I can’t say for sure, but my sense was many Wizards fans were feeling mild resignation and dull disappointment, combined with a tad of relief Wednesday night, when the Wizards were awarded the third pick in the NBA Draft.
Resignation, because these draft lottery things usually go badly for the Wizards. Disappointment, because there’s a clear No. 1 pick, and then uncertainty after that. Relief, because it could have been worse.
Still, they pretty clearly weren’t popping Champagne bottles when their team was given a pick one slot below their second-worst record. But hey, might as well hold a merchandise sale anyhow. This is the splash page at WashingtonWizards.com Thursday morning.
“Is getting a lower draft position than predicted worth celebrating?” one wag asked. “Or is it a passive-aggressive only 10% off sale?”
Full disclosure: I gave Team Monumental some of my money earlier Wednesday night when I bought my daughter her first Alex Ovechkin t-shirt from the Verizon Center team shop. It made us both happy.