Bovada.lv: Now that the Finals are over, the 2013 NBA Championship odds have been released. The Bucks are at 75-1 to win the title, behind the Heat (11-4), who are favorites to repeat. Miami is followed by Chicago (5-1), Oklahoma City (6-1), and then LA and San Antonio (10-1). The longshots? Charlotte and Detroit at 200-1.
ESPN Radio: Prior to Game 5, Brandon Jennings spoke abou the NBA Finals. When asked about the best player in the NBA without a title (under the assumption LeBron would win one), Jennings made his choice. “To tell you the truth, I would still have to go with Derrick Rose. Hands down. Even though Derrick Rose had the freak injury, I would still have to go with Derrick Rose.”
Racine Journal Times: Zeller. Leonard. Henson. Terrence Jones. Perry Jones. Just when it seemed like all the late-lottery talent was going to make its way through the Cousins Center, Gery Woelfel reports that the Bucks are likely not going to be able to workout all their desired prospects.
On Fab Melo: “There’s a guy with a lot of upside… Fab played soccer in Brazil. He has great feet, which helps him defensively… Not that I’m comparing him to Hakeem Olajuwon, but Hakeem was such a great defensive player, even in college, but all of a sudden as he got into the pro game and started to have the time put in, he became a great offensive player too.”
On Tyler Zeller: “He’s a professional right now… He is pretty much who he is… He’s going to be a ten- or twelve-year player that does a good job of being a role player, not necessarily a starter… He has to improve his back-to-the-basket game.”
On Terrence Jones: “He’s 6’9″, 245, and kind of plays a couple of positions up front. He had a tremendous workout with us this week.”
On Perry Jones: “Could be a power forward or a center.”
On Meyers Leonard, along with Fab Melo: “They’re very young to the game.”
On Austin Rivers: “Very impressive young man. He’s going to be a heck of a pro player… David (Falk) believes that he’s a guy that may come in maybe and start somewhere right away.
On Darius Johnson-Odom: “Of all the players, he has been in the best shape of any player in all the draft workouts… He can defend point guards, shooting guards, and maybe even some of the smaller forwards.”
Interesting comments to be sure, but I’m a big believer in smokescreens, so I find it telling that McKinney said very little about John Henson, Meyers Leonard, and Perry Jones.
The Bucks have workouts scheduled for Sunday and Monday. The draft will be held Thursday at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
TCPalm.com: Larry Sanders hosted a summer camp in his hometown of Port St. Lucie for the second consecutive year. The whole piece is wonderfully feel good until he says that he would like to start “taking bigger guys off the dribble”. Whoa there, Larry.