Report from Warriors Group Workout (Lakers in attendance)

Report from Warriors Group Workout (Lakers in attendance)

Postby JSM on Wed Jun 03, 2009 6:57 pm

Andy Katz of ESPN wrote:• The first of two days of workouts at the Golden State Warriors' practice facility concluded with little consensus reached.

There were 21 teams in attendance: Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Golden State, Indiana, L.A. Clippers, L.A. Lakers, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio, Utah and Washington.

The first group consisted of Pitt's Sam Young, LSU's Marcus Thornton, Australia's Joe Ingles, Notre Dame's Luke Harangody, Texas' Damion James and Arizona State's Jeff Pendergraph. The second group had former Arkansas guard Patrick Beverly, VCU's Eric Maynor, Saint Mary's Patty Mills, Wake Forest's Jeff Teague, Xavier's Derrick Brown and USC's Taj Gibson.

The Buzz

Harangody is looking for a first- or second-round guarantee. A first-round guarantee is highly unlikely. A second-round guarantee could be obtained, but Harangody will have to weigh that against whether he wants to return and become a legend at Notre Dame.

James was taking too many 3-pointers. NBA decision-makers wanted to see him do the little things like passing, screening and hitting a mid-range jumper. Yet, James was apparently getting down on missing 3s. James is hardly a lock for the first round and probably should consider going back to Texas.

Teague is still on the fence about whether to return to Wake Forest. This apparently wasn't his best workout. He's still all over the map in the late first round. Teague's workouts apparently are mirroring his season: He showed flashes of being an elite player but then can look rather pedestrian at times, relative to the elite guards in the first round.

Gibson is not going back to USC -- at least that's what has been conveyed to the NBA personnel, according to sources. Gibson is 24 and the unknowns at USC with player defections, a pending NCAA investigation and rumors concerning job security for the staff would make it hard for Gibson to commit to returning to a roster devoid of star talent. Gibson continues to perform well at the workouts and is moving toward a first-round selection.

Tuesday's workout at the same facility is supposed to include the following players in the first group: Arizona's Chase Budinger, Temple's Dionte Christmas, Gonzaga's Austin Daye, Georgia Tech's Gani Lawal, Missouri's Leo Lyons and Louisville's Terrence Williams.

The second group is slated to include Israel's Omri Casspi, USC's Daniel Hackett, Ohio State's B.J. Mullens, Utah's Luke Nevill and former Connecticut commit Ater Majok. Majok replaced North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough, who pulled out of the workout. Florida's Nick Calathes was also supposed to participate but is in Greece getting a physical prior to signing a professional contract. Majok is part of an ongoing NCAA investigation into allegations that a former UConn manager turned agent aided Majok's recruitment (as well as that of former UConn student and College of Southern Idaho player Nate Miles). Majok is the only one among this second group who technically hasn't given up his amateur status. NBA personnel wanted to see whether Majok is worth a look. He was not invited to the NBA draft combine last week in Chicago. In the first group, Lawal and Daye still haven't said whether they're staying in the draft. While at the combine in Chicago, Lawal indicated that he might return to school. Daye seemed to be leaning toward staying in the draft.
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