I'm not breaking any news here by saying the lottery system is a joke. NBA Commissioner David Stern should be less concerned about the dress code for his employees and more concerned about the shadiness surrounding this antiquated process.
The mere fact that the lottery has turned into a television event celebrating mediocrity is troubling. Team executives smiling for cameras while highlighting sentimental rings, lucky charms and favorite articles of clothing is not the proper look for a powerful sports league. No other major sport does this.
Why do they even have a lottery? The worst team should get the top pick, period.
How can the New Orleans Hornets (that are currently owned by the NBA) get the No. 1 pick and not the team that actually had the worst record from the year before in Charlotte? I would hate doing public relations for the NBA these days, having to spin each year how the lottery is above board. Next to the NFL Pro Bowl, the NBA lottery is the worst sports-related spectacle on television and Stern should stop insulting our intelligence.
The Wizards have the third pick in the draft and coaching that pick will be Randy Wittman, whose interim tag was removed and replaced with a two-year contract. I personally like the move. He is the best fit for this particular group of athletes. With nothing to play for when he replaced Flip Saunders, Wittman got the Wizards to put forth an effort. He got the biggest star, John Wall, to improve his game. He earned the respect of the entire organization.
Wittman essentially had a 49-game audition and showed that he was more than qualified for the job. A higher-profile coach would have made some press, but a retread name is not what this particular group needs. The Nationals gave Davey Johnson a full season and it is working out pretty well. Give Wittman a chance and please give the NBA lottery the boot.
Are you bothered by either the lottery or the hiring of Randy Wittman?