a early second round pick but has already withdrawn from the draft.

DraftExpress NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Jarvis Varnado, Stats, Comparisons, and Outlook

I don't think Thabeet will make an impact on the NBA, he's a role player at best.
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Old 06-22-2009, 07:55 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Do you think this may cause him to drop below 5th? Nah
DeRozans agent is quite optimistic still
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Old 06-22-2009, 12:47 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Man, no one wants to play for the Grizz.

Why would you want to? They have nothing going for them at all. It's no good being in the top of the lottery if people won't play for you.
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