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Daily Roundup 6.6.07: Presti New GM

Jack Burton here on the Pork Chop Express on a dark and stormy night ...

Now I'm not saying that I've been everywhere and I've done everything, but I do know it's a pretty amazing planet we live on, and a man would have to be some kind of FOOL to think we're alone in THIS universe. Like I told my last wife, I said, "Honey, I never drive faster than I can see, and besides... it's all in the reflexes."

Here's yer latest numbers courtesy of the Lockester.

P-Diddy takes the glass half empty view on Durant. Cheer up dawg. It's too early in the morning to remind me of Tim Thomas.

Durant, who will likely be chosen No. 2 in the June 28 draft by the Sonics, was the only player who could not bench press 185 pounds at least once. His overall performance ranked 78th out of 80 prospects, and his lackluster workout appears to have widened the gap between him and Ohio State center Greg Oden, who had an impressive combine.

Durant measured 6 feet 9 without shoes and 6-10 ¼ with shoes. He weighed 215 pounds and had a 7-4 ¾ wingspan, second widest among prospects and a half-inch wider than Oden's. Durant, however, fell short in nearly every other statistical category to the 7-foot center, who is expected to be chosen No. 1 by Portland.

Oden had a better vertical jump (34 inches to 33 ½) and he ran faster in an agility drill (11.67 seconds to 12.33) and a three-quarter-court sprint (3.27 seconds to 3.45).

Wow. So Oden ran .2 of a second faster than Durant and jumped a whole half inch higher in a vertical jump and this is written as if it's actually significant? The whole vibe of the headline & article gives off a feeling of desperation like Durant couldn't walk and chew gum at the same time or make a single jump shot.

Check out clutchfans.net for an interesting picture!

Frank has a hoot with Muckleshoot

“I think there is a synergy happening in South King County of destination attractions,” [King County Councilman Pete Von Reichbauer] said.

The tribe operates the Muckleshoot Casino in Auburn, one of the top money-making tribal casinos in the state.

The casino, which opened in 1995 and has expanded four times, has fueled tribal development such as the 20,000-seat White River Amphitheatre, a state-of-the-art wellness center, a new bingo hall, new government buildings and educational opportunities for tribal members.

The tribe also has infused Emerald Downs with more than $2 million in purse money.

Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis said Tuesday he has talked to tribal officials and understands only that a Muckleshoot/Sonics connection is a possibility.

G-Dub hints the GM announcement may be pushed back to next week but I'm not sure about this comment:

Wilkens and the rest of the Sonics' brass are pondering their decision this week. While the Spurs and Wizards allowed each of their front-office members to speak with the Sonics, it is uncertain if they want compensation for allowing Presti and Sheppard to go to another NBA club.

Compensation from who? the Sonics or the guys mentioned? I could be wrong but this isn't baseball, you don't hire Sam Presti as GM and then send the Spurs Randy Winn and a draft pick. Educate me if you know the answer ...

I don't agree at all with Seely regarding Dwane Casey, but hey at least he's excited.

Lies, damn lies and stastistics. I look for liar Nick Licata to use this as justification for amping up spending somehow.

More unintentional hilarity than an episode of CSI Miami

"You walk through the streets of New York and talk to people, and it's all about LeBron," ABC analyst Mark Jackson said. "He is just what the doctor ordered."

Followed no doubt by discussion of how the Knicks will acquire LeBron by trading Jerome James and Steve Francis to Cleveland for LBJ and Cleveland's #1 pick next year.

Well that's about all for today kids. When some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall, looks you crooked in the eye and asks you if ya paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol' Jack Burton always says at a time like that: "Have ya paid your dues, Jack?" "Yessir, the check is in the mail."

Edit: The P-I reports that the Sonics have hired Sam Presti as their new GM. A press conference will be held tomorrow.