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Thursday, June 26, 2008
You Have to Feel a Little Sorry for Darrell Arthur

If all the reports prove true, Darrell Arthur is more or less, at this moment, a Houston Rocket.

I wonder if he knows that.

Poor guy was drafted by the Hornets, amid reports that pick was really on behalf of Portland.

What follows, from the transcript of his press conference, makes clear that it's easier to make the NBA in general than it is to make a particular team.

Can you talk about your feelings getting drafted by New Orleans?
I feel great about getting drafted to New Orleans. It's a great young team and they have great guys on the team like Julian Wright that I look up to who I can go under his wing and look up to him and just learn. ... I feel great I'm with a winner and with a team going to a national championship-bound team, hopefully go in and win a lot of games and compete for a world championship.

I guess there's some report that you might be going to Portland; do you know anything about that at this point?
No, I don't know anything about it right now.

It does look better than average chance you're going to end up being a Portland Trail Blazer; what is the opportunity that Portland presents if you end up being there?
They are another young team and they have LaMarcus from Dallas that I can look up to, also, and they are a great young team, and, like I said, do everything I can to help this team win and bring some defensive presence to it. ... I'm just blessed right now just to get picked up and be picked up by a team. I might go to Portland so like I said it's going to be a young team for me and just look up to the guys and just try to go out there and win.

When the Houston media catches up to him, he's going to have to trot out phase III of his "great to play on this team" schtick.

The upside, however, is that he gets two free draft night hats out of the deal.

UPDATE: This story just keeps getting better and better. Arthur has, since this post, reportedly been traded again, by the Rockets to the Grizzlies.