NBA Draft Lottery
NY Knicks and NBA Hall of Fame legend Patrick Ewing chats with the NY Media who covered the NBA Draft Lottery in Chicago. The Knicks who held the worst record in the league this season had a 14 percent chance of gaining the number one pick. Owner James Dolan sent Patrick Ewing to represent the Knicks at the Lottery; hoping the 1984 Number 1 Pick from Georgetown would bring some luck to a NY franchise that has not won a Championship since Senator Bill Bradley played for them in the 1970’s. You can see NBC Sports Anchor Bruce Beck with other NY colleagues interviewing Patrick. Unfortunately the Knicks only drew the number 3 Pick; the worse could have been the number 5 Pick.
NY Knicks Patrick Ewing (far left bottom row) sits with the 13 team representatives who did not make the Playoffs. They were waiting to get the Lottery Results which would decide who picks Number 1 at the NBA Draft in June which is held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
A JOYOUS DUO: David Griffin, Executive Vice President of basketball operations for the New Orleans Pelicans, and Coach Alvin Gentry are all smiles as they pose for a final shot with their good luck charm and tie. Gentry was very vociferous about how important he thought it was for the tanking teams not to gain the number one pick. The Pelicans had only a 6 percent chance of winning the Draft Lottery; they won 33 games this season. New Orleans in a short time since gaining the number one pick which will probably see them choose Zion Williamson. They have seen a spike in season ticket sales as Zion is considered a generational player.
Adrian Wojnarowski, on right with striped tie, mingled with the press after he finished his ESPN Broadcast.
Text and Photos By Jim Dombrowski