This was far and away the highlight of the NBA Draft last night. Isaiah Austin was a lock to be drafted into the NBA coming out Baylor, but was diagnosed with Marfan’s Syndrome, a connective tissue disorder that guaranteed he would never play basketball again. Instead of just saying ‘oh well, tough luck”, Adam Silver decided to spotlight Austin, and in an extremely classy gesture, made him an honorary draft pick for the NBA. If you need to know how much this meant to Austin, just look at how he breaks down when Silver announces he’s been drafted by the NBA. This is a kid, like every other athlete in the room, who has been busting his ass, basically dedicating his life to his sport, in the HOPES that maybe, with an extreme amount of luck, he would have his name announced on draft night. To have that dream cut short and be completely out of your hands must be devastating. This move by the NBA and Adam Silver doesn’t change any of that, but it sure must’ve felt good to get the support he greatly deserves.
Getting drafted early in the first round in any sport is tough, mostly because the pressure of a usually bad franchise is forced onto your shoulders. While some lottery picks pan out, there is a long list of athletes who got drafted early on and never reached their full potential. Since the NBA Draft was last night, we decided to scour the history books and find our favorite players who turned out to be Draft Day duds.
Adam Morrison – 3rd Overall (2006)
Any time you get picked number 3 overall and are completely out of the league in 5 years you can pretty much guarantee you’ll be talked about as a bust. During his illustrious four year career, Morrison started 28 games and averaged 7.5 PPG and 2.1 RPG. To make things worse, Morrison always sported a dirt stache that was a weird mix between a B movie porn star and a small town gas station attendant. Not a good look, Adam. But on the bright side, you’re my favorite NBA Draft bust.
Greg Oden – 1st Overall (2007)
Looking back on the 2007 draft, it is mind boggling that Portland had to “decide” between Oden and Kevin Durant. Going back to 2007 that decision would have been easy, but hindsight is 20/20. At the time nobody thought twice about them selecting Oden; he was pegged to be a once in a generation talent that couldn’t be passed on. Numerous knee injuries later and Greg Oden is riding the bench in Miami. Which is not a bad place to be considering their hot streak over the last few years. In terms of pure performance letdown maybe Oden isn’t the worst draft bust of all time, but considering he turned out to be made of glass he is my pick for biggest NBA draft bust.
Adam Silver Missed The Boat By Not Having Donald Sterling Attend Michael Scott’s Diversity Day Training
A lifetime ban and a $2.5M fine might be OK with some people but not for me. Donald Sterling might not own an NBA team anymore but we’re ignoring the root of the problem: he’s an admitted, proud racist. Fining him pocket change and banning him from the sport in which 80% of the players are people he hates probably isn’t going to change his views, but sending him to Diversity Day training with Michael Scott will. It’s the ultimate cure all for racists of all kinds. I really hope Adam Silver adds a diversity day provision into this ruling. Donald Sterling needs it. America needs it. I need it.
I have a theory that Zac Efron is the luckiest “comedy” guy in the world today. Not only does he get to star in Funny or Die videos with some of the funniest people in the world, but he’s also paired opposite Seth Rogen in the new movie Neighbors. I saw the movie at SXSW about a month ago, and you can replace any guy with a pretty face for Efron and the movie wouldn’t suffer a bit. Since the Workaholics guys make a cameo in the movie, it looks like the Neighbors crew is doing a bit of cross promotion with Blake, Anders and Adam. They play the usual “Zac’s handsome, Seth’s not” card, but the Workaholics crew make it work. Ders demanding a lap dance from Zac and the “that was a great dick” chant were the highlights for me. Everything is coming up Efron.
I can’t wait to get weird tomorrow night during the season 4 premiere of Workaholics. Luckily for Workaholics fans everywhere, we got a nice little preview last night on Conan. Whether it’s their web series Crossbows and Mustaches or their hysterical Comedy Central show, Adam, Blake and Ders consistently knock it out of the comedic park. Let’s hope this season is of the tightest butthole.