Schlenk, who joined Atlanta’s front office in 2017, told San Francisco radio station 95.7 The Game that he had an agreement with the Bucks to jump from the 19th pick to the 17th, as the Hawks were chasing two players with the belief that the Bucks and Spurs would take one of the two with the 18th pick. That’s when Charania spoiled the plan, reporting in a tweet that the Bucks were going to take Donte DiVincenzo, who supposedly was not one of the two players the Hawks had their eyes on. “So, all of a sudden, we were able to pull back out of that deal and keep the draft pick,” Schlenk said on the radio show Friday. “Instead of packaging picks to move up because we knew that two guys on the board we felt really good about and only one team in between us so that was beneficial for us last night.”
A brief freakout — just Young acting a little weird. But then came the horror in Australia a few days later. The setting: gorgeous, horseshoe-shaped Sydney Harbor, with the city’s world-famous Opera House in the not-so-far distance. Ferry boats moan while shops and restaurants bustle with tourists from around the globe. Oklahoma’s team was taking a morning stroll on its way to a guided tour. “Then Trae runs and hides behind [teammate] Hannes [Polla],” Sooners junior Jamuni McNeace said. “We’re walking by the pier when a pigeon runs up on him.” The condition is known as ornithophobia. Trae Young is deathly afraid of birds.
What was your diet like before going down there to Los Angeles? Trae Young: I’m not going to lie to you: It was bad. I was eating chicken strips and pizza almost every day. That really isn’t good for you. I’m still a kid—I’m only 19. I’ll still eat chicken strips and pizza every now and then. But I definitely have worked myself over to eating as healthily as I can. I drink a lot more water now. And the thing that helped me put on all that muscle and the weight was the protein shakes. That was big for me.