Friday, June 28, 2013


Opinion: Teams will regret passing on McLemore

Kansas' Ben McLemore, picked by the Sacramento Kings in the first round of the NBA basketball draft, speaks during a news conference Thursday, June 27, 2013, in New York.

Kansas' Ben McLemore, picked by the Sacramento Kings in the first round of the NBA basketball draft, speaks during a news conference Thursday, June 27, 2013, in New York.


In letting Ben McLemore slip all the way to seventh in Thursday night’s draft, NBA general managers were guilty of obsessing on Cindy Crawford’s mole, the hitch in Jim Furyk’s golf swing, the raspy flatness to Bob Dylan’s voice.

In a classic case of paralysis by over-analysis, those who passed on McLemore overlooked the obvious. The Kansas shooting guard has a better shot and more athleticism than anybody drafted, qualities that make him a potential star at both ends and at his best in transition.

In obsessing on his passive personality, they also overlooked how well he responded to Bill Self’s coaching and how much he cares about improving his game.

Can’t quarrel much with the Cleveland Cavaliers for drafting mega-talent Anthony Bennett of UNLV with the top pick. And I loved that the Charlotte Bobcats had the guts to select Cody Zeller, a terrific outside shooter who didn’t have a chance to showcase that at Indiana, fourth.

The other four teams that passed on McLemore showed no guts. Picking second, the Orlando Magic went the safe route and took Indiana’s Victor Oladipo, who plays the same position as McLemore. With the third selection, the Washington Wizards did the same, avoiding risk with Georgetown’s Otto Porter, a solid small forward.

The Phoenix Suns and New Orleans Pelicans, drafting for the Philadelphia 76ers, played a different sort of safe game, opting for centers. Size is hard to find in the draft, the analysts love to say, and general managers can get away with swinging and missing on big guys more than on wings. Injury risks Alex Len and Nerlens Noel were selected before McLemore went to the Kings.

It’s probably for the better that McLemore didn’t go to the Suns, where he could have been, ahem, mentored by Marcus and Markieff Morris and Michael Beasley.

McLemore’s headed to a lousy team blessed with a good coach, the right kind of teacher for a young-for-his-age (20) rookie. Mike Malone is not an insecure screamer. His father, Brendan Malone, now an assistant for Mike in Sacramento, has coached in the NBA for 25 years, almost all as an assistant. Nice people, the coaching Malones.

Now it’s up to McLemore to use the disappointment at lasting until the seventh pick to fuel him to Rookie of the Year honors on the way to multiple All-Star game appearances.

McLemore must do what those who passed on him didn’t. He must dare to be great, not stay comfortable by fading into the background and letting veterans hog the ball. He floats like Scottie Pippen and shoots like Ray Allen. If he can try his hardest to compete even a bit like Michael Jordan, he’ll make a lot of men feel really stupid for a long, long time. Even gentle Ben, a nice, kind sort, would derive great pleasure out of that.


Nathan Scholl 8 years, 12 months ago

I hope Ben makes all the GM's that passed on him sorry for years to come. He has to WANT it though. Rooting for you Ben. Rock Chalk the league!

actorman 8 years, 12 months ago

Isn't Charlotte now the Hornets and not the Bobcats any more?

jaybate 8 years, 12 months ago

Isn't Pelicans the worst name for a hoop team EVER?

Robert Brown 8 years, 12 months ago

Not really. It not nearly as silly as UTAH Jazz or Los Angeles LAKERS. Pelicans are the state bird of Louisiana and have a tie to the region.

Cameron Cederlind 8 years, 12 months ago

Always wondered why they didn't change names after locations made no sense.

New Orleans Jazz to Utah where there's no jazz.

Minneapolis Lakers to Los Angeles where there are no lakes.

Houston Oilers to Tennessee where there is no oil.

Vancouver Grizzlies to Memphis where there are no grizzly bears.

Baltimore Colts to Indianapolis where they're not known for wild horses.

