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NBA Draft / Jun 25, 2009 / 9:32 pm

Live @ NBA Draft ’09: Picks 21-25

BJ Mullens (Ohio State)

BJ Mullens (Ohio State)

BURTON: Again catering to the Knicks fans, ESPN interviews Larry Brown on the big screen so New York can shower him with boos. Brown talks about Gerald Henderson being a solid player “and he has good genes.” I always wondered if NBA teams actually considered that stuff — maybe they do. So maybe Jeff Jordan would have gotten drafted in 2011 after all.

The Hornets take Darren Collison 21st, who’s in the crowd and comes down to shake Stern’s hand. New Orleans needed some depth behind Chris Paul, and they got the most experienced PG on the board; not a bad pick at all even if Collison has some flaws and is small. Darren actually looks like Jrue Holiday’s smaller, older brother. Dave Chappelle as Rick James would have a field day with those two, that’s all I’m gonna say…

KATZ: Knicks fans are waiting for the other shoe to drop. The second most reliable source in the game today behind Kevin Love might be Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski. He’s reporting that the Knicks are aggressively going after Ricky Rubio. It doesn’t specify who the Knicks would give up, but we’d imagine that Hill and Nate Robinson would both be involved. Maybe New York will even pick for Minnesota at No. 29. That way they’d be able to take two more points guards back-to-back for a second time tonight.

“One league GM said a deal ‘isn’t 100 percent,’ but likely,” wrote Wojnarowski.

BURTON: Shaq is interviewed over the phone. He starts off by offering condolences to the Jackson family, and I’d bet Shaq is the only active NBA player who’s actually ever met Michael Jackson. Shaq says he’d be willing to come off the bench, but nobody really believes that.

The Blazers took … some European dude 22nd … and the Kings took Omri Casspi 23rd. All I know about Casspi is that he can shoot, and his highlight video didn’t change that.

KATZ: The Garden went from being cheerful, chanting “JVG!” in unison, to angry, loud and drunk. For absolutely no reason, they just booed the daylights out of B.J. Mullens going to Dallas. That has absolutely no impact on anyone’s life. But it’s the thing to do at No. 24.

David Stern might as well have put three marbles in his mouth and tried to talk instead of announcing Rodrigue Beaubois.

The Mavericks, Thunder and Ric Bucher are all in kahootz. Though Dalls could have picked Beaubois, leaving Mullens for the Thunder, they did it in the opposite order and then traded their picks so that Bucher would have a reason to do another live-shot.

BURTON: Beaubois looks like he’s 14 years old. He makes Chris Quinn look like Clint Eastwood.

Mullens is a steal at 24 for Dallas. Yeah, he’s young and inexperienced, but a lot of that was Thad Matta really dicking him on PT this year, which I honestly think was Matta’s effort to keep Mullens in school for another year. Mullens has the size and skills to be a Lottery pick. Offensively, he’s everything Erick Dampier isn’t.

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  • ProphetGK

    what happened 2 Lawson??

  • AZ

    minn woulda drafted jordan

  • goonther

    traded to denver for future pick

  • ShowKase

    Lmao @ the Collison and Holiday comparison to the Murphy brothers

  • AZ

    patty mills to minn…..

  • sh!tfaced

    lawson went to denver

  • ProphetGK

    must suck to have MJ as your dad and even try to play bball…

  • CP3DaMan

    Darren Collison is poo.. I wish the damn jazz wouldnt have picked Eric Maynor so the Hornets coulda got him…

  • sh!tfaced

    dejuan blair and bj mullens are falling…

  • goonther

    so much for the cavs wanting to move “significantly” up in the draft

  • http://twitter.com/PoppiGEE POPPI GEE

    Portland needs to go Blair or pg cause I don’t see Blake carrying them where they need to be.

  • http://twitter.com/PoppiGEE POPPI GEE

    Dime on Tweeter says Rubio to the Knicks!

  • ShowKase

    Apparently these analyst only read the stuff ESPN gives them. They just called B.Roy and LA “underrated”? We all know about them.

  • ProphetGK

    better be good, my blazers be champions in a few

  • ProphetGK

    imagine the photo poses with shaq on the cavs?

  • Spliff 2 My Lou

    The blazers could’ve had that claver guy later. They should’ve chosen somebody who could help them now. They are close to being a legit contender. That picks not gonna help anytime soon.

  • goonther

    rubio to knicks?!?! crazy night

  • http://twitter.com/PoppiGEE POPPI GEE

    Be fun to see Rubio in NY but who they giving up and I would have still like to see Curry or Henderson as a Knick.

  • Brown

    Never heard of Victor Claver….

  • http://twitter.com/PoppiGEE POPPI GEE

    Dallas really should get Blair. I wonder why dude has dropped so low….or is it really a drop?

  • Mr. bball

    they say blairs knees

  • sh!tfaced

    blair was projected at the teens in most mock drafts

  • http://twitter.com/PoppiGEE POPPI GEE

    Nice move by Dallas.

  • ProphetGK

    lmfao, who is this guy and how do u say his name

  • ProphetGK

    ohhhhhh trade

  • sh!tfaced

    BOOB-WAH. LOL

  • the cynic

    somebody do themselves a favor and pick Patty Mills

  • ShowKase

    This is the BEST part of the draft! When teams start picking players who we will never see. Its like picking a ghost man, when you’re a little kid and you dont have enough players to play a real game. lol

  • qwerty

    steal by dallas

  • Brown

    Blair would have looked nice in OKC.

  • chiaki

    ugly move by dallas for trading mullens to OKC

  • ProphetGK

    why are there mock drafts if the draft is gonna be nothing like it? oh thats a good pick for the bullls

  • A$$Cube aka Told ya!

    I told ya! I told ya! I told ya that Beaubois would be selected as a late first rounder, Austin ;)

    Sam Presti just made another smart move. Too bad they’re not in Seattle anymore. I can’t like them too much then…

  • superfreak

    darkness is spreadin!

  • http://www.edthesportsfan.com SoulOnIce

    Why the hell hasn’t Sam Young been drafted yet???

  • goonther

    so sports pundits have a job and people like us get fired from ours for studying mock drafts on company time

  • ProphetGK

    theres a new junkyard dog in the house

  • ProphetGK

    OOOOHHH minnnis gunnna be stackeddddddddddddddd

  • http://manilatonight.com solomon (el latino machismo)

    he makes chris quinn look like clint eastwood ROFLMFAO