I can say firmly without a doubt that until last night I have never watched the NBA draft. I watch the NFL draft every year like my life depended on it, but the NBA draft never really interested me. That whole lottery thing confuses me, so I just didn’t ever bother…and besides who puts their league draft on during a weekday and only has 2 rounds. But I digress….
Last night I watched for the pure pleasure of getting to see the 2005 National Championship Tarheels just one more time in the same place. People kept saying to me yesterday…how do you feel about Marvin Williams going 2nd instead of 1st. Ok…who really cares…1st or 2nd…he’s still going to the NBA. And whoever picks 2nd may be a better fit for Marvin’s talent and playing style. (Side Note: Michael Jordan–that guy who has retired 3 times from the NBA–was a first round #3 pick.) So at 7:30 instead of anticipating the Bush speech, I was watching ESPN; not all that uncommon, really. David Stern came out and gave the first pick of the draft and it wasn’t Marvin Williams. No big deal. It’s not like just because he isn’t #1 he’s not going to be picked at all. The draft continues and Marvin gets picked 2nd by Atlanta. Raymond is picked 5th by Charlotte. Sean and Rashad are still sitting there with no hat on their head. But I’m not nervous. They’re going to get picked. Around the time that the 13th pick (Charlotte) is on the clock, I think to myself, wouldn’t it be funny if Charlotte picked Sean at #13.
Then David came out and said Sean’s name for Charlotte’s second first round pick. I thought I was going to wake the neighbors (if they’d actually been asleep at 8:30). I was (and still am) so freaking excited about them getting to play together and getting to stay in North Carolina that I half way considered buying season tickets even though I’d never get to use them. After a little more research, I discovered that Charlotte and Washington are in the same division in the Eastern Conference and actually played each other 6 times this past season (including the preseason). Now I just have to find out if ticketmaster will sell me tickets to all the Charlotte games…is there a special package I can get?!?!?
Rashad McCants (another underclassman to declare from UNC this year) was chosen 14th, but sadly Jawad Williams (the only UNC senior to try out for NBA teams) was not chosen. Kennedy Winston (Alabama Basketball player) wasn’t chosen either. But they could still become free agents or go overseas and play for Italy or something. It worked for Dante Calabria (and obscure UNC reference I know). In any case, my first viewing of the NBA draft was quite eventful. And as long as Charlotte will have them (or can hang on to them) I’ll be excited to see Sean and Raymond on the same court. GO HEELS!