Joe D. Plays Softball Part III

And in Part III, Joe Dumars finally confesses to his role in Whitewater. I edited out that whole portion, though, because it wasn't really relevant to basketball and, frankly, seems unlikely.

KEITH LANGLOIS: Let’s shift to the rookies. We talked early in the week in Vegas and I said that GMs always come out of draft night saying we never expected to get these guys. You said you haven’t really said that much. This year, it was true. Then the week unfolded in Vegas and those guys kept getting even better. Do you feel even more strongly now than you did on draft night?

I can't make heads or tails of this. I will simply assume he meant to ask "how do you feel about the rookies?"

JOE DUMARS: You draft guys, you feel good on draft night, everybody shakes hands and you feel great about it. And then the next day you wake up and immediately you think, OK, this guy has got to show up and show it now.

Joe: (Wakes up in a cold sweat.) Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God! (Dials his cell phone.)

Jonas Jerebko: (blearily answering) Derf?

Joe: Jonas. I need to see something from you... Uh, make me a peach marzipan.

Jonas Jerebko: Derf?

Joe: Do it now!

Jonas Jerebko: Derf?

(click)

KL: I know what they show in training camp when they get out there with the veterans will dictate a lot of it, but do you see each or any of (the rookies) having a role this year?

Maybe Keith has been given a press release, and he's trying to re-word the questions on the spot, and so that explains why he partially answers all of his questions.

JD: All you can do is hope they have a role. They have to get out there and prove it and earn it. What you want to do is put a team together that can compete with or without their input right away. We used the second pick in the draft on Darko, didn’t play, and won a championship.

Keith: What role do you see for rookies this year?

Joe: Depends. Here's an anecdote about Darko Milicic.

(in the distance, both men hear a shotgun blast, muffled only by a sometime sports-bloggers mouth.)

JD: We used the 23rd pick on Tayshaun Prince

Howzabout we lead with that example next time?

KL: With Daye, I’m not sure exactly what I expected going into Vegas, but he appeared farther along than I would have thought. I think he had two rebounds in the first game and after that he averaged 10½ .

See, Keith knows his stats.

JD: None of us ever questioned his ability on the court. When the only question is strength, I’ll take my chances on that. It’s almost like people are conceding he’s good enough. But is he strong enough? Think about the opposite of that. Man, the kid is big, he’s got a great body, he’s strong enough. I don’t know if he’s good enough. Well, I don’t want that.

Seems reasonable.

KL: DaJuan Summers out in Vegas was a guy that both Darrell Walker and Pat Sullivan said had an NBA-ready body and they played him at both spots, the three and the four, and he held up well. Just talk about what you saw from him and his readiness.

JD: Here’s a guy who’s almost the opposite of Austin in the sense that no one questioned his body and his strength.

That's exactly the opposite of what he said above.

JD: Just because of the way the roster shakes out, he looks like more of a four/five for us, a 6-10 guy who can put it on the floor, who can stretch the defense, who’s non-stop hustle.

Sounds like a Quentin Tarantino movie to me. The Wrong DaJuan IS Non-Stop Hustle... Also starring Uma Thurman and Gordon Thomson.

Also, not feeling DaJuan at Center. Talk about his hustle all you like, but I think there's no way that happens.

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