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Maryland's Alex Len - who is expected to be a top 10 pick in the NBA draft - recently sat down with Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose for a story at Grantland. Len underwent surgery in late April for a stress fracture in his ankle. They discussed this in the interview, and Len revealed that he had suffered from pain for over a month, and had shared that information with Maryland.
The Terps ordered an x-ray which came back negative. Then - despite pain significant enough that they held him out of practices and just had him play in games - they decided not to conduct an MRI. It wasn't until the season ended that an MRI was ordered, and at that point it was determined that he needed surgery on his left ankle.
Describing this scenario to Simmons and Rose, Jalen Rose said, "Bill, when you're in college they don't want you to get it [the MRI] during the season. It benefits them for you to finish the season."
And it's hard to argue with that logic. Why...
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The 2013 NBA Draft may not have a sure-fire All-Star in the mix. However, there is plenty of size, which could make this a better draft than most observers expect. Nerlens Noel of Kentucky is the likely top overall selection in the June 27th Draft. Maryland's Alex Len has been mentioned as another top candidate for the first pick. The following is a look at the top center.
I received a text message weeks ago explaining just how high the Cleveland Cavaliers supposedly were on Alex Len.
I dismissed this suggestion initially, assuming that Nerlens Noel would be the pick at No. 1 if the Cavs were targeting a big.
During the time since, however, that opinion has been overwhelmed by the very real possibility that Len could be the named called for...
Last week we linked up Grantland’s interview with Alex Len. Now an exchange contained therein is making the rounds. Here it is:
Bill Simmons: “So, like the last month of the season you were playing hurt?”
Alex Len: “Yeah.”
Simmons: “And you knew it? Did you tell anybody?”
Len: “Yeah, I told my trainers, but we treated it like a regular, like, ankle sprain. We did...
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As the Cavaliers close in on draft night, now just two nights away, it seems options are narrowing. As they should. When you have the No. 1 pick, you have the luxury of not having to do near as much contingency planning. You control your own destiny, so as draft night approaches, you should more or less have a pretty good idea what you are going...
Chad Ford isn’t buying into the noise. While Maryland’s Alex Len has worked his way into many conversations to be selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the No. 1 pick, Ford is sticking to his initial inclination that, once on the clock, Chris Grant will select Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel.
In one of his latest blog entries, Ford lays out his logic as to why he feels the flat...
My fourth look at who may go where in the 2013 NBA Draft, with input from league executives. Both rounds included.
1. Cleveland: Alex Len, 7-1, C, Maryland. Stock continues to rise and its his turn to go No. 1 in the mock. After all, seems like everyone else has had a chance.
2. Orlando: Nerlens Noel, 6-11, C, Kentucky. He can run and jump and finish and block shots...
With Thursday night’s NBA draft fast approaching, the league has invited 10 players to watch the night’s events from the green room.
Those ten invitees are Nerlens Noel (Kentucky), Victor Oladipo (Indiana), Otto Porter (Georgetown), Alex Len (Maryland), Anthony Bennett (UNLV), Ben McLemore (Kansas), Trey Burke (Michigan), Michael Carter-Williams (Syracuse) — Hamilton, Mass...
ESPN.com is reporting that Nerlens Noel, and Victor Oladipo were among 10 possible lottery selections invited by the NBA to sit in the “green room.”
Those reportedly invited are: Nerlens Noel (Kentucky); Victor Oladipo (Indiana); Otto Porter(Georgetown); Alex Len (Maryland); Anthony Bennett (UNLV); Ben McLemore (Kansas); Trey Burke (Michigan); Michael Carter-Williams ...
The NBA has issued ten preliminary invitations for the "green room" for the 2013 NBA Draft on Thursday.
The pool of prospects are determined by the NBA's conversations with general managers about likely lottery picks.
Nerlens Noel (Kentucky); Victor Oladipo (Indiana); Otto Porter (Georgetown); Alex Len (Maryland); Anthony Bennett (UNLV); Ben McLemore (Kansas); Trey...
1. Cleveland Cavaliers- C Nerlens Noel (Kentucky)
Nerlens Noel is the consensus #1 pick right now in a weak draft class. He’s coming off a torn ACL, but he’s expected to make a full recovery and be ready by Christmas. As long as it’s not an issue long term, the torn ACL could actually be a blessing in disguise for the Cavaliers because it’ll increase their chances of having...
1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Alex Len – C/Maryland
The Cavs need a big, and Len has the most upside of any center in this year’s draft.
2. Orlando Magic: Ben McLemore – SG/Kansas
The Magic need scorers, and McLemore’s combination of athleticism and 3-point shooting make him the perfect fit in Orlando.
3. Washington Wizards: Otto Porter – SF/Georgetown
The Wizards have a glaring...
The NBA draft is later this week, so let’s get the latest updates from ACC players who could potentially be selected in the 2013 NBA Draft.
Alex Len, Maryland
It’s been a couple of exciting weeks for Maryland’s Alex Len. Suddenly everyone is talking about him as the number one pick in the draft. Stunning? Maybe. I’ve always felt (and I’m sure Terps fans would agree),...
The NBA draft is on Thursday and the NBA has invited 10 players to attend the NBA draft Green room. This according to Chad Ford of ESPN. While at the draft players sit in the green room with their families and agents. The NBA only invites the players because they don’t want players waiting in the green room. The biggest names not on this list are Shabazz Muhammad and Kelly Olynyk...