NBA notes: Cole works out for Pistons
1. Cleveland State guard Norris Cole worked out for Detroit on Wednesday, then flew home to Dayton, where a local organization named him Man of the Year. Good to see a really good guy from a mid-major program receive some notice.
2. Cole worked out with Michigan State guard Kalin Lucas. The Pistons really seem to like Cole. They own the third pick of the second round (No. 33 overall), and if Cole is still around, don’t be surprised if he’s their man.
3. Of course, the Cavaliers own the 32nd pick. They’ve scouted Cole numerous times and like his game. But assuming they take Duke’s Kyrie Irving with the No. 1 overall pick, it’s hard to envision them taking another point guard. Then again, you never know. Cole would certainly be a popular choice in Cleveland.
4. Other guards scheduled to work out for the Pistons: Cory Joseph (Texas), Malcolm Lee (UCLA) and Andrew Goudelock (College of Charleston). I really like Lee as a second-rounder. He’s 6-foot-5 and is primarily a point guard. Goudelock is also impressive, but maybe a little undersized. He and Charleston eliminated Cole and Cleveland State from the NIT.
5. For what it’s worth, John Kuester is conducting pre-draft workouts for the Pistons. That’s not surprising, since Kuester is the Pistons’ coach. But what is surprising is that Kuester is still on the job. Not saying he should be fired -- just that he was expected to be let go after the team’s ownership change. That happened about a month ago, and the good news for the former Cavs assistant is he’s still employed.
6. Speaking of former Cavs coaches, Mike Brown supposedly gave a knock-em-dead interview with the Lakers. Interestingly, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert once said he was more impressed with Brown during his interview than any employee Gilbert has ever hired -- for any of his businesses, not just the Cavs.
7. Morehead State forward Kenneth Farried is said to have the biggest hands in the draft. He also led the nation in rebounding (14.5 rpg) and has drawn comparisons to Ben Wallace. Farried is a strong defender as well. Just ask him. “I fully expect to some year become the Defensive Player of the Year,” he said.
8. BYU guard Jimmer Fredette interviewed with Milwaukee on Wednesday. The Bucks have the 10th pick and would certainly consider the NCAA’s leading scorer at that spot. Especially if the talk out of the Chicago pre-draft camp is true. That talk centered on the idea that the Bucks may be more than willing to trade current guard Brandon Jennings.