Jace FitzGibbon 8 years, 12 months ago

lol made me think of the baseketball opening

Joseph Kuebel 8 years, 12 months ago

Lol made me think of the Beverly Hillbillies, weren't they in Tennesee when they found oil? Even though they called it Texas Tea. Tennessee Oilers, switched to Titans though.

Lance Hobson 8 years, 12 months ago

Actually there was a family a while back who discovered some bubblin' crude in Tennessee. They moved to Beverly Hills.

Tyson Ailshie 8 years, 12 months ago

Right? I mean, what's next? The Phoenix Suns to Seattle where there's no sun?

jaybate 8 years, 12 months ago

Oh, but REALLY, it is.

Pelicans are the biggest dorkiest birds of all unless they are in flight, and even then they look good mostly because they are too far away to see how dorky they look. Don't get me wrong. I love pelicans the way I love Bobo the chimp, but I don't want the New Orleans Chimps either.

Utah Jazz is at least post modern with comic irony.

Same with the Lakers. And, well, there really are lots of man made lakes up in the San Gabes and in an around LA, so its only a weird name for folks that don't know LA. The whole vast, Cadillac Desert water system in LA depends on reservoirs and retention basins, not just canals and channels.


Phognatic 8 years, 12 months ago

Jazz and Lakers are not that unusual when you consider that those franchises started in New Orleans and Minnesota respectively.

KGphoto 8 years, 12 months ago

Exactly. So why keep the name. It’s stupid.

Phognatic 8 years, 12 months ago

Different time and business practices back then and those franchises have since rebranded the names. Pelicans is definitely horrible. What about naming them something that really reflects the best parts of New Orleans? The Etouffees? Jumbalayas? Oooh The Beignets?!! Damn I'm hungry.

KGphoto 8 years, 12 months ago

The business practices being different is no excuse for naming a Utah team after music it’s never heard of. LOL. And I can tell you, New Orleans is none too happy they did. In fact I might go to war with Salt Lake over that if I could find an angle. It’s just wrong.

They should’ve kept the Utah ABA name, The Stars. What was wrong with that?

I agree New Orleans didn’t do much better with Pelicans. Blech! Why not Hurricane? How about something ultra-tied in, like The Levee? It’s French, and important to the city. ;-)

brooksmd 8 years, 12 months ago

Actually it's jambalaya. My choice, the New Orleans Shrimp Po' Boys. And yes I had a dressed shrimp po' boy for lunch today. hmmmmmm!!!

Woody Cragg 8 years, 12 months ago

Agreed, lame name for shame. But my fav names of any teams all over the globe are the Kissimmee Astros minor league BB in Florida, which is second only to the world renown, one and only, now defunct, Australian rules (cricket) football franchise............The Woodville Peckers!

Woody Cragg 8 years, 12 months ago

Great water cooler topic from your secretary. "How bout' them Peckers boss? The really toughened up last night, didn't They?"

Katie Bieber 8 years, 12 months ago

Don't forget about the Central Hockey League's Macon (Georgia) Whoopee!

Woody Cragg 8 years, 12 months ago

Time to change the avatar again...GO WOODVILLE! The best damn dog I've ever had is named Woody. AKC Boxer stud, his pedigree name is "Dad's Handsome Woodrow."

Cmill1221 8 years, 12 months ago

....Tigers. I went to Blue Valley and had issues with that.

Joseph Kuebel 8 years, 12 months ago

Yea, it's pretty much the most non-intimidating joking child like cartoonist mascot in pro sports.

And I also agree with teams who move franchises back to cities should be allowed to keep their former name (whether successful there or not) for instance the Hornets; who didn't draw well in Charlotte, but still have great throwback jersey sales because it was one of the popular jerseys in the NBA (and still is in comparison with other jerseys no longer used).

