New Jersey Nets Miss Out on John Wall as Washington Wizards Win NBA Lottery

May 18th, 2010 by Nick Poust Leave a reply »
This past season was a nightmare for the Washington Wizards. Star Gilbert Arenas was charged with a felony after his gun fiasco with Javaris Crittenton in the locker room. The team traded fringe All-Stars Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison to shed salary in their effort to rebuild. And owner Abe Pollin died at age 85.

His widow, Irene Pollin, attended the NBA Draft Lottery representing the team, a team with a 10 percent chance of winning the No. 1 overall pick, and wore her late husband’s championship trophy for good luck. The charm worked.

The New Jersey Nets, which had a 25 percent chance of winning the lottery and securing the opportunity to draft point guard John Wall , were a woeful 12-70 this past season and, with a new, multi-billionaire owner in Mikhail Prokhorov, had high hopes of filling seats and wooing LeBron James with Wall’s presence.

This, shockingly, would not be, as their name was called in association with the third pick. The camera shifted to a stone-faced, bewildered Prokhorov as those in attendance expressed their amazement at the unexpected bouncing of the ping-pong balls.

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