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The NBA Draft Lottery gods smiled once again on the Cleveland Cavaliers, granting Dan Gilbert’s struggling team with the No. 1 pick for the second time in three years. Forgive Cleveland if they celebrate a bit — it’s so rare that they get to do so.
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You’re an NBA free agent, reader. So am I. So is the dude who sold me a coffee this morning. So is your mother. So is Tiger Woods. And speaking of Tiger Woods, we have a drunk guy on the Internet to thank for this common sense discovery. He wrote the NBA a few weeks ago seeking eligibility for this year’s NBA Draft. And the NBA actually responded, with useful information.
The Knicks took Greek forward Kostas Papanikolaou with the 48th pick in last night’s NBA Draft. Papanikolaou will probably stay in Greece for a while, but he was a solid pick – a guy ESPN international prospect analyst Fran Fraschilla even said was close to a first-round talent. You can’t expect to do a whole lot better with the 48th pick… just don’t tell Knicks fans any of that.
As a fan, you want to be excited about your favorite team, but sometimes there’s just not all that much to get excited about – like late in the NBA Draft. So what do you do? You make your own excitement, dammit. See one young Nets fan do just that after the jump.
Just what the Dallas Mavericks need: another old man! No, I kid the Dallas Mavericks, but they did draft a 27-year-old rookie, a military veteran. And when Bernard James was drafted, the whole building showed their respect. Video after the jump.
As expected, Kentucky’s Anthony Davis went number one overall to the New Orleans Hornets. From there, there have been some interesting picks, a notable lack of trades, and plenty of awkward interviews. To this point, the draft order has gone the way exactly zero people predicted. See who’s headed where, after the jump.
Tonight is the NBA Draft, a process that drags on for hours but really is only important for about a minute of elapsed time. Everyone cares about the top 10 picks, and whatever players their favorite team selects… and that’s it. But we have one other reason to tune into ESPN tomorrow night: the hot draft room girlfriend.
As we approach the NBA Draft—and you get sick of all the stories and time we’re devoting to it—one rehashed question is: who will look the most ridiculous when he crosses the stage to shake David Stern’s hand? Let’s not focus on that: let’s instead turn our attention to guys who weren’t a complete disaster in a suit. Because looking dapper is a must for draftees, and looking the most dapper is how to win draft night.
From the fine folks at SB Nation comes this stupendous 8-bit re-imagining of the NBA Draft. And there’s even an upset at #1! Expect a seething 1988 Michael Jordan to put up 5,000 shots tonight while muttering “Bowser…Bowser” under this breath. [SB Nation on YouTube]