Patrick O'Bryant Draft Profiles
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Local fans get another dose of instant letdown (SFGate)
This is a lot to ask from any rookie, and expecting it from a No. 9 pick is unfair. The word on 7-footer O'Bryant is that he's at least two years away from any kind of real NBA impact.
Not exactly what Warriors Nation wanted hear.
Thinking really big Warriors grab Bradley center O'Bryant at No. 9 (SFGate)
The Bradley sophomore had lived in relative obscurity until the final two weeks of his college career, when he dropped 28 points on Pittsburgh in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
POB aka "The Chef" (nickname coined here at Golden State of Mind!) will fit right in. The Warriors have been living in obscurity on the NBA map for over a decade!
Kawakami: Warriors take Patrick O'Bryant, leave me speechless (Mercury)
But O'Bryant made too much sense. And I guarantee -- guarantee -- that he will have a better NBA career than Shelden Williams, who was selected fifth by the numb-brained Atlanta Hawks.
Do Warriors fans have the right to call any other team's brain trust "numb-brained"?
Warriors gain size, a little leverage (Mercury)
If O'Bryant is as good as advertised, and I believe that he is, Mullin can package the new Warrior excess -- Troy Murphy, Ike Diogu, Andris Biedrins, Mickael Pietrus, Mike Dunleavy, etc. -- for something great in a few days when the trade window opens.
Or he can wait a few more months and see if the shopping is better in January or February, when Kevin Garnett may be truly unhappy or Jermaine O'Neal truly expendable.
It's time for a little wheeling and dealing!
Warriors go big with picks (Mercury)
While the draft audience might have yawned at the selection, Warriors fans were given reason for optimism as their team may have landed the center they covet, the first 7-footer drafted by the Warriors in the first round since Joe Barry Carroll in 1980.
Warriors Lucky Number? Call It 7 (Free Lance)
EDIT: Here's some more local pieces on the draft:
First Interview Impression: O'Bryant Sounds Canny and Calm (Mercury Blog)
The Draft In Review (Mercury Blog)
Also, head on over to MVN-The City for a recap of what happened at the Warriors' 2006 Draft Party and his take on the draft.
Join in on the great Patrick O'Bryant discussions on Golden State of Mind at: NBA Draft 2006: YOUR GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS TAKE..., NBA Draft 2006: Patrick O'Bryant is our Newest Warrior, and NBA Draft 2006: Warrior Wrapup!