Did the Knicks Once Participate in a Special Lottery Where They Missed Out on Bob Cousy by One Pick?
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BASKETBALL URBAN LEGEND: The Knicks participated in a special lottery where they nearly drafted Bob Cousy!
Fans of the National Basketball Association (NBA) are quite familiar with the story of the first NBA draft lottery, which was also one of the greatest days in New York Knicks history. On Mother’s Day, 1985 (May 12th), the commissioner of the NBA, David Stern, pulled out an envelope that had the New York Knicks’ name in it that signified that the Knicks had won the #1 pick in the 1985 NBA Draft (a pick that everyone knew would be Patrick Ewing). Thirty years later, the Knicks had much worse luck, when they were the only team in the 2015 NBA Lottery that moved down in the draft (falling from #2 to #4, with the Los Angeles Lakers moving up from #4 to #2).
So thirty years later, the Knicks had terrible lottery luck. Well, thirty-five years BEFORE Patrick Ewing was drafted, they had more of the same. Did you know that there was a special lottery in 1950 that also involved the New York Knicks? A lottery that the Knicks where the Knicks had the first pick, just like in 1985? A lottery where the Knicks had a 2 in 3 chance of getting a Hall of Famer? A lottery that the Knicks managed to pick out the sole non-Hall of Famer in the bunch and yet came away from the day thrilled with their pick?
Well, if not, let me tell you about the 1950 Chicago Stags Dispersal Draft Lottery and how Bob Cousy was nearly a New York Knick.
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