Danny Ainge Still Sounds Pissed Josh Jackson Canceled His Workout

During Thursday’s National Basketball Association draft, nearly everybody presumed that the Philadelphia 76ers would take Markelle Fultz at No. 1 and the Los Angeles Lakers would take Lonzo Ball at No. 2.The 19-year-old Tatum averaged 16.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists during his one season at Duke. Ironically, the Lakers and Celtics rivalry, the 30 for 30, had just came out, so I had a little background with Danny Ainge going into the meeting. It contained the name of the No. 3 overall pick – the first, and most substantial, selection that the Celtics would be making Thursday night. The C’s won 53 games and were the top seed in the Eastern Conference, they also own a possible eight first-round picks over the next three years, including the pick belonging to the woeful Brooklyn Nets in 2018.Tatum, the son of CBC coach Justin Tatum, said he feels fortunate to be joining a contender immediately.”It’s great”, he said. “I had to get up at 4 o’clock and fly back home”.That team, of course, is the Celtics, headed in the front office by Danny Ainge and on the floor by bright young coach Brad Stevens.And he had particularly high praise for Thomas, saying, “He’s one of the best players”.”He’s kind of an isolation scorer that’s got great length”. “He don’t think nobody can beat him out, and a lot of teams, I think, noticed that throughout his workouts and figured out how athletic he was and how skilled he was”. “The process is what it is and we played by the rules, I guess”.Graham said he and his KU teammates plan on watching the draft at KU coach Bill Self’s house.DraftExpress.com now has the Celtics taking Tatum at No. 3, while ESPN’s Chad Ford has him going to the Phoenix Suns at No. 4. “I felt like they made it pretty clear who they were going to draft with the No. 1 pick, so I didn’t really feel like it was worth either of our times for me to work out with them”. I was all for it.It’s not really a knock on Tatum, by the way, to wonder whether he’ll ever be as good as Butler.”Yes, we would have picked him with the first pick”, Ainge said according to CSN New England.”I definitely have to continue to get better and working on my game but just for the opportunity, I don’t think it was given, I think I earned it”.”This is the guy we wanted”, said Grousbeck.Derrick White (Colorado), Wesley Iwundu (Kansas State) and Josh Hart (Villanova) are among the seniors who could – emphasis could – go late in the first round. “It’s time to compete against him”.He turned out to be correct.The previous three GNPOY winners – Ben Simmons, Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins – all ended up being selected No. 1 overall in their respective NBA Draft classes.We doubt there are any hard feelings between the two teams, as Phoenix got their man and Ainge acknowledged that the Celtics still would have taken Tatum even if they had had the No. 1 pick.All of that was clearly illustrated on Friday afternoon when Tatum met the Boston media at the Celtics training facility in Waltham, roughly 16 hours after Boston selected the Duke freshman forward with the third overall pick in the National Basketball Association draft.