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Goodnight Irene: How The 2010 NBA Draft Lottery Was Won

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Updated: May 18, 2010

I will continue to be dumbfounded for an indeterminate amount of time, but will hold the right, as a Wizards fan, to still be skeptical about the future … even after getting the #1 overall pick.

Alright, screw that. I’m happy. I’m not yelling at the top of my lungs/doing jumping jacks happy — I’m still too shocked to show physical elation — But man … it feels good to finally be “that” team.

When was the last time all other NBA teams were envious of the Washington Wizards? I can’t remember. And I’m conveniently not counting the lottery the Wizards won which afforded them the “opportunity” to select Kwame Brown in a crappy draft. I was away in college back then and this John Wall opportunity is worlds away from a meek Georgia boy with tiny hands.

Sure, I was somewhat skeptical about Irene Pollin being the Wizards’ representative at the NBA Draft Lottery. I was wrong. I’m even more skeptical about saying any good luck charms or superstitions worked (even though I sometimes practice superstitions because it’s really no skin off my butt to do so … I didn’t tonight).

I watched the draft lottery at my apartment, like I did last year (sans the #1 Rod Strickland jersey on the floor). Just a plain vanilla viewing with a couple of beverages.

But consider this: As was written, Irene Pollin spoke before the fourth quarter of the last game of the season. The Wizards, down by six and looking everything like a 25-win team heading into the final 12, came back to beat the Indiana Pacers by one point. Flip Saunders played his most inexperienced, least talented squad down the stretch. But little used Cedric Jackson bucked and scored the last five points of the game.

That win, much to the chagrin of tanking proponents at the time, tied the Wizards with the 26-56 Golden State Warriors and not the 25-57 Sacramento Kings. Who knows what would have happened if the Wizards had a tie-breaker with the Kings. Just know that the Wizards lost their tie-breaker with the Warriors and jumped both Golden State and Sac-Town on their way to No. 1.

Does it mean anything? Nope. It no longer matters. For at least this night, and for the next several weeks, Wizards fans can hold their heads high. They are number one.

Thank you Irene, goodnight.



  • John Wall Plz

    great day to be wiz fan…don’t screw this up ernie!

  • Eric

    It’s not over until it’s over. Even the Wizards could still find a way to screw this up.

    If we pick John Wall, does this mean Gil is officially on the trading block?

  • Chris

    Perhaps move Gil to SG? hmm?

  • hulk rogain

    wooohoo,John Wall welcome 2 DC!Wonder what # he will wear?

  • Incandescent Rex

    I am dumbfounded. Never thought we would catch this kind of a break. In retrospect, the Wiz slow start last year, Gungate and trading away Butler, Jamison, and Haywood were the best things that ever happened to this franchise. Breaking up a decent team of good players that would have never contended for a championship and forcing us to start over with what appears to be a special franchise player necessary to be a champion.

    Imagine if the Wiz and Gilbert had started the season a little stronger. You could argue maybe Gilbert would not have been so quick to put Javaris in his place. Maybe Gilbert’s prank was partly due to his being off the court for so long that he felt his team forgot about him and didn’t respect him the way they did pre-injury. No Gungate, no blow=up of the team, no John Wall.

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  • Deuts

    Finally Leadbelly makes the blog. Love that.