Is Jonny Flynn going to be a Milwaukee Buck? Based on the speculation, conjecture, guessing and out-of-context quotes, it would seem that way. While the Knicks seem to be fading on Flynn and looking more towards Rubio or Curry, the Bucks are apparently locking their sights on Jonny with the 10th pick.
The Bucks have spent an inordinate amount of time doing research on Flynn. They’ve watched reams of film on him, they intently watched him at the pre-draft camp last month in Chicago and worked him out Monday at their training facility in St. Francis.
It's not just the executives and coaches who might be interested in Flynn's services, even the players are interested in him. MMilwaukee forward Luc Mbah a Moute was asked by ESPN Magazine which player in the draft he'd like the Bucks to select and he chose Flynn:
"He's a very good point guard with athleticism, toughness and leadership qualities. Remember the Big East tournament?"
Yes. Yes we do.
Of course, the way Flynn has been playing in the workouts, he might not make it to the 10th spot. Jonny was in Sacramento again yesterday to meet with the Kings, who hold the 4th pick overall. That seems high for Flynn, especially given that there's a good chance Ricky Rubio and Stephen Curry could still be available. But the Kings seem to be very serious about considering Jonny with the pick.
No matter who drafts Jonny, you can bet that the team in question will have done their homework. Not just by judging Jonny on the court but also by judging him off the court as well. Yes, Jonny's personal life has been probed more than Travis Walton's behind in recent weeks. No stone has been left unturned.
Flynn’s background is generally clean. His parents are both reverends and Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim once said the Flynns are "the most close-knit family I’ve ever seen." Perhaps Flynn’s lone blemish was when he was accused of sexually assaulting a female student at Syracuse last year. He was exonerated by a grand jury.
The NBA hired a private investigator to conduct a background check on Flynn. The private investigator, a one-time FBI agent, spoke with [Flynn's mentor Sal] Constantino for an hour recently at Niagara Falls, where Flynn completed his All-American career in 2007. Before speaking to Constantino, the investigator also visited the basketball staff at Syracuse. Officials from the Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Milwaukee Bucks made inquiries regarding Flynn.
As for Flynn's high school and college teammate Paul Harris, despite the fact that he missed a session with the Utah Jazz yesterday due to a flight cancellation, he seems to have impressed Utah so much that they're making up words to describe him:
"We love his toughness, we love the physical-ness of how he plays, we love the way he can rebound," [Jazz player personnel vice president Walt] Perrin said
I've always said his physical-ness far exceeded his mental-ness but was second only to his onthecourtability-ness.