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Draft Lottery finally arrives ... with equal parts dread and resignation

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The Day of Reckoning is upon us.

Early this evening, around 8 p.m., on ESPN,, the NBA will toss some ping pong balls into a hopper and when the number combinations hit, the NBA Draft order will be set. Teams will know where they stand and start to make decisions on who to take on June 23 ... or where to trade the pick and for who.  Some teams could lose or gain picks.

But the Nets, alas, will be on the sidelines, their pick given up in the famous (infamous?) trade that brought Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry, but no rings, to Brooklyn  The Nets division rival, the Boston Celtics, are sending Isaiah Thomas to sit where Jay-Z, Mikhail Prokhorov and Irina Pavlova have sat before.  Call it King's Karma.

Celtic fans are so giddy about their chances of getting the overall No. 1 (15.6 percent) or top three (46.9 percent) that the Celtics Blog had to offer this advice to its fans....

There's no way around it, of course. Maybe the best outcome would be the Nuggets getting the overall No. 1 pick, using the Knicks pick ... a 4.3 percent chance.  But the Nets would still lose out. Will Sean Marks watch?

It's nice he can smile and at the end of the day, that's probably what Nets fans should do and when asked if the Nets could move into the first round, Marks offered, "We'll see."  At end of the day, of course, we've known about this for a long, long time. So we deal with it.  If that doesn't work, try this...

Best wishes to all!  And just remember, we will probably get to do this again the next two years!