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Mark Warkentein's take on small PGs

The Nug's GM was on with Wheels and Vance this afternoon. (If you missed the show, I highly recommend the podcast, Mark was with the Blazers during the Whitsitt era and shared the story about Portland's decision to trade Jermaine O'Neal, as well as some other tidibts) But the point he made later about small PGs caught my attention. (A caller had asked him about Nash's decision to draft Telfair instead of Al Jefferson, already knowing that Wark had been opposed to the selection of Bassy) Here's a paraphrase of Mark's response: "I'm a believer in collecting big guys, and if you have too many of them you can trade them for something. I'm a big quantitative guy. The "quants" (that's what KP calls them) feel the numbers show a real prejudice against smaller PGs but that is reversing to some degree because of the way the game is officiated now, you can't touch those little guys out front. We (Denver) went for Ty Lawson who's a little guy, It wasn't with a lottery pick, but there were some other circumstances. George (Karl) is tough on rookies...but TL was a Carolina kid and George has the blue tatoo and he talked to the Carolina people so it was kind of an exception to the rule that we went with the little guy...KP and I are on the rules committee and the NBA officials are very happy with the "freedom of movement" rules that allow you to barely touch the little guys out front...and so while my own natural inclination is against the little guy, I'm moving on that. Most of us are, because it's changed." During the interview Wark spoke well of KP, so the reports of animosity between the two GMs (because KP got the Blazer's job and Mark didn't, etc) appear to be unfounded.

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