Some notes on the NBA Draft Lottery

May 19th, 2010 by John Krolik

(Note: I do not put myself in the company of King or Ghandi. I just like good basketball.)

So it’s the Wizards who get the #1 overall pick. Of course it is. Of course it is. That’s just perfect. Of course the franchise whose fanbase has made hating LeBron a defining aspect of their fandom gets arguably the best pure prospect since LeBron himself. That’s just absolutely wonderful.

Wizards fans, it’s been fun. We all know what I’m talking about. Now, as your franchise was on the brink of collapsing because Arenas brought guns into the locker room, you get a potentially great player to call your own. And you know what? I’m going to enjoy watching him. I love watching John Wall play, and I’m excited about a Wall/Arenas backcourt. A Wall/Arenas/Joe Johnson/Blatche/McGee lineup is very intriguing. The only bummer is that Washington’s best young player on their current roster plays the same position as Bosh/Amar’e. If Blatche was a center, things could’ve gotten really interesting.

Anyways, my point is this. I wish John Wall all the best in his career with the Wizards, and will sincerely enjoy watching the Wizards a great deal in the future. Whether Wizards fans like it or not.

As much as I’d like to say “Maybe if you’d been nicer to LeBron, he might have gone to the Wizards,” I don’t think it would have happened anyways. I don’t think he’ll leave Cleveland for that market, and the Wizards haven’t shown that any of their big men can play a lick of defense. Both big concerns.

Anyone else feel better after the Celtics handling the Magic like this? I’m impressed with their poise — they kept playing Dwight straight up, even after he started scoring on them. Similar to how the Spurs played Nash back in the day. I’m beginning to think the Celtics are the new Spurs.

Also, Rondo. Calling him one-dimensional is missing the point. Sure, he doesn’t shoot, but he has as many options as any guard. Look at the moves he pulled out in the paint today. There was a dream shake. There was a behind-the-back fake. There was that insane reverse with all the English. He can throw passes to the interior or exterior with either hand when he’s in the paint. The defense knows where he’s going. But they don’t know what he’s going to do when he gets there. That’s just as effective as an inside/out game.

Poor Vince Carter. Man, I hope LeBron doesn’t end up that way.

LeBron to the Nets — almost definitely not happening! Now it’s Chicago or Cleveland, with New York being an outside possibility. If I haven’t gone on record with this before, I will now — if LeBron is a Knick next year, it will be for non-basketball reasons. Still can’t count out the possibility.

Alright, that’s all for now. Have fun, everyone.