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Wednesday’s Top 10: NBA Draft Lottery, Diallo works out for the Nets, and arrivederci!


Ciao, miei amici. Forgive me if I’m a bit distracted today because tomorrow, I take off for Italy for two weeks, with stops in Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, and Venice. I studied abroad in Florence my junior year of college, so this will be a homecoming of sorts, and I am beyond excited. In an attempt to pacify my dog, who starts pouting the instant we bring out our suitcases, I put off packing until the last minute, so today will include lots of laundry and careful decisions. Do I bother packing running gear? (No) Are these wedges comfortable enough to navigate the cobblestones? (Probably not, but I’ll take them anyways) How in the world will I be able to watch the Predators in the Western Conference Finals from there? (Looking at you, XFINITY app on the iPad)

In between all of that, I’ll also be bringing you the latest in UK sports. Andiamo!

1. The NBA Draft order is officially set

Last night was the NBA Draft Lottery, and the Boston Celtics drew the first pick, followed by the Lakers and the 76ers. Here’s the complete order of the first round of the draft now that the lottery’s over:

1. Boston Celtics (from Brooklyn)
2. Los Angeles Lakers
3. Philadelphia 76ers (from Sacramento)
4. Phoenix Suns
5. Sacramento Kings (from Philadelphia)
6. Orlando Magic
7. Minnesota Timberwolves
8. New York Knicks
9. Dallas Mavericks
10. Sacramento Kings (from New Orleans)
11. Charlotte Hornets
12. Detroit Pistons
13. Denver Nuggets
14. Miami Heat
15. Portland Trail Blazers
16. Chicago Bulls
17. Milwaukee Bucks
18. Indiana Pacers
19. Atlanta Hawks
20. Portland Trail Blazers (from Memphis, via Denver and Cleveland)
21. Oklahoma City Thunder
22. Brooklyn Nets (from Washington)
23. Toronto Raptors (from Los Angeles Clippers via Milwaukee)
24. Utah Jazz
25. Orlando Magic (from Toronto)
26. Portland Trail Blazers (from Cleveland)
27. Brooklyn Nets (from Boston)
28. Los Angeles Lakers (from Houston)
29. San Antonio Spurs
30. Utah Jazz (from Golden State)

2. Mock Draft season is now in overdrive

NBA pundits went into overdrive last night, pushing out instant reactions to the lottery order. Here’s Jonathan Givony of Draft Express‘ take:

5. De’Aaron Fox — Sacramento Kings
6. Malik Monk — Orlando Magic
32. Bam Adebayo — Phoenix Suns
35. Hamidou Diallo — Orlando Magic

Meanwhile, ESPN’s Chad Ford believes Monk will go off the board first, to Philly at #3:

3. Malik Monk — Philadelphia 76ers
5. De’Aaron Fox — Sacramento Kings
23. Bam Adebayo — Toronto Raptors
27. Hamidou Diallo — Brooklyn Nets

My initial reaction was Fultz first, Ball second, and Fox to the 76ers.

3. Joel Embiid was the real MVP

Embiid had a ball representing the 76ers, showing up to the stage with a Shirley Temple and doing this weird maniacal laughter thing as his squad’s chances of a top pick got better and better:

Embiid is hilarious.

4. Hamidou Diallo works out for the Nets today

Where you going, Hami? I wish I knew, and honestly, that’s the question I look forward to getting away from the most. According to Adam Zagoria, Diallo worked out for the Chicago Bulls on Monday and the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday. The Bulls have the 16th pick in the draft and the Bucks the 17th, and the latter reportedly has “high interest” in Diallo. The Bucks drafted Thon Maker last year, so clearly they don’t have an issue rolling the dice on a prospect who hasn’t played college ball. Tomorrow, Diallo will meet with his hometown Nets, who have the 22nd and 27th picks. That meeting could decide it all.

5. Dominique Hawkins has gotten interest from NFL teams

Dominique Hawkins is determined to continue his basketball career, but yesterday we found out that he’s garnered some interest from some professional football teams as well. Jonathan Givony told Ben Roberts that NFL teams have reached out to Hawkins to see if he’d be interested in switching careers to play defensive back, but for now, Dom is sticking with basketball. So, if you’ve ever said, “Man, Dom would make one hell of a safety,” pat yourself on the back because the NFL agrees.

6. Maria Taylor will replace Samantha Ponder on “College Gameday”

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Shoutout to one of my favorite women in the business, Maria Taylor, on her promotion to “College Gameday.” Taylor hosted “SEC Nation,” the SEC Network’s version of “College Gameday,” last year, and will replace Samantha Ponder, who will host “Sunday NFL Countdown” this fall. I’m very happy about the news because Taylor has the brains and wit to match her beauty, and should be a great fit for one of the last few things ESPN does well.

Speaking of badass ladies…

7. Kendra Harrison is back running hurdles five days after surgery

The former UK track star and current world record holder broke her hand before a race earlier this month, and not only did she run that race anyways and win it, she’s back on the track running hurdles five days after her surgery. Rock star.

