NBA Combine: Justin Jackson isn't taking Kevin Durant's advice

Taylor Byrd
May 18, 2017

"All the strength coaches were laughing at me and [shit]", Durant recalled. Keep laughing.' It was a amusing thing, because I was the only one that couldn't lift it and I was struggling to lift it. That makes him a liability on defense against the league's taller point guards, but the Mavericks just might reach out in the draft to give him some assistance.

The NBA Draft Combine continues this week as the future of the league meet with teams before the Draft occurs in June.

"It'd be an honor whoever drafts me, so if that's here then that would be great", Jackson said.

"I want to make sure that depending on whatever decision I make, I'm 100 percent in". I knew that. And I knew that you don't need to (bench-press) to lift a basketball up. "Go individually and work with them and if they want to draft you, they'll draft you". It still doesn't matter. "Last year was a great experience for me and this year has been even better".

For players that are on the fringes of the first round or the Draft itself, every opportunity on the court is an opportunity to get noticed. You're going to tell me that all those questions are going to be answered just because they attended the combine?

Durant was still taken second overall by the Seattle Supersonics in the 2007 National Basketball Association draft.

Durant was selected No. 2 overall by the Seattle SuperSonics, who later became the Oklahoma City Thunder, after the Trail Blazers picked big man Greg Oden. "Tre's a good player, he's a good kid and I feel like we'd get along really well". "But that says a lot, as well".

So can KD lift 185 pounds now? Specifically, Durant hated the weight lifting portion of the testing.

"Ever since high school, I didn't get the respect I deserved, but I didn't pay attention to that", Mason said. I've tried to keep that going as time has gone on. "There's no point in that". They would like to see every one of them play five-on-five, do all the (drills). He's still recovering from a midseason knee injury, but could be a steal late in the first round.

Although some of the elite prospects aren't in attendance, a lot of players can move the needle either way during this part of the process. But now, you're getting players to where they realize their power and they're not doing it, and more power to them. "Pat Riley told me, 'Your guys know how to be good teammates.' Then the second thing that happens is, they're not overwhelmed by it". "Some guys don't go but for me, I just wanted to be there". "You know how unbelievable it is over there", Alkins told the Star.

You know that "those who can't do" saying?

"It's 50-50, and depends on the feedback that I get", Alkins said during Combine interviews Thursday at the Quest Multisport complex.

I think it was really important.

I asked Rabb about the possibility of being drafted by the Bulls.

Kevin Durant, who attended the event ahead of the 2007 NBA Draft, agrees, giving an emphatic interview to ESPN on the event in which he strongly suggests that top prospects skip out.

But he still is skeptical about the value of those drills.

Despite his stellar career for coach Bill Self at Kansas, most analysts see Mason as a second-round pick.

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