If you are the owner of an NBA team and want to represent your franchise at the NBA draft lottery, then you automatically get to do just that.
For the Warriors on Thursday night, it was supertar Steph Curry who appeared at the virtual event -- which netted Golden State the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
So why didn't Dubs owner Joe Lacob handle the representation duties? Apparently, he delivered a specific message (semi-facetiously) to Warriors brass.
"I don't do lotteries. I do championships," ESPN's Zach Lowe writes. "When ESPN's Ramona Shelburne asked Lacob about that cheeky line, he chuckled. "This is gonna be like the 'light years' thing," Lacob said. "I did say that. But when you're in last place, you shouldn't really have much to say."
This is amazing, and almost assuredly will be brought to light (pun intended) at some point down the line.
Lacob's notorious "light years" quote came in early 2016.
“We’re light-years ahead of probably every other team in structure, in planning, in how we’re going to go about things,” he told The New York Times. “We’re going to be a handful for the rest of the NBA to deal with for a long time.”
The Warriors -- who won three titles and reached the NBA Finals five straight years from 2015 to 2019 -- finished with the worst record (15-50) in the NBA last season.
Falling on hard times resulted in Golden State landing the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. And Lacob believes his team is ready to bounce back in a big way.
"It really does look like things are lining up for us to be a very good team next year," he told Larry Beil last week on ABC7's "With Authority" podcast."It's hard to say (when) you're the worst team in the league that you're gonna be a contender for the title -- but I do think we will be."