A public service announcement: the NBA Draft is today (Thursday). It doesn’t matter if you don’t care about basketball and can’t tell Yi Jianlian from Jackie Chan. The NBA has far and away the most entertaining and watchable draft of any sport.
The Draft doesn’t drag on like the NFL or the MLB; picks come rolling in at a rapid pace, and the whole thing is done in two rounds. It’s the single biggest business day of the year for every Big & Tall menswear store in the country, like Christmas plus Valentine’s Day, with guys that are 6-10. Plus, they all shake hands with David Stern, who can’t be an inch taller that 4-7.
The NBA Draft always has the best storylines. This year, there’s the excitement over Greg Oden and Kevin Durant, two transcendent talents. But the fun keeps going after the first two picks—just this year, we’ve got the foreign import (Jianlian) with the government (China) trying to manipulate where he ends up. There are sleepers who got kicked off their college team (Sean Williams). There are two-time college champs (the Florida guys). It’s probably my favorite sporting event; I know what I’ll be doing tonight.