Even with the conference finals going on, the NBA's eyes turn to the future this week.
The legend of De'Aaron Fox is built, in large part, on the beat down he gave Lonzo Ball last season and the subsequent tendency of Ball (and the rest of the league) to come down with an "injury" on the night when they were supposed to play Fox and the Kings.
The NBA combine is now going on until Sunday, and more than 60 players are participating.
But Kings fans - and fans of any of the teams at the top of next month's draft - can breathe easy. We have yet to make this decision. Now they'll see if it pays off. And it goes against everything as a competitive person that you believe in. The team has been rebuilding for far too long as they are now in their longest playoff drought in franchise history.
Doncic, 19, is considered a top prospect and will likely be selected in the National Basketball Association draft.
Griezmann and Pogba became part of France for the 2018 world Cup
Deschamps also named 11 reserves who won't be joining France's training camp next week but could be called up in case of injury. Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain).
Tanking got plenty of attention this season, and a few minutes on January 29 might have decided the race. Then, fill the remainder of the holes with more established players. The Grizzlies scored 42 points in the second quarter - their only 40-point period all season - and forced the Suns into 10 consecutive misses in one stretch, on the way to a 120-109 win.
The Nets finished with the eighth-worst record (28-54) - so the Cavs are picking exactly where they were supposed to. Flip that January 29 outcome, and it would been the Grizzlies with the best chance at the No. 1 pick.
With the Phoenix Suns winning the NBA Lottery selection on Tuesday night their choice seems to be down to two guys, Arizona Wildcat big man Deandre Ayton or Luka Doncic from Slovakia.
With that being said, listed down below are some reactions that the A Royal Pain team was able to gather up pertaining to today's draft lottery results.
Jackson, who just completed his rookie season with Phoenix, represented the Suns on the stage, for the public announcement of what was drawn in secret about an hour earlier. The holes that need to be filled are very clear, and with the No. 1 pick, there's a lot of ways to go about filling them. Unfortunately, the Denver has managed to never win the lottery or gain a better pick in any capacity. that is 33 years of staying in their projected draft slot or falling backward and ending up with a worse pick than originally expected. In an alternate world, it would be fun to think the Spurs have a chance in this, and even if Doncic said he wanted to join them, it would take a jump from No. 18 into the upper-echelon of the draft. "So we just have to adjust from that and get our information in other ways".