NEW YORK -- On a raw New York morning, eight hours before the annual spitting of the lottery balls in Secaucus, N.J.,
So, it was no surprise to see the frozen grin that D'Antoni wore on the dais Tuesday night after the long shot Bulls got the first pick in the June 26 draft. One could almost imagine what was going through D'Antoni's head. Now if I was there ... would we draft
Anyway, who else besides Bulls representative
• The Miami Heat had a 25 percent chance of getting the top pick, but, in keeping with lottery history (only four times since 1990 has the team with the worst record gotten the No. 1 pick), could only watch in frustration as Eastern Conference rival Chicago stole it away. The Heat thereby missed a chance to pair Rose with
• Third is not a good position for the Minnesota Timberwolves. The idea that 2008 is a "two-player draft" is a little overblown, but taking either Rose or Beasley would've pleased the fan base. Now? There is no consensus No. 3 and considerable opportunity to pick a bust, which the T-wolves have been known to do.
• Fourth and fifth, respectively, was hardly what the Seattle SuperSonics and Memphis Grizzlies were hoping for. Both teams have to first decide if they are content with their point-guard play (a
Actually, one person besides Schanwald felt lucky on Tuesday night. That would be commissioner