Draft lottery brings back memories for Wade


Draft lottery brings back memories for Wade

MIAMI Things are a bit foggy for Dwyane Wade when it comes to remembering what it was like leading up to the 2003 NBA lottery when he was coming out of Marquette.

"That was so long ago," Wade said.

The only thing that Wade remembers for sure about then, was that LeBron James would be the first player drafted.

"Whatever team had the No. 1 overall pick," Wade said, "whether it was Cleveland, I knew they were going to take him."

There's a similar sentiment heading into tonight's draft lottery which will determine the No. 1 overall pick in next month's NBA draft.

Just about every projection for the 2012 draft has Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis as the top overall selection.

Davis' lofty draft status was in part due to the success he enjoyed on a loaded Kentucky Wildcats squad that went on to win a national championship.

Wade had an impressive tournament run during his final season at Marquette, leading the Golden Eagles to their first Final Four berth since 1977. That run included a triple-double of 29 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in Marquette's 83-69 win over top-seeded and top-ranked Kentucky in the Midwest Regional Final.

Even with all that Wade had accomplished that year, or how then-freshman Carmelo Anthony led Syracuse to the school's first national championship, Wade had no doubt that high school phenom LeBron James would be the top overall pick in that year's draft.

"His high school games were on national television," Wade said of James. "That's enough said. Seeing him perform his size, ability, his passing ability, he was NBA ready."

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Drummond on tweets and trade talk: 'I can change my profile if I want to'

Drummond on tweets and trade talk: 'I can change my profile if I want to'

BOSTON – If you believe what Andre Drummond and the Detroit Pistons are saying, then the former UConn star will not be on the move prior to Thursday’s 3 p.m. ESTtrade deadline.

Drummond, whose social media posts on Monday and later Tuesday morning only perpetuated the belief that he might be traded to Boston, addressed the trade speculation surrounding him after the Piston’s practice on Tuesday.

“What’s that got to do with my team?” he told reporters. “I can’t control what happens with trade rumors.”

Drummond was then reminded of the eyeballs emoji he posted Tuesday morning, which came less than 24 hours after he re-tweeted Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas’ eyeballs emoji – a similar posting to what Thomas did around the time Boston landed Al Horford last summer.

So as fans and media tried to piece the tweets together like they were clues to a Jessica Fletcher mystery, Drummond did his best to splash cold water on the trade talk on Tuesday.

“I’m a grown man,” he said. “I can change my profile if I want to. It doesn’t matter what time of year. If y’all want to speculate about that and me, go for it.”

Pistons head coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy has made no secret about the Pistons having conversations with several teams about all their players.

“Some discussions get more serious than others and that’s what happens,” Van Gundy told reporters following the team’s practice on Tuesday. “There hasn’t been a serious discussion about Andre, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been discussions about Andre.

Van Gundy added, “The rumors don’t mean anything to me. One of you (media) guys asked me over the weekend how far along the D.J. Augustin and Jeff Green trade for Reggie was. The first time I heard about it was when I got that text, so I would assume not that far. I usually can just laugh it off, but it gets a little annoying.”