Steve Buckhantz's lottery reaction
More than one person has already told me they let out a dagger on Tuesday night, or asked me whether Steve Buckhantz might have done the same. Figured I should go to the source, to see whether he actually employed his signature call.
"There was no audible Daggerrrrrrrrr! from me in a room with my girlfriend," Buckhantz told me on Wednesday morning.
Sad. That, though, doesn't mean he wasn't excited. I'll let him explain.
"I was on the couch at first," Buckhantz said. "When it got to about the number 8 draw, that got me up off the coach, as I didn't hear the Wizards' name. When I heard the announcer say the Wizards and the Sixers have leapfrogged into the top 3, I got closer to the television and started to breathe heavy.
"When he pulled out the third choice and said the New Jersey Nets, I began to hyperventilate. And then when he pulled the next card - which I was certain was going to say Washington Wizards - and it was the Philadelphia 76ers, my jaw literally fell to the ground. It was as excited as I think I've been since Gilbert hit the game-winning dagger against the Bulls in the playoffs.
"I was running around the room, just shaking my head in disbelief. And then I as I watched the rest of the proceedings -- the interviews with Mrs. Pollin, and Ted Leonsis and then Ernie Grunfeld -- I just got this sense that there was this change in the organization. And not just obviously from the Pollins to Leonsis, but this air of a new beginning to the team. Maybe it sounds sort of corny, but that's how I felt.
"And you can't help but get that feeling when you watch Ted Leonsis. He just radiates this positive, happy glow around him. This just gives them a jump start into the process that we all know is going to be the rebuilding of this basketball team."
Buckhantz remembered the excitement over the Kwame Brown pick, but that was more excitement about uncertainty: no one knew what Brown would be like. No one knew much of anything about him, and no one knew for sure he'd be the top pick when the Wizards won the lottery. This is a bit different.
"Like everybody else, I was completely uncertain about what next year would bring," Buckhantz said. "And there's still a certain amount of uncertainty, but I was thinking about what training camp would be like. What do we have to look forward to in this building process? Well, this is a big block to the foundation. Now, you go in there sitting on the edge of your seat, wanting to see what this guy can do."
Even more reactions:
Ted Leonsis: "I want to assure everyone that we won't make the first pick in the draft a "sugar buzz high". We will work to craft a team and a system methodically and with care. We will articulate a plan and strategy built around analytics and with our ultimate goal in mind. Rome wasn't built in a day and neither will the new Wizards....Be enthusiastic. Be positive and upbeat. Try to be happy and embrace and extend the good fortune."
Irene Pollin: "[Abe] would just be jumping up for joy and screaming and yelling....I promised our fans in public, I said next year's gonna be better. Well, I've already proven it. It's already better now."
(And how would they celebrate? "Champagne in the plane," she said. "We already have it.")
Joe Posnanski: "Is there a hotter sports city than Washington? McNabb, Strasburg and Wall. Wow. That's real change in Washington."
Jim Bowden: "DC......Strasburg, McNabb, Wall and Harper...not bad for revitalizing a sleeping Giant of a Sports City within a year."
Jeremy Jarmon: "There's a zero percent chance that LeBron comes to the Wizards."
Posted by: NateinthePDX | May 19, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: fushezzi | May 19, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: RedCherokee | May 19, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: poguesmahone | May 19, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: dovelevine | May 19, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: kahlua87 | May 19, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: risk48910 | May 19, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: ChoppinBroccoli | May 20, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.