The best rivalry in basketball is between the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, and that feud continued off the court Tuesday night at the 2017 NBA Draft Lottery.
The Celtics were the luckier team as they won the draft lottery, earning the No. 1 pick in June’s draft. The Lakers, who would’ve been forced to give their pick to the Philadelphia 76ers if it landed outside the top three, were fortunate to get the No. 2 pick.
New Lakers president Magic Johnson was asked about his rivals winning the top pick, and he gave a predictable response.
Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, who played against Johnson’s Lakers as a member of the C’s in the 1980s, didn’t think his team’s lottery triumph should be thought of as “beating” his former rival.
Getting the top pick over the Lakers certainly is a win for the Celtics, though. These teams have plenty of valuable assets to use in a trade for a superstar player, and the Celtics’ packages are a little more enticing for opposing general managers because of the No. 1 pick.
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