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Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 05/30/2012

Morning pixels: The Wizards and the draft lottery


The Irene Pollin-John Wall yellow jacket moment is lodged in all of our brains. It was a huge draft lottery success for a franchise that has had virtually none, and people went momentarily gaga.

“This is the greatest day of my life,” one fan wrote then. “When I first typed that I meant it as hyperbole, but now I’m not so sure.”

It seemed like a new day, a new era, a new sunny and yellow-jacketed view of ping pong balls and luck and hope and change.

Then last year happened, and it was Bullets Luck all over again; Washington had the 4th-best odds, but slipped to the 6th slot. That’s why professional pessimist Danny Rouhier and his woe-is-me pals have been predicting a Wednesday night disaster for weeks now, and that’s why I feel compelled to again provide a year-by-year breakdown of how the Bullets/Wizards have fared in the lottery. The full, sad history is here.

1989: With the 9th-best odds, the Bullets wound up with the 9th pick.

1991: With the 8th-best odds, the Bullets wound up with the 8th pick.

1992: With the 5th-best odds, the Bullets wound up with the 6th pick.

1993: With the 3rd-best odds, the Bullets wound up with the 6th pick.

1994: With the 5th-best odds, the Bullets wound up with the 5th pick.

1995: With the 2nd-best odds, the Bullets wound up with the 4th pick.

1999: With the 6th-best odds, the Wizards wound up with the 7th pick.

2000: With the 6th-best odds, the Wizards wound up with the 7th pick, which conveyed to Chicago.

2001: With the 3rd-best odds, the Wizards wound up with the 1st pick, and took Kwame Brown.

2002: With the 11th-best odds, the Wizards wound up with the 11th pick.

2003: With the 10th-best odds, the Wizards wound up with the 10th pick.

2004: With the 3rd-best odds, the Wizards wound up with the 5th pick.

2009: With the 2nd-best odds, the Wizards wound up with the 5th pick.

2010: With the 5th-best odds, the Wizards wound up with the 1st pick.

2011: With the 4th-best odds, the Wizards wound up with the 6th pick.

That means in the last 15 times the Wizards have been in the draft lottery, they’ve stayed the same 5 times, moved down 8 times, and moved up twice. That’s not good. Godspeed, Zach Leonsis.

TWEET OF THE NIGHT
Speaking of whom....

QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Bryce Harper, on his bases-loaded top-of-the-eighth at-bat:

“I went up there to hack.”

HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT
D.C. United, in all red, beats the Richmond kickers, in wacky colors, during the U.S. Open Cup.

PHOTO OF THE DAY

DeShawn Stevenson has an ATM in his kitchen. Obviously. Via everywhere, and his Instagram account.

WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The draft lottery is on at 8 on ESPN. The U.S. plays Brazil at FedEx Field at 8 on ESPN2. The Nats are at Miami at 7 on MASN2. The Orioles are in Toronto at 7 on MASN. The Mystics host Minnesota at 7 on Comcast SportsNet. And there are Stanley Cup Finals and Eastern Conference Finals games. All TV/Radio listings are here.

FIELD FIELD FIELD
The Baltimore Sun reports on the new Byrd Stadium field: “Maryland is in the processing of digging up Byrd Stadium's natural grass. It will be replaced by synthetic turf. An announcement — complete with renderings — is expected in the next several weeks.”

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Categories:  D.C. United, Wizards | Tags:  Zachary Leonsis, Kwame Brown, John Wall, Irene Pollin, Bryce Harper

 
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