“Haith on Oriakhi as defender/rebounder: ‘All the time we tell guys, ‘Just do you.’ … He didn’t go out there and jack up a bunch of shots.’ … Haith was clearly choosing words carefully on Pressey. I thought his comments on Oriakhi were more telling of what maybe held back Pressey.”
Dave Matter, @Dave_Matter, after Oriakhi was drafted by Phoenix with the 57th pick and Pressey went undrafted, Twitter
GH: Pressey has now signed with the Celtics as a free agent. Is that enough of a reason to give up a free college degree and another year of being pampered as a college basketball star at Missouri? I guess it is for Flip and his family. I just never understood their eagerness to leave a good thing. And call what Haith and the Presseys had at Mizzou what you will – but they will have a difficult time duplicating the comfortable environment the Tigers offered them for his three years there. Work is hard. College life is far more fun.
“No school (laugh). No study hall. You just get to do what you love, and that’s play basketball. It’s a fun experience; I’m not going to lie.”
Phil Pressey, when asked by Terez Paylor what was the best thing about going through the pre-draft process, KansasCity.com
GH: If Pressey was dreading study halls at Mizzou, maybe that is an indication he didn’t understand that he might want to have an alternative plan to a career in the NBA. Flip is a great role model for every young baller out there who thinks the NBA is a given for them. It ain’t. Use the system to your advantage. Get your free degree and then maybe you get lucky. Maybe.
“I’m curious to know what kind of success Kansas fans think Ben McLemore is going to have in the (NBA).”
Soren Petro, after the KU shooting guard went seventh overall to Sacramento, 810 AM
GH: LeBron James thinks McLemore is going to have a great career in the NBA. King James was paying attention during the draft and tweeted out while Ben was still waiting in the Green Room…
“They sleeping on Ben McLemore. Just watch.”
LeBron James, Twitter
“I love Jeff Withey going to Portland because I think they are a really good organization.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: The Kansas shot-blocking machine when 39th to Portland – not in the top 20 like some experts were predicting. But I don’t think Withey’s draft order will matter to his NBA career. He has 10-year sub written all over his wingspan.
“I would like to call (Bill Simmons) an idiot but I’m too classy for that.”
Doc Rivers, the former Celtics head coach, after he was told the Grantland.com columnist said he quit on the Celtics by taking the trade to the Clippers, ESPN
GH: Doc didn’t sound all that classy to me with this retort. Rivers is a good head coach but he’s out of his league attempting to have a war of words with a wordsmith like Simmons. I would advise Doc to back away from the camera and wave.
“When he sticks to the story I’ll believe the truth. … Just own it.”
Bill Simmons, responding to Rivers’ comment, ESPN
“I love what (Bill Simmons) is doing on Grantland(.com) but I can do without him on TV. He does nothing for me there.”
Josh Vernier, 810 AM
GH: I think Simmons is a brilliant writer. As an NBA analyst on television…he makes a great writer. His voice alone is enough to get me to change the channel. After many, many years I have finally come to accept the geeky John Clayton – despite his voice and wimpy appearance. Simmons offers much of the same physical limitations on camera. All the more reason to keep some writers wring and not on camera.
“At 1 am last night, there wasn’t one headline among the top 4 most read on ESPN.com that involved the NBA Draft.”
Darren Rovell, @darrenrovell, Twitter
GH: The NBA draft is interesting for about 10 picks – and then it becomes a localized event for a few college fans who care about “their” guy. So few of these picks ever make an NBA game it’s just not comparable to the NFL draft. Although watching David Stern revel in being bathed in boos al night was highly entertaining.
“All-time #CWS record crowd of 341,483 this year. Tonight’s crowd of 27,127 is the largest in three years at TD Ameritrade Park.”
Mitch Sherman, @mitchsgerman, for the final-game crowd in Omaha to watch UCLA and Mississippi State, Twitter
GH: The Royals will draw about 1.6 million for their 81 home dates this season. The CWS drew over 21% of that gate in a little over a week – in Omaha. There are plenty of baseball fans here in Royals’ country. They just need a reason to show up.
“Last night (in the 3-1 loss to the Twins) was typical of what we are going to see from this (Royals’) team offensively three or four times a week. … If they really thought they had a chance to contend they would have made some moves and they haven’t done it. I don’t think they really see this team as a contending team right now.”
