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NBA Draft ‘Green Room’ invitees announced


We are within five days until the 2013 NBA Draft kicks off in Brooklyn, New York, and the first ten prospects have been granted access to the famed “green room” for draft night.

Those invited are Victor Oladipo (Indiana), Otto Porter (Georgetown), Alex Len (Maryland), Anthony Bennett (UNLV), Ben McLemore (Kansas), Trey Burke (Michigan), Michael Carter-Williams (Syracuse), C.J. McCollum (Lehigh), Cody Zeller (Indiana), and of course, our own Nerlens Noel.

The players, their families, and usually a large entourage will be near the stage as they wait for their name to be called, surrounded by cameras and television screens. Cell phones will ring, speculation will fly, but they’re only a few steps away from shaking NBA commissioner David Stern’s hand when they finally do hear their name echo through the Barclays Center.

Only ten players have received invitations so far, and typically there are around 13 players total; so a few more will likely be offered in the coming days. Most notably left off the list is Shabazz Muhammad (UCLA), along with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Georgia), and Kelly Olynyk (Gonzaga).

The draft begins Thursday at 7 o’clock on ESPN.

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

14 Comments for NBA Draft ‘Green Room’ invitees announced

  1. UKBlue
    1:38 pm June 23, 2013 Permalink

    This draft is going to horrible. We dodged a huge bullet on Shabazz !!

  2. ESPN
    2:11 pm June 23, 2013 Permalink

    Andrew Wiggins will be wondering why he isn’t in the Green Room next year too.

    But then, if you aren’t smart enough to select KY over Kansas well then, you just get to learn some lessons the hard way.

  3. facts
    2:22 pm June 23, 2013 Permalink

    Shoulda done the right thing Shabazz. Now, you’re pops is headed to jail, and you’re watching the draft on tv. #TurnedDownKentuckyEffect

  4. facts
    2:22 pm June 23, 2013 Permalink

    *your pops is headed to jail.

  5. bilbo
    3:29 pm June 23, 2013 Permalink

    You guys shouldn’t make fun of this kid…he didn’t come to UK so what? Remember he is still a teenager and his dad if going to prison…nothing to make fun of…go back to being internet tough guys and hiding behind your keyboard

  6. Broad Brush Bilbo
    4:07 pm June 23, 2013 Permalink

    “You guys shouldn’t be… blah blah blah blah blah”

    1 person. Talk to him or talk to the hand.

  7. facts
    4:27 pm June 23, 2013 Permalink

    #5 He’s not a teenager Bilbo…he’s 20. His dad lied about Shabazz’s age so he could dominate against younger competition (which worked) and it wasn’t revealed until this year. Even if he were 19….spare me. Old enough to vote, register for the army, smoke cigarettes = old enough to take some criticism. For example….next year when Noel is still 19 and playing in the NBA, you think the fans in his NBA city are gonna lay off? Get real. You and Matt can take the “they’re just kids” garbage someplace else.

  8. Bilbo
    4:40 pm June 23, 2013 Permalink

    You’re criticizing him for not going to UK who really cares? I’m sure you would talk shit about his dad to his face….no you w

  9. facts
    5:13 pm June 23, 2013 Permalink

    I’d have absolutely no problem talking anything to Shabazz or Ron Holmes (his dad). And neither will the fed prosecutor that puts Ron in jail. Shabazz made a bad decision (picking UCLA over UK) and it’s completely acceptable to point that out. Maybe (maybe) one day, U.S. citizens will quit trying to enforce non-existent restraints on free public debates….in the meantime, trying to tell message board commentators to quit commenting is a sure sign that you are a loser, Bilbo.

  10. Puhleeze
    7:55 pm June 23, 2013 Permalink

    And then, when facts wakes up in the hospital… he’ll say (eventually, because broken jaws and brain trauma take a long time to heal) “I should not have talked smack to Shabazz’s face. Should have remained an internet tough guy.”

  11. facts
    8:22 pm June 23, 2013 Permalink

    #10 If he’s the kind of guy that goes around punching people for disagreeing with him, it’s probably better he didn’t come to UK because I kind of doubt that Cal and Co would’ve tolerated that. Also….I’d be happy to let him punch me…..because then his NBA money would be my NBA money.

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    9:32 pm June 23, 2013 Permalink earn freee points for amazon stuff

  13. Portland..
    12:22 am June 24, 2013 Permalink

    Im not sure he made a bad choice by choosing Ucla.. Because if he had chose Kentucky he would have never been granted eligibility… I also don’t feel the need to celebrate someone else’s misfortune… However I don’t have to root for him…

  14. Puhleeze
    9:36 am June 24, 2013 Permalink

    #11, if you’re the type of guy who goes around getting in the face of large men and telling them that their fathers are criminals and that you’re taking joy in the fact that they’re missing out on their dream profession, it’s probably better that someone beats your face in now because I kinda doubt you’d be long for this world otherwise. Also… you’d not be happy to let him punch you… because it probably wouldn’t be just one punch and you’d probably not be able to enjoy any of that NBA money due to the costs of your constant hospice care.