Last, the Hornets will re-acquire their team name (the NBA announced at the end of the regular season). But, it will take 12-18 months to become a team name again given that they have trademark and other issues to sort out with the New Orleans franchise that owned current naming rights to the Hornets a month ago (although interestingly MJ had said that Charlotte's jersey sales off Hornet's throwback jerseys are still very good selling jerseys currently for the Charlotte franchise). New Orleans officially announced they would change their name to the 'Cans on January 24, 2013. Apparently, it takes much less time choosing a new name than getting legal documents, trademarks, (copy)rights, and patent and or licensing sorted out. 12-18 months for a name change back to what it was.

jaybate 8 years, 12 months ago

Charlotte's moves keep making MJseem a poster boy for the Peter Principle.

dylans 8 years, 12 months ago

Peter principle? Gotta have the biggest peter on the team?

Lance Hobson 8 years, 12 months ago

That is why the AF has gone crazy with stratification. BTW, Jordan strats as number 30 of 30 owners.

mojayhawk 8 years, 12 months ago

"Dare to be great". Good advice, Ben. Best of luck to you. You were a pleasure to watch in a Kansas uniform.

Robbk1066 8 years, 12 months ago

Blackstock's preparation is to blame here. Really bad advice for this whole process.

Steve Corder 8 years, 12 months ago

You could say that, however, there were several teams that were not sold on the "Ben hype" that existed during the season. So, there were many questions about him before Blackstock entered the picture.

jaybate 8 years, 12 months ago

Shazaam! At least Gomer could sing when it was time.

Danny Hernandez 8 years, 12 months ago

Blackstock, no stock, it doesn't matter. You don't pass on one of the most pure shooters in the NBA draft with one of the highest ceilings....

Stupid, stupid. anyone remember Paul Pierce? 10th pick in the NBA draft! how'd that end up for those idiot GM's that passed on him?

actorman 8 years, 12 months ago

The thing I really don't get is that you hear all the time how the NBA draft is all about potential. Well clearly no one in this draft has NEARLY as much potential as Ben, so this makes no sense.

Jim Erickson 8 years, 12 months ago

Anthony Bennet will rival Kwame Brown as one of the worst #1 picks in history.

actorman 8 years, 12 months ago

Bowie was picked second, not first. (Olajuwon was first.)

Phognatic 8 years, 12 months ago

Kwame Brown...Sam Bowie. Sorry, I disagree and I don't think that it was all that bad of a pick. Zeller on the other hand might as well start looking for his next career, Charlotte is where basketball players go to die. Don't think that Zeller will be as good of a stretch 5 as they hope and will be woefully weak on the interior. (ie not as effective a shooter as Gasol and weaker on the interior than Gasol).

Benz Junque 8 years, 12 months ago

Michael Olowokandi will never be passed as the worst. Bennett a good player and fits into what Cleveland needed. If there isn't a transcendent player available (which there wasn't) you take the best available at a spot of need. Bennett was the smart but unsexy pick for the Cavs.

I hate that McLemore has to play with that knucklehead Cousins in Sacramento. He is an absolute cancer that rots teams from the core.

I am afraid that McLemore is too nice to keep himself on the right path and will be hoodwinked by his agent and/or his "friends". I hope he keeps it together because he doesn't seem to be building the support system around himself that is needed. If he can keep it together he'll be an NBA All Star in the next 5 years.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 12 months ago

Whether anyone regrets passing on McLemore is irrelevant. Going out at number 7 considering the many many choices is very very sweet. You won't find Ben feeling bad.

Not only that .... don't we know the other schools who chose the first six are saying too bad others did not choose our pick.

Ben has been among the few players that consistently was fun to watch. Thanks Ben for dropping by. Paul Pierce was another one.

Ted Hume 8 years, 12 months ago

Plus he get to live in Northern California, in a really nice city an hour from the Bay Area and an hour from the High Sierra and Lake Tahoe; pretty awesome way to make your millions- instead of moving to Detroit, Cleveland, or another such near-hell hole of a city (and I've spent time in all three- so I'm not just stereotyping). Congrats Ben, now get a new agent...