Brian McRae, 810 AM
GH: McRae is one of my favorite Royals’ analysts. He speaks bluntly and realistically about his former team. McRae is the opposite of Joel Goldberg – who says almost nothing of value and takes forever to say it.
“You can tell the guys are all working hard.”
Nate Bukaty, when asked for his assessment of what he sees from the Royals when he covers them during their homestands, 810 AM
GH: This is not necessarily a good thing. If the Royals’ players are putting in the work and still scoring runs at a putrid rate and running the bases like blind men – something is very wrong with the talent level of this team. And how hard are Billy Butler and Mike Moustakas working to be in their 20s and look like softball players?
“Billy Butler is one of the biggest case studies that needs to be examined – because he has got to hit! Somehow we are giving Billy Butler a free pass. It is one of the biggest problems this team has. Are they pitching around Billy Butler? Yes, but that’s part of the game! The reality is this – he absolutely has to hit better.”
Soren Petro, 810 AM
GH: One of the biggest free rides Butler has received from the media is from Kevin Kietzman. KK, who has referred to Butler as a friend, seems to constantly overlook Butler’s stats in favor of ripping Alex Gordon. Who do you think deserves more criticism?
“I think that’s going to be a really frustrating day – when the Royals trade Ervin Santana. I think that’s going to be a signal that this season is over. I couldn’t bring myself to do it if I was Dayton Moore.”
Danny Parkins, 810 AM
GH: I disagree. This Royals team is going nowhere this season unless Butler, Moose, Hosmer, Cain and Ned Yost do a 180 over the next month and carry that through September. I don’t see that happening. Moore should shop Santana now while he is at his most attractive and see if the next Wil Myers is out there somewhere.
“I wish I could know Clark (Hunt) like I knew his dad.”
Neil Smith, discussing how much he respected Lamar Hunt and how personally involved Lamar was with his players, 610 AM
GH: I enjoyed Neil Smith’s extended appearance on The Drive Thursday with Jayice Pearson, Danny Parkins and Carrington Harrison – and not for the usual reasons I enjoy listening to Neil. He was articulate, insightful and spoke with passion. Read on.
“I’ll tell you what man, (Norma Hunt) is the backbone of that family and she knows it. Any player who has ever encountered her will say the say the same thing.”
Neil Smith, 810 AM
GH: Interesting. We know so little about Mom Hunt. I wonder if she would do a radio interview? Seems like someone at 610 or 810 should check that out.
“I still hold my two (Chiefs season) tickets. My kids go. And every blue moon I slide in there to see a game.”
Neil Smith, who said he prefers to watch the Chiefs game on television rather than at Arrowhead, 610 AM
GH: Neil made a point of how much he enjoyed mixing with the former Chiefs’ players when he was playing for Marty Schottenheimer. He talked about how they’d meet for pizza and beer once a week. Those close ties with the current players were severed under Scott Pioli and Smith would like to see them repaired. I hope John Dorsey and Andy Reid agree.
“We can definitely find something for you to do during football season.”
Carrington Harrison, when Neil Smith expressed an interest in doing some radio, 610 AM
GH: The Bill Maas and Neil Smith Show. Done.
“I’m never NOT working on material. Ever. I’m always thinking, ‘Could I do something with that?’ I’m looking for material all the time. … Making jokes is not work. It’s a gift.”
Jerry Seinfeld, in an interview with Howard Stern this week on Sirius XM
“Howard, what else do I have to do?”
Jerry Seinfeld, when asked by Stern how he manages to remember all of his stand-up jokes and routines, Howard Stern Show
GH: Seinfeld was a great contrast to Stern’s paranoid persona. Where Howard see everything as a hassle and his life as drudgery, Seinfeld laughed off almost every query that was meant to dig into his psyche. I think Jerry is a lot like the guy we got to know who hung around with George, Elaine and Kramer. Just a lot richer.
“I know that if you’re a comedian and you’re playing golf you’re going nowhere in this business.”
Jerry Seinfeld, Howard Stern Show
GH: Golf. Love the game, hate the time it takes to play it and be good at it. Marathon training has replaced my golf game for the most part. While training to run marathons is time consuming, it is nothing compared to playing two rounds of golf a week. Love the game, hate the waiting.
“Being a stand-up comedian is brutal…but your blessing in life is when you find the torture that you’re comfortable with. Find the torture you’re comfortable with and you’ll do well.”
Jerry Seinfeld, Howard Stern Show
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