HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Who says you have to wait for TNT’s Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal?
Here at the hideout, we wait for no one to pick our teams, not even the big boys who will serve as general managers for the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star Weekend.
Chuck and Shaq don’t hit the TNT set until tonight, and they don’t pick the squads until next week, which gives us (Micah Hart of the All-Ball Blog is my partner in basketball-related crimes today) all the time we need to make our picks for the game that used to pit rookies and sophomores against one another.
We flipped a coin and will kick off the draft right now, using the same 18 players on the official list instead of the ones we think should be on the list — the write-in campaign for Jeremy Lin starts in a few minutes — as if there was any doubt on that No. 1 spot:
Sekou Smith: If you thought I’d pick anyone other than this guy with the No. 1 pick, you were dreaming.
Hang Time: Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers
Micah Hart: Well I might pick another guy first if this were a real game and not an exhibition but since we’re showing off , I’ll take …
All-Ball: John Wall, Washington Wizards
SS: If you’re going to show off, you should at least do it with the best. Say hello to my little friend …
Hang Time: Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves
MH: I considered that, but I want a guy who can drop 30 along with his 10 assists as well. Besides, I’ll have chemistry on my side with Wall and my next pick …
All-Ball: DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins
SS: Did you just call a grown man “Boogie?” Don’t ever do that again. I hope your guards are ready, because when they see Ricky and his running mate coming at them, it could get ugly. I’ll take …
HT: Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
MH: Alright, well you seem to be cornering the market on the guards, so I guess I’ll press the advantage in the frontcourt. Gimme the best big man to come out of Georgetown since Othella Harrington …
All-Ball: Greg Monroe, Detroit Pistons
SS: I knew you wouldn’t be able to go more than five minutes without a shout-out to Murrah High (Jackson, Miss.), and for the record, Monroe’s ceiling is much higher than Othella’s was. That said, your bigs will struggle all night trying to keep up with my guys. I have a vision for this game and it includes lots of dunks and non-stop running …