No dice in Jersey, but a couple more good tweets


The Twitter gods failed to repay Gentry for his last-minute tweet with a top selection. (Jeramie McPeek/Suns Photos)

The Twitter gods failed to repay Gentry for his last-minute tweet with a top selection. (Jeramie McPeek/Suns Photos)

The look on Alvin Gentry’s face said it all when all Suns-related lottery drama immediately vanished with Phoenix securing the 14th pick to lead off the lottery show.

It was the kind of let-down face he often wore over the course of the final weeks of the season, during which time he always seemed to believe his Suns had one more run in them just like he seemed to actually believe his team’s 0.5 percent chance of winning the Blake Griffin Sweepstakes would come to fruition.

It’s hard to be too disappointed when you have a less than 2 percent chance of moving up at all, but at least before Tuesday at 5:30 the Suns could hold out hope for a miracle.

“I had some hope,” Suns GM Steve Kerr told The Arizona Republic. “There was a part of me thinking, ‘Why not?’ It happened for the Bulls last year. At the same time, we were pretty realistic. Fourteen is actually a pretty good spot to be. After those first three guys, it’s really wide open. We feel like somebody we like will fall to us.”

As it is they were the best team by 10 games involved in Tuesday night’s proceedings, making this the kind of quick-fix situation that could have turned Phoenix from a good team that’s just not good enough to a contender again.

Alas, we can all stop dreaming of Blake Griffin and get back to our regularly scheduled offseason, with a mere No. 14 pick to assuage the hurt of missing the playoffs.

Chad Ford’s initial mock draft has the Suns picking Earl Clark, the small forward from Louisville. Clark would be a perfect fit defensively and in transition, and he brings a bit of a shooting stroke as well, so he’s definitely a name to keep in mind during the next month of draft rumors.

Also, I’d be remiss if I didn’t take a second to brag about the fact that I nailed the Clippers winning the lottery in yesterday’s post.

OK, I admit it’s a completely random guess based on nothing scientific other than the fact that it looked like the Clippers came up quite often while playing ESPN’s mock lottery game, but I’m still pretty satisfied with myself. This definitely makes up for stupid NBA bets and playoff picks I’ve made in the last month.

I loved watching that Griffin interview on ESPN in which he said something like he’ll make the best of any situation, and he really may as well have just said he will make the best of the worst possible situation.

Once we found out that the top three picks would belong to the Clippers, Grizz and OKC, I first prayed the Thunder would be third because they would be a playoff team with the brightest future in the league with their hometown hero Griffin.

Memphis has a nice collection of young talent built up from being so bad for so long and could use a guy like Blake, whereas who knows what the hell is going on with the Clippers.

On the surface adding Griffin to a core of Baron, Gordon, Thornton, Camby, Kaman and Randolph should make the Clips sick, but then again that’s a lot of bigs for not a lot of minutes and these are the Clippers after all, they’ll find some way to screw it up.

One last word on Gentry and the lottery, aside from the fact that he was a good luck charm for the Clippers again after they moved up from eighth to second when he represented them in 2001 and then watched them go from third to first this season.

About a half hour before the lottery I was talking to some of my colleagues at work about how crazy it is that some people tweet every little thing that nobody cares about (I promise, I will catch Twitter fever some day soon maybe) when I logged on and saw Gentry tweeting away from Secaucus via his BlackBerry.

He wrote things such as, “Pull for the Suns to come away with Blake,” “Less than a 1% chance but u have to believe!” and “We r about to get started. Just been told not to over react in our seats. Just got a touch up with the makeup.”

Really interesting that he would state the obvious in that the Suns would be drafting Griffin instead of making it a big secret that’s not really a secret at all like the Clippers seem to be doing and overall it’s a nice look into the head of the Suns’ coach before this important event.

The lottery didn’t turn out to be the miracle the Suns hoped for, but I will be a happy blogger anyway if Gentry tweets the real draft.

  • N8lol

    I wonder….

    Gentry has been getting a lot of hype about his Clippers trade for Brand back in the day. I wonder if a similar thing could happen here? Here is what I dont like about the Clippers drafting Griffin. Like Justin said, too many bigs on that team. Randolph, Camby, Thorndon, Kaman, and Gordon and now they want to add Griffin? Thats six bigs who all want starting player minutes. Not going to happen even with Davis at the point. I am wondering if things can get mish-mashed up over there and we could swing a deal for one of their bigs. It would be sweet to get ahold of Camby or even Kaman. Is some kind of blockbuster deal possible in the next month in which we could take advantage of the Clippers lack of foresight?

  • Justin B.

    I would only trade for Camby (who has an expiring contract, by the way), if the Suns decide to keep it together for one more year. If not, then he's just another old guy who won't help them rebuild. I'd rather try to swindle them out of Gordon.

  • Justin B.

    Right now, what I’m really hoping for is that the Suns can either trade up for DeJuan Blair, or he falls down to them. In my humble opinion, he’d be a perfect fit for the Suns. Either they can play small ball and move Amare back to center, or Blair could be an oversized 3 (though he’d have to work on his conditioning), or just be the first big off the bench until they decide what to do about Amare going forward. Also, I really hate to see such a promising player as Griffin get stuck in the hellhole which is the Clippers. If they could just fire Dunleavy, trade Davis and Randolph, they’d have a very promising starting lineup featuring Griffin, Kaman, Thornton, and Gordon.