May 20, 2008

Bull-s*** luck

by Dan Bilicki In: Basketball

If had told me at the beginning of the season that the Chicago Bulls would win the lottery, I wouldn’t have believed you for a second. Hell, I had figured that they’d win the East. Their end result was the exact opposite.

With a 1.7% chance to win the first overall pick in the draft, the Bulls truly won the lottery. Now, you have to think: was the fix in?

After a disappointing and unstable year in the windy city basketball-wise, they needed this to right their ship and head back to the upper echelon of the league. By getting either Michael Beasley or Derrick Rose, the Bulls figure to be formidable with the squad they already have to build around.

But why do I think there’s a smell to the way this went down? First and foremost, look at the odds! 1.7%? I thought it was ridiculous when a colleague proclaimed that the Nets would win simply because Jay-Z was there. The Nets had a 1% chance of taking it. What actually happened here was just as outlandish.

Secondly, with the Bulls jumping up to No. 1, the Heat — who had the best chance of winning — fell to No. 2, meaning they would land whomever the Bulls didn’t take. This would be another step in swinging the balance of power back to the Eastern Conference in an ongoing effort to help keep the conferences closer to even. Sure, the West will still be the best, but at least the East’s future may have a shot.

And now, we can start reading the first wave of the many mock drafts to come. Oh Joy.

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