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There's a draft -- and the world ISN'T standing still?

Speaking of second-tier sports, everything you need to know about the difference between the NFL and the NBA is summed up in how the sports world reacts to their respective drafts of amateur talent.

With the NFL draft, we have a drumroll that begins in February with the Scouting Combine and continues through April. We have experts such as Mel Kiper and Mike Mayock giving us daily updates. We have a cottage industry of purveyors of draft information. There is a crazed cult called draftniks who go ga-ga because their favorite team just took an offensive guard from Auburn in the second round ("Can you BELIEVE we stole him that low?"). There are TWO networks (three if you count a second ESPN channel) offering gavel-to-gavel coverage.

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Meanwhile, for the NBA draft we have ... (sound of crickets chirping, cough, more crickets).

Nonetheless, we're having the NBA draft on June 28, but most of the excitement will be tonight.  That's because the real drama is in this evening's NBA lottery, where three of 14 teams will have their draft order decided by some sort of weighted drawing that is waaay too complicated to explain here. Suffice to say that whoever wins probably will take Ohio State's Greg Oden and the second team probably will pick Texas' Kevin Durant and the third team has a shot at China's 7-foot Ji Yianlian (supposedly better than Yao Ming).  After that, you can go about your life unless you're David Stern and then you're in for the whole deal.

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