It's endearing that a player is so openly pining to be a Laker, and imagine how incredible it must feel to know there's a very good chance the team you grew up watching is in position to draft you.
Yet, obvious by Magic Johnson's smile, the hated rivals were both celebrating.
Thomas, 28, finished third in the league in scoring this past season, averaging a whopping 28.9 points per game. Game tomorrow against a tough Cleveland team.
"I know a lot of people are bummed out about the result".
'It's busy, ' Grousbeck said. Yet when the Los Angeles Lakers won the No. 2 pick, they were able to protect it under conditions of the 2015 three-way trade that cost the Sixers Michael Carter-Williams.
It would have been great for them to jump into the top three. "Number 2. I tell it like it is baby, here we come", LaVar said.
You may remember back in 2013 when the Celtics sent Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Jason Terry to the Nets in exchange for Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries, and their future: the Nets first-round picks in 2014, 2016, 2018, and the right to swap picks in 2017. And they still get one more first-round pick next season from the Nets, who likely will miss the playoffs again.
'And look what I leave behind for the Celts on my way out No 1 pick, ' Pierce wrote on Twitter, followed by some celebratory emojis.
Phoenix get the fourth pick while the Sacramento Kings round out the top 5.
"I'm excited", 76ers rookie center Joel Embiid said.
Last night's NBA Draft Lottery indicates that the actual draft is only one month away.
But while Fultz probably should be the No. 1 overall pick, the Celtics shouldn't be the team taking him.
'It's two completely different situations, ' Celtic executive Danny Ainge said on Tuesday night after the team won the National Basketball Association draft lottery. There were no shortage of options on Duke a year ago, but by the end of the season Tatum emerged as the team's go-to player. "That guy better be pretty good because if you're drafting No. 1 and you make the pick well - you do really draft a transcendent player - you've got that player for five or six years as they build up before the max money even kicks in". Most mock drafts figure to have the Celtics taking Washington point guard Markelle Fultz with the first pick.
The best case scenario for Philly on Lottery Night was getting two of the top four picks, either by them getting in the top three and the Lakers falling out, or the Lakers falling out and the Kings jumping up into the top three.
The Lakers, meanwhile, can breathe easy. The Kings will select fifth and 10th. The Orlando Magic and Minnesota Timberwolves are sixth and seventh while the New York Knicks are eighth.
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