Kevin Durant calls NBA combine a waste of time for top prospects

Vince Carter Manu Ginobili Began NBA Careers When Markelle Fultz Lonzo Ball Were Infants

Vince Carter Manu Ginobili Began NBA Careers When Markelle Fultz Lonzo Ball Were Infants

CBS Sports now has Bell ranked as only the 16th-best power forward on the draft board, and while he likely won't leapfrog big names like Jonathan Isaac, Lauri Markkanen or TJ Leaf, he's got a shot to sneak into the top 10.

In fact, with the benefit of hindsight, Durant said he wished it had started before he embarked on his professional career.

"Stay your (butt) home, work out and get better on your own time", Durant said to ESPN of his advice to top prospects. "All the strength coaches were laughing at me and (expletive)". 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.

Fultz isn't expected to go through the National Basketball Association draft combine workouts this week that run from May 9 to May 14, but he will be present in Chicago to conduct interviews. He also ranked near the top in multiple other agility tests, including lane agility time (10.63 seconds) and three quarter sprint (3.21 seconds).

Even at 19, he didn't understand the objective of having players engage in bench-pressing.

"For sure, I think I'd make the most of wherever I am next year", he said. I knew that. And I knew that you don't need to [bench-press] to lift a basketball up. How I embraced the process, questions regarding development and all that stuff.

"Athletically, I think they know that he can play in the NBA", Fraschilla said. It still doesn't matter.

"He went through this process a year ago, and he just told me it's a grind", Robinson said. "Have you seen me play like that all year?"

Durant was selected by the Supersonics with the second overall pick. "But that says a lot, as well".

So can KD lift 185 pounds now? But honestly, it was really just the competitiveness coming out of me. If it doesn't help them to lift weights, they won't lift weights. I was the No. 2 pick, and I couldn't lift 185 pounds.

"Matt and I have talked every day since the change was made", Vogel said. "There's no point in that".

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Projected No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz is expected to attend, but ESPN.com's Chad Ford said the Washington Huskies product won't work out. He's got toughness, he's got great hands, he's an excellent rebounder and he plays with a mean streak, which you need. It will be the first of two trips to Europe the Mavericks' brass will make before the June draft.

For Fox, the combine is just part of the process.

I've heard the argument that, "Oh, well it can definitely help some players along that still have unanswered questions in their game". "They want it to be a valuable tool for us as well". "It's tough, but they know how it is and what I want to be doing with my life". I figured I'd come out here and enjoy this time.

Even though numerous top prospects are not in attendance in Chicago and the Magic did not get an interview with expected top prospect Markelle Fultz, the team is still gathering a lot of information for their other picks. I was just out training with (Wisconsin senior) Nigel Hayes and he didn't even get an invite. "Wherever it might be, that's where I'm going to try to leave my mark and be as good as I possibly can".

"I'll be out here watching them and supporting them, and so I'm looking forward to it", he said.

You know that "those who can't do" saying? Defensively, I can do a few things and so you kind of add both of those into it.

I think it was really important. "I'm 21 years old and people are going to be - how many people fit in here?" And our promise to you is that we will always strive to provide indispensable journalism to our community. "My job out there is to go and play basketball and not worry about the fans".

Six-foot-9 with a thin, wiry frame, he always has been the ideal size and prototype to be a dominating figure on the basketball court.

"Not skip the event but skip things in the event like the playing", he said.

Fox and Fultz are likely the two best players at the Draft Combine with Lonzo Ball and Josh Jackson choosing not to attend the combine.

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