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IS BRANDON JENNINGS PLAYING THE MEDIA (AND US) WITH RUBIO DISS?

jennings_headerOn one hand, Brandon Jennings should keep his mouth shut as he disses player after player in his quest to become a top two lottery pick and an NBA star.  He should probably let his play in workouts do the talking for him.  Instead, he is supplementing (or is it supplanting?) his impressive one-on-one offensive displays with pot-shots at the likes of Tyreke Evans, Jru Holiday and now, Ricky Rubio.  (See video and draw your own conclusion).  Jennings has done the press a favor by giving them something to write about as the draft draws near and more focus is placed on a very competitve group of guards who are shaping the 2009 draft.

But, as Jennings finds a way to boost himself, while displaying either his arrogance or confidence (depending on how you look at it), you have got to wonder whether Jennings is playing the press to pump up his profile and marketability.  Jennings may have attended two high schools largely to play ball and had a hard time qualifying for college, but you gotta believe that his year in Europe taught him that the NBA is a business and this business will be his livelihood.  He knows that right?  Or is he just a skinny Ricky Henderson in shorts?

I don’t know for sure, but I think Jennings knows that being associated in a competition with Rubio is great for his career and probably Rubio’s.  Although he dogged-out Rubio a couple of days ago, Jennings  wrote some very nice things about him and his game in his December blog entry. He wrote:

“Now to what everyone wants to hear about, the game and the matchup with Ricky. Unfortunately Ricky only played about 8mins cause he’s still kind of hurt from a wrist injury he suffered in the Gold Medal game vs. Team USA, but in just 8mins he showed me a lot. I have a ton of respect for the dude. He’s real mature out there on the court, he has a great feel for the game. He passes the ball like crazy, reminds me of Steve Nash a little bit. Put it like this if he were in the class of 09 in high school basketball he would be the #1 player hands down. No question about it. I can only hope that when Ricky and I one day get to the NBA we can be like Chris Paul and Deron Williams, as our careers take off together like CP3 & D Will’s did. Despite what the critics say that he can’t shoot Ricky is going to be going a Great NBA player someday…he brings a complete game to the table.”

So who’s hyping who? Well, he got me.  I am looking forward to seeing them play each other in the near future.

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June 14, 2009 - Posted by | Brandon Jennings, NBA Draft, NBA Lottery, Rick Rubio | , , ,

8 Comments »

  1. IGM,

    The young man is expressing the truth. Unlike the MSM, Redeem Team, and the Public Relations hack for the other players, he’s putting the truth out there.

    The MSM decided that Rubio would be this years’ Euro-in-demand. Every year it appears that a Euro is hyped as the next ____________. You fill in the blank. Last year it was the Roost-TA. The reality is that is has been a few years since any of the Euros have lived up to the hype. To be successful in this NBA, a Euro point guard will have to possess the skill and talent that is required by the American born point guards. The point guard must have quickness, and the ability to finish at the rim when driving by an opponent, (See Tony Parker). Rubio lacks quickness, lacks a shot, but somehow is presented as the next great thing. Go figure.

    The Redeem team mandate by Stern was not to just win, but to promote the sport internationally, while some of the players were attempting to enhance their global appeal. Translate….Every opponent was praised and told that they had the ability to play in the NBA. I saw Rubio against the U.S. and he did not show anything, but the players stated that he definitely could play. Now compare this to Patrick Mills who scored 20 points and 4 assist against the U.S., and looked like a player. Was it Groucho Marx or Richard Pryor that first said, “Who are you going to believe? Me or your lying eyes”. I believe my eyes. Rubio is a Busta.

    Player’s agents sign on PR-specialist to promote their player to the local and national media. This build a following and a groundswell of local support for their guy. Curry and his agent have made it clear that they want to play in NYC, so you get interviews and local stories with Curry. Jru Holiday and IMG, (or IGM) have been dropping stories about Jru’s great workouts and ability to play point guard. Spinning is going on. Don’t attack Jennings for speaking the truth.

    Peace & Blessings

    Comment by statesman2 | June 14, 2009 | Reply

    • Jennings may be right, but is it right for his efforts for him to call out his contemporaries before he has proven anything himself? Does it help him to be so forthright with the media? Would you advise him to “keep it real,” no matter what?

      Comment by livesinnewjersey | June 14, 2009 | Reply

  2. I’ve heard enough about the draft from all the media.LET’S GET ON WITH IT!!Curry or no Curry,I would like the shot blocker from UConn.

    Comment by D L T Knicks | June 14, 2009 | Reply

  3. I still say, Curry will be gone before the Knicks draft. With the exception of Curry, all the guards available at the 8th spot are two years away from having an impact. That list includes, Rubio, Evans, Jennings, Holiday, Lawson and Maynor. If either Hill or Harden happen to fall to the 8th spot, take either without a second thought. For a point guard, I prefer a strong bid for the established Ramon Sessions (Bucks)in the free agent draft above all pg’s available on June 25th.

    If Rubio falls to eight, the Knicks will probably take him, Walsh and D’Antonio will likely want Rubio for different reasons: Walsh will see his market value in selling tickets to the Hispanic community and D’Antonio will be enamored by his passing skills and team-first attitude. The Euro-boy may develop into a solid point guard once he improves his shot and shows he can defend. He does make his share of steals and is often around loose balls. He is not my first choice and I would consider trading the eighth pick for a shot bloking/rebouding defender — a desperate need.

    Comment by Post-up Prince | June 14, 2009 | Reply

    • Postup,
      If Curry is gone, the knicks would be crazy to
      not consider Jeff Teague. I believe he may be the
      all around best Guard in the draft. He’s got
      the 6’5-6’6 height, can defend his azz off,
      and his overall game resembles Kobe!

      Comment by Peaceman | June 14, 2009 | Reply

  4. FUGG RUBIO!

    Comment by Peaceman | June 14, 2009 | Reply

  5. I’m down with Flynn

    and

    Yes I’m back on board with Jennings to some extent since he’s shown up to play his peers in these tryouts.

    That gives him the edge over Rubio in my book. Had Jennings not attended workouts like Rubio is currently doing then his stock would have dropped lower to me.

    Flynn is a true point, being a good passer like Curry is doesn’t make Curry a point guard and the Knicks really need either a true point Flynn, Jennings etc., or a impact shot blocking big man,… Thabeet.

    If neither is available then the best player available will have to do,… Curry if he’s still around.

    Comment by orangeandblue1 | June 14, 2009 | Reply

  6. So now Jennings says that Rubio is underrated:

    “I think I got a little carried away with it,” Jennings said after his workout with the Knicks Monday. “I was having too much fun with it. He’s not all hype. The kid hasmore experience than everybody in this draft, he’s been playing [professionally] since he was 14. He’s a great player, he did his thing in the Olympics. Overall, he’s a great person. I know him, we did a photoshoot together. No disrespect to Ricky Rubio.”

    Comment by igmknicks | June 16, 2009 | Reply


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