Lance Hobson 8 years, 12 months ago

Seqouia - amazing. The rest of the Fresno area and south along the central Cali valley, not great at all. Constant haze, horrible crime.

jaybate 8 years, 12 months ago


Great points. And you left out a short drive to Sequoia, Kings Canyon and Tuolumne Meadows, plus snow boarding in June and cornice jumping in those huge Sierra snow falls. Hmmmm, what else? The four things outsiders really don't know about most in NorCal:

  1. The incredible boating and fishing on the Sacramento River Delta above Pittsburg, CA. You're in the shadow and silt of the hydrologic gold/silver mining nightmare that made California incomparably rich for a century. The delta is diked. Its all a crazy patchwork of dike channels, sloughs, canals, and seasonal ponding. Its a cross between heaven and hell as if half by god and half by the devil himself. California untouched is best. But you have to go to places like the Delta to see California raped and recovered to really grasp the Golden State.

  2. Butte Sink National Wildlife Refuge NW of Yuba City--this is the weirdest, coolest, most unexpected natural feature in the entire state and most Californians don't even know about it. Its literally a low spot--a sink--in the northern central valley where the surrounding water sheds drain into and create a dead end swamp. If there were human hunt clubs in California, this might have been, once upon a time, where the hunts would have been held. The Feds and enviros try to hide it, because it is so awesome, but its there if you will just trust your GPS and carry a Gheenoe canoe and some paddles and a GPS. Avoid like the plague during hunting season. Lots of weirdoes with guns trying for least back in the day. It is just plain spooky back in certain parts of it, like you're in the mondo Everglades in a few parts. Even a few paramilitary looking shacks on stilts around, but I haven't been there in 15 years, so those may be gone now.

  3. Anywhere around Mt. Shasta in autumn north of Red Bluff--the best place to spend autumn in all of California.

  4. Hetch Hetchy if Ben really wants to hike. It is the grandest canyon of them all that San Francisco flooded with a dam. Hike here and you can feel both beauty and original sin as more than a biblical concept.

Yes, I love the Golden State in all its deficit-riddled, nature-ruined magnificence.

Ted Hume 8 years, 12 months ago

thanks 'bate,

brilliant take on the Delta! hidden high mining mercury concentrations and all, and- i think I've been past the Sink- can't remember- but Mt. Shashta is a hell of a place to spend a week or two in autumn. Hope Ben takes advantage before getting dealt to someplace like...gulp...New Orleans.

DRsmith 8 years, 12 months ago

This draft was complete garbage. One of the weakest I remember. There are no superstars including McLemore. He is a very good player, but a dime a dozen in the NBA.

Displayhawk 8 years, 12 months ago

I was thinking the same thing. Good job Tom!

Eric Schneider 8 years, 12 months ago

Agree except for one thing. Otto Porter being the safe pick for Washington. Porter is by far the most versatile player in the draft. '6'9" great passer, excellent defender, good handle for a big guy. And besides they already had a BMac clone in Bradley Beal. It would have made no sense for the Wizards to draft McLemore. They drafted the right guy.

Lee Henry 8 years, 12 months ago

Just hope he keeps his head on straight and gets a good financial advisor.....hope you do well Kid.....Jayhawk fan since the 50's...............

hawksince51 8 years, 12 months ago

Well said. I'm concerned about his maturity and judgment after the issues with his family/advisers, selection of an agent, and not staying in shape for the workouts.

Michael Maris 8 years, 12 months ago

You know, if this NBA Basketball gig doesn't work out for Ben. Perhaps, he could move to Hollywood and be a double for Jamie Foxx. Good Luck Ben. Hope Sacramento is more patient with you than they were with T-Rob.

Ted Hume 8 years, 12 months ago

exactly on. he's an unbelievable double for Fox. Scary, really, just plain weird. Those guys should hang, and just freak people out. Maybe Sac will bring TRob back, now that they've changed things up with ownership and management. It's happened before in the league.

