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DP: Thank you, Joe.
HAVING THE No. 1 pick in the draft just isn't what it used to be. Not long ago a middling Number 1 was a guy like Glenn Robinson, who was solid if no Shaq. Now for every LeBron we get mystery picks such as Kwame Brown, Andrew Bogut and Andrea Bargnani (a B-list if ever there was one). When I look at Derrick Rose (above), whom Chicago took with this year's top pick, I have questions about his range; even Bulls G.M. John Paxson said to me, "He's going to have to improve his shooting." This is what I find telling, at a time when everyone wants a franchise point guard: I asked Paxson if he considered trading the pick, and he said it wasn't an issue, because no team made him a serious offer.
King James Versions
WHEN THE NETS traded Richard Jefferson for Yi Jianlian and Bobby Simmons, the instant analysis was: It's about clearing cap space for 2010 so Jay-Z's Nets can sign pal LeBron James when the team moves to Brooklyn. But half the teams in the league—including the Knicks—will be clearing cap space, so landing LeBron will take more than that. It may push tampering limits, but Jay-Z should do a CD in which he rewrites lyrics of his biggest hits to send a message to LeBron. The title could be subliminally capitalized KINGdom COME, after Jay-Z's 2006 Kingdom Come (above); here are some potential cuts.
? What More Can I Pay? (Max Contract Remix)
? Girls, Girls, Girls (Cavs Roster Breakdown)
? Show Yi What You Got
? Hard Knick Life (Anywhere but There)
? I Got 99 Problems, but I'll Only Have 98 If You Come Play For the Nets