ESPN’s Jeff Goodman on D&H: Markelle Fultz didn’t shoot ball well in workout with Celtics
By Brooks Sutherland
ESPN basketball insider Jeff Goodman joined Dale & Holley with Keefe on Friday to talk Markelle Fultz’s recent workout with the Celtics, the NBA Finals and LaVar Ball.
Fultz finally made it to Boston for a workout in front of the Celtics, but shooting-wise, his day may not have gone as he’d hoped. Still, Goodman, along with many others, have the Celtics taking the Washington guard with the first pick in the upcoming draft.
“From what I’m told, Fultz didn’t shoot the ball exceptionally well in his workout in Boston,” Goodman said. “But they know he can shoot the ball. So, it’s one workout. … I still think it’s gonna be Fultz at [No. 1], Lonzo Ball at [No. 2].”
Despite reports that suggest differently, Goodman also said he expects Ball to be taken by the Lakers with the second pick, citing Los Angeles general manager Magic Johnson is “enamored” by him.
“Nothing [has changed] for me,” Goodman said, “But again, I’m a little bit different. I’ve seen these kids play for so long that nothing I see from a workout, or hear from a workout is gonna change.”
Here are more highlights from the interview. For more NBA news, visit the national page.
On LiAngelo Ball’s chances to play in the NBA: “It’s not like the kid is gonna play with Lonzo. He’s not good enough. Now, he can shoot the ball. But to me, he’s not an NBA player unless he gets significantly better and it’s not gonna happen in one year.”
On LaVar Ball: “I’ve known him for years, I like him. But there were times during the interview, it was a little bit uncomfortable. Hearing him talk about his wife, who had a stroke back in late February … just came home about two weeks ago. You know, things like, even talking about how medical people have their own suggestions for how to care for her and he’d basically say, ‘No, I’m gonna do it my way.’ And it sounds like, it’s kind of tough love. … To try to get her back on her feet completely. To try to get her where she can talk again. And he’s doing it his way, which is admirable. But his way is always a little bit unique. A little bit out of the ordinary.”
On how far Celtics are away from becoming contenders: “I think about that every time you watch Golden State tear Cleveland apart. The first couple of games, you’re thinking to yourself ‘Oh my god, if Golden State is this much better than Cleveland, and Cleveland is this much better than the Celtics, how many guys away are the Celtics?’ And it shows you, they’re far away. They are absolutely far away from contending for another immediate NBA title. So, that’s where you have to look if you’re Danny Ainge, to figure out ‘How do you get there?’ Not, ‘How do you get back to the Eastern Conference finals?’ Been there, done that.”
On who is the best team ever: “I guess I would probably go with this one [2017 Golden State Warriors] right now, but I don’t feel confident about it. Again, I just don’t know if they could physically match up with some of those teams back in the day. I think they’re better than the Bulls team with Jordan, Pippen and Rodman. I don’t know. Again, it’s a tough call to make right now, because I still think the rules change how you evaluate all of these elite teams. It’s the same thing with players. You know, you put Jordan today with these rules? Like, how does anybody stop that dude? Nobody does.”
On where Jaylen Brown would be selected if hypothetically was in the upcoming draft: “I don’t know, eight? Somewhere around there. I’d say somewhere in that mix. This draft is way stronger at the top. He would not crack the top five of this draft. No chance.”
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