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Greivis Vasquez Has Bad History with Memphis

Greivis Vasquez had one of the most ecstatic reactions of any player who got drafted on Thursday. The former Maryland star was selected 28th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies who obtained the pick from the Lakers in the b.s. Pau Gasol trade. Although Vasquez was elated to be picked by the Grizzlies, one has to wonder if the sentiment will be shared by his new hometown.

Last year during March Madness, Vasquez’s Maryland squad had beaten Cal in the first round and was getting prepared to play second seeded Memphis in the second round. Vasquez infamously ripped the Tigers at the time, saying Memphis would have a losing record if they played in the ACC rather than Conference-USA.

Naturally, Vasquez’s comments set off a firestorm in Memphis where outraged fans were calling up my radio show all pissed off. Of course Memphis went on to wax Maryland before losing to Missouri in the Sweet 16, proving Vasquez’s comment had some partial accuracy.

I don’t know how Vasquez will be received in Memphis as the 28th overall pick by the Grizzlies, but I’m guessing it won’t be too warmly until he starts playing well for the team. I don’t know much about Memphis, but I do know that the city is passionate about their school and that they don’t forget. Good luck making friends, Greivis.

David Stern Laughing at Bulls’ Pick?

That’s what some people on twitter are thinking about Commissioner David Stern, given the way he announced Chicago’s selection of French Guiana player Kevin Seraphin in the first round of the NBA Draft. Other people think Stern was laughing because he thought he would mispronounce Seraphin’s name. For instance, FantasyDaddy said on twitter “My Loser of the day is NBA Commish David Stern, for coming off as a jackass for laughing about the Bulls pick.” In contrast, Peggy Kusinski said “Bulls draft Kevin Seraphin of France. NBA commish David Stern must be loving the pronunciations, mic caught him say “listen to this.” So was Stern laughing at the pick of the obscure player, or was he chuckling because he knew he would butcher the pronunciation? Let’s listen to the audio clip to make the decision:

Stern saying “listen to this” sure came off badly, as did him laughing as he was saying Seraphin’s name, but I have to believe he wouldn’t intentionally disrespect one of his players on national TV. It was unprofessional and questionable, but I’ll give Stern the benefit of the doubt and say he was just laughing at the difficult pronunciation of Ke-VEEN Se-RAW-fawn. By the way, Seraphin will likely be traded to the Wizards as part of the Kirk Hinrich deal.

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