RJ King 8 years, 12 months ago

I posted this 3 months ago and was blasted for "stereotyping," Glad you have a good eye, instead of a weak mind.

jaybate 8 years, 12 months ago

Lets hope nothing tragic ever happens to Ben to warrant a biopic. This guy can act and he absolutely nailed Ray Charles. He could do Ben in his sleep.

SaltLakeHawk 8 years, 12 months ago

Foxx WILL do a McLemore biopic, chronicling his journey as he leads his team to 8 championships--savagely posterizing every Duke, Kentucky, and Mizery grad in the process.

Wait... does mizery have even 1 grad/escapee playing in the league?

jhox 8 years, 12 months ago

If Ben wants to make them regret passing on him he's going to have to significantly improve his ball handling, specifically his left hand. If he does that successfully, he can be an NBA all star. I'm rooting for him to do that, but the only way he will is with very hard work.

rtwngr 8 years, 12 months ago

Not really. They don't dribble much in the NBA anymore and they rarely call traveling unless you pick up the ball at one end and run to the other for a slam dunk. Then, maybe.

bigjaybabyjay 8 years, 12 months ago

Agree but that's nitpicking. A couple examples of him going left at the 0:37 mark and especially the 1:30 mark:

That baseline drive and dunk was just plain nasty.

jhox 8 years, 12 months ago

Fact is he is very reluctant to go left and most defenders overplay the right hand of a right handed player. Maybe he can do it, but if he can, he rarely shows it. Most big time NBA players score off of moves off of the dribble. He had a great pull up jumper, which is a great start, but he's got to develop the ability to shake a defender off the dribble and create space.

Brad Avery 8 years, 12 months ago

I liked the lead of the story. There are going to be a lot more GMs who will regret passing on Withey.

Andy Godwin 8 years, 12 months ago

All Jayhawk fans hope Withey will have an NBA career, but there was a reason he did not get drafted earlier. His limited athleticism and lack of strength/bulk and a refined offensive game will challenge his effectiveness at the next level. His chance to be a "rim protector" is why he was drafted. More times than not good college players don't make an impact in the NBA. Jeff will be known as a tremondous shot blocker who made great contributions while at KU. We can only hope that he finds a niche and has a long career as a backup in the NBA or oversees.

Sam Constance 8 years, 12 months ago

You have a point with the lack of bulk or a refined offensive game.

But saying Withey lacked athleticism is just flat-out ignorant, white-boy stereotype driven GARBAGE. Probably the same garbage that led to NBA teams passing on him.

Just look at all the wiry-thin, no-offensive-game black kids that have gotten drafted, and in high slots, over the past decade and a half.

Robert Brock 8 years, 12 months ago

Self set up an offense that created space for McLemore to get off shots. In The League, Ben is going to have to put the ball on the floor, move around, and create his own shot. Will it work out for the kid?

rockchalk_dpu 8 years, 12 months ago

Jalen was talking about another player when he said this, but basically talked about how the NBA "offenses" run a lot of pick and pop, pick and roll, and screen action to get people open. Ben would seem to thrive in these types of offenses because all needs to do is create some separation and get a shot off or in a pass in stride for a dribble or two and layup. During the "Job Interview" segments that Simmons and Rose conducted, they loved how Ben could use screens to cause some misdirection and get open for a shot.

I think the biggest determining factor for his success in the NBA is a good point guard that can get him the ball in good spots.

Benz Junque 8 years, 12 months ago


The NBA (especially in the regular season) is a league of stand around jump shooters. Ben will be great if he can work on his aggressiveness and consistency.

Sam Constance 8 years, 12 months ago

People that don't watch the NBA shouldn't comment on the NBA.

FFS, Ray Allen (and many, many, many others) have made careers out of being able to get shots off after running around a screen or after a defense collapses to double-team another driving player.

