There’s a saying about the NBA Draft Combine: “Everybody is there.” OK. But who is everybody? As of Thursday, I’m able to expound upon that for you.
First, the logistics: The event is open only to NBA folks and approved media - no fans and no agents. But once you get in the door, things are pretty loose - folks just standing around watching hoops action spread out over as many as three courts. Two rows of folding chairs are reserved for NBA personnel, but the main bleachers and everything else is up for grabs.
There are a lot of NBA executives that you’ve never seen or heard of or seen. Ditto for nameless media types (like myself). That’s a good chunk of the room.
But there are also execs (Flip Saunders, Rod Thorn and John Hollinger) and media members (Seth Davis, Andy Katz, Fran Fraschilla, Ryen Russillo) that you do know.
There’s the young former pros crew - guys like Tim Hardaway, Rod Strickland, Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Zydrunas Ilgauskas.
A few select guys represent the best of both worlds - former players and high-powered execs: Danny Ainge, Danny Ferry, Mitch Kupchak and Kiki Vandeweghe.
Dallas coach Rick Carlisle was hanging out - he really does look like Jim Carrey – along with Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni, who continues to walk with a pronounced limp from knee replacement surgery. Jerry Sloan’s presence isn’t doing much to kill reports that he’s looking to get back in the game.
There are bunch of D-League coaches, too, some with jobs for next season and some without like Skyforce coach Joel Abelson and former Skyforce great Randy Livingston.
Needless to say, it’s an accomplished and eclectic mix, and everybody seems to know everybody. No wonder so much information is leaked via anonymous sources.
I’ll be back in the mix Friday for the second and final round of workouts. Except copious tweeting.
And now for the official combine measurements of South Dakota State’s Nate Wolters and Yankton’s Colton Iverson:
Height without shoes: 6-3.5
Height with shoes: 6-4.75
Body fat: 5.5
Hand length: 8.25
Hand width: 8.75
Height without shoes: 6-10.5
Height with shoes: 7-0
Body fat: 9.6
Hand length: 9.25
Hand width: 9.5
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