May 11, 2011, 9:51 AM EDT
Next Tuesday the Kryie Irving lottery takes place in Secaucus New Jersey. Some people call it the NBA Draft Lottery, which will determine the draft order for the league. But really this year it’s about Irving or getting a future role player.
The Sacramento Kings have an 8.8 percent chance of landing the top prize (then figuring out how he would play along side Tyreke Evans, but they’ll worry about that later). To up their chances they are sending the Kings fans lucky charm.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson will represent the team at the draft lottery, according to Slam Magazine.
Johnson was the guy who helped come up with new sponsorship money from the community and wowed the Board of Governors (the other owners) and relocation committee enough for them to tell the Maloof brothers that Sacramento deserved one more chance. One more year. He spearheaded a drive that stopped the Kings move to Anaheim. (For now, anyway.)
He’s not the Maloofs lucky charm, but he is the fans’ so he will go. Also, it has been reported that new owner Joe Lacob will represent the Golden State Warriors (0.8 percent chance).
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