1. Obviously, the big story of the week comes from the NBA Draft Lottery. The Sixers ended up keeping their third spot in the draft order, and did not obtain picks from Miami or LA. They are currently slated to have up to four selections next year.
2. Unless you've been living under a rock, we co-promoted, along with the Rights to Ricky Sanchez podcast and Spike Eskin, the Second Annual Draft Lottery Party. It was Michael Levin's first, and he put together a nice recap of the events. So did Andrew Sharp, previously public enemy number one, for Grantland. Comcast SportsNet and Amy Fadool came as well, and there's video. I mostly handed out t-shirts while wearing a K.J. McDaniels jersey.
3. Speaking of those t-shirts, here's ESPN's Pablo Torre, who wrote maybe the definitive piece on the Sixers front office for a national audience, holding up our shirt on Around The Horn on Tuesday.
4. Some of the best local media coverage of the lottery and aftermath:
- From The 700 Level, Andrew Unterberger's perspective is always appreciated, and well thought-out. He's happy with the third pick
- Also from The 700 Level, Andrew Kulp doesn't get why critics don't get "The Process"
- From The Philadelphia Inquirer, Mike Sielski asks if Nerlens Noel, Sixers representative at the NBA Lottery, should be concerned about his long-term fit here. My opinion: he'll get a chance to quell any fears, but all is riding on his fit with Joel Embiid.
- Derek Bodner, on his site, doesn't think D"Angelo Russell is a lock at number three.
- Nerlens Noel made the all-rookie team.
5. And finally, some of the best Liberty Ballers weekly coverage for you from this week: Derek Bodner's weekly Thursday LB Mailbag and Marc Whittington on Mario Hezonja. Our draft coverage will be ramped up beginning on Tuesday.
Finally, thanks again to everyone that came out on Tuesday and supported the site, and everyone else who reads us weekly. We couldn't have done it without you. And thanks to the Sixers, Comcast SportsNet, and everyone else that made it a BIG deal.
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