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But no more certain is the second choice, who was thought to be Kansas’ shooting guard Ben McLemore, but now may be Indiana’s Victor Oladipo or Georgetown’s Otto Porter. Or it could be Maryland’s 7-foot-1 center Alex Len — except that Len could be the No. 1 choice. “I haven’t seen that in a long, long time,” Blake said of the uncertainty surrounding not only the top pick, but the unknowns that will pepper the entire first round. “I need to go back, but it’s very rare that the top draft pick has been traded. That could happen this year.” Bergen Record
Blake is the longtime scouting director of the NBA, so he’d be attending games in the next few weeks anyway with the college season getting cranked up. But he’ll be getting around differently this time: He’s currently on a 3,000-mile journey on a Triumph motorcycle that will take him to 11 venues over the next 14 days, all while carrying the banner for Coaches vs. Cancer and the American Cancer Society. “For a year, I’ve been asking around, and getting inspired by what other people had done,” the Atlanta native said in a phone chat before his departure Friday. “Like everyone else, I’ve been affected personally with friends and family — some survivors, others who have lost the battle. And I’m a motorcycle enthusiast, so it’s something I can do — I can bring a bad-ass bike to the party. “But it wasn’t until a good friend passed away two years ago that I realized there was a lot of great help out there for people who weren’t aware of it. So this is a way to combine my two passions in life — to go to games and show off this bike — while I spread the gospel, basically.” Newark Star-Ledger
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