This is like… exciting. With the conclusion of this draft, we will OFFICIALLY wrap up the first year of professional basketball in Oklahoma City. And we will also have a new player or two in Thunder blue. I hope it’s the guy you really want. Unless his name is Hasheem Thabeet.
6:01 p.m. CST: Yes. My favorite part of any anticipated broadcast. Thirty minutes of talking about things were already know. I can’t wait to hear Jay Bilas tell me Hasheem Thabeet is long and that Blake Griffin is good at basketball. I’m really looking forward to it.
6:06: For some reason, people really care about the suits these guys wear. Rubio looked extremely sharp, Blake Griffin has a purple shirt on and James Harden is wearing a bowtie. How funny! A bowtie! That’s so ironic!
6:11: I can’t decide what I was more nervous for – the lottery or the draft? The lottery was a slap in the face. It happened so quick. The draft is such a process. And why am I nervous about David Stern calling some guy’s name over a microphone to send him to Oklahoma City? I have no idea.
6:13: Shutup, shutup, shutup everybody! Jay Bilas is going to tell me who his top five players are! I’m sure glad I haven’t been looking at that huge graphic on the side of the screen that says, “Jay Bilas’ Best Available” for the last two hours. Talk about a spoiler alert!
6:19: I guess ESPN thought we might forget who Jay Bilas’ top five guys are, because he’s telling us again. What’s that? You like Tyreke Evans as the third best player in this draft? News to me.
6:23: Most awkward interview of the night award already goes to Mark Jones and Ricky Rubio. Nothing is topping it. Well, I forget that Stuart Scott is in the building and has a microphone in his hand. So it’s probably too early to be crowning anyone.
6:29: Is Hasheem Thabeet wearing a silver trash sack? And also, why is Dick Vitale talking to me? A nice did you know about Vitale: Out of eight ESPN writers last fall, he’s the only one that didn’t have Blake Griffin on his pre-season All-American team. Better yet, he didn’t have Blake on his second team. But yet this man is supposed to be educating me about the draft. Awesome.
6:31: (Summons Mike Goldberg) And. Here. We. Go! Keep Reading…