The first ever virtual NBA Draft was quality entertainment.
From a Kentucky standpoint, the draft was a big success as UK kept its streak of multiple first-round picks alive with Tyrese Maxey coming off the board at No. 21 and Immanuel Quickley silencing his critics four picks later at No. 25 to the New York Knicks by way of trade. Nick Richards completed the night for Big Blue Nation when he was picked in the second round and then traded to the Charlotte Hornets. Three graduations, as Calipari likes to say.
Outside of the Kentucky fun, the draft gave us bearded Bruce Pearl joining the live ESPN broadcast via a Motorola flip phone from what looked like some war-torn country or maybe even a space station. Pearl was also in ESPN’s draft intro video, making two Bruce Pearl sightings before the first John Calipari, but Cal would get a word in later in the program:
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) November 19, 2020
Cal’s super-HD camera versus Pearl’s Blackberry became a thing on Twitter:
4K vs. 240p pic.twitter.com/PY8GA8dymt
— The Ringer (@ringer) November 19, 2020
Bruce Pearl is either talking about the NBA Draft or an incoming cold front for the Weather Channel pic.twitter.com/U0BUIygYHB
— 3030 (@jose3030) November 19, 2020
Bruce Pearl is 100% committing a murder right now during this interview.
— Justin Russo (@FlyByKnite) November 19, 2020
Lets got back to Bruce Pearl for some more thoughts pic.twitter.com/0uoy8YGGLg
— PFTCommenter (@PFTCommenter) November 19, 2020
CBS Sports’s Matt Norlander reached out to Pearl and found he did the interview in the parking lot of a grocery store.
Breaking news: Bruce Pearl tells CBS Sports he did his ESPN hit on Isaac Okoro in a parking lot of an Ingles grocery store outside LaGrange, Georgia, near the border of Alabama.
"No green room for BP," Pearl said.
Again, please credit CBS Sports. pic.twitter.com/m0rxGGk8kh
— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) November 19, 2020
Meanwhile, in Lexington, John Calipari tuned in from here: