The NBA draft lottery has brought Christmas in May to the Seattle area. Not because the second pick assures the Sonics will get Kevin Durant, which it does. Not because he is the most special player to be drafted since Michael Jordan, which he is. And, not because his fans will be watching his home games from their seats in Oklahoma City in 2008, which they will.
The NBA draft lottery has brought Christmas in May to the Seattle area because the Trail Blazers got the No. 1 pick and will draft Greg Oden, and he and Brandon Roy will play basketball in Seattle when Paul Allen rides into town with that franchise in tow in 2010. We need to start deciding now what to rename the team, because the Seattle Trail Blazers just doesn’t work. Maybe the Seattle College Graduates, or the Seattle We Do More Than Dribble and Dunks. Well … I’ll keep working on it. I do have a few years.