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Frank Martin Stands up for Jacob Pullen on Twitter After Draft Snub

The 2011 NBA Draft was full of surprises, starting with the Cavaliers’ selection of Tristan Thompson at No. 4 overall, and the Knicks’ pick of former bench warmer Josh Harrelson 45th overall. One player who didn’t get drafted was Kansas State guard Jacob Pullen. That outcome was to be expected because Pullen wasn’t considered a top prospect, but it didn’t make things any less disappointing for Kansas State coach Frank Martin. The fiery character objected to his star player getting the draft snub and sounded off on twitter as The Dagger pointed out:

I don’t work 4 the NBA nor do I understand the NBA but I do understand winning. Look back at Jacob Pullen’s record vs. The guys that got drafted. You will find that he won a lot and also had a better game from a matchup standpoint. Some people like team pictures I like winning so give me Jacob and Denis Clemente every time.”

A couple of things on Jacob, he led the Big 12 in scoring in league play, top 5 in assists, only player that was a unanimous pick 4 all def team. His team won over 50 games his last 2 yrs, his team finished in top 4 of Big 12 every yr. However he is 6′ not 6’3″ so he is not good enough. Give me a break..jacob stay strong and keep ur faith u will succeed. I’ve said the same things 2 Haslem and Barea. U r a winner.”

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NBA Draft Analysis and Recap of the First 14 Picks – How do they all fit?

Thursday’s NBA draft was both exhilarating and head-scratching. Some players went higher than expected (ahem, Iman Shumpert). Others fell far, to teams that never expected to grab them (Chris Singleton and the Wizards, for instance).

It’s too early to tell which of these players will reach their potential and which ones will veer off the tracks in an Adam Morrison-like train crash. Like an overwrought episode of Franklin & Bash, it’ll take a while for the basketball community to reach its final verdicts.

In the meantime, here’s a quick pick-by-pick analysis of each player taken in this year’s lottery and how they fit with their new team:

1. Kyrie Irving (PG) – Cleveland

The look on Irving’s agent’s face when Irving’s name was called No. 1 was priceless. Turns out Cleveland had kept them in the dark all week long. Not a promise (despite there being word of a promise). Not a hint. Nothing. When you heard “Kyrie Irving to the Cleveland Cavaliers,” that’s the first time he heard it too. I’m sure Irving’s agent will remind Cavs executives of this in a few years when it comes time to sign an extension. In the meantime, Irving will be asked to keep the Cavs afloat with a nucleus of Baron Davis, AndersonVarejao, J.J. Hickson and Tristan Thompson. No easy feat. Let’s hope Dan Gilbert isn’t thinking playoffs any time soon.

2. Derrick Williams (PF) - Minnesota

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Jan Vesely Made Out with Girlfriend Eva Kodouskova at the Draft (Video)

The 2011 NBA Draft was full of foreign players with whom most of us are unfamiliar. Jan Vesely probably would have been just as unknown as all the other foreign players if it weren’t for the big smooch he shared with girlfriend Eva Kodouskova after he was drafted. Check it out:

Jan is a forward from the Czech Republic and his girlfriend plays for the country’s national team, according to SB Nation D.C. Explaining their passionate kiss, Jan told reporters “It’s my girfriend. It was a big moment for me and for her for my family, so I don’t know. It was just casual, so I don’t know what to say.”

Welp, the good news is at least his English is in top form. Plus, it could have been worse — at least he wasn’t been blown off for a kiss like this guy was.

