Add Bill Walton to the Blazer monument to athletes with bad feet, and don't
forget the other Jazz journey into mental illness, Kirk Snyder. I doubt the Jazz
have learned much of anything in their approach to the draft. Take a quick look
at the last 12 years and the 1st and 2nd round choices who have bombed. Kevin
O'Conner had a dreary double, in drafting Kirk Snyder and Mr. Kim
Kardashian (Humphries) in the 1st round, a while back, I believe with the 14th
and 16th picks respectively. Sandwiched in between was Al Jefferson who was
avoided because the Jazz brain trust worried about Al's using drugs. I give
them credit for not botching last year's pick nor missing out on DW when
both he and Chris Paul were the best choices and either one would have been a
relax on the Borchardt comparisons the jazz took him at EIGHTEEN ... to quoteBorchardt, a first round draft pick (18th overall) of the Orlando Magic
in the 2002 NBA Draft, has appeared in 83 games for the Utah Jazz, averaging 3.1
points and 3.3 rebounds in 13.5 minutes per game. The 7-0 center was acquired by
Utah in a draft night trade in exchange for the draft rights to Ryan Humphrey
and Jamal Sampson ......anybody ever hear of Jamal Sampson? ........and what did Humphrey ever do? (answer: he started ONE game....
EVER!)moral being; they took a flyer on CB when NOTHING else was
available. and why doesn't anyone mention another Center that
broke a bone in his foot and did pretty well?David Robinson
It's more than Curtis Borchardt. Many big men experienced chronically
repeated stress fractures in their feet and it destroyed careers. Consider Bill
Walton, Yao Ming, Clifford Ray, Rik Smits, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, and Sam Bowie (#2
overall pick in 1984/had leg and foot problems).Bowie broke his legs
in consecutive seasons, and leg and foot problems ended his career before it
began. Bill Walton broke his foot the season after he was the 1977
Finals MVP for the Portland Trail Blazers and was never the same. A
series of foot and ankle injuries caused Yao Ming to miss 250 games his final
six seasons. Greg Oden (another big frame) was one of the most hyped draft
prospects of all time, but the 2008 top pick had balky knees and gave Bowie some
competition for “biggest bust ever” status. Kevin McHale
played on a broken foot in the 1987 playoffs after a season where he averaged
26.1 points and 9.9 rebounds. He never reached that level again.Most
recently, 7-foot Maryland center Alex Len was drafted No. 5 overall in 2013 by
the Phoenix Suns. He's had foot problems and multiple surgeries.
I am trying to imagine the anguish I will feel if this guy goes to the Lakers,
and ends up being the next Hakeem. Ugh! That being said, you should never make
decisions like this based on fear. I think Lindsey needs to go with the player
he feels confident about, not the one that he is taking because he is afraid of
what might happen if he doesn't. (I hope that makes sense) I sure hope we
can move up in this draft. We didn't lose 57 games to end up with another
role player at Power Forward.
I like to see the Jazz ask Embiid's agent for x-rays of the fracture before
and after its repair. And then take the x-rays to Orthopedists who have done
similar repairs (on athletes) and ask them for their expert opinions on whether
or not they think he can come back to 100%.If they say
"Yes," draft him. If there's any doubt, draft someone else.
I feel so sad for this talented young man, but it is what it is. We were so
excited for C.Borchard, but it never worked out. We can hope that Embiid
recovers fully and will make a good candidate for an NBA team later on, but just
not now for the Jazz. We were burned, even though it was not intentional. Wish
him well and move on to the next possible contributor. It's brutal, but
that's the NBA.
I'm not sure on this one...who could be? I wish I knew what the Jazz were
planning with Kanter. My guess is that the Jazz will keep their best defensive
players, signing Hayward and not trading Favors, and draft Gordon. Borchard was
a bit of a reach, anyway, but I remember Bill Walton...one of my favorite
college players of all time who had serious foot problems through most of his
Bad feet on a big man are sure death. We might have all forgotten Borchard.
Embiid is at best a 50/50 proposition. There is a 50% chance he will be the next
Olajuwon. Then again there is a 50% that he will be the next Curtis Borchardt. I
would suggest the Jazz put down the dice and just back away nice and easy.
This is almost the same scenario as the year the Jazzx drafted Curtis Borchart.
He had a foot injury and was only able t0o see limited action until he retired.
We don't want that to happen again. Embiid only played only year of college
ball - too bad he opted for the draft, as he could have stayed in college, had
his surgery and had time to heal and then opt for the draft. If he is still on
the board at 23, then, yes the Jazz should take him. Maybe they could trade
their 23 and their 2nd round pick and an asset for the #10, and take him there
if he is still available.