By Craig Kwasniewski
Now that the lottery is behind us let's take a break from all the draft speculation (and comedy at the Celtics expense) and take a look at my favorite part of the NBA Draft Lottery, the misery of former NBA greats after losing out to the Pacific Northwest. I'm talking about Tommy Heinsohn, Larry Bird and Jerry West. All three were great players in their day and exceptional head coaches. Success has followed them through most of their lives, but on Tuesday they were brought to the beautiful berg of Secaucus, New Jersey because the teams they represent for lack of a better word... suck. All three brought in their best therapeutic smiles, good luck charms and attitudes hoping against hope to bag the big one.
SNNNAAAAPPPPP!!!! Portland wins the lottery and all three are left with the best/worst/best faces of misery (they're too old to fake their way into happiness so the true emotions of the moment come through). Check it out:
(BTW - my favorite is Jerry West, talk about misery. It's a damn shame that The Logo can't get along with Phil Jackson and save the Lakers. Right now Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak are looking very much like the 2004 version of Wyc Grousebeck and Danny Ainge.)