Thursday, June 25, 2009

Blazers take Dante #33

Dante Cunningham was drafted with the third pick in the second round (33rd overall) by the Portland Trailblazers. This is a great fit for Dante; Portland is a very good young team with a core of Brandon Roy, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Greg Oden. Congratulations and good luck to Dante in the League.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

You're a Wizard, Randy

Randy Foye has been traded to the Washington Wizards along with Mike Miller for the #5 pick in the upcoming draft, Etan Thomas, Darius Songaila, and (pauses for spell check) Oleksiy Pecherov. All four Wildcats currently in the NBA have been traded over the past two years: Malik Allen from New Jersey to Dallas, Tim Thomas from LAC to NY and NY to Chicago, Kyle Lowry from Memphis to Houston, and Randy Foye from Minnesota to Washington. I'm surprised Minnesota is giving up on Randy Foye so soon, especially since his is coming off his best year as a pro (16.3 ppg, 4.3 apg). Minnesota has a new GM in David Kahn, who has no history with Foye and must really like a guard in this year's draft.

Trades are always difficult to handle as a player, but Randy must be happy to be heading back to the east coast. Washington was one of the worst teams in the NBA last season, but they were crippled by injuries. With a core of Caron Butler, Antwan Jamison, and a healthy Gilbert Arenas, Foye and Miller can help make the Wizards a playoff team again.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Scottie Doesn't Go (and neither does Jay)

Scottie Reynolds withdrew from the 2009 NBA Draft and will return for his senior season. He may have had a chance to get drafted in the second round, but you have to respect him for coming back. He now has a chance to break some school records and go down as one of the best Villanova players ever.

This news comes on the heels of a recent report that Jay Wright interviewed for the head coaching job with the Philadelphia 76ers, but quickly removed himself from consideration. This is great news for Wildcat fans. If he passed up the chance to coach his hometown NBA team, I don't see him leaving Villanova for any other position in the country, college or NBA. Maybe he'll change his mind if he wins a National Championship, but if that ever happens Jay will have my blessing to leave.