Recently we've been batting around the hope that Brandon Jennings may drop in the draft and be available for the Indiana Pacers with the 13th pick in the NBA draft. Well, it sounds like Jennings doesn't think he should drop past the third pick, let alone the 13th.
Sam Amick of the Sacramento Bee has a must see post-workout video with Jonny Flynn and Brandon Jennings. Rarely will anyone outshine Jonny Flynn with live mics on but Jennings did so today selling himself while tearing down Spain's Ricky Rubio.
Q: Is it safe to say you think should go before Ricky Rubio in the draft?
A: "Yeah, I think I'm a better player think he is, I can shoot the ball better than he can, you know the only time I have seen him do something is when he has a homerun pass or something like that. I think the dude is just all hype. I can't even front you know, I'm just going to be real with you guys."
Jennings must feel his workouts are going pretty well and wants to make sure he has everyone's attention. Of course, there's a couple of ways to look at these comments. On a positive note, everyone loves a confident player and Jennings is definitely that, ready to take on all comers.
But this video clip also reeks of serious malcontent potential. I just don't like the idea of ripping someone else to build yourself up. What are you going to say if you're not getting the minutes you expect? This may end up helping Jennings drop to the Pacers but it won't make the Pacers decision any easier.
Oh, and my love-fest with Jonny Flynn continues. His reaction is priceless as he realizes that regardless of how funny the comments were he was staying out of it. Classic.
Oh, and don't get me wrong. Jennings may be spot on with his comments but these players are in the midst of a long job interview process and I always take negative comments about a former employer or competitor as a red flag for weakness. Don't tell me what someone else CAN'T do, tell me or even better, show me what you CAN do.