Magic fans will patiently be waiting the results of the NBA Draft Lottery when it airs tonight from 8-8:30 p.m. on ESPN. The program starts at 8 p.m. with the full lottery results getting unveiled closer to teh bottom of the hour in the never-ending stretch to fill TV time.
Orlando will be represented in the room the Lottery actually takes place by Magic senior vice president of communications Joel Glass. The public will not see him as the ping pong balls are actually drawn and the lottery winner is officially decided.
The Magic's public face in the NBA Draft Lottery tonight will be none other than Magic senior vice president Pat Williams, the man who has brought home the No. 1 pick three times on Lottery night. Williams will be sitting on the stage waiting for the NBA to announce the Draft order for the first 14 picks.
"It's always exciting," Williams told David Baumann on the David Baumann Show on Sports Talk 1080 in Orlando on Tuesday morning. "There is always a lot of tension and pressure in that Lottery room. We'll ride it out and see how it all comes together tonight. It is an exciting time. It has a lot of consequences of course for all the teams in the Lottery."
In that interview, Williams talked about the memory of Williams being the only one to unveil a Shaquille O'Neal jersey at the 1992 show. Williams fondly remembers hearing the rustling of 12 other Shaquille O'Neal jerseys going back into paper bags after the Magic were announced to have the No. 1 pick.
This year, Williams always has a trick up his sleeve for sure. He told Mike Bianchi on his Open Mike Radio Show that he went down to Disney and had a ping pong ball sprinkled with "pixie dust" for good luck in tonight's drawing.
He has had plenty of luck over the years. He was present when the Magic won Shaquille O'Neal in the 1992 Draft Lottery, Chris Webber (soon-to-be Anfernee Hardaway) in 1993 and Dwight Howard in 2004. The three ping pong balls from winning those lotteries are still on display at RDV Sportsplex outside the Magic's corporate offices.
We will find out tonight when the NBA Draft Lottery takes place.