All signs point to Kyrie Irving being selected first overall in tonight’s draft, but nothing’s a sure thing until David Stern reads that first card. But that didn’t stop Dan Patrick from asking Irving every possible permutation of “Are you going to Cleveland?” on his radio show Wednesday.
Are you going to Cleveland?:
“I’m not sure yet.”
They haven’t told you?:
Have you shopped for housing in Cleveland yet?:
“No, I have not shopped for housing in Cleveland yet.”
How much pressure will there be to be the next LeBron James?:
“I’m not really looking to be the next LeBron James unless I grow about six inches in the next two hours or the next week or so. Right now, I’m just really looking forward to contributing to any team that wants to take me.”
Do you have a Cleveland Cavaliers colored tie for the draft?:
“No, no Dan, I’m not having a Cleveland Cavalier-colored tie on.”
Do you own one that you’ll be able to wear at your first press conference?:
“No, I don’t have a Cleveland Cavalier tie prepared.”
What’s your number in Cleveland?:
“In the NBA, Dan, I think hopefully my number will either be number 1 or number 11.”
Just classic interviewing technique, right there. Keep on badgering and badgering and badgering your guest with questions that will be definitively answered within days. That’s why he gets the big bucks.
The best part, of course, is that Irving still hasn’t been told that he’ll officially be the first pick tonight, as Adrian Wojnarowki reported two hours ago. If he doesn’t know now, he sure didn’t know then. Just guessing, but that wouldn’t keep Danno from popping the question a few billion times.
Don’t forget, Scott Carefoot is live-blogging the draft tonight. Things get started around 7pm ET. See you then.