The winner of the Ben Simmons Sweepstakes will be determined tonight when the NBA holds its lottery for draft positions. The Philadelphia 76ers have the best odds to take the No. 1 overall pick, but we all know the Los Angeles Lakers will win out in the end because the NBA is rigged.
Here’s a look at all of the odds entering the lottery:
|ORDER||TEAM||ODDS NO. 1||ODDS TOP 3|
|2||Los Angeles Lakers||19.9%||55.8%|
|3||Boston Celtics (via Brooklyn Nets)||15.6%||46.9%|
|6||New Orleans Pelicans||6.3%||21.5%|
|7||Denver Nuggets (via New York Knicks)||4.3%||15%|
|9||Toronto Raptors (via Denver Nuggets)||1.9%||6.8%|
|13||Phoenix Suns (via Washington Wizards)||0.6%||2.2%|
There will be three Wildcats in the building when the ping-pong balls are selected tonight. Devin Booker will be representing the Phoenix Suns; Willie Cauley-Stein will represent the Sacramento Kings; and Karl-Anthony Towns, your unanimous Rookie of the Year, will sit in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ seat.
The lottery will be televised prior to Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on ESPN.
Marques Bolden announcement coming Thursday afternoon.
The end of Marques Bolden’s recruitment is in sight if Bolden follows through with his plan to announce later this week. As of now, Bolden is set to announce his decision at 2:30 pm ET ceremony from DeSoto High School. It will be either Duke or Kentucky, and whatever school he chooses will have the No. 1 ranked recruiting class for 2016.
What do we make of this action on Instagram yesterday?
Tomorrow is the final day for Bolden to submit his National Letter of Intent.
It’s unclear if Bolden will submit his LOI prior to Thursday’s ceremony to get it in before the May 18 deadline. If he decides to wait, he will not be bound to traditional LOI rules and could theoretically change his mind at any point over the summer.
My guess is he will turn it in sometime Wednesday, which means word will likely leak out before Bolden tells the world Thursday afternoon.
John Calipari plans to retire at Kentucky.
In his third and final installment of the “Vision of the Program” series, Calipari announced his plans to coach at Kentucky until retirement. “My plan is to coach here for the rest of my career,” he wrote in the CoachCal.com feature. “I want this to be my final coaching position.”
He wants to catch UCLA and its record 11 NCAA titles during that time.
“Our next challenge is to chase UCLA’s 11 titles. I hope you understand that it’s going to be very difficult. We’ve won eight titles since 1948, and now we’re going to try to win four more.”
Any food/bar recommendations in Greenville, South Carolina?
I’ll be in Greenville later this week for the BMW Charity Pro-Am. Wondering what all I should do/try during my four-day visit. Hit me up on the Twitter device if you’re knowledgable of the town.
Let’s do this, Tuesday.