Thursday, June 26, 2008

Pass The Bucks

By Tony Mazur

Good day to you, fellow FDH Lounge Blog readers. After a 2 1/2 month hiatus, I am back to posting my random thoughts here in this blog.

Anyways, today is Draft Day in the National Basketball Association. Just as we see every year in the NBA and NFL, the week leading up to the draft gets hectic for us sports talk show hosts because of trade rumors, mock drafts, etc.

Although I am supposed to be an unbiased sports talker, I will always be a Cleveland Cavaliers fan. I always have and always will support them, through thick and thin. I want what's best for them and the city of Cleveland.

While flipping through Cleveland area terrestrial radio stations, they're all proclaiming Ohio State's Kosta Koufos as the Cavaliers' first-round pick. Mind you, I am typing this at 4:00 p.m. EST on June 26th. Personally, I'm not bent of Koufos. If it were up to me, college basketball players must attend at least two years of school. That way, you can tell if a player is the real deal or just an aberration. Kosta Koufos did not impress me in his only year as a Buckeye. Now, maybe if he played a sophomore, we could see what he's really about. The same goes for the Lopez twins. Koufos joins a long list of freshman entering tonight's draft.

If I were Danny Ferry, I would go for a big. Specifically, Georgetown's Roy Hibbert. In his tenure with the Hoyas, Hibbert has shown great hustle and has grabbed some tough rebounds.

UPDATE 12:14 a.m.: The Cavs picked J.J. Hickson out of North Carolina State 19th overall. Let the insanity begin.

In related news, the Milwaukee Bucks will be sending Yi Jianlian and Bobby Simmons to the New Jersey Nets in exchange for Richard Jefferson.

How does this trade relate to the Cavaliers?

Two things.

With the Bucks acquiring Jefferson from New Jersey, will Michael Redd stay put in Milwaukee, or go elsewhere?

Conversely, with Jason Kidd long gone, Richard Jefferson in the Midwest, and the career of Vince Carter on the decline, does that mean the Nets are freeing up cap space for....LeBron James? Food for thought.


Jacob Rosen said...

What are the Milwaukee Bucks thinking? That is what everyone who follows the NBA should be asking themselves. The pundits used to accuse the Atlanta Hawks of acquiring too many swing-men (Josh Childress, Josh Smith, Joe Johnson, Marvin Williams, etc.) but now the Bucks are competing for the title of the most confusing team. With the recent acquisition of Richard Jefferson, Joe Alexander and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, the Bucks appear on the verge of making just one more big move this offseason.

Taking a look at the Bucks current roster, not only do they have the above small forwards, but they also have Michael Redd and Desmond Mason, along with score-first guards in Charlie Bell and Mo Williams. I cannot imagine the Bucks holding on to all seven of these players for the entire season. Sure, on paper this looks like a nice roster with Andrew Bogut and Charlie Villanueva as the starting forwards, but I cannot imagine there being enough shots to go around...

Rick Morris said...


I think you are right in the sense that there has got to be one more shoe to drop in this scenario. They need more toughness up front and a bit more balance in terms of players who NEED to get their shots. For that reason, I don't believe that the Michael Redd rumors involving the Cavs and a package involving Sideshow Bob are completely dead.