In case you were wondering who the Thunder were going to have locked down in the actual Lottery Room, it will be, of course, our young general manager, Sam Presti. So if you are looking for any visual reactions from our general manager when our pick selection is announced, you are not going to see it since the lottery room participants are sequestered in the Lottery Room until the selections have been announced on Live TV. Can you imagine what will be going through his head during the time he's locked down in that room after the picks are announced? Seriously these guys will be locked down for a good hour or so before they are allowed to leave. Kind of makes you wonder if these guys are already discussing possible trades / draft day deals while they wait.
As for the Thunder sending Scott Brooks, I think its a pretty good choice. The players all seem to really love the guy, and he's already won over most of the fanbase and is a pretty beloved coach already in Oklahoma City. When the Thunder finally removed the interim tag and made him the official head coach of the Thunder going forward, I don't think I saw a single negative thing said about him in any print media, web forums, or blogs. Perhaps I just don't do enough reading, but I honestly don't remember anything negative.
Also, I'm not sure if the list below is complete or not, because some teams don't have any lottery room participants listed, but this is the official listing the NBA is handing out to the media, so one would expect it to be pretty accurate. Kudos to the Thunder for being the only team bringing some fans along for the ride as well. Would have been even cooler if they'd given the prize winners the opportunity of representing the team instead of Scott Brooks. Nothing against Scotty of course, but how cool would it be to see our team up there represented by a fan? Pretty damn cool, perhaps the Thunder will keep that in mind for next season...that's if we are still a lottery team by then.
NAME TITLE 1. Team Name CHARLOTTE BOBCATS On-Stage participant DJ Augustin Player Lottery Room participant Josh Rosen Manager of Basketball Communications 2. Team Name GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS On-Stage participant Larry Riley General Manager Lottery Room participant Raymond Ridder Executive Director, Public Relations Studio Audience Sanae Ridder Wife of Raymond Ridder Studio Audience Renae Riley Wife of Larry Riley 3. Team Name INDIANA PACERS On-Stage participant Larry Bird President, Indiana Pacers Lottery Room participant David Benner Director of Public Information 4. Team Name LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS On-Stage participant Baron Davis Player Lottery Room participant Neil Olshey Assistant General Manager 5. Team Name MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES On-Stage participant Lionel Hollins Head Coach Lottery Room participant Greg Campbell President, Business Operations 6. Team Name MILWAUKEE BUCKS On-Stage participant John Hammond General Manager Lottery Room participant Jeff Weltman Assistant General Manager 7. Team Name MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES On-Stage participant Kevin Love Player 8. Team Name NEW JERSEY NETS On-Stage participant Rod Thorn President 9. Team Name NEW YORK KNICKS On-Stage participant Allan Houston Assistant to President, Bball Ops Lottery Room participant Donnie Walsh President, Basketball Operations Studio Audience Glen Grunwald SVP, Basketball Operations Studio Audience Scott O’Neil President, MSG Sports Studio Audience Ron Skotarczak SVP, Renovation Sales Studio Audience Sean Barror SVP, Renovation Sales Studio Audience Howard Jacobs SVP, Ticket Sales and Marketing Studio Audience Mark Piazza SVP, Team Operations Studio Audience Mike Ondrejko VP, Suite Sales Studio Audience John Clark VP, Marketing Partnerships 10. Team Name OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER On-Stage participant Scott Brooks Head Coach Lottery Room participant Sam Presti Executive Vice President Studio Audience Rich Cho Assistant General Manager Studio Audience Brian Facchini Director of Basketball Communications Studio Audience Kelly McKeown Director, Brand Management Studio Audience Kerianne Roper Prize Winner Studio Audience Randy Roper Prize Winner NOT IN STUDIO // TENT ONLY Matthew Wells OKC Thunder Camera Crew 11. Team Name PHOENIX SUNS On-Stage participant Alvin Gentry Phoenix Head Coach Studio Audience Jeramie McPeek Vice President 12. Team Name SACRAMENTO KINGS On-Stage participant Chris Webber Sacramento Kings Legend Lottery Room participant John Kehriotis Minority Owner Studio Audience Bob Cook Minority Owner Studio Audience Bob Hernreich Minority Owner Studio Audience Mary Wansley Guest of Bob Herneich Studio Audience Darrin May Media Relations 13. Team Name TORONTO RAPTORS On-Stage participant Bryan Colangelo President & General Manager Lottery Room participant Jim Labumbard Director, Media Relations 14. Team Name WASHINGTON WIZARDS On-Stage participant Ernie Grunfeld President Lottery Room participant Flip Saunders Head Coach Studio Audience Scott Hall Director of PR
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