Brad Rock: Jazz add Joel Embiid? Don't even think about it

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  • TruthWins Austin, TX
    June 23, 2014 4:30 a.m.

    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 great pick.

  • SLCguy Murray, UT
    June 22, 2014 9:33 a.m.

    relax on the Borchardt comparisons the jazz took him at EIGHTEEN ... to quote

    Borchardt, 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 anyone???

  • gdog3finally West Jordan, Utah
    June 22, 2014 1:48 a.m.

    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.

  • Dustin Idaho Falls, ID
    June 21, 2014 11:20 p.m.

    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.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    June 21, 2014 10:13 p.m.

    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.

  • VeraLouise Sandy, UT
    June 21, 2014 9:49 p.m.

    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.

  • scalman Temecula, CA
    June 21, 2014 8:37 p.m.

    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 of my favorite college players of all time who had serious foot problems through most of his NBA career.

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    June 21, 2014 6:22 p.m.

    Bad feet on a big man are sure death. We might have all forgotten Borchard.

  • Henry Drummond San Jose, CA
    June 21, 2014 5:35 p.m.

    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.

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    June 21, 2014 4:36 p.m.

    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.