With the 407th pick, the Knicks select….. wait for it….. Kostas Papanikolaou
I’m probably missing a vowel or twelve in there somewhere. Anyway, with a few wish-listers falling in the final moments before the Knicks’ sole pick — Darius Miller and Doron Lamb just to name a pair — talk of snagging local hero Scott Machado or Marquette product Darius Johnson-Odom appeared close to actual commencement. Either would’ve made sense. Either would’ve fit, at least theoretically. Either would’ve been people we’ve heard of.
And then… VOWELS.
Not much is known about the 6’9″ Greek Big who carried his team — Olympiakos — to the EuroBasket title. At least I think that’s what it’s called. Or is that the soccer thing? Whatever. The few highlights I’ve seen definitely point to potential, although, as with all things Continental, ceilings are pretty hard to decipher across the pond. This one had the most YouTube hits. Like, by a pretty wide margin. At 38,000. Still, pretty sick throw-down.
OK look, it’s the 48th pick, so we probably shouldn’t get our boxers in a bind just yet. Hollinger seems to be a pretty big fan of the pick and — despite the fact that we’ll likely be stashing him away for another year or two — others seem to agree. Also, judging by his Wikipedia page, dude’s got enough precious metals to bail out the EuroZone. As for his stats? Well, I can’t understand them. Although 2.03 feet seems pretty short.
Rest assured we’ll have more on Kostas as the days (dios?) unfold. But I think we can all agree that, at the very least, the Scott Layden Fairy has a real feel for the pillows.
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