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JohnnyKilroy
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Anyone else find ESPN'S lotto coverage weird and cringy
The below quote stolen from a redditor:

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I’m not sure if this has been posted by someone already, but I just wanted to say that the things they let Rachel Nichols and Woj say during the draft lottery were blatantly disrespectful to all of the teams, save for maybe the Knicks, to all of the other draft picks, and to the Pelicans. Not to mention the fact that everything they were saying was being blasted throughout the entire venue.

First off, there were over a dozen teams in attendance last night. The only one that they chose to talk about: the Knicks. They talked unbelievably liberally about Zion going to NY, as if they had already won it. However, as I doubt any of them realized, the Knicks had the same chance of obtaining the #1 pick as the Cavs and the Suns, the latter of which I don’t even think was mentioned once on the broadcast.

Then, there was Zion. Rachel Nichols kept referring to the #1 pick as “who gets Zion.” Every time she said that or mentioned the kid, the camera would cut to the embarrassed 18 y/o who was just there to see what team picks where. There is no guarantee that Zion will go #1 overall. It is very very likely, but not guaranteed. Not to mention that they did this in front of a large number of draft prospects in attendance. What does all of this coverage and press mean to them if it’s only going to Zion?

And finally, the Pelicans. Woj made every team’s case for a possible AD trade that night. Whenever a team with chances of getting a top 10 pick was mentioned, Woj had to slip in that they may be looking to use that pick as an “asset” to trade for AD. I’m honestly very happy the Pelicans won because the disrespect they were receiving the whole night was greatly trumped when they won the first pick.

Now I get all of these things are said ten times over on any other sports news broadcast. However, as I said, Rachel Nichols audio was blasted for everyone at the event to hear, including the draft prospects and team representatives


Some other thoughts / observations:

Rachel calling RJ Barrett a consolation prize to his face

Woj declaring LA's jump into the top 4 strengthening their asset list for an AD trade while the camera is on Kuzma

Billas asking Zion if he would take Barrett over Ja while Barrett (his teammate and presumably friend) is sitting next to him

Rachel asking Barrett what it's like going from the #1 prospect to the 3rd best prospect.

Rachel to David Griffin: "When I say Zion, you say?"
This post was edited on 5/15 at 11:47 am


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re: Anyone else find ESPN'S lotto coverage weird and cringy
yes, it was a disaster


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JetsetNuggs
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re: Anyone else find ESPN'S lotto coverage weird and cringy
People are saying Zion clearly looked like he didn't want to go to the Pels.

To me he looked more embarrassed that he was getting sucked off by the media while there were like 10 other players in the room.


auzach91
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re: Anyone else find ESPN'S lotto coverage weird and cringy
Rachel was beyond horrible. None of her "jokes" landed. Also hated how they kept asking RJ about Zion like its not his day too. Kid could turn out the best of them all and hes not even getting a moment


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TexasTiger08
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re: Anyone else find ESPN'S lotto coverage weird and cringy
This is par for the course for ESPN now.


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tatervol
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re: Anyone else find ESPN'S lotto coverage weird and cringy
Completely agree. They did everything but give Zion a bj on air and then we wonder why these star nba players are divas.


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Tomherman
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re: Anyone else find ESPN'S lotto coverage weird and cringy
It was a 30 minute trian wreck.


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Jester
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re: Anyone else find ESPN'S lotto coverage weird and cringy
quote:

People are saying Zion clearly looked like he didn't want to go to the Pels.


100% sour grapes


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Hester Carries
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re: Anyone else find ESPN'S lotto coverage weird and cringy
quote:

Billas asking Zion if he would take Barrett over Ja while Barrett (his teammate and presumably friend) is sitting next to him



Bilas looked Barrett in the eyes and said "This time last year you were presumably the number 1 pick"


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McCaigBro69
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re: Anyone else find ESPN'S lotto coverage weird and cringy
Have draft picks always gone to the lottery?

I found it odd that they were even there to begin with.


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re: Anyone else find ESPN'S lotto coverage weird and cringy
That is a little odd. Can anyone explain why they were there?


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WestCoastAg
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re: Anyone else find ESPN'S lotto coverage weird and cringy
theyve been going to the lottery for a while now. at least 5 years or so


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ShaneTheLegLechler
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re: Anyone else find ESPN'S lotto coverage weird and cringy
It was really bad

ESPNs television NBA coverage in general sucks
This post was edited on 5/15 at 11:56 am


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genro
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re: Anyone else find ESPN'S lotto coverage weird and cringy
Rachel Nichols is a fricking horrible reporter and has a mustache


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re: Anyone else find ESPN'S lotto coverage weird and cringy
Worst part was when they had rj and zion up for an interview. then rachel started gushing over zion #1, pulling out magazine covers and shite.. poor rj just sit there like well fuk me, and zion was just embarrassed.


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SportTiger1
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re: Anyone else find ESPN'S lotto coverage weird and cringy
I watched on YouTube after I heard about the pels getting #1. I thought I was watching a spoof or something. Incredibly awkward


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lsutigers1992
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re: Anyone else find ESPN'S lotto coverage weird and cringy
Didn't watch. Didn't check. Found out at 5:30 AM by looking at TD. It was nice.


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Ed Osteen
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re: Anyone else find ESPN'S lotto coverage weird and cringy
I know it wasn't the first year but I don't understand why the players getting drafted need to be there. It's a recipe for awkward moments and interviews. If the players have to be involved, have a camera on them from a watch party or something
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SPEEDY
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re: Anyone else find ESPN'S lotto coverage weird and cringy
TNT should have sole NBA broadcasting rights


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