Marty Blake is the Director of Scouting for the NBA.
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Marty Blake is recognized as the elite director of scouting for the college and international prospects. Blake, a former general manager of the St. Louis and Atlanta Hawks in the 1950s and ’60s, will observe the top collegiate draftees leading up to the 2007 NBA Draft. In 2005, Blake received the John Bunn Award, which is the most prestigious award presented by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

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"The most successful of the previous Las Vegas summer leagues closed with a roaring performance by rookies Jeff Green and Kevin Durant, albeit in losing efforts. The addition of five new NBA teams brought the total to 22 league participants and a good majority of the first and second round picks from this year’s NBA Draft were showcased."

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"The annual Global Games started here July 1 with an exhibition involving the Chinese National Team vs. Team USA and continues on July 3 before regular tourney play kicks off Thursday, July 5. Teams from Brazil, Africa, Puerto Rico, Argentina, and Team USA will battle a select Global Games team (comprised of players from Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma State, SMU, and Mississippi State). The USA team, which will be coached by DePaul’s Jerry Wainwright, will represent the US in the U19 World Championship in Serbia later this month. Ryan Blake will represent our office at this event as he picks players of the future throughout the world. But let’s take a step back and look at last week’s draft."

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"With teams working out players virtually almost to the start of the 2007 Draft, there could be a lot of surprises, especially in the latter half of the first round and deep into the second stanza. We arrive in Gotham Tuesday afternoon (Ryan and I) not looking to actually slot players into first and second round picks, but preparing information for those teams who have multiple second round picks should they require some added stats or info. This is the year to have second round picks!"

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"With teams working out players virtually almost to the start of the 2007 Draft, there could be a lot of surprises, especially in the latter half of the first round and deep into the second stanza. We arrive in Gotham Tuesday afternoon (Ryan and I) not looking to actually slot players into first and second round picks, but preparing information for those teams who have multiple second round picks should they require some added stats or info. This is the year to have second round picks!"

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"Ask any fan of NBA basketball (or college hoops), be they be accosted close to Madison Square Garden or anywhere on the mainland of China, who will be the top two picks in the upcoming National Basketball Association Draft and the immediate answer is always -- Oden and Durant."

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"One of the most impressive players in the recent camp was Yue Sun, a 6-9, 200-pound forward/guard from China who is eligible to be drafted this year since he has a 1985 birthday. International players are automatically eligible to be drafted in the year in which they turn 22 and Sun’s birthday is November 6 of this year. He is a very intriguing player who can even play one, two or three and showed in the shooting drills that he had one of the more perfect strokes in the camp."

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"For 24 years, the camp was held at various locations in Chicago starting in 1982. A number of NBA officials who were involved in the organization of the first camp are still a part of this project. A total of 62 to 64 players – both from the college ranks and from international teams – have accepted invitations to participate this year. In the past some of the eventual stars of the NBA got their first taste of NBA basketball at these camps. They include both Scottie Pippen and John Stockton, both of whom went on to outstanding NBA careers, eventually earning them selection as two of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History."

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"In 1962, with St. Louis out of the playoff picture for the first time since 1954-55, the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers met in a slugfest which was to trigger one of the greatest rivalries of all-time. Boston had a 60-20 mark to lead the Eastern Division and the Lakers too the West with a 54-26 mark. The Lakers lost the opening game at Boston 122-108 and then came back to even matters at 129-122. The scene moved to L.A. where the teams again split the two games. The Lakers took a 3-2 lead with a 126-121 win in Boston and Boston evened matters (3-3) with a resounding spanking of the home team 102-1940."

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"But in the early years of the NBA Draft, it was a laborious process of 15 rounds or less and the total number of players who could fit into the sleeper context was often the subject of controversy. Simply stated, rarely did a sleeper make his bones in the NBA. There were too many players to scout or sign and teams often passed on their later picks deep into the session. When the sixties passed into the seventies and the eighties, the Draft would eventually be cut down to its present two rounds. Even with the opportunity to add more scouting personnel here and abroad, and scouting tools not available to people of my generation, there still seems to be more “unknown” type players awaiting discovery."

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"My love affair with the PIT began in 1972 when I received a call from Bob Ferry, who was the general manager of the Washington Bullets. I had drafted Bob in the first round of the 1959 college draft when I was the GM of the St. Louis Hawks and we have become close friends over the years. He said he had heard of a tourney “somewhere in the Tidewater area” and informed me that Kevin Porter – a fine prospect for the upcoming draft – was going to play there. Porter played college ball at St. Francis of PA, located in Latrobe. They had two seasons – summer and winter – and the cold weather started in September. Therefore, few NBA scouts knew of his court prowess."

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"Physicality. That’s the key. Three years ago we figured the team with the biggest front line would take home all the marbles, and it happened with Connecticut taking the tourney. Two years ago, North Carolina gave Roy Williams his first Final Four trophy and Florida won it last season with a late season surge. This season, all its bigs came back and Florida took the SEC crown en route to a second consecutive chance at the title. They and Ohio State were numero uno seeds while Georgetown, who won the Big East, returned to the Big Dance for the first time since 1985. They and UCLA, back for its 17th trip to the Final Four, were seeded second."

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"The Eastern League was eventually to become the Continental Basketball Association. I was the director of scouting for that league for many, many years donating my services to the circuit. The cage Barons eventually were to play many NBA teams, including yearly appearances by the Rochester Royals and Syracuse Nationals among others. White played a lot of games outside the regular Eastern League schedule, first playing in a nearby city for eight or nine hundred dollars and then chartering two busloads of fans to attend the game – ending up with a net loss for his trouble. But he was a true sports fan. The game was the thing with him."

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