Just who are these 33 NBA personnel in town to see the Cats and Gators on Tuesday?
Here's a links list and some of my thoughts on each of them...for anyone who cares.
Sam Presti: Oklahoma City Thunder - (played basketball at Emerson...really smart guy)...best story I found below... and his team seemed to enjoy Lexington during the lockout... at least that deep go route Durant ran at football practice...http://sports.espn.go.com/boston/nba/columns/story?columnist=may_peter&id=5046128
Gar Forman: Chicago Bulls - No Michal Jordan, but this guy is good...like GM of the year good...http://chicagoist.com/2011/05/10/bulls_gm_wins_nba_exec_of_the_year.php
Masai Ujiri: Denver Nuggets - My personal pick for most interesting man at the GM spot...great read. Nigerian native makes it big after reloading Raptors to an actual basketball team...
Mike Bratz will join Masai to help scout...http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22748484/24136893
Larry Riley: Golden State Warriors - Always good when the new owners give you a vote of confidence and say things like, "He's had a vision since
he took the job less than two years ago and he has certainly helped move this team in an extremely positive direction in terms of our culture, cap management and roster additions." If you're smart you'll pick a Wildcat...maybe Darius Miller would a help the always ailing cap situation and get a solid player?http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=6355152
Daryl Morey: Houston Rockets - Well now this was interesting...refusing to talk about a trade for Chris Paul...who is now a Clipper. Chuck Hayes former boy has a twitter too!http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/7357717/houston-rockets-gm-daryl-morey-refuses-discuss-failed-chris-paul-deal
Neil Olshey: LA Clippers - VP of basketball operations kept Eric Bledsoe in town...the Clips last young asset...and is looking for another?http://espn.go.com/blog/los-angeles/clippers/tag/_/name/neil-olshey
Dell Demps: New Orleans Hornets - said after last year's series with the Lakers in playoffs he wanted to get some size...now he just wants a guy that can play basketball... "if they're big, great."http://www.nola.com/hornets/index.ssf/2011/12/new_orleans_hornets_general_ma_13.htmlGerald Madkins: New Orleans Hornets - Was Rockets' Director of Scouting. Madkins has also spent time with the Super Sonics and Knicks.
Lance Blanks, Phoenix Suns - 2 seasons in Detroit and one in Minnesota as a player...spent a while with Cavs before the Suns...will bring Andrew Kennedy with him to help with scouting.http://www.aolnews.com/2010/08/05/lance-blanks-named-phoenix-suns-general-manager/
Chad Buchanan: Portland Trailblazers - Director of College Scouting (Acting GM) “I’ve never really set a GM position or anything like that as a goal." Well now that's not something you hear from everybody these days. Oh, and he's 38 years old too. I thought I was young...http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22748484/29530669
Geoff Petrie: Sacramento Kings - President of Basketball Operations under Maloofs entire ownership of Kings...but read this and tell me why this man is coming to Rupp. Sounds like he's done to me.http://eye-on-basketball.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22748484/34638996
Bryan Colangelo: Toronto Raptors - Wants success on and off the court... generic nice guy with a mission statement...thanks Jerry Maguire...http://www.mlse.com/inside_mlse/bryan_colangelo_bio.aspx
Kevin O'Connor: Utah Jazz - said he doesn't believe in cutting players even if the team has over 13 players if they can play...http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsjazznotes/53131568-62/think-howard-jazz-connor.html.csp
Scott Howard: Charlotte Bobcats - Director of Scouting will bring along with him one of his scouts...Dickey Simpkins (who played college ball at Providence)...because it will take two guys to watch all the talent on the court Tuesday night.
Doug Ash: Detroit Pistons - was recently promoted to his current position of Director of Scouting after serving as the team’s West Coast Scout the past
four years. He will be involved in scouting college, NBA Development League, and NBA personnel. Ash is a former college assistant coach with thirty years experience. He coached at Indiana University, the University of Oklahoma, Southern Methodist University, the University of New Mexico, and Baylor University. A 1971 graduate of Hanover College, he received his Master’s degree from Indiana University in 1974. He and his wife, Janis, reside in Oakland Township. They have one son, Michael (33).
Chaz Osborne...? (LA Lakers) Guess Jesse Buss didn't feel like making the trip, eh?
Randy Embry: Miami Heat - You should know this one. Embry played from 1962-65 for the Wildcats uner Rupp and alongside Pat Riley. 1961's Kentucky Mr. Basketball from Owensboro. Before joining the Heat in 1999, Embry was the head coach and a teacher at Owensboro High School. You can do the math on who he called to get the gig.
Maury Hanks: New Jersey Nets - Director of Scouting joins Gregg Polinsky - who begins his third season as director of player personnel and 12th overall with the Nets. Polinsky joined the Nets as a scout in 1999 and had spent the three previous seasons as the team's director of scouting. A native of St. Louis, Mo., Polinsky played college ball at New Mexico and earned his degree in physical education from Northern Arizona. He began his coaching sojourn in 1981 as an assistant at Howard College (1981-83), and served in a similar capacity at the University of Texas (1983-86) and the University of Alabama (1986-95) before assuming the head coaching post at Georgia Southern, a position he held from 1995-99.
Greg Stratton: Orlando Magic - Regional scout for the Magic
Ed Tapscott: Washington Wizards - Interim coach went 18-53 with the Wiz in 2008-09. Was an assistant under Gary Williams in the 1970s at American University while earning his law degree. Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Bobcats after some time with the Knicks.Dave Pendergraft: Atlanta Hawks - will be joined by
Mike McNeive...A 17-year NBA staff veteran, Mike McNeive begins his eighth season with the Hawks and fifth year as Director of Basketball Operations. His responsibilities include oversight of the Hawks' pro advance scouting area, as well as assisting Dave Pendergraft with college and minor league scouting.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas: Cleveland Cavaliers - Everyone knows the big man who recently rejoined the Cavs as an assistant to the GM...obviously scouting one of his his responsibilities...the reason he's here in Lexington...
Jeff Weltman: Milwaukee Bucks -
Allan Houston: NY Knicks - The former Vol and Knick will be back in the Bluegrass State, where he was born and attended Ballard High School, to scout some of the top talent in country. Should be a nice homecoming for Houston. Make him feel welcomed.
Following his playing career, the two-time NBA All-Star was named to a front office position in November 2008... Will assist team President, Basketball Operations Donnie Walsh in many aspects of the franchise, including player development.
George Felton: San Antonio Spurs - DIRECTOR OF COLLEGE PLAYER PERSONNEL: Joined the Spurs in the summer of 2006 … was the head coach at South Carolina for five seasons (1986-91) … during the 1988-89 campaign led the Gamecocks to a 19-11 record as South Carolina earned its first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 15 years … started his coaching career in 1976 as a graduate assistant while earning his master’s degree at Appalachian State … has worked as an assistant at North Carolina A&T, East Carolina, Georgia Tech, St. John’s, Oregon State and Kentucky
(served as associate head coach for Bobby Cremins at Georgia Tech and for Tubby Smith at Kentucky) … was on the sidelines when the Wildcats won the 1998 NCAA Championship in the Alamodome … prior to joining the Spurs spent six seasons as a scout for the Indiana Pacers.