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Luck be a Wizard? Franchise lands No. 1 pick

Morning brew

Irene Pollin probably wasn't the only person whose mouth hit the floor after the Wizards won the NBA lottery for the second time in franchise history. Despite 10.3 percent odds to win the No. 1 overall pick, the Wizards leapfrogged four teams - including the New Jersey Nets - to claim the prize.

Pollin wore her late husband's 1978 championship ring and President Ernie Grunfeld brought his own good luck charm to Secaucus, N.J. True Hoop's Henry Abbott wrote that it was "Good luck at last for the Wizards" and even found Grunfeld's horoscope, which supported his enthusiasm.

But were the Wizards lucky or was it simply fate?

After talking to Hall of Famer Magic Johnson, Mike Wilbon said there shouldn't be any debate: The Wizards have to take Kentucky point guard John Wall with the No. 1 overall pick. Wilbon says Wall could truly be special.

Grunfeld has been coy about the decision, but's Ken Berger said the Wizards will go with Wall. Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski said the Wizards have an excellent foundation for their rebuilding efforts in Wall - and "will work harder than ever to find a trade" for Gilbert Arenas.'s Andy Katz spent time with Wall, who is already talking about playing pickup basketball with President Obama. Wall's agent, Dan Fegan, says, "They need a fresh face coming in right now when the organization had been at an all-time low."

Bullets Forever's Mike Prada says the Wizards should draft Wall and move on. Truth About It's Kyle Weidie wonders if the arrival of Wall can help the Wizards lure ... LeBron James?

By Michael Lee  |  May 19, 2010; 11:15 AM ET
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When the Wizards inevitably draft John Wall, it will make their team better. But I don't think it will lure King James to DC. If he wants to play with a good point guard he should go to the Bulls, who has a proven point guard in Rose. Or the Knicks where they can place him with another all star.

Check out my post on the draft:

Posted by: jon3889 | May 19, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Also, check out my post on King James and where he will end up this off season. NY Knicks.

Posted by: jon3889 | May 19, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

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