The NBA held the ultimate fantasy draft yesterday as Steph Curry and LeBron James drafted the teams for the All-Star Game. And the storylines and plot twists are everywhere. It sure looks like LeBron won the draft from a pure talent standpoint, but he also won it from a drama standpoint: ripping Durant from Curry, reuniting KD and Russ, oh, and reuniting himself with Kyrie and Kevin.
The draft is already more interesting than the game has ever been. And for the first time ever, I’m actually looking forward to watching the All-Star game, just to see how this plays out on the court.
Which means the draft was simultaneously the greatest and worst idea ever.
The greatest because it’s fascinating to see which guys were drafted by which captains and the worst because we didn’t actually get to see it. I mean, if you’re going to do it, really do it. And really doing it means doing it with cameras rolling.
I want to know – who was picked first? Who was picked last? Was it Westbrook, who certainly seemed to think that before last night’s game, which might explain why he went out and dropped 46, 6 and 6 on the Wizards, including this monster.
The only thing more impressive than that dunk was Kevin Harlan’s reaction to that dunk. WHEN YOU GET UP THAT HIGH, YOU GOTTA THROW IT DOWN HARD.
And after the game, Westbrook was asked about the All-Star draft and he said “I see I was the last pick on the list — I was just trying to figure out how…” Only to be told by reporters that the public list was in alphabetical order. See, even the players want to see the draft live. I mean, can you imagine if he actually had to watch himself be the last pick? He would’ve dropped triple digits on the Wizards.
Want to make the All-Star Game better? This is how you do it. Don’t do some lame “this time it counts” thing the way MLB has done. Just throw in the emotions of the draft and guys getting bent over who picked them and where they were picked. Chips will be going on shoulders with every round of the draft. That the ultimate fuel for an all-star game.
I get why there was resistance to televising it. You don’t want to put the captains in awkward spots and you don’t to humiliate the player who goes last, but that’s what it’s all about. That’s what happens on playgrounds and in school gyms literally every single day – the captains are put on the spot and the player who’s picked last is embarrassed. But that’s the “price” you pay if you’re going to be a captain. And six-year-olds can handle it, NBA All-Stars can handle it.
But televising the draft isn’t just about shaming one player by being picked last, and by the way, how embarrassing is it really to be the last pick in the NBA All-Star draft
It’s also about seeing how did Curry react when LeBron took Durant? Did Curry keep avoiding Kyrie to force LeBron to take him?
LeBron claims that drafting Kyrie was “an easy choice for me.” And I can see why he’d say that. It’s a cool reunion story, but how easy a choice was it? When did he actually take him? And what was the look on his face when took Kyrie? Did LeBron actually want to take him or feel like he had to take him?
And what was the moment that LeBron was referring to when he said “When me and Steph was doing the draft, we started laughing very hard at one point, we can’t even tell you what part it was … but this should have been televised.”
Come on, we have to see that! We could’ve seen all that drama unfold on camera. You can’t tell me that would’ve have been some of the greatest television ever. “Who’ll be picked last” would be way more exciting than “who shot JR” but instead, they took the greatest TV show ever and turned it into the worst conference call ever, and didn’t even make that public. Well done, everybody. Well done.