NBA Draft Awards
If you really wanted to, you could write a list longer than Santa's, identifying every uncomfortable situation during Thursday night's NBA draft. There was
But nothing -- NOTHING -- was more unsettling than the
However, since no team could assure Jennings that he would be a lottery pick, he elected to watch the draft from his hotel in New York with his family. Naturally, Jennings made his way to the draft after getting the news and, in a fashionably late manner, missing only WWE-style entrance music, he moseyed onto the stage, smiling ear-to-ear.
For Stern, it was a moment in which he'd been defeated. For Jennings, well, it was the good, old-fashioned joy that comes along with bucking the system. If only body language could be translated into words. Sigh.
Hey, while we're at it, let's give out a few other non-conventional awards...
To Syracuse standout
Good question. After his selection at No. 7 by Minnesota, Flynn responded to a question about his performance in Syracuse's six-overtime win over Connecticut earlier this year, and how it thrust him into the national spotlight: "... People on the West Coast [and] Mid Coast got to see me play." Exactly. In related news, we'll have to get back to you on the rumors that Flynn has also found El Dorado and the lost city of Atlantis.
To the word "wingspan," which entered Thursday night as a noun, but came away a dangling participle as ESPN's announcing team used it in every possible context for every single prospect, even when it didn't really apply. At one point, I was even inclined to measure my own wingspan out of sheer curiosity. You have to wonder what the shelf-life is for something like wingspan, and if ESPN will need to do some sort of crop rotation in 2010 to preserve its relevance for future broadcasts.
But with that said, there were a few other gems mixed into the night's commentary, including
To the Minnesota Timberwolves, who didn't have anyone come out of retirement, but added their own element of comedy to the draft in addressing their needs at guard ... by drafting five of them (
(Side note: Anyone else catch
To the people running the Charlotte Bobcats, if only because their plan of attack for building a winning franchise seems destined to fail. And by "plan of attack," I'm, of course, referring to the strategy of drafting a Naismith Award finalist in every single draft and hoping that things will eventually fall into place. In practice, this theory only works well in the world of video games -- you know, when you can export your
To the fan who took it upon himself to interrupt
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