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Nice To See You: David Stern Booed By Prudential Center Crowd Throughout NBA Draft
Published June 29, 2012
PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN: In N.Y., Fred Kerber notes in addition to the “constant booing of Stern, a loud moment came in the second round when Florida State forward Bernard James ... was picked 33d by Cleveland." James served three tours with the Air Force, and the crowd "chanted, ‘USA, USA’ with overwhelming approval” (N.Y. POST, 6/29). ESPN's Rece Davis said, "This might be the best moment of the draft as Bernard James … is getting a standing ovation here in the Prudential Center. Listen to this from the crowd. What a proud moment.” After an interview with James by ESPN’s Mark Jones, Davis said, “There was a few moments ago when Bernard James was announced and the crowd started standing and chanting that if you didn’t get a chance to experience, I want you to feel it again, it will send a chill up your spine” ("NBA Draft," ESPN, 6/28).
THAT WARM, FUZZY FEELING: In Hartford, Jeff Jacobs wrote in the “middle of the NBA draft, an event built on cold cash and even colder assessments of a young man's ability and character, yes, there are warm, personal moments.” Just before the Pistons officially announced Andre Drummond as their pick, cell phones “suddenly were being picked up at the Drummond family table.” Jacobs writes, “Within seconds, Drummond was overcome with emotion. He wiped tears from his left eye. He wiped tears from his right eye.” Jacobs: “Athletes are treated like lab specimens in the days leading up to a draft. Their heights and weights are measured. So, too, is their vertical leap and wingspan. Strengths are extolled loudly. ... Leading into the draft, with talents under the microscope and millions on the table, you almost forget these young men are barely out of boyhood” (HARTFORD COURANT, 6/29).