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Saturday / December 16.
  • After-Party at the 40/40 Club

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    NEW YORK – So after the NBA Draft I ended up with some of my colleagues at Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club, the official host of the draft afterparty.

    There was a mad scene out front with a ton of people trying to get in, but our boy Tommy Dee of The Knicks Blog arranged for a few of us to get past the barricades.

    I wanted to go to see what it was all about, and, let’s face it, how often do you get a chance to do something like that?

    Once inside, it was quite a spectacle. The bass was so loud you could barely hear the person next to you talk.

    There were a ton of young ladies dressed up for a night on the town and trying to catch a look at the newest multi-millionaires. One chick had a (fake?) white fur around her neck. Now is that really necessary in late June?…I saw former Knicks star John Starks...James Harden out of Arizona State, the No. 3 overall pick by Oklahoma City, was in the house but nobody seemed to recognize him…Tyreke Evans, who went at No. 4 to Sacramento, arrived looking sharp in a suit and drew a crowd….Knicks pick Jordan Hill was not in the house (at least when I was there), but we hear he’ll be at CitiField for tonight’s Yankees-Mets interleague game.

    I wish these guys luck, but I can see how being a young multi-millionaire with the world at your fingertips can present various troubles. You need to have a good head on your shoulders and some good people looking out for your back.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

    • Yes, Zags, someone better look out for Tyreke’s, Hardens, and Hill’s back because the odds are in favor (60%+) of one of them being bankrupt by the time they’ve retired out of the league for 5+ years. Who will it be? Will it be 2 of them?

      • Gotta go with Tyreke if you’re choosing between just those 3. Harden and Hill both have reputations of being pretty smart guys.

    • Hate to say it but Jay-Z is an uber-impressario who is into some crazy dark occult crap. It doesn’t exactly say great things about the league that their party was held there.

      I have a very hard time even caring about the NBA anymore. It just seems to ooze a manipulated corporate/industrial entertainment-production vibe. Guess I’ll just stick to being interested in the college game. (Yeah, yeah, I know. It isn’t exactly pure as the driven snow either.)

      • tarps92,

        At least we have a guy playing one more year at a college he loves for a HOF coach he loves playing for…

        • Definitely. Most definitely.

    • AZ,

      For the record, the PAC-10 also got 9 players in the NBA draft, so, let’s do a quick comparison between the 2 conferences.

      PAC-10 Big East
      Top-10 picks: 3 2
      1st Rnd picks: 6 4
      Total picks: 9 9
      Highest pick: 3rd 2nd
      Lowest pick: 44th 52nd
      Tot. Conf Schls: 5 5
      Max. picks per Schl: 2 (4 schls) 2 (4 schls)
      Total Schls in Conf: 10 16

      So, as you can see, while the Big East may have been “shining” last night, the PAC-10 was shining even brighter. Same # of players from a smaller conference (# of teams) whom on average were drafted higher by NBA teams.

      I know the Big East (and ACC) gets all the East Coast accolades, deserving or not, while the PAC-10 and West Coast gets largely overlooked. Just want to open the eyes of some East Coast readers.

      • Both the Big 10 and Big 12 have been better basketball conferences as of late (as well as the BE and ACC). I do agree that the Pac 10 gets ignored a lot because of their time zone and terrible TV deal, but draft picks aren’t a good indicator of conference power.