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Irene Pollin to represent Wizards at draft lottery


I hope to leave you with some luck. (Jonathan Newton/the Washington Post)


The Pollin family recently sold their 56 percent share of Washington Sports and Entertainment, which includes the Wizards and Verizon Center, to Ted Leonsis. But Irene Pollin and her sons, Robert and Jim, remain passionate about the organization that engrossed their lives for the past 46 years. As a way to honor the legacy of franchise patriarch Abe Pollin and his family's influence on the franchise and the District, his widow Irene Pollin has been selected to represent the Wizards at the NBA draft lottery on Tuesday in Secaucus, N.J.

The decision was made recently, with Irene Pollin electing to go as one of her last acts as majority owner. Leonsis will attend the ceremony hoping for some good luck. (For more on the Wizards' draft lottery "luck," read Dan Steinberg's take on the topic.)

The Wizards have the fifth-best chance (10.3 percent) of winning the No. 1 overall pick after finishing 26-56 last season and losing a tiebreaker with the Golden State Warriors. They can finish with no worse than the eighth overall selection. Irene Pollin last represented the Wizards/Bullets in 1993, when the Wizards had the third-best odds of winning the lottery and wound up choosing sixth.

Leonsis, who is expected to take over the franchise in the next few weeks, will also attend the lottery with President Ernie Grunfeld. The NBA draft is June 24. Kentucky freshman point guard John Wall and Ohio State junior forward Evan Turner are considered the top two choices.

At the Wizards' season finale at Verizon Center last month, Irene Pollin grabbed a microphone before the fourth quarter and nervously made an impassioned speech to fans about the difficult campaign that included the death her husband of 64 years. "Next year is going to be better, I promise you that," Irene Pollin said, before the Wizards rallied to a 98-97 win over the Indiana Pacers.

She will have one more opportunity to help make that a reality one last time.


LOTTERY STANDINGS
1. New Jersey (12-70) 25 percent
2. Minnesota (15-67) 19.9 percent
3. Sacramento (25-57) 15.6 percent
4. Golden State (26-56) 10.4 percent
5. Washington (26-56) 10.3 percent

By Michael Lee  |  May 17, 2010; 12:08 PM ET
 
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"The decision was made recently, with Irene Pollin chosen over Leonsis, who will attend the ceremony hoping for some good luck. "

This begs the question: Who chooses who gets to represent the team? Logically, it seems like the owner would get to chose who represents him/her, but that line gives the impression that some third party chose Pollin over Leonsis, which doesn't make sense.

Posted by: kalo_rama | May 17, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Good Luck Washington,

Here's to hoping for a change in fortune.

Posted by: millineumman | May 17, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

maybe there needs to be a woman's touch at this lottery for luck

Posted by: jefferu | May 17, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Is this the same irenepollen who makes appearances on this site?

Posted by: junkmail0153 | May 17, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

That's a very good question Kal,

Hope they are moving toward a normal functioning chain of command and foundation

Posted by: millineumman | May 17, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

She will have one more opportunity to help make that a reality one last time.

Straight from the Department of Redundancy Department.

Posted by: rbpalmer | May 17, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

@Kal,

Was thinking the same thing. Sounds like that have some board or something that votes on it. Very strange. I understand the sentiment, but, honestly, how much luck have the Pollin's really had with the franchise. I guess it avoids a "more of the same" scenario if Leonsis were to go and not have any luck.

Posted by: rphilli721 | May 17, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Steinberg's bog sums up the Wizards woeful lottery history pretty well. Not for those with a weak stomach....

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dcsportsbog/2010/05/wizards_draft_lottery_disaster.html

Posted by: artiesliver | May 17, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

"When you believe in things
That you don't understand,
Then you suffer,
Superstition aint the way"


Stevie Wonder


Posted by: djnnnou | May 17, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Give me Derrick Favors please!

Posted by: DMoney28 | May 17, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Sheesh.
I can't really explain why, but I don't believe the above photo selected for this post was meant to comfort us on any level. We're looking at one more year of bad luck in the lottery, folks.