Ben's lack of point guard level handles is the most overblown question mark about a future NBA player that I've seen in a long time.

dylans 8 years, 12 months ago

I actually, mostly agree with Keegan this time.

Preston Dwiggins 8 years, 12 months ago

I loved his #23 KU jersey sewn in the inside of his jacket last night! Once a Jayhawk, always a Jayhawk!! Being #7 will keep his appetite wet for quite a while kinda like it did with Tom Brady (6th round or #199) I'm sure.

Vince Brown 8 years, 12 months ago

It would be nice, if after 3 or 4 seasons, those 6 teams that passed on BMac feel like they drafted Sam Bowie.

Virgil_Caine 8 years, 12 months ago

It felt like teams were making deals just to steer clear of this draft, and other teams were just plain gambling. Craziest draft I can remember. There were no sure things this year, but I do believe McLemore has one of the brightest futures of anyone that was out there if he can develop on schedule. Best of luck!

Phognatic 8 years, 12 months ago

It wouldn't have been good for Self and KU in general, but after he didn't go to Cleveland, I was hoping he would slide to Minnesota with Love and Rubio, he could slide around the court and quietly rain in 12-13 ppg and develop a better handle.

Although, Keegan is not incorrect about the lack of mentors on a number of the teams that passed on Ben, I'm not sure Sacramento is that much better...aka Demarcus Cousins. Hopefully now that their owner and arena concerns are resolved they can start spending on roster instead of keeping the team in a perpetual garage sale mode.

KGphoto 8 years, 12 months ago

They also have Patrick Patterson and Tyreke Evans. It’s like Calimari West out there. Ben needs to go in there and take over. They don’t have a sharpshooter, or an athlete of his caliber. Go in, lead by example, then become the voice of the team.

Phognatic 8 years, 12 months ago

It bothered me how they had Calipari sitting on the aisle so that every lottery pick walked by and patted him on the shoulder, Ben included. How much do you think he paid ESPN to sit there? Or maybe he just called Jay-Z? Can we just fast forward, to when there is an agregious violation at Kentucky that the NCAA cannot overlook and Calipari jumps to the league. College ball will be better without his self-promotion.

Preston Dwiggins 8 years, 12 months ago

We just need to end the OAD's and Cal will have to actually coach or find a new gig.

FearlessJayhawk 8 years, 12 months ago

I like it that he was drafted lucky number seven, the same number that Paul Pierce was drafted. Prediction: Ben will be a star no matter where he plays as long as he stays healthy. All they have to do is get him an open shot and it will be lights out.

Marcia Parsons 8 years, 12 months ago

Acccording to the Self quote in the top article, Pierce was drafted 10th.

actorman 8 years, 12 months ago

I don't know where you got that, Fearless. Pierce was drafted 10th, not 7th.

jay_cheese 8 years, 12 months ago

Great article Tom. I think many fans feel the same way as you on this and you present some very fair minded points as well. Props

Phognatic 8 years, 12 months ago

Disappointing to not see Releford get drafted. I thought that the prediction of it being a 50/50 chance was fair, and the economic advantages of drafting European projects likely cut into his chances. I still think that with his defense, transition efficiency, and ability to knock down open shots, he will land on a roster. Hoping, I guess...

actorman 8 years, 12 months ago

I'm with you, Phog, but it might be better this way, as he can find a team that suits his skills.

Tony Bandle 8 years, 12 months ago

Did you all see the number of French guys that got drafted?? When did France become a BBall Power?

Oh well, at least they will be able to prepare some fabulous post game dinners for their teams........'''escargot souffles, anyone??!!

nuleafjhawk 8 years, 12 months ago

Greece, France, Brazil, Germany, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Latvia, Missouri.

Might as well call it the I-NBA. Inter-national Basketball Association.

Missouri is a third world country, right ?

actorman 8 years, 12 months ago

Don't forget Canada. Next year with Wiggins will make two number 1 picks in a row for the Mighty Maple Leafs.

