“Nick has never complained a single time about the bad card he was dealt, and instead, chooses to focus on all that is good and exciting around him,” his dad said at the time Nick’s role Tuesday night was announced. “He is an example of perseverance, determination and life the way it should be lived. Nick is my personal hero.”
Nick is probably the personal hero of half of Ohio today. And then there is Minnesota GM David Kahn, who either implied the lottery was fixed, or simply wedged an Italian loafer so far down his throat he’ll need some surgery of his own to get it out.
“This league has a habit, and I am just going to say habit, of producing some pretty incredible story lines,” Kahn said. “Last year it was Abe Pollin’s widow and this year it was a 14-year-old boy and the only thing we have in common is we have both been bar mitzvahed. We were done. I told Kevin [O’Connor, Utah’s GM and one of the final three on stage]: ‘We’re toast; this is not happening for us.’ And I was right.”
The Timberwolves had the worst record in the league last season and are 0-for-14 in the draft lottery, so I get the disappointment. Still, when you’re standing on a stage with a child cheerfully battling an incurable and disfiguring disease, you might want to take the high road.
And from a purely practical point of view, let’s not forget this isn’t the deepest draft in NBA history. The difference between the first and second picks is going to be fairly negligible.