Every year, NBA fans wonder why the actual lottery portion of the NBA's annual Draft Lottery — all those numbered ping-pong balls bouncing around before eventually being sucked up to the top of their container, removed and set aside to determine the draft positions (and, just maybe, franchise fates) of the year's bottom 14 teams — isn't shown on the televised portion of the event's broadcast. The conspiracy theorists among us — which, obviously, includes fans of literally every team and even, as we learned last year, some NBA executives — typically swear that it's kept off-camera so we can't see all the devious rigging that goes on, with NBA Commissioner David Stern putting his thumb on the scales of justice to tilt the odds in favor of whichever franchise paid the proper illicit price.
That's one possible explanation, sure. Another, likelier one: The lottery drawing is really, really boring.
Did you make it all the way through that? If so, you now know the awful truth. Sure, the drawn-out presentation offered by ESPN wasn't particularly compelling, but this wouldn't have been much, or any, better, no matter how much Stu Jackson awkwardly standing there evokes some fun moments from "The Office."
Wouldn't you rather just see Nerlens Noel and his mom smile and wave for 12 straight minutes, or Nick "The Most Effective Lottery Representative in NBA History" Gilbert and Machine Gun Kelly lead a Cleveland Cavaliers traveling party bowtie cypher that resulted in this dude kicking off a rhyme with, "My name is Rappin' Roy Tate and I'm here to say?" I know I would.