This is the last time Irene Pollin made a public appearance representing the Wizards franchise. In this instance, the team out-scored Indiana 24-17 in the fourth quarter and won the game. Of course, that didn’t bode well for draft lottery positioning. If you’re a Wizards fan, you might want to grab some of that scotch or vodka in the background.
Whether you’ll be toasting or roasting during the late 8 pm (EST) hour Tuesday night, the results of the NBA Draft Lottery are up to a fate that will never be comprehended nor anticipated by the human mind.
On the DC Sports Bog, Dan Steinberg has a great, yet painful chronicle of all the times the Wizards/Bullets franchise has come away from lottery night disappointed and all the marketing gimmicks (mostly of the Susan O’Malley, absurdly goofy variety) that were made to favorably sway lottery luck. Even Flip Saunders bringing his lucky coin last May 19th was along these lines to an extent.
This year seems different. The Wizards will quietly send Irene Pollin, widow of the late owner Abe, from the swamp-like (well, marshy in some local areas) territory of Washington, D.C. to the even more swampy Secaucus, New Jersey to represent the team.
Personally, I’m not enthused about the selection of Mrs. Pollin. If you want to represent the franchise going forward, Ted Leonsis should be that guy. However, if there was ever another reason for David Stern to “fix” a draft lottery, it’d have to be for the memory of his old buddy Abe, right?
Or maybe it’s just the right thing to do, sending Irene … to represent the past handing the torch to the future. Not in an attempt at inducing luck, but rather doing a good deed and just dealing with the cards where they lay.
In any case, I’m sure I’ll find something “lucky” to do when the time approaches (which won’t be laying out an old Rod Strickland #1 Wizards jersey on the floor like I did last year). And I’m sure it won’t mean a damn thing.
Good read on Dominique Jones, who recently worked out for the Wizards, and the question of what the Wizards should do with their mid/late-draft picks … gamble on home run potential or select the likely role player with a solid history.
Michael Wilbon pens a good column on the options of LeBron James. He also refers to the unsubstantiated Gloria James/Delonte West story as “rumored locker room disharmony.” (At least this is what I’m assuming … I could be wrong.)
Gheorghe Muresan’s ‘nasty’ game face on his draft day.
Mike Jones takes a look at some local DMV draft-worthy prospects.
The NBA Draft Lottery has been surrounded by a bunch of superstition, here’s a run down of the highlights.
Speaking of Juwan Howard … if I can get this right, the baby father of Howard’s sister-in-law has attempted to extort $1 million from Howard, threatened to kill people related to Howard and his wife, and has “showed up at games, and mailed gifts and leaves obscene messages.” Sounds crazy/desperate.
[Boston Herald] (via Slam Online)
‘You don’t know my nickname’ — an NBA edition featuring several former/current Wizards/Bullets.