Posted by: gimmedat | May 17, 2010 1:39 PM | Report abuse

NOOOO!!!!!!!

Just say "NO!" to the Pollins attending the lottery.

Won't they just go away? :(

I mean com'on now.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | May 17, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Sheesh.
I can't really explain why, but I don't believe the above photo selected for this post was meant to comfort us on any level. We're looking at one more year of bad luck in the lottery, folks.

Posted by: gimmedat


Isn't the photo above more about the genetics lottery?

Posted by: djnnnou | May 17, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Wizards are in the middle.

Posted by: and_1 | May 17, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

The sale of the Wizards will not be effective until some time after the draft lottery, so she's entitled to one more Wizards draft. It's understandable. Desireable no, but understandable.

Posted by: closg | May 17, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

"The sale of the Wizards will not be effective until some time after the draft lottery, so she's entitled to one more Wizards draft."

Well, if she were actually "entitled" to it, it makes even less sense for her to have to be "chosen" or for it. If it's her right, why did someone else have to "select" her for what is basically being portrayed as a ceremonial honor?

Posted by: kalo_rama | May 17, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Spot on, Kal.

Why is a third party making the selection?
Why is this third party so cruel to DC fans?
Why can't the Pollins frickin leave us alone?

Irene's participation and the family's completely misguided view of their role/abilities is killing this organization. Why can't they just give it a rest?

They did a poor job and made poor decisions and in essence showed no respect for DC fans. Now they're taking a victory lap? They need to stop.

Posted by: Urnesto | May 17, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

They probably let Irenepollin represent Wizards in memory of her late Husband Abe. I like it when goofy looking players represent the team like kevin love.

Posted by: jefferu | May 17, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Just to be clear:

I actually have no problem whatsoever with Irene Pollin representing the team. I'm not the superstitious type, so I don't think it'll make a difference who's there. I just find it odd that article suggests that someone other than the people running the team appear to be making the choice.

Posted by: kalo_rama | May 17, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Based on the picture above, Forget "luck", let's hope Irene brings Jim and his appetite to the draft lottery.

I'm rooting for Jimmy boy to eat some of the other team's ping pong balls and help out the cause.

And if Jim doesn't pull through, at least we got Leonsis.

Posted by: maxer18 | May 17, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

"The sale of the Wizards will not be effective until some time after the draft lottery, so she's entitled to one more Wizards draft."

Well, if she were actually "entitled" to it, it makes even less sense for her to have to be "chosen" or for it. If it's her right, why did someone else have to "select" her for what is basically being portrayed as a ceremonial honor?

Posted by: kalo_rama

My two cents on it....Since the sale is not finalized, the Pollins I guess are still technically in control, but would likely be consulting closely with Leonsis on team decisions. Hence 'chosen', as in the Pollins and Leonsis sat down and picked Irene to do it.

Posted by: ts35 | May 17, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

From a team perspective going forward, it would probably make more sense to have Ted doing it, but I think it is a nice sort of last hurrah for the Pollin family.

Posted by: ts35 | May 17, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Isn't the photo above more about the genetics lottery?

Posted by: djnnnou | May 17, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Robert and Jim can't be related. it's like the van gundy's. can you imagine those guys as kids.

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | May 17, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

^^^^^
Exactly, no real controversy here. One last time for ole Abe's sake.

Posted by: closg | May 17, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I would have laughed the whole hour if it was Nick Young representing the wizards. All he has to do is crack a smile

Posted by: jefferu | May 17, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

I would have laughed the whole hour if it was Nick Young representing the wizards. All he has to do is crack a smile

Posted by: jefferu | May 17, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

CLASSIC

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | May 17, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Does she have any grasp of the reality of how much the fan base just wants every association with the name Pollin removed from this team?

Posted by: PowerBoater69 | May 17, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Isn't this like Leonsis paying for a full body massage, but someone else getting the happy ending?

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | May 17, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

wiz will pick @8

Posted by: mrhney03 | May 17, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

What happened to the timeline here?

Did not the League somewhat indicate in the Commish's words himself that the sale would be finalized by draft day.

