If their attire at the 2008 NBA draft was any indication,
Yup, the draft has become synonymous with curiously-conceived fashion statements, and Thursday night's gathering did not disappoint. In fact, the wide spectrum of outfits on display was one of the best in recent memory, featuring Mayo's three-piece suit and studious-looking spectacles, Gordon's white, valet-esque sport coat and mismatched pants and Lopez's untamed fro, which won a very visible battle with an absurdly small Phoenix Suns hat. Together, the trio formed a perfect storm of wardrobe dysfunction and reiterated an important point for any sports fan: It's worth watching the NBA draft if only for the awkward combination of big money and bad dressers.
But the strange get-ups weren't the only notable observation from last night's happenings. In fact, here are a few other award winners from the evening's events.
To the likeable
To NBA Commissioner
To Boston Celtics first-round selection
To the production guy in charge of the sound effect that played before each new draft selection, who realized and corrected, about 20 picks into the first round, that his clip was being drowned out by the sound that Microsoft Windows-based PCs play when something goes wrong with the system. Extremely subtle? Yes. Free advertising for Apple? You bet. Hang with me here: if you DVR'ed the draft, re-watch the first half of the first round and listen carefully whenever the "new selection" alert flashes across the bottom of the screen; you'll hear the annoying sound Windows plays when you attempt an illegal operation. We'll probably never know what went wrong, but
To New Jersey Nets general manager
To ESPN analyst