Chicago losing impact

Updated: May 21, 2010, 4:47 PM ET
By Chad Ford

CHICAGO -- The 2010 NBA draft combine officially got underway on Thursday at ATTACK Athletics and the first day was, for a second straight year, sort of a dud.

With virtually every NBA GM, head coach and scouting staff in attendance, a number of the top prospects in the draft went through four hours of noncontact drills in the morning and a series of one-on-one interviews in the afternoon. On Friday, the league will do athletic and strength testing and on Saturday, players will get physicals conducted by the league.

I was in the gym for the four hours and in the hotel lobby where the players were staying for most of the afternoon and evening. Here's what I learned.