It's June 28th. This might not mean much to you at first, but it should. Today is the NBA draft, and we are in Kentucky. I know, it's funny because Kentucky doesn't have a professional basketball team. What Kentucky does have, however, is a whole lot of really talented 18-20 year-olds who won a National Championship this year. These little birds are flying away from their nest to join the big boys in the NBA, and much of the state will be watching.
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First of all, the Draft starts at 7pm on ESPN. That's a good start.
The NBA Draft process started a long time ago with college basketball players deciding whether or not they want to stay in the college atmosphere or make millions of dollars putting a small, orange ball in a hoop. It's a tough choice, really. Once a college basketball player announces his intent of joining the NBA and picks up an agent, he can't venture back into the college game.
This year, for UK, the following players put their hats in the ring: Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrence Jones, Darius Miller, Marquis Teague, and Doron Lamb. That's basically our entire 6-man rotation for the National Championship team.
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I've said many things and I've only covered about 1/10 of the information you need to know. Chances are good that you've stopped reading at this point, but I'm about to tell you why you REALLY need to watch. See, when the commish (David Stern) comes out to announce the top picks, there's this really special moment. The cameras flash to the kid--the sometimes 18-year-old kid who has dreamed of playing in the NBA since he was likely old enough to know what a basketball is. And then, that kid gets to hug his momma. I know it sounds super corny, but it's really an amazing moment. Sometimes I like to imagine all of the elementary school basketball games, the AAU leagues, the practices, and the horrible coaches that momma has had to endure. And then, the day comes when her son gets the break of his life. Just watch it.
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