I’d like to think that I’m a logicial and analytical person. I went to college, I use facts to back up my beliefs and inform my arguments. I research things because I find them interesting.
YET ....... I am a superstitious person even though it’s nonsense. I believe in fate and karma and rally caps and not talking about a no-hitter.
Also, I’m someone who has watched every NBA Draft lottery breathlessly for a decade (or the amount of time the Pistons have been pitiful). And the Pistons never get lucky in the lottery. I remember jumping up and down in my living room when I thought, stupidly, that the Pistons had jumped into the top-3 in 2014 because for a split second I forgot that the Charlotte Bobcats became the Charlotte Hornets and had the Pistons first-round pick in the Ben Gordon trade.
The Pistons are going to lose their pick again this year (to the Clippers courtesy of the Blake Griffin trade) unless it lands in the top-3. History is going to repeat itself.
So that is why I have decided to try something new this year. I am NOT writing about the NBA Draft lottery. Sure, I might have a journalistic obligation to inform readers of what is going on but screw that.
I am NOT going to tell you that the NBA Draft lottery is tonight at 7:30 p.m. EST. I won’t risk telling you that it is on ESPN and can be streamed online via the Watch ESPN app.
You might care that the Pistons have a 0.7 percent chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick and a 2.4 percent chance of landing in the top-3, but I can’t risk telling you that.
Sure the only hope for this moribund franchise might be landing a player like Luka Doncic or even a difference-making center like Mo Bamba or DeAndre Ayton or Jaren Jackson Jr. But I won’t be the one to link you to NBA Draft Big Boards breaking down the elite players because the Pistons are surely sending their pick to the Clippers.
I write about that stuff every single year and every year the Pistons either stay in place, drop lower or lose their pick. I’m not falling for that again.
And no, this isn’t some stupid, pointless exercise in reverse psychology or a desperate attempt at a reverse jinx. This is a principled stand. They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
Well, I’m not crazy. A new approach is needed. So you’ll find no NBA Draft lottery content from me.
Fittingly, I have instead decided to spend my time tonight doing something more productive. I will be watching one of my all-time favorite movies on the big screen at a cool little two-screen theater in downtown Howell.
If you’re interested in talking about the NBA Draft lottery you’ll have to find somewhere else to get your kicks or hijack the thread to some other post that is completely unrelated to the NBA Draft lottery. Sorry, but I just can’t do it this year. Not again.