Podcast: Paxson shares his initial reaction to the Draft Lottery results – NBCSports.com

Podcast: Paxson shares his initial reaction to the Draft Lottery results - NBCSports.com
Heres how Zion Williamson reacted to the Pelicans getting the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft
Duke Blue Devils star Zion Williamson probably didnt expect the New Orleans Pelicans to wind up with the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft. The Pelicans entered the lottery with a six percent chance at landing that selection. The New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls — among others — had better odds.

While anything can happen in a lottery situation, Williamson may have seen himself playing for one of those franchises. Both the Knicks and Bulls have a rich history. Williamson could have played a huge part in making those franchises relevant again.

What do we make of that? Williamson is definitely smiling and laughing in the video. He doesnt look too disappointed.

Stephen A. Smith Wrings Emmy-Worthy Performance Out Of Knicks Lottery Agony

Is that actually the case, though? ESPN reporter Marc Spears said Williamson was hoping to go to New York and was taken out of the draft room shortly after the Pelicans won the No. 1 pick.

Zion Williamson was QUICKLY whisked out of the room after Pelicans were announced the winner of the draft lottery. Source said the former Duke star was rooting to go to New York, but now is going to New Orleans.

Ultimately, its pretty pointless to draw any conclusions from that video. If you wanted to break things down frame by frame, you could come up with a number of conspiracy theories that fit whatever narrative you want. Is Williamson happy? Is he secretly angry? Why is RJ Barrett waving his hands like that? What is Williamson telling Barrett when the video cuts off?

In the end, Williamsons reaction could be about getting clarity. After months of waiting, he finally knows where hes going to be spending the next few years of his life. That alone is enough to put a smile on an 18-year-olds face.

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The ESPN loudmouth was up to the task. Smiths running performance over the past 24 or so hours has been an incredible display of showmanship, pathos, and bravado worthy of pro wrestling.

Act I: Smith comes to us from somewhere very dark, half an hour after the Pelicans have won the lottery. What do the Knicks have? What do the Knicks have?! He alternates between resigned disgust and volcanic outrage, leaving the audience waiting for the next chapter, which he promises to unleash the next day.

Act II: Smith took center stage on Get Up this morning and held court for roughly seven minutes, only ending his tirade when hed released all his frustrations and exited stage right. Mike Greenberg couldnt get in his way, Sean Farnham couldnt talk him down, and all Damon Jones could do was revel in the spectacle.

Act III: The fire-and-brimstone conclusion, and Smiths purest performance. Hes no longer on a set, or filming himself inside of a car. This is his purest, most truthful state, monologuing into a microphone. He has unraveled. Stephen A. Smith is having a very bad day. Losing out on Zion Williamson has sent Smith into a spiral of madness from which that damn Mark Tatum, that damn Bomani Jones, not even that damn Pablo Torre can get him out of. He has touched the void, and there is no return.

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