The 2014 NBA Draft is finally here.
By the end of the night we’ll know who the Boston Celtics take with the 6th and 17th overall picks, if those picks are even kept. We’ll know whether Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker go first. We’ll know how far Joel Embiid falls. Around 10:30 pm or so all of us Celtics fans will finally be able to breathe a sight of relief. This much-hyped draft will finally be over. These acclaimed prospects will finally have new uniforms to wear.
I wish I could say with any confidence that I expect the Celtics to have a good or bad draft, but I can’t. Danny Ainge has a history of making, for better or worse, unpredictable moves this time of the year.
For every reaction there is an equal and opposite reaction. For every Kevin Garnett trade there is a Fab Melo who gets drafted. For every Rajon Rondo there is a J.R. Giddens. Time is a flat circle. Everything we’ve ever done or will do, we’re going to do over and over again. We’re doomed to repeat both our successes and failures. (Man, I have got to cool it on the True Detective.)
Last night was a typical NBA summer night filled with rumors, speculation, and Twitter slip-ups. The Celtics were in the midst of the discussion, as many reports had them leaning towards certain prospects in the draft or trying to make certain trades. I’m here to sort through these rumors and explain which ones have a lot of merit, which ones have some merit, and which ones are not worth wasting time thinking about. Because unless it’s reported by the great Adrian Wojnarowski, it’s hard to believe any rumor this time of year.
There is only one certainty regarding this draft; it will be wildly entertaining.
At exactly 10:10 last night, Joel Embiid tweeted “I’m a Laker” and then immediately deleted it. It’s 2014, so the damage was already done. Speculation arose. Does Embiid’s agent want him to go to the Lakers? Would Embiid refuse to sign with a different team? Did Embiid misunderstand what is still a foreign language to him and make a grammatical mistake? Embiid did his best to put out the fire a couple hours later, but again, the damage was already done.
It’s been a rough week for Embiid. First, he went from being called “The next Hakeem” to “The next Oden” in a matter of hours. Then this happened.
Now here’s the deal, this means absolutely nothing. This being a story says a lot more about the internet today than it does about the actual draft or Joel Embiid. In all likelihood, one of Embiid’s friends probably did take his phone to pull a joke. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time a twenty-year old had one of his social media outlets screwed with by his friends. Maybe Joel Embiid will fall to the Lakers at #7. Maybe they would take him. Maybe he does want to play there. But this tweet means absolutely nothing.
If you’re anticipating, or just hoping, the Celtics draft him at #6 you can continue to do so. If you’re of the crowd that compares Embiid to Oden, and you want him to go to the Lakers to curse them for the next five years, you can continue to do so. Just don’t use a late night tweet from a twenty-year olds account as evidence.