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Monday, November 15, 2010

Really Overdue 2010 D-League Draft Review

Unequivocally, the NBA Draft is my favourite night of the year. In a few short hours, the entire landscape of the best league of the world's best sport can be changed beyond all recognition. Infusions of talent, mind-boggling trades, wonderful quotables and brave shirt-and-tie combinations are guaranteed; one short evening of drama gives us repercussions and discussion points that can last for years. Whereas sport must always ultimately be able the guys in the uniforms, the men in the jackets have their time to shine on that night. And as an aspiring man-in-a-jacket, its lure is magnetic to me.

The D-League draft does not have the same lustre, for a few reasons. For one, it's not got the same talent level; for two, the repercussions are far less substantial for teams with lower fanbases and far greater roster turnover than the big league compatriots. Lesser calibre players on a far smaller stage must inevitably have lesser impact, less coverage, and thus less lure.

However, whereas the NBA draft has only 2, the D-League draft has 8 rounds. With 16 teams in the league, that means there are 128 draft picks on offer. 128 players means 128 draft capsules, 128 attempts at analysis, 128 opportunities to hunt for trivia, and a good many opportunities to learn.

That was something I wasn't going to pass up.

There follows, therefore, an extended look at the compelling protagonists of the 2010 NBA Developmental League Draft. Little consideration is taken for team need, for draft night is about the players.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

"Gordan Giricek on trial for death threats against his wife."

Whilst Googling for news about whether or not former Jazz and Suns guard Gordan Giricek had re-signed with his former team, Cibona Zagreb, I found something astonishing and very different. Very, very different.

The quote in the post title is a translation of the headline of this article from Croatian daily newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija. The full translation is reprinted below:

Croatian basketball player who plays in the NBA, Gordan Giricek, was examined yesterday at the Zagreb County Court as a suspect for the death threats against his ex-wife Natasha Gulan and her mother, Gordana.

Upon application of his ex-wife, the Municipal Public odjetniĊĦtvo filed another half a year ago the County Court a request for investigative action against Giricek.

It charged that in late August last year while their daughter was with him on vacation in Selce, threatened by phone Natasha said: "I'm gonna kill you! Did you hear me? I'll kill you! ".

Similar threats later, according to the report, sent to the former mother in law.

Gordan Giricek was yesterday before the investigative judge Vanda Sento argued that the statements of his ex-wife's completely untrue, so it was denied a criminal offense.

Online translators, even really good ones, are prone to throwing up ambiguous or non-sensical results. There doesn't appear to be much ambiguity here, however. The report seems clear enough.

EDIT: The story is two years old. Did not see that.

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