SI.com's NBA draft day blog (cont.)
9:15 p.m.: I followed Ricky Rubio after he went No. 5 to the Timberwolves (and breaking the hearts of many Knick fans in attendance). He did his ESPN interview with Mark Jones, then chatted up Steve Lavin among others for ESPN Radio. He was smiling throughout, waving to the young people in the crowd who were chanting his name. Security whisked him from the theater floor to the interview room, an experience that felt something akin to the running of the Bulls in Pamplona. In a brisk walk-run to the interview room, Rubio heard screams in Spanish (Viva! Ricky, Muy Caliente!) and wails from Knicks fans who desperately wanted him. He also passed a women dressed up as the Statue of Liberty in tinfoil. (Welcome to New York, amigo.) Rubio smiled and played nice for the press, but its clear he's not loving the fact that Minnesota selected him:
On the weather in Minneapolis: "It's cold there. My mom hates cold places. But we are going to see."
On Jonny Flynn getting selected by the Timberwolves: "That's a big surprise for me they took another point guard. But we are going to see what they want. I don't know what they want."
On whether he was excited to go to Minnesota: "I'm excited to come to the NBA."
Rubio did say that he wants minutes more than anything else. "I want to play basketball, and if they give me minutes, I'm going to come."
One last note on Rubio: An ESPN reporter (who shall remain nameless) told me that Rubio had the longest eyelashes he had ever seen on a man. Hopefully, they won't freeze in Minnesota. -- Richard Deitsch
8:59 p.m.: In one of the draft's surreal moments so far, Brandon Jennings came out to meet David Stern after the commissioner announced Earl Clark to the Suns at No. 14. Jennings has been in New York this week, but his agent, Bill Duffy, decided earlier today to keep him away from the actual draft. "Because we do not have a strong grasp of Brandon's draft position, I've advised that he and his family enjoy this day in a more private setting with the people he loves the most," Duffy said in a statement. Well, Jennings must love the people of New York because when he arrived on stage to greet Stern, he blew a kiss to the crowd. -- Richard Deitsch
8:50 p.m.: Tyler Hansbrough was greeted with chants of "overrated, overrated" after David Stern called his name. But Hansbrough going No. 13 clearly reinforced that he had moved up after workouts. "I'm a high-energy guy," he told SI.com when asked about why teams should draft him. "I'm a proven guy that does not need time to develop. I'll come in and help out a team. I'm a very good offensive rebounder and a high energy guy. My mid-range game has really improved and I'm capable of scoring." -- Richard Deitsch
8:48 p.m.: Duke's Gerald Henderson, selected by Bobcats with the No. 12 pick, talked on Wednesday in the pre-draft media session about the laborious process of teams interviewing him about things beyond the court. "A lot of teams want to get a sense of person who are not just good or bad, but what do you like to do off the court, how do you feel in a week, do you get down on yourself, personality-type of things," he said. "I'm sure all the teams have private investigators but that's to be expected. They are making a huge investment and they want to have someone they can rely on and represent their teams well. There are no skeletons in my closet, though. I have conducted myself well. I'm going to bring a certain amount of effort every day and I'll be a professional every day no matter what. I think that is something that is valued at this level." -- Richard Deitsch
8:44 p.m.: Brandon Jennings really wanted to play for the Timberwolves because of his friendship with Kevin Love. "My man Kevin Love is there," Jennings said before the draft. "We played AAU basketball together and we have that bond. Our IQ is pretty strong together." Jennings added that he thought his stock was rising from the workouts. He ended up going No. 10 to the Bucks, higher than most NBA draft experts predicted. "I didn't get a lot of playing time in Italy," Jennings said. "My stats were not as high as everyone they thought they would be. It was an up and down season for me, a real challenging season. But when I stepped into these workouts I think I surprised a lot of people." -- Richard Deitsch
8:40 pm: Louisville guard Terrence Williams, who went to the Nets with the No. 11 pick, was one of the most outgoing guys in New York. Here's Williams' answer to why teams should draft him: "For my smile," he said. "No, really, I'm a hard worker. I'm competitive. I play defense. I think team-first, I want to get guys the ball. I'm an assist-first type of guy. Even if I play great, I still put it on my shoulders." -- Richard Deitsch
8:35: Williams is a huge fan of Jonny Flynn, who went No. 6 to the Timberwolves behind Ricky Rubio. "He is great with the ball and makes great decision with the ball. Just look at six-overtime game against UConn. When I first saw him I thought he was a miniature Chris Paul. He's not Chris Paul right now but he might be Chris Paul one day. I see his game and it reminds me a lot of Chris Paul." -- Richard Deitsch
8:25 p.m.: Knicks fans, listen up: SI.com asked Arizona forward Jordan Hill why teams should draft him. "Why should teams draft me? I would say look at how hard I work on the court," Hill said. "You can tell by my college years how much I have progressed and how much better I can be. I'll do what it takes to win." -- Richard Deitsch
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