Kyrie Irving and Derrick Williams Not Concerned with Being Like LeBron James

Kyrie Irving became the top overall pick in the draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Cleveland had one of the worst teams in the League, a year after having the best regular season record. Their dropoff was the result of losing LeBron James to Miami. The Cavs got lucky by winning the lottery which gave them the first and fourth picks in the draft. Irving will be viewed as the team’s next franchise player, resulting in immense pressure. That was the role LeBron James used to have for Cleveland. Thankfully, neither Irving nor Derrick Williams wants to follow his model:

When both players gave their answers, they weren’t taking shots at LeBron. Rather, they were responding to questions from reporters looking to hear their thoughts. Kyrie gave the obvious answer, saying he’s not anything like LeBron as a player. Williams’ reply seemed to revolve around the reputation James has developed. Both are wise to distance themselves from James; not only did he upset the city of Cleveland, but turning the Cavs into one of the best teams in the NBA the way James did is unlikely.

Jimmer Fredette’s Girlfriend Whitney Wonnacott Will be the Real Draft Winner

BYU guard Jimmer Fredette is one of the highest-profile players in this year’s NBA draft. We say he’ll be a borderline starter in our NBA draft guide (a must-read), and it’s possible he could go in the top 10 now that Sacramento has moved up in the draft. Jimmer will be a popular player wherever he goes (or at least well known), and his girlfriend, Whitney Wonnacott, seems to be as psyched for the draft as any prospect out there.

On Monday she tweeted “Seriously can’t wait to get to New York.” The next day she wrote “Time to pack. 3:00 am wake up call. SO EXCITED! Thursday can’t come soon enough.” And of course on draft day she said “HAPPY DRAFT DAY!! Goodluck to my boy jimmerfredette such an exciting day!”

So why do we bring Whitney up? Beside every great draft pick is a woman (unless you’re a Pouncey twin), and how they act on draft day is critical. Remember when Brady Quinn’s girlfriend blew him off on a kiss because he slipped in the draft? Embarrass your man on national TV like that and you’ll end up dumped as she was. This is a time when you’re going to get the most television exposure in your life. Look good, keep it cool, and support your boyfriend. And don’t be afraid to play to the camera the way Greg McElroy’s sister did — at the least you’ll pick up a few hundred new followers on twitter.

via pic via FratHouse Sports

A Beginner’s Guide to the 2011 NBA Draft: Profiles on All the Top Prospects

Reading NBA draft previews sometimes feels like wading through Princess Bride-style quicksand. With so many names to remember and stats to sift through, it can be hard to figure out what draft info is important and what’s just unnecessary nonsense.

Do you care as a casual fan, for instance, that Enes Kanter has 5.9% body fat? Or that Marcus Morris can run three quarters of the court in 3.2 seconds whereas his twin brother, Markieff, runs it in 3.4 seconds? Not really, right?

You just want the basics. Which is why I wrote this beginner’s guide.

Draft lunatics will already know most of what is written below. It’s not quantum physics, just a good starting place for people staring at the screen on draft night wondering “who is that guy?”

If you’re here for insight into Nikola Vucevic’s standing reach, you’ve come to the wrong place. But if cheat sheet info delivered in 100 words or less is your thing, I’m your guy. You won’t find any quicksand here.

Here’s my Cliff Notes-style guide to the 2011 NBA draft:

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Timberwolves May Want Pau Gasol, But Acquiring Him from Lakers Will be Difficult

The Minnesota Timberwolves have a surplus of attractive assets and will likely be a busy team over the next few days. They hold the second pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft and could take forward Derrick Williams. The Cavs reportedly are locked in on Kyrie Irving with the top overall pick and Williams is viewed by many people as the second-best prospect (our Patrick Crawley argued Williams should actually be the top pick).

In addition to holding the second overall pick, point guard Ricky Rubio, who was drafted two years ago, has arrived in the U.S. and is ready to play in the NBA this season. Because of Rubio’s arrival from Spain, countryman Pau Gasol has become an attractive trade target for Minnesota, according to Chad Ford.

Minnesota’s desire to acquire Pau Gasol is understandable; even if he played poorly in the playoffs, he’s still one of the top forwards in the League. The problem is a trade would be difficult to be arranged because of salary cap restrictions, as Eric Pincus outlined on Hoops World via Speculative Sports.

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