Now Ted has to sort of take his sister to the Prom.

What the hey is up???

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | May 17, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

As long as we don't fall past 6th. The top 3... Wall, Turner, Favors... are the class of the draft. Johnson is alone at 4, then you have question marks with Cousins and Monroe, one with an attitude problem and the other with the problem of having no attitude. After that it's could-bes (Aminu, Motlenjunas, Davis, Patterson) and hum-drummers (Aldrich). 7th or lower is the Cursed Number. Irene, hold steady fair lioness and let us not fall more than One. And Leonsis, cross the T's on the pinks before the draft and dump Ernie. He'll trade our pick for Brian Scalabrine or some such....

Posted by: SammyT1 | May 17, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

"Until his very last breath, my late husband still couldn't believe that these 2 men to my left both came out of the same woman."

Posted by: randysbailin | May 17, 2010 9:33 PM | Report abuse

What happened to the timeline here?

Did not the League somewhat indicate in the Commish's words himself that the sale would be finalized by draft day.

Now Ted has to sort of take his sister to the Prom.

What the hey is up???

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD

Draft day, not lottery day. Over a month left to go.

Posted by: ts35 | May 17, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Draft day, not lottery day. Over a month left to go.

Posted by: ts35 | May 17, 2010 10:19 PM

Yep, like my grandma, usta' always say, "Boy you beddar' take a second to think before you speak."

I kinda forgot her advice on that one.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | May 17, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Oh great the Pollin's gonna get us one more time before they go.

Posted by: wiz313 | May 17, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Looking at the pic above, it's kind of interesting how one son clearly looks like Irene, while the other clearly looks like Abe.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | May 17, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Looking at the pic above, it's kind of interesting how one son clearly looks like Irene, while the other clearly looks like Abe.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | May 17, 2010 11:00 PM | Report abuse

Agreed...and we sit and fret about our silly NBA lottery....this poor fellow was born into real money but I'll bet not many would trade places straight up with him.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | May 17, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

I think there's a tendency for fans to throw up their hands at a draw outside the top 3. But last year the two best players sat at 4 and 10. Of course, that class looks to have been a little underrated, and this year's might be overhyped.

Headline on NBA.com's 2009 draft site: "Jordan Hill's Big Upside Could Make Him A Steal."

Or maybe not.

Sitting near the end of the first round were Rod Beaubois and Taj Gibson. And the second round included talented Chase Budinger and that other guy, what's his name? Blair? Whatever happened to him?

And Jonas Jerebko, a rebounding fool who did the NBA players a favor by punching Jamaal Magloire in the chops.

So the lesson is: when it comes to the draft, nobody knows nothin'.

Posted by: Samson151 | May 18, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

I think there's a tendency for fans to throw up their hands at a draw outside the top 3. But last year the two best players sat at 4 and 10. Of course, that class looks to have been a little underrated, and this year's might be overhyped.

Headline on NBA.com's 2009 draft site: "Jordan Hill's Big Upside Could Make Him A Steal."

Or maybe not.

Sitting near the end of the first round were Rod Beaubois and Taj Gibson. And the second round included talented Chase Budinger and that other guy, what's his name? Blair? Whatever happened to him?

And Jonas Jerebko, a rebounding fool who did the NBA players a favor by punching Jamaal Magloire in the chops.

So the lesson is: when it comes to the draft, nobody knows nothin'.

Posted by: Samson151

Absolutely true, but there have been studies that show that if you're outside the top 5 picks, your chances of landing a significant contributor drop considerably. Part of the reason people want in the top 3 this year is because it's a little more clear cut who to take. Whereas at 4 and definitely moving into 5, 6, 7, 8 it's more all over the place.

Posted by: ts35 | May 18, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

"Absolutely true, but there have been studies that show that if you're outside the top 5 picks, your chances of landing a significant contributor drop considerably."

What "studies"?

Posted by: kalo_rama | May 18, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/draft2009/insider/news/story?id=4227787

This is the easiest one to find, but there have been others. google at your leisure.

Posted by: ts35 | May 18, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

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