Talking Points: No sense in mocking mock drafts

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The NBA draft experts were getting hammered on social media Thursday night because so many of the experts were so wrong about the draft.

Anthony Bennett No. 1?

Who had that?

Nerlens Noel going No. 6?

Who had that?

So of course, the Twitterverse pounced, mocking all of those mock drafts.

We will not go there. In fact, we wonder how anyone could get upset over an incorrect mock draft. There would be no point to watching the draft if we knew the outcome.

Player drafts in all leagues are dramatic. That’s why so many of us watch.

No reason to rip an analyst for trying to predict the unpredictable.

Instead, just enjoy the drama.

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Of course, The Columbian does have an NBA expert on its staff, as well.

Some 24 hours before the draft, Candace Buckner turned in her column that was published in Thursday’s paper.

Pick CJ McCollum, Buckner demanded.

Sure enough, the Blazers went with McCollum.

Now Candace is too humble to say she influenced the Blazers.

And the Blazers would never acknowledge making a pick based on a reporter’s genius.

You go ahead and believe that if you want. We know better.

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David Stern’s final NBA draft as commissioner was met with a lot of boos and a lot of David Stern being David Stern.

He loved it, even begged for more boos from the fans.

He mocked the crowd, saying he could not hear them. That, of course, made the crowd louder.

Later, he said he explained to the international audience that in America, booing is a form of respect.

One guy on Twitter wrote he was waiting for Stern to tell the New York crowd that he prefers Chicago deep-dish pizza to New York pizza.

That might have started a riot.

Anyway, Stern’s love of the hate got us to thinking about his “innocent” mistake last month, when he spoke to a group of people waiting to hear about Seattle’s effort in getting the Kings to move to the Northwest.

Remember, he opened his comments by saying: “This is going to be short for me. I have a game to get to in Oklahoma City.”

After Thursday’s performance, we now know Stern knew exactly what he was saying, with Seattle listening to his every word.

He loves being the villain.