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NO LUCK IN LOTTERY


NO LUCK IN LOTTERY
The only thing cool to happen to the Knicks last night was Reggie Jackson showing up in Secaucus as their good-luck charm.

But it is May, not October, so Reggie's presence didn't help the Knicks at the draft lottery any more than it helped the club in the past five lotteries.

The Knicks stood pat at No. 8, and they will not be adding Blake Griffin, Ricky Rubio or Hasheem Thabeet to their roster.

Instead, the Knicks will be eyeing a series of guards - with Davidson sharpshooter Stephen Curry the most publicized of their targets.

UCLA's Jrue Holiday, Memphis' Tyreke Evans, USC's DeMar DeRozan, UNC's Ty Lawson, Syracuse's Johnny Flynn and Brandon Jennings, who spent what would have been his freshman year in Italy, will all be considered.

Moments after the lottery, Knicks president Donnie Walsh was outside on his cellphone, talking to James Dolan, who didn't watch the lottery.

Walsh told him, "We didn't lose, we didn't win."

The NBA didn't win either.

The league's two least marketable teams moved up to cop the top two picks and the rights, presumably, to Blake Griffin and Ricky Rubio.

The Clippers, with a 17.7 percent chance, won the No. 1 pick. Memphis moved to No. 2. Oklahoma City slid up to 3, missing out on the perfect storyline of being in position to draft the Sooners star.

Knicks executive Allan Houston was looking for a good-luck charm last night before taking the dais in Secaucus.

In the afternoon, Houston bumped into Mr. October at a charity function.

"He asked me if I had a good-luck charm," Houston said. "I said, no, and he said, 'How about me?' "

The publicity-starved Jackson left Yankee Stadium last night at 7 and arrived in time for the lottery at 8:30, schmoozing with all the NBA executives and commissioner David Stern, who is Reggie's height.

"When you get to be my age and people ask you to do something and you get a meal out of it, I'm in," Jackson told The Post. "Actually, I know the Dolans and love the Knicks ."

"I told him I didn't believe in luck, but it was fun," Houston said. "I was appreciative he took time out of his night to join us and represent New York."

The Knicks are likely headed toward taking a combo guard, but Walsh said don't pencil it in.

"Everyone projects a point guard down there because that's what would be left to us, but I'm not 100 percent sure," Walsh said. "We still have a lot of work to do. There are some other players pretty good who are mentioned in the next 10."

Walsh has had his eye on the Pac-10 all year and scouted its conference tournament, giving credence to a Holiday or DeRozan pick. Walsh said he will take a player suited to play Mike D'Antoni's speedball system.

"I think there aren't a lot of guys who can't fit (D'Antoni's) system in the top 10," Walsh said. "We're looking for good, all-around players who are defensively inclined."

"I think you'll find someone at that pick that will have an impact," Houston said. "There's a lot of good players ready for that eighth pick."

NBA LOTTERY

Last night?s draft lottery determined the first 14 spots in the June 25 draft. Spots 7-14 went

to form, but the Clippers, Grizzlies and Thunder all moved up from their slotted positions.

Team Slotted

1. Clippers 3

2. Grizzlies 6

3. Thunder 4

4. Kings 1

5. Wizards 2

6. T?Wolves 5

7. Warriors 7

8. Knicks 8

9. Raptors 9

10. Bucks 10

11. Nets 11

12. Bobcats 12

13. Pacers 13

14. Suns 14

Note: The Knicks and Nets don?t have second-round picks


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: May 21, 2009

 

 
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