Originally Posted by JohnnySic
This draft is just one of many illustrations of what a dunce Rick Pitino was and why he should never be allowed near an NBA team again.
Pitino wanted Dirk very badly - then found out that Dallas was trading up to get him. Well, why not swap Antoine Walker for a top-5 pick and bypass Dallas? 'Toine was very highly regarded at the time - someone would have bit. Dirk and 'Toine were both 4's - you dont need both of them anyway.
Then if Pierce still slides to 10, take him too (remember, no one was expecting PP to slide.)
He recruited & coached Antoine Walker at Kentucky. That was his "guy".
Hindsight is 20/20 but you're not going to find many people who would've believed trading Antoine Walker for an unproven guy like Dirk made any sense back then. It didnt even make sense for the first 2-3 years or so of Dirk's career in the NBA.