NBA Draft / Everything / Nothing Pre-Draft Post thingy

SALT LAKE CITY - MAY 10: NBA Commissioner David Stern speaks to the media prior to the Los Angeles Lakers and the Utah Jazz Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs on May 10, 2010 at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Hello all. So today's the big day. I love the draft, not just because of our team - but I love the draft for each player drafted. I grew up watching sports movies with feel good endings. For me, the NBA draft is the 'feel good ending' of so many stories that (someone like me who doesn't follow NCAA / Highschool / European Leagues) I've not had the pleasure to experience / follow.

There's the good kid from the wrong side of the tracks who avoids his environment and channels his gift into sport. There's the kid from the broken home or suffering through a personal tragedy who makes it. The guy from a different country who had to face wars (and something crazy like his house was destroyed by NATO by accident) who made it here; or perhaps he's from a very different background -- he's half alligator or something. Or maybe it's a story of redemption? A guy gets drafted from injury plagued season that jeopardized his financial security (if he didn't make the league) -- or a guy who is motivated to prove people wrong for slipping far - the realm of 2nd rounders with chips on their shoulders. [As it would happen, there are examples of each of these types of players]

It's an entertaining night for me. Especially all the banter between the 'experts'; how it usually brings out the Twitter Fail Whale; and of course, the fan reactions of the drunk New Yorkers. But really, if for one night only (cough, Len Bias, cough) -- this night belongs to all those players. It's the day of the draft -- let's get to talking about it.

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