Tristan Thompson isn’t having it.
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You’re not about to punk us, he said.
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This was the Derrick Rose draft, with Chicago taking the future MVP at No. 1. Miami was favored to win the top pick in the lottery, but fell to the No. 2 slot. Even the greatly-admired Pat Riley stumbles on occasion, as the Heat took Michael Beasley, now in his sixth NBA stop, Milwaukee, with one tour of duty in China. For all of his masterful work for the Heat over the years, Riley passed on Russell Westbrook, who went fourth to Oklahoma City, and Kevin Love, who went fifth to Memphis, and then was moved immediately on draft night to Minnesota for OJ Mayo.
This was Stephen Curry draft, with the Warriors landing the future two-time MVP with the No. 7 pick. Blake Griffin went No. 1 to the Clippers, no argument there. Drafting second, Memphis selected UConn 7-footer, Hasheem Thabeet, now playing in Tanzania after flaming out with the Grizzlies twice and three other NBA teams.
Worse than the Grizzlies’ pick, Minnesota was actively looking for a point guard with their No. 5 and No. 6 picks. GM David Kahn selected Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn, twice passing over Curry. Granted, no one expected Curry to develop into a two-time MVP, least of all Don Nelson, then running the Warriors. Little consolation that’s been for the T-Wolves.