Bulls pick Derrick Rose with first pick in NBA draft
Chicago Tribune - "Derrick Rose likes to attract attention as much as he likes committing
turnovers, so a seersucker suit and bow tie definitely weren't part of
his equation Thursday night.
Nevertheless, Rose is all dressed up with somewhere to go after the
Bulls used the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft on the speedy, sturdy point
guard who grew up in the Englewood neighborhood on the city's Southwest
15-67 good for one thing: Beasley
Miami Herald - "The worst team in the NBA stopped being that in a jubilant instant
Thursday night. Younger, better, more fun, more exciting and an
immediate playoff contender is what the Miami Heat became with one
draft pick and two fairly magical words: Michael Beasley. An enormous,
rollicking, standing ovation rose in the Heat's downtown arena from
some 4,000 fans at the team's draft party when commissioner David Stern
called Beasley's name in New York as the league's No. 2 overall
Grizzlies trade Love, Miller to Minnesota for Mayo
Memphis Commercial Appeal - "The Grizzlies fell short of moving up to No. 2 and grabbing Michael Beasley
in the NBA draft so they did the next best thing.
Memphis grabbed the consensus third-best player in the draft, USC's O.J
Mayo. The Grizzlies, who selected UCLA's Kevin Love with the fifth pick, were
completing a deal late Thursday night that will bring them Mayo (taken third by
Minnesota), Antoine Walker, Marko Jaric and Greg Buckner for Love, Mike Miller,
Brian Cardinal and Jason Collins.
The deal still needed NBA approval, according to two league sources."
Clippers glad to have Eric Gordon
L.A. Times - "They pushed. And Eric Gordon pushed back. There was only one other player on the court when the baby-faced Gordon took
center stage in workouts for the Clippers. That was Nevada's Marcelus Kemp, not
as elite a prospect as Gordon, but one that stretched a couple of inches
taller. Battling those types of players was one of the few lingering
questions the Clippers had concerning Gordon and when he answered those, the
Clippers couldn't pass on him with the seventh overall pick in Thursday's NBA
Knicks Go Danilo
New York Post - "When Mike D'Antoni walked into the interview room last night at the
Knicks' Westchester practice facility, the coach blurted, "Are we doing
this in Italian or English?" So begins the Knicks' Italian Stallion
Era, and possibly the end of David Lee. Donnie Walsh and the
Italian-speaking D'Antoni made the Italian League phenom Danilo
Gallinari a Knick last night. They chose the defensively challenged
Gallinari with the sixth pick amid mostly boos from the Garden's
theatre crowd. "I'll be more worried if they're booing him next year,"
D'Antoni said. "
Ainge again busy late
Boston Herald - "As usual, Danny Ainge finished with more than he started last night.
In addition to taking New Mexico guard J.R. Giddens with the 30th pick
of the NBA draft, the Celtics director of basketball operations secured
Bill Walker for cash from Washington, which had taken the Kansas State
forward with the 47th pick. Ainge then finished his night with the 60th
and last pick of the draft by taking Semih Erden - a 6-foot-11 Turkish
center who became the first international draft pick of Ainge’s tenure
as the Celtics’ personnel chief."
Crawford heading to Lakers; Magic take Lee 22nd overall
Lexington Herald-Leader - "Kentucky's Joe Crawford was chosen around midnight, 58th overall by the Los Angeles Lakers, three picks away from the end of the draft. Crawford joined Western Kentucky product Courtney Lee as the only Kentucky collegians chosen in the draft. Lee was taken in the first round, selected 22nd overall by the Orlando Magic."
1. Chicago Bulls - Derrick Rose, Guard, Memphis
2. Miami Heat - Michael Beasley, Forward, Kansas State
3. Minnesota Timberwolves - O.J. Mayo, Guard, USC (To Memphis)
4. Seattle Supersonics - Russell Westbrook, Guard, UCLA
5. Memphis Grizzlies - Kevin Love, Forward, UCLA (To Minnesota)
6. New York Knicks - Danilo Gallinari, Forward, Italy
7. Los Angeles Clippers - Eric Gordon, Guard, Indiana
8. Milwaukee Bucks - Joe Alexander, Forward, West Virginia
9. Charlotte Bobcats - D.J. Augustin, Guard, Texas
10. New Jersey Nets - Brook Lopez, Center, Stanford
11. Indiana Pacers - Jerryd Bayless, Guard, Arizona
12. Sacramento Kings - Jason Thompson, Forward, Rider