It was the night drama at the top of the NBA draft went to die, as well as the Oklahoma City Thunder as we knew them and the perception that budget department stores can’t outfit millionaires.
There was zero suspense when it came to the top two picks. Power forward Ben Simmons went No. 1 to the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night before forward Brandon Ingram was immediately snapped up by the Lakers.
Simmons had tipped his hand by working out only for the 76ers, erasing any doubt about what the Lakers would do upon their third consecutive foray into the draft lottery.
“It honestly feels like all this pressure just has hopped off me,” Simmons told...
Orlando guard Victor Oladipo cheers during the NBA Summer League game of Orlando Magic versus Philadelphia 76'ers at the Amway Center in Orlando on Thursday, July 11, 2013. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel)