Draft day deals easy to dream up, difficult to execute
Posted: Wednesday June 28, 2006 5:41PM; Updated: Wednesday June 28, 2006 5:41PM
Al Jefferson's stock may be down now, but he isn't worth parting with for Allen Iverson.
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It is doubtful that Toronto GM Bryan Colangelo was whiling his afternoon away on Tuesday watching NBA TV, but I was, and couldn't help but notice a marked difference from the slick Raptors boss we see strutting about in 2006, and the 1988-version of B.C. that made a cameo in Tuesday's repeat of that year's draft.
Young Bryan could be seen at the Phoenix Suns table, phone in hand, probably taking a call from his father and being given the go-ahead to tell commissioner David Stern about Phoenix's intentions about selecting Eastern Michigan product Dan Majerle with the 14th overall pick. It was a selection that would be greeted with a chorus of boos back in Arizona, but both Colangelos were in on their own little secret. Father and son seemed giddy at the thought of uncovering a diamond in the rough midway through the first round -- even though it would take a few years for the secret to get out.
You don't get the feeling that Bryan would trade that epoch for the current one, even though he may have owned a sweet Pontiac Fiero back then, but you do get the feeling that the younger Colangelo can't help but have some pangs of nostalgia for that time. Back then, he was allowed to work on the fringes, without the pressure that owning the first pick in the draft creates.
This isn't to say Colangelo is feeling the heat now that he has that No. 1 pick, but he certainly doesn't want to bestow that pressure on either Andrea Bargnani or LaMarcus Aldridge. Both are worthy candidates, and both will become fine pros eventually, but Colangelo is acutely aware of the difference between what Bargnani or Aldridge will go through, and what the unheralded Majerle had to overcome -- even if Thunder Dan's career started with a Brooklyn Cheer.
With that in mind, Wednesday's draft should be quite the event. And, as promised, we're here to relay some of your e-mails regarding the myriad trade rumors that usually pollute the bandwidth this time of year. Though only a scant few made this mailbag, your responses were much appreciated.