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Fuck seriously. Fuck Young too.

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The countdown begins with Cleveland staying at 14, the end of the lottery. If only the basketball gods hadn’t minded rewarding her with a little luck for her progress this year. On the other hand, it would mean that something good would happen to Dan Gilbert. Damn Cavs.

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Panic suddenly rose like heartburn when Mark Tatum started making the announcement for picture #12, where I was afraid the Knicks would fall. Once they cleared that hurdle, there was 100% no doubt that they would stay at 11. Some years I allow myself a brief moment of hope. I dare to dream. Don’t make that mistake again.

Plus, if the Knicks had risen, we’d have had another insufferable lottery conspiracy to hear. When Tatum revealed the Knicks were 11th, their card got a little stuck on the sticker on the envelope. No other team had that. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced that. If New York had risen, that would have been the frozen envelope again.

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Washington stays on 10. Most of the mock drafts/draft simulators I’ve seen over the past week showed the wizards jumping into the top three. I am very pleased at their lack of happiness.

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The Pelicans get the Lakers pick at No. 8, their second lottery pick this year. LA’s selection is credited to Anthony Davis’ trade. For all the nudniks like me who have been loving the Lakers’ struggles lately, that night was further proof that they were right to make that trade and that a contender makes that move every time. The Pelicans are currently being praised for finishing ninth in the West and losing in the first round. The Lakers get angered (by their standards) and raked for not getting there. Would the Lakers reverse the trade if they could? No chance. You won a title with AD; this is the high roller table that LA sits at. Would the Pelicans rather have AD than the eighth choice? Maybe.

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A hilarious moment as Portland loses a spot, meaning Sacramento moves up a spot: As Lillard smiled in amusement, the grin Sabonis flashed got the whole room laughing.

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There is or once was a website called Beautiful Agony where people share videos of themselves having an orgasm. I find it compelling, affirming and wonderful. Seeing lottery reps’ faces in a rigid, stony emptiness after their team hasn’t advanced isn’t pretty torture. I don’t envy them. You’re there because some rich donkey decided you were lucky, and you clearly aren’t. Shameful.

In summary: the Knicks are 11th, which is absolutely a spot where you can land an Impact player (assuming they don’t move down…or up). Portland and Indiana each lost a spot; Detroit, which had the best odds of winning the lottery, fell to 5th place. Oklahoma City moved up a spot, Sacramento rose from 7th to 4th, and Orlando won the top pick. From a Knick perspective, the falling of the Pistons and Pacers feels like they’ve paused, as was the case with the Wizards staying put. We’ll see where this all leads. Keep an eye out for more Strickland design profiles over the next six weeks.

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