Blakely: Mock 2011 NBA Draft


Blakely: Mock 2011 NBA Draft

By A. SherrodBlakely
CSNNE.com CelticsInsider
Follow@sherrodbcsn The NBA draft is about a week away, plenty of time for players to rise and fall in the eyes of NBA executives. While most would agree that Kyrie Irving of Duke and Arizona's Derrick Williams are the consensus top-two players, a lot can change from the No. 3 pick on down. Will Kentucky's Brandon Knight remain ahead of UConn's Kemba Walker as the second-best guard in the draft? Who will be the first international player selected? Will the Celtics snatch up one of the two locals (Providence's Marshon Brooks and Boston College's Reggie Jackson) with their first-round pick?

1. Cleveland KyrieIrving 6-3 191PG Duke
2. Minnesota Derrick Williams 6-8 248SFPF Arizona
3. Utah Brandon Knight 6-3 177PGSG Kentucky
4. Cleveland EnesKanter 6-11 259PFC Kentucky
5. Toronto JanVesely 6-11 230SFPF Czech Republic
6. Washington Jonas Valanciunas 6-11 240C Lithuania
7. Sacramento Kemba Walker 6-1 184PG UConn
8. Detroit Kawhi Leonard 6-7 227SF SDSU
9. Charlotte Marcus Morris 6-8230 SFPF Kansas
10. Milwaukee JordanHamilton 6-8228SF Texas
11. Golden State TristanThompson6-9 227PF Texas
12.Utah Jimmer Fredette6-2 196 PG BYU
13. Phoenix Chris Singleton 6-9 230SF Florida State
14. Houston Donatas Motiejunas 7-0 224PF Lithuania
15. Indiana AlecBurks 6-6 193 PGSG Colorado
16. Philadelphia MarkieffMorris 6-9 241 PFKansas
17. New York Klay Thompson6-7 206 SG Washington State
18. Washington DariusMorris6-4 190 PG Michigan
9. Charlotte TobiasHarris6-8 223 SFPF Tennessee
20. Minnesota KennethFaried6-7 225PF Morehead State
21.Portland Bismack Biyombo 6-9 243 C Congo
22. Denver KyleSingler 6-9 228 PF Duke
23.Houston Trey Thompkins 6-10 239 PF Georgia
24. Okla. City MarshonBrooks 6-5195 PGSG Providence
25. Boston ReggieJackson 6-3 200 PGSG Boston College
26. Dallas JeremyTyler 6-10 262PFC USA
27. New Jersey JaJuanJohnson 6-10 220 PF Purdue
28. Chicago TylerHoneycutt 6-8187 SGSF UCLA
29. San Antonio NikolaVucevic 6-11260 C USC
30. Chicago Chandler Parsons 6-10 221 SFFlorida

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Does Kyrie regret exchange with fan in Philly? 'Hell, no'


Does Kyrie regret exchange with fan in Philly? 'Hell, no'

WALTHAM, Mass. – The NBA has talked with  Celtics guard Kyrie Irving about disparaging comments he made to a fan at halftime that have since gone viral.

Irving said the incident happened as the Celtics were heading back to the locker room at halftime after the Celtics fell behind 50-46 to the Sixers.


“Kyrie, where’s LeBron?” yelled the fan.

Irving replied with a lewd suggestion. 

After practice on Saturday, Irving acknowledged that he did say something to a fan and that he had a conversation with the league regarding the incident.


“Hell no,” Irving said. “Man enough to record it on video, that’s on him. I’m glad he got his ad name out there, and his five seconds of fame and it’s gone viral. That’s the social media platform we live on.

Irving added, “I take full responsibility for what I said. You move on.”

The league has not officially announced a fine for Irving, but it’s more a matter of when not if that will be forthcoming.

In fact, earlier today, the league fined New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins $25,000 for “inappropriate language” towards a fan in the Pelicans’ 103-91 loss at Memphis on Wednesday.

Celtics coach Brad Stevens had not seen the video in question but was aware that Irving had been in conversations with the league office regarding the incident.

“Guys know what the right thing to do is,” Stevens said. “People make mistakes; hopefully learn from them and move on. There’s a right and wrong. And if you’re in the wrong you have to own up to it and that’s that.”