And With The First Pick....And The First Pick Goes To.....


That is what we’ll hear in a few weeks. But before that, let’s take a look at last night’s lotto. I think it gained more national attention for a *cough*  rigged *cough* gut-wrenching lotto. Let’s face it. The day of, I’ve posted all the busts that were in previous lotto picks and I would say half of them came at the helm of Michael Jordan. Wouldn’t it be great if he could redeem himself and his reputation as an owner if they could steal the first pick of the 2012 draft?

But like all good things, the NBA has found a way to retain control of what they can control and try to flex their muscles as much as possible. With the ping pongs flinging around, the way it all rounded out is that the good soldier, New Orleans Hornets, would receive the first pick of the draft, while the tanking team of Charlotte would receive the second. Immediately, the rounds of conspiracy floated along the internet and it does make people wonder, how in the world did the Hornets, who are still technically owned by the league until the papers are done, get the number 1 pick if this isn’t rigged?

I can’t give a good theory except that at the end of the day, David Stern runs this league, even as old as he is. And he flexes his muscles as much as he can (bad referees, rigged trades, rigged drafts). Whatever the case may be, the good news is that a team is getting a huge upgrade with a single player. The bad news is, is that you can’t tank enough to win the lotto.

Below are the order in which the teams will pick.

 

Tags: 2012 Draft Lottery