While the NBA’s first-round is wrapping up this weekend with more drama than most would have anticipated – complete with five Game 7’s – the Celtics made a little news of their own on Friday.
The C’s revealed that co-owner Steve Pagliuca will be the team’s representative at the 2014 Draft Lottery on May 20.
Managing Partner & Alternate Governor Stephen Pagliuca will be representing the Celtics at the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery.— Boston Celtics (@celtics) May 2, 2014
As you’ve undoubtedly heard, after a 25-57 regular season, Boston holds a 10.3 percent chance of landing the first overall pick and a 33.4 percent shot to finish in the top three.
Back in 2007, when the C’s had the second-best odds to finish first at 19.9 percent, they sent legendary player, coach, broadcaster, and spokesman Tommy Heinsohn. They finished fifth, which was their worst possible position – even if it resulted in the best possible scenario. This year, they can finish no lower than eighth and cannot select fourth.
Obviously at this point the mystery is over. We know Pagliuca will be the man. Maybe he’ll bring one of his four children for luck. It’s worked for Cavs owner Dan Gilbert. Twice.
Out of curiosity, though, who would you have sent?
Team president Danny Ainge? Coach Brad Stevens? Fellow owner Wyc Grousbeck? Broadcasters Cedric Maxwell, Mike Gorman, or Sean Grande? Lucky the mascot? Hall of Fame writer and former Globie Jackie MacMullan? How about 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Adam Jones or Rich Keefe? They did some color commentary this year.
There was no reason given for choosing Pagliuca. Maybe he just volunteered.
I’m fine with it, but might have gone in a different direction. Something wacky, like the Butler Bulldog, Trip. Just to make a mockery of the whole process, the same way Celtics fans felt mocked by what unfolded in 1997 and again a decade later.
I know, I know, you can’t do that.
What about captain Rajon Rondo? He doesn’t have a birthday coming up or anything. Assistant coach Walter McCarty? Everyone loves him! Leon Powe’s probably around. After all, he carried out the Larry O’Brien Trophy on Opening Day at Fenway alongside several Red Sox, Patriots, and Bruins legends.
Alas, the choice has been made. Good luck to Pagliuca. If history’s any indication, his team will need it.
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