The NBA Draft Lottery is less than three weeks away and the Celtics have started to prepare for the festivities.
The team has decided to send co-owner Steve Pagliuca to represent the franchise on May 20th in New York at the draft lottery proceedings.
Pagliuca is taking the duty seriously as he hopes to help land Boston a top-3 pick for the first time in 17 years, according to Baxter Holmes of The Boston Globe:
As a good luck charm, Pagliuca said he’s planning on wearing a tie that Celtics patriarch Red Auerbach gave him in 2002 when a group that included Pagliuca bought the team. It’s an older tie, Pagliuca said, perhaps from the 1950s, and it’s blue with a green stripe. “I think it even has a little leprechaun on it,” he said. Pagliuca said he’s also open to any suggestions.
The Celtics have a 10.3 percent chance at landing the top overall pick and a 33.4 percent chance at landing a top-3 pick during the lottery. Tom Heinsohn represented Boston at their last NBA Draft Lottery back in 2007.