May 18 is a huge date for all of the NBA teams who currently are in the Draft Lottery. For the team that wins it, it's the day that brings the next potential superstar to a team and turns around their fortunes. It is also a day when dreams are crushed for teams that don't win it.
Recently, franchises like the Sacramento Kings (Tyreke Evans), Chicago Bulls (Derrick Rose) and Oklahoma City Thunder (Kevin Durant) have seen their fan base re-energized. In the case of the last two, their stars have lead them into the playoffs.
I believe that for one team, this year's Draft Lottery holds the ticket to something much greater than just the ability to have a chance at the first overall pick and the right to draft John Wall.
The New Jersey Nets had the NBA's worst record last season, and for much of the year were in serious contention to tie or break the 76'ers all-time record for futility with only 9 wins in an 82 game season.
With the approval of the sale of the team to Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, the Nets are poised for big changes. Add to that the minority ownership of Jay-Z, and a young core of Brook Lopez, Courtney Lee, Terrence Williams, and Devin Harris, and the Nets have a core of players to build upon.
Enter the Lottery. If the Nets win the top pick overall and draft John Wall, who is a close friend of LeBron and also signed with his marketing firm and agent, Devin Harris becomes expendable and could possibly net them a solid power forward to go along with Lopez up front or a solid two-guard to take pressure off of Lee.
Now does playing in Brooklyn in a state-of-the-art arena under a billionaire owner willing to spend and a minority owner who is one of your best friends sound enticing to you? Do you think it would to LeBron James?
Still not convinced? How about looking at a roster of Wall, Lee, Lopez, Yi, and Williams in addition to having the young and improving Harris as trade bait sound as opposed to Mo Williams (who wilts under pressure), 39 year old Shaq, 35 year old Jamison, and Mike Brown, a coach that can't draw up an offensive play to save his life.
LeBron wants to be in control, and having the opportunity to hand pick his coach in addition to playing in the bigger market of Brooklyn and not having to convince people to come to Cleveland would seem ideal to him. LeBron has stated several times that he wants to win "multiple championships", so why not take advantage of the best chance to achieve that goal?