8. The Titans gave every offensive line squad goals last night

The Nashville Predators rallied to beat the Anaheim Ducks in a thriller last night to take a 2-1 lead in the series. Before the game, Marcus Mariota and the Titans offensive line served as the hype guys, throwing catfish on the ice and chugging Bud Light tallboys:

Talk about squad goals.

9. Would you rock a “romphim”?

If you answered yes, please get off this website.

10. Radio in an hour

You know the drill.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

29 responses to “Wednesday’s Top 10: NBA Draft Lottery, Diallo works out for the Nets, and arrivederci!”

  1. Sentient Third Eye

    Fox would have moved ahead of Ball unless one thing happened: LA got one of the top two picks. For marketing purposes in the LA market alone, the Lakers pretty much have to take Ball.

    1. RealCatsFan

      Wonder if Boston might make a move and draft Ball just in anticipation of a trade with LA for a big and/or a couple top picks for next year. Might be the smart play.

    2. Sentient Third Eye

      Interesting scenario. I could see that happening.

  2. RealCatsFan

    If you are a dude, and you knew before reading this article what a rhomphim is, turn in your man card immediately. Do not pass GO.

    1. runningunnin.454

      Never heard of it; could have dwelled in ignorance….forever.

    2. 8xchamp

      Amen

    3. Sentient Third Eye

      The only possible reason for a male to wear something like that would be as a baby step toward “transitioning” ala Bruce Jenner.

    4. Mathlete

      I’m hoping the “romphim” is a gag, but if it’s not it’s at least as terrible as skinny jeans for guys

    5. BBNDan7

      Or maybe you’re just a dude who has social media and has seen them all over that lately?

  3. theWilkman

    Can we get Coach Cal in a romphim?

    1. runningunnin.454

      No.

  4. inside info2

    Maria Taylor is so incredibly nice and personable when she is in Lexington. Unlike Matt’s favorite female broadcaster.

    1. blackmilk23

      I like her a lot. I dont often say that about ESPN personalities. But the SEC crew is fine even Tebow. Tony Delk is the only one who sucks.

    2. 4everblue

      Tony Delk is great, careful how you talk about TD.

  5. Realme

    Have a great trip, Tyler!

  6. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

    Tyler, all I have to say about your vacation is:
    https://youtu.be/-oUJdF-BDrQ?t=18
    Just kidding. Have a great trip!

    And the Romphim, I had to look it up (no, REALLY, I did!). No. Just no. Please men. Just no.

    1. CatBlue in LR

      Tyler is STICKING IT!

  7. VinDatuk

    We just got back from a nearly identical trip. We did Montepulciano instead of Rome. If you can while in Venice, check our Row Venice and Bistrot de Venise. When in Cinque Terre, try Cantina di Miky in Monterosso and start your day as early as you can…the afternoon crowds make rush hour at Penn Station look normal. We stayed in Vernazza and started out going to Riomaggiorre and worked our way to Monterosso. Have fun!

    1. CatManDo

      I’ve heard they have a really good Fazolis in Venice.

    2. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      True story: Domino’s Pizza moved into Italy a year or 2 ago.

  8. BourbonBredCat

    Tyler: My wife, parents, and I went to visit my sister, who was studying in Florence at the time, back in April of 2014. We also made stops in Venice and Rome. Florence is one of my two favorite cities in the world after having visited there (Chicago being the other), to say nothing less of Venice or Rome. We still talk about that trip and wanting to go back, to Florence especially, often.

    I don’t have my trip notes with me, so it’s hard to recommend anything specific as far as names are concerned off the top of my head. I’m sure you know Florence well anyway, having studied there yourself. If nothing else, stop in at Harry’s in Venice to have a Bellini in the bar where they were invented. It was a favorite hangout of Hemingway when he was in Venice, from what I remember. Very cool (but small!) place.

    Now that I think about it, there also is a really cool boat trip you can take from Venice to the islands of Murano, Burano, and Torcello, not far off the coast. Each island has something unique about it. I highly suggest doing that if you have the time.

  9. bophillips96

    Buongiorno! I am so jealous, Mrs. Tyler. I just got back to Lexington on Saturday from my own semester abroad in Florence! I’m already dying to go back. Please write a post about Firenze and the rest of Italy once you get back so I can pour over it and reminisce on the best four months ever. Enjoy!

  10. 904cayt

    I am a huge Preds fan as well and tried to watch the playoff two years ago in Spain. Neither XFINITY nor the NBC Sports app worked over there. I found a stream online, but obviously the quality was poor. I only say this so you can use the remaining hours her to see if you can work something out before you leave!

  11. Al B. Frank

    Serious question about the “romphim” … how would one… umm… do a #2?

    Seems like it would be difficult, to say the least.

    1. 4everblue

      If you’re willing to wear one you probably already figured out the ins and outs of just about any situation…

  12. Bluebloodtoo

    The rompim… or whatever it is. First instinct was “what’s that?”, then I looked at the picture and now I don’t even care. That’s not a thing… will never be a thing. let it go.