Those of you who read my stuff regularly know that Lane Kiffin is one of my favorite blogging subjects. Give a guy some power and access to the media and stupid things start falling out of his mouth, eventually making its way onto my blog.
Add Brandon Jennings to the list of guys who will be appearing on Benched Press with some regularity, especially if he keeps up his torrid pace of enemy-making.
The 19-year old Jennings made waves when he became the first player from the United States to leap to Europe for a year, spurning the NCAA (not that he had much of a choice) and earning an impressive paycheck for a season. As expected, he entered his name in the draft and Milwaukee took him at No. 10 overall.
After a pre-draft workout with Sacramento, Jennings told the media that fellow top point guard prospect Ricky Rubio was "all hype."
"Well, put it like this: If he was in a workout with me and [fellow point guards] Jonny Flynn, Jrue Holiday, Tywon Lawson and Stephen Curry, he wouldn't probably be at the top. ... I think I'm a better player than he is. ... I think the dude is all hype. I can't even front. I'm just going to be real with you guys," Jennings said.
Three days later, Jennings must have realized he made a bad move, posting on his Twitter page: "I went overboard about the Rubio thing, I was wrong for saying he's all hype that's not fair. I was wrong," Jennings said.
Jennings' Twitter page has been taken down, probably at Milwaukee's request. At the NBA Draft, Jennings opted to stay in a nearby hotel to avoid embarrassment if he wasn't taken in the first 14 selections. After he heard his name called at No. 10, he raced over to Madison Square Garden and took his picture with commish David Stern a few picks later. Hmm, so Jennings has the guts to call out another top draft pick, but doesn't have the guts to risk looking silly and not getting his name called in the lottery? Weak.
Since the draft on June 25th, Jennings is already ruffling feathers in Milwaukee, unbeknownst to him. Jennings is apparently buddy-buddy with rapper Joe Budden, who recorded a phone call on speakerphone with the rookie shortly after the draft and posted it on YouTube (warning: extremely unsafe for work).
Jennings says "F*** the Knicks*," predicts that he will beat out Bucks point guard Luke Ridnour for the starting job, and says that the Bucks won't re-sign point guard Ramon Sessions.
Oh, to be 19 again.