Steve Corder 8 years, 12 months ago

Wait until Ben gets sticker stock over a 2.6 million annual salary that will be reduced by approximately 60 to 65% in taxes (California & other states' income tax, Federal, Medicare, SS(minuscule), Affordable Health Care Tax and agent's commission).

I hope I never see him on an ESPN 30 For 30 program 30 years from now!

Like an old time Hollywood actor answered when asked how he went through $10 million: What I didn't spend on gambling and women I spent foolishly....Ben, buy a Honda. Rent a 2 BR apt. and save the rest until you're crowded a "king" on the NBA floor.

Good Luck!

nuleafjhawk 8 years, 12 months ago

I used to have millions at my disposal too. I spent most of it on women and booze.

The rest I just wasted.

actorman 8 years, 12 months ago

I had millions too ... we're talking about cents, right?

TommieSmithElbow 8 years, 12 months ago

Tip of the hat to Tug McGraw on the women and booze quote.

wrwlumpy 8 years, 12 months ago

There is a connection to Oregon and wasted frivolous spending. The 1997 movie, The Edge, with Anthony Hopkins and Alex Baldwin stranded in the woods around Mt. Shasta, featured a trained Kodiak bear named Bart. SNL weekend update reported that the bear earned $1.2 mil for the film. The money is all gone, Bart said he spent it on crack and bear whores.

Ludwig Supraphonic 8 years, 12 months ago

Generally agree Tom. Though I don't see Charlotte adding a outside shooting 5 to their soft and squishy center as courageous.

Richard Benson 8 years, 12 months ago

Six NBA teams mistook Ben McLemore for Josh Selby.

That is a HUGE miscalculation.

RJ King 8 years, 12 months ago

Not fair to Brandon. He was cracking the Warriors starting lineup until he tore his ACL - again. He was supplying points and energy off the bench in 2011/2012 and started the first 2 games of 2012/2013. I believe he is a free agent now. Hopefully his talent and hard work will keep him around for awhile longer - he pretty much did what he was expected to do.

Preston Dwiggins 8 years, 12 months ago

I think Josh is in a class of his own regarding those guys listed. What a bust!

jay_cheese 8 years, 12 months ago

Yes, Cali has a high tax rate...but that has nothing to do with this article or the other comments. Unlike BB73, I bet Ben is ok with paying taxes on income rather than having no income. I could make a few other assumptions but I leave it at asking people to keep their politics where they belong, inside of the voting booth.

Eric Mitchell 8 years, 12 months ago

California's high tax rate has everything to do with Ben McLemore. Ben needs to be careful with his money because guys in professional sports will sometimes spend more than they have thinking they will be receiving another huge paycheck. Live good, but not too good Ben.

Lance Hobson 8 years, 12 months ago

The timing couldn't be better for such a scandle. The NCAA is in trouble and not biting the hands that feed it right now. Look at what Oregon just got. We'll be ok.

Page Butler 8 years, 12 months ago

The bottom line is that at most only 6 General Managers will regret not taking Ben.

racerx 8 years, 12 months ago

I can guarantee at least 6 GMs regretted (and probably still do) not taking Paul Pierce in '98 draft --- the last time a KU player was so badly overlooked.

jaybate 8 years, 12 months ago

Here's a recommendation for the a really ironic name for New Orleans.

The New Orleans Dry Heat.


jaybate 8 years, 12 months ago

Alright, a final final on this thread.

Ben, get that horrible excuse for a hat off your head!!!!!!!!

If ever there were a face that cried out for either a Borsalino fedora, or better yet, one of the old Zoot Suit hats, it is Ben Three's.

Clarence Haynes 8 years, 12 months ago

Why would the Wizards pick BMac when has Beal? Porter is a good fit with Wall and Beal the latter two who late in the season began to show signs of being a good tandem. IMO, no sense in criticizing Washington for their selection and they won't regret it!

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