Romar like a 'proud poppa'

Ideally, Lorenzo Romar would love to be in the green room at Draft Central - Madison Square Garden in New York City. That's where all the 2006 NBA Draft hubub is taking place. Instead he's in San Antonio, Texas, taking care of responsibilities he signed on for when he was picked to be the head coach for the USA Under-18 national team.

Fresh off a 111-64 win over Uraguay Wednesday night in the first round of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men, Romar didn't have much time to talk because of a dwindling cell-phone battery, but still spoke glowingly of the other news of the night - that two former Washington Huskies, Brandon Roy and Bobby Jones, had been drafted that evening.

"It just shows you can come here and reach your goals and get to the next level by coming to the University of Washington," Romar said. "I'm just like a proud poppa, excited for those guys that they are going to have great, great opportunities to have their dreams met."

Roy, who was initially drafted by Minnesota at No. 6, was eventually traded to the Portland Trailblazers in exchange for Villanova guard Randy Foye. "I think it's a great opportunity for Brandon, I think he will fit in just fine," Romar said of Roy's future in the Rose City. "Playing for Nate McMillan and his staff is going to be just right for him. I'm very happy for him. He just emerged as a leader and a go-to guy for our team this year and became a first-team All-American and probably the best all-around player in the country."

McMillan took time to talk to Romar about what Brandon might bring to the Blazers. "We've talked on the phone and he expressed that he really like Brandon as a basketball player, as well as a person," Romar said of the conversation he had with the former Seattle Sonics' head coach.

"It seems like they've really liked him for a long time." Top Stories