It’s May 15. Today is the day.
The #Schlenk absolutely means NOTHING if tonight doesn’t go well.
For the first time in 11 years, the Atlanta Hawks are in the NBA Draft Lottery. This year is so important, however, because this pick is supposed to be the cornerstone piece that determines the direction of the franchise for the next era. They had Bob Petit, Lou Hudson, Pete Maravich and Walt Bellamy in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Tree Rollins, Dominique Wilkins, Doc Rivers, Spud Webb and Kevin Willis throught the 1980s. Dikembe Mutombo, Steve Smith, Mookie Blaylock, Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Jason Terry for some of the 80s and 1990s. Lastly, the Hawks had Theo Ratliff, Josh Smith, Joe Johnson, Paul Millsap, Jeff Teague, and this pick in the 2000s and 2010s.
What are the odds?!
The worst the Hawks can mathematically do is pick No. 7 but what’s at stake goes beyond a number. The Hawks have the chance to cut the rebuild waiting period in half if the franchise plays its cards right. They have four draft picks with three being in the first round. The right players to go along with John Collins, Taurean Prince, Tyler Dorsey, and De’Andre Bembry can mean a playoff appearance next season. That would also create a growing nucleus all with three years or less experience.
Bring us the good stuff
Jami Gertz, the wife of Hawks owner Tony Ressler, is representing the Hawks tonight at the lottery.
Gertz is an actress known for a host of roles in her career. By far my personal favorite is “Still Standing.” The comedy was only on the air for four seasons between 2002 and 2006,. That is far too short for such an underrated masterpiece of genuine humor from a cast with untouchable chemistry.
One underlying joke throughout the show was Gertz’s character, Judy, and her TV husband, Bill, always recommending one another to just use the BCF whenever funds got tight. One day, the couple’s son, Brian, asked his parents what exactly the acronym stood for. After seasons of hearing the passing “BCF” tips, the parents finally told the nerdy son that it was short for “Brian’s College Fund.” The short moments mentioned are one of the reasons why “Still Standing” remains one of the sleeping giants in the world of residuals.
Now, the city of Atlanta is depending on Gertz to be “Still Standing” when the last three picks are announced tonight. Here’s to the underdog, even the underdogs of losers.