Lowe: What happened at the wildest NBA lottery ever seen


CHICAGO -- Holy smokes. What a wild lottery. That may have been the wildest lottery ever. The NBA's new smoothed lottery odds raised the possibility of teams leaping from the middle toward the top, and boy howdy was there some leapin' on Tuesday in Chicago.
Here's how it went down from inside the locked-down drawing room, where the real lottery takes place about an hour before the television reveal.
• In all my years in the drawing room -- and I'm becoming the Elgin Baylor of that room at this point -- the loudest display of emotion I had seen was in 2012 from Dell Demps, then the general manager of the New Orleans Pelicans, when New Orleans won the Anthony Davis lottery. Demps pumped his fist under a table and stifled one celebratory grunt.