Alright, im going to start a thread called bets. You bet on things that will happen. If you are right at the end of next season, you have bragging rights for the year. Rasheed Wallace sucks balls by the way.
June 30, 2006 -- When Isiah Thomas defended his decision to nab defensive South Carolina small-forward defensive specialist Renaldo Balkman at 20 instead of waiting for 29, he said his "due diligence" discovered the Suns were going to take him at either 21 or 27.
Sherlock Holmes, Isiah is not. Three sources, including one inside the Suns organization, told The Post yesterday Phoenix was not taking Balkman in the first round and that's not why they traded their picks. One league source who spoke to a Suns official said if Balkman was available at 45, they would have passed.
As such, Thomas could have selected his point-guard-of-the-future in lottery-projected Marcus Williams at 20, then secured mystery man Balkman at 29. A rebuilding team passing on Williams is shortsighted, as Marbury is 29 with a lot of mileage and sore knees, and Francis is 29 going on 39.
Thomas said Williams duplicated the small guards they had on the roster and he'd rather have 6-5 point guard Mardy Collins anyhow.
"When you look at the type of point guard we needed, we needed more size at that position," Thomas said. "Marcus is great but if you go back and look at scouting reports Mardy was ranked pretty high."
"Call Billy Donovan, he won the national championship last year. Ask him if we were surprised to take a guy like Balkman because his team beat them twice."
One South Carolina source said Balkman, who came off the bench 12 times and has no offensive game whatsoever, thought the Knicks could be interested at 29 but not 20. Balkman was not included in the draft media guide that lists 100 players. The Suns may not have taken Balkman if there was a third round.
"I was shocked," Balkman said yesterday. "I was at my mother's house. We woke up the whole apartment complex [in Tampa]. I just wanted to be drafted period."
Thomas said he so badly didn't want Balkman's name to emerge in the newspapers he only called him "The B-Man." Turns out, he didn't have to be so secretive.
"When you look at Balkman, you can look at every guy on our roster and say we don't have a guy like this with that engine," Thomas said.
LOL I still can't believe they passed on Marcus grade a bull**** is that? Marbury is 6'3 and the strongest PG in the game. Francis is 6'3. They are HUGE at the PG position and I would hardly call Marcus undersized. They got an off-the-bench comboguard as their future at the position when they could have had a potential near-all-star and team player. With lottery talent. At 20. And instead they added a dime a dozen hustle player.