It is not often that you are eating dumplings in Chinatown at 3 a.m. on a Friday morning and learn that Kosta Koufos has been traded, but that true story only just added to the bizzarro nature of the 2013 Draft — the craziest draft night I have ever witnessed in more than 20 years of covering them.
In sports, and especially life, it’s not uncommon to begin with one problem and discover another. The hits just keep coming for the Minnesota Timberwolves, who keep discovering problem after problem in this trying season. What was supposed to be the season that saw the T-Wolves return to the playoffs has been nothing short of a nightmare. At 23-43 and at the bottom of the Western Conference, the T-Wolves faithful surely wishes they could hit the reset button on this season.
It is entirely possible that a decision announced this past week at a small boarding school in New Hampshire will have a profound impact on the 2013 NBA Draft. Nerlens Noel, a 6-foot-10 shot-blocker who has been compared to Bill Russell and Anthony Davis, announced that he would reclassify to the high school Class of 2012 from the Class of 2013. “I’m ready to do it,” Noel, out of The Tilton (N.H.) School, told Dave Telep of ESPN.com in reference to reclassyifying.