That, Boston Celtics fans, was what I said when the dust had settled following the bombshell that was the results of the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery.
(Okay – that might not be EXACTLY what I said, given the fact that there MAY have been 25-30 expletives sandwiched around those two words.)
As hard it may be to believe, the Cleveland Cavaliers continued to benefit from the NBA’s sympathy – I mean, Lady Luck! – and have won the first pick in the NBA Draft for the third time in four years.
Take some time to allow that to sink in: the Cavaliers have won the first pick in the draft for the third time in four years. The Boston Celtics, on other hand, have NEVER won the first pick since the NBA went to a weighted Draft Lottery.
Who would have thought that watching LeBron James leave town would have been the best thing to happen to the Cavaliers?!? I don’t believe in conspiracy theories, but Cleveland only had a 1.7% chance of landing that pick, so make of that what you will, Celtics fans!
As for the Celtics: as a result of Cleveland’s leapfrogging everyone to land the top spot, the Cs slid one spot back and wound up with the sixth pick in the draft. It’s certainly not the end of the world, but let’s be honest: it’s not what we fans were hoping for, and Twitter is crawling with some very upset Celtics fans tonight. There is already plenty of talk that President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge will trade this pick, but for now Ainge had this to say:
Danny Ainge: “We would take the best player. You have to when you draft at number six.” #Celtics
— Jared Weiss (@CLNS_JaredWeiss) May 21, 2014
I’ll get my thoughts in order, and we’ll begin speculating on who the Celtics could draft with the sixth pick, or whether they will, indeed, try to trade for an impact player. For now, we’ll just pray that Cleveland’s luck continues . . . in the form of a Miami Heat loss in game two of the Eastern Conference Finals tonight.
Final 2014 NBA Draft Lottery results:
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
2. Milwaukee Bucks
3. Philadelphia 76ers
4. Orlando Magic
5. Utah Jazz
6. Boston Celtics
7. Los Angeles Lakers
8. Sacramento Kings
9. Charlotte Hornets
10. Philadelphia 76ers
11. Denver Nuggets
12. Orlando Magic
13. Minnesota Timberwolves
14. Phoenix Suns