Following the first draft as the Sacramento Kings’ new brain trust, Pete D’Alessandro, Vivek Ranadivé and Michael Malone all swore that Ben McLemore was their dream pick. Lip service fine, but video evidence is better.
Yesterday, the Kings released video of their war room celebrating the pick of Nerlens Noel with the sixth overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. The team had tried throughout the day to move up to select McLemore to no avail, but the high flying shooting guard fell to them anyway with the seventh pick.
Interesting enough, former NBA player and executive Chris Mullin is seen celebrating with Pete D’Alessandro, Mike Bratz, Shareef Abdur-Rahim, George McCloud, Mitch Richmond, Vivek Ranadivé and members of the Kings ownership group inside the war room. Rumors of Mullin joining the management team as a consultant have persisted since the D’Alessandro hiring, but the team has declined to make an official announcement.