• One general manager said of Holiday: "[UCLA's] Ben Howland is an excellent college coach, but he had his thumb down so hard on that kid that he was afraid to take a shot at 15 feet. ... I think the coach had him scared to take most shots." The counter, of course, is that Howland's primary job is to win at UCLA, not run a farm club for the pros.
• James Johnson of Wake Forest has the athleticism and ball-handling ability to play small forward and the strength to play power forward at 6-7¾, but he also has conditioning issues. "He needs to lose some weight," a GM said. "His body fat needs to come down. But he knows how to play." Johnson is still projected to go somewhere around the end of the lottery.
• Brandon Jennings' criticism of fellow point guard Rubio last week -- "I think the dude is just all hype" -- was more than a surprising moment of trash talk at a predraft workout. It was an affirmation of Jennings' personality. Friends say he embraces attention and prefers to create his own path rather than blend in, and welcome to not blending in. There are a lot worse things to say about a point guard than he is over-reaching for competition. Remember the words of an NBA executive: "If he gets it from the neck up, he will be as special as a lot of players in this league."