The ultimate out-of-nowhere story

Updated: June 9, 2003, 12:58 PM ET
By Chad Ford | NBA Insider
CHICAGO -- The giant is out of the bag.

Two hundred NBA scouts and GMs crammed into the Gold Coast Multiplex on Friday to watch 7-foot-4, 300 pound Siberian center Pavel Podkolzine's first workout. The obscure 18-year-old big man whom no one had heard of six months ago went from the ultimate sleeper to a top-10 lock in slightly more than 40 minutes.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer