The NBA Draft Disinformation Campaign Is In Full Swing
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 16:54
Historically, players that have been taken 34th overall in past drafts have been two-time All-Star Carlos Boozer, two-time National Basketball Association champion Mario Chalmers and current Boston Celtics swingman Jae Crowder. "Giving everybody the opportunity".
ESPN's Jeff Goodman told a New England radio station that Fultz didn't shoot the ball "exceptionally well" during his recent workout with the Celtics. "Just what's going to make me the best player I can possibly be". "I'm blessed to play the game wherever I go", Fultz said. "It sounds so simple, but I went home and I thought about that a lot". He said he could coexist with the Celtics' Thomas or Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell.
"Really, to me, it doesn't matter", Fultz said.
He hasn't decided whether to work out for even more teams in the final days before the draft, but he'll discuss it with his family. While the Los Angeles Lakers have been under question regarding their decision with the second overall pick, what's been viewed as consensus is who they will not be able to choose. The Lakers will visit Ball on Friday at an undisclosed location in Chino Hills, talking with Ball and evaluating him in a second workout after fielding some lukewarm reviews regarding his conditioning level after his initial workout.
The two famous franchises with the top two picks have one major current difference: While the Celtics were the Eastern Conference's top playoff seed last season, the Lakers are coming out of the worst four-year stretch in franchise history.
"I'm a competitor, so anybody that's in front of me, I'm going to try and take them out", Fultz said.
While he is considered the top guard prospect in the draft, there's little separation between him and UCLA's Lonzo Ball (the odds-on favorite to be drafted by the Lakers) and Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox who are both considered top-5 prospects.
"I respect all of them and they have different types of games", Fultz said.
Fultz said playing for the Lakers is "going to pretty much feel like college again", while it could take more time in Boston to carve out a leadership role. But there's alwaysan outside chance this smoke has fire, and that's just enough uncertainty to stress out the players and the teams involved, and allow us to have a good time with imagining the possibilities.