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Parker or Wiggins?

by Tom King

Hard as it is to believe, one of the top college basketball players in the country would apparantly prefer to play in Milwaukee if he had his druthers. There is word out of Cleveland that Jabari Parker, widely considered one of the top two picks in Thursday night's NBA draft, tanked his workout in Cleveland so the Cavaliers would not pick him and he could play in Milwaukee. One source said that Parker was overweight, shot poorly and got winded and he seemed indifferent. So, should Milwaukee fans be heartened by this or should it be a warning sign about the player, that he would behave in this manner? One of the Bucks new owners, Marc Lasry said yesterday that the team would take either Parker or Andrew Wiggins with the second pick on Thursday night. Either pick should be a solid one for a team looking to generate some excitement going forward. I hope that Milwaukee doesnt overthink this and talk themselves into a guy like dante Exum from Australia. We all have seen what can happen if an NBA team bases a high pick on video clips and scouting reports of foreign competition. If Parker falls to Milwaukee at #2 and it turns out that yes...he really wants to play in Milwaukee...so much the better. And if the Bucks can package the 3 second round picks they have to move up to get another first rounder...we can probably not worry about going through this again next year...playoff teams dont get lottery picks..

Speaking of 'winter sports"..its a star studded class that will be inducted into the Hockey Hall-Of-Fame this year. Rob Blake, Peter Forsberg, Dominek Hasek and Mike Modano will be going in along with the late coach Pat Burns. You could have a pretty good franchise based on that core.

The Valley Legion baseball league is heating up this week. Wausau won a beautiful game last night 2-1 over Marshfield. After Post 10 scored a first inning run both teams traded zeros until the 9th when Wausau got an insurance run and hel off a Marshfield rally to win. the freshman duo of Payton Nelson and Logan Grunenwald combined for the victory...Mitch Susa was the ahrd luck loser.

Tonight Wausau hosts a loaded Plover squad at 7pm at Athletic Park...Merrill is at Marshfield and Wisconsin Rapids travels to Stevens Point.

Songs Of The Day (from my I-pod)

Next Time-Dan Fogelberg (1975) one of those break-up songs that Fogelberg could write in his sleep...from a very good album called 'Captured Angel"

Nexus-Dan Fogelberg (1981) the opening track from his magnum opus "The Innocent Age" which he based on the Thomas Wolfe novel "Of Time & The River" .