Yesterday was just another day to get on my knees give thanks for DVR technology since it allowed me to enjoy all of our Mother's Day festivities, catch up on some overdue lawn work and sneak in some extra batting practice for the boys without missing the Celtics' win over LeBron Jamesand the Cavs (that's the proper team name, right, LeBron James and the Cavs?).
More importantly I was able to catch the insane and entertaining performance by Rajon Rondo. Really made me long for some lottery luck for the Pacers since John Wall seems like a next gen Rondo. Wall is similarly fast and athletic but in a bigger package that is far more skilled at this point in his development compared to Rondo.
Obviously, despite seeming a bit aloof, Rondo has a killer instinct and equally killer work ethic that has turned him into an elite player only four years into his NBA career. So while Wall may start his career with more upside, will he be able to apply the same effort to develop into an NBA killer? Check back in a few years, but it would sure be nice if the Pacers could take that chance.
After the jump, more links of interest including items on the Pacers draft prep and amateur advice, champion Erazem Lorbek and free agent Travis Diener.
Don't read too much into Bird's comments on Hayward
Mike Wells puts some context around Larry Bird's comments on Gordon Hayward and also reports on the Pacers' top scouts taking in the Euroleague tournament involving Erazem Lorbek.
Hayward? Pacers need to say no
Bob Kravitz implores the Pacers to take the best player available with the 10th pick (assuming no lotto luck) which means no PR pick of Gordon Hayward.
Regal FC Barcelona vs. Olympiacos - Report
Regal FC Barcelona won the Euroleague championship yesterday. Big man Erazem Lorbek starts for Barcelona, cleaning up for some familiar names including Ricky Rubio and Juan Carlos Navarro.
Rajon Rondo continues to exploit Cavs as Celtics even series
Rondo ran roughshod on the Cavs while his temmates helped keep LeBron James in check.
NBA Mock Draft - Ridiculous Upside
Here it is - Ridiculous Upside's second stab at mocking the 2010 NBA draft.
O'Connor: Jazz prepared to pay tax again
The Utah Jazz remain willing to pay the luxury tax to keep their team competitive despite another earlier-than-they-hoped playoff exit. Sounds good to me.
Simon Property part of $3.7 million award to Indiana couple for ladder fall
A tragic accident at one of the Simon's malls puts the Simon Property Group in the news again.