By: Michael Levell (@4HFAdvantage)
Good: Isaiah Austin being a ceremonial draft pick by the NBA
The NBA made Isaiah Austin an honorary draft choice after he discovered that his illness would force him to retire from the game he excelled at. Austin, just days before his NBA dreams could be realized, discovered that he has Marfan syndrome. This genetic disorder could cause serious problems for Austin if he continues to play basketball. Silver knew Austin's story and wanted to honor his dream. Adam Silver is a class act for this gesture. One has to wonder if David Stern would have done the same thing.
Bonus: Adreian Payne continuing to honor Lacey "Princess Lacy" Holsworth
From the moment that Michigan State standout, Adreian Payne, met Lacey Holsworth, they became instant friends. Payne grew close to Holsworth by honoring her with his time and energy while she battled Neuroblastoma. Neuroblastoma is a cancer that was discovered while Holsworth was dancing in 2011. Now, even after she passed away in early April, Payne has continued to honor "Princess Lacy". The NBA draft is a huge individual accomplishment and being selected in the first round means even more. Despite the spotlight being on Payne and his victory, he still chose to pay his respects to the life of Holsworth by wearing a bracelet that reminds him of her, matching his suit to that bracelet, and inviting her mom to sit with him at the NBA draft. It is good to see young men truly invest more than charitable funds to something they are passionate about.
Bad: Bill Simmons commentary
I like to watch Grantland on YouTube but Simmons does not belong on ESPN. He comes off as a fan that is illogical and emotional. Neither of those qualities is needed when you are reporting during a sporting event. Sometimes I wonder if ESPN is only keeping Simmons because they don't want to lose the more talented Jalen Rose. Either way, his reactions and statements, made during the 2014 NBA Draft, was mostly irrelevant and overly dramatic.
Ugly: Everything that was surrounding the Philadelphia 76ers' #10 draft pick
A year after drafting the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year, Michael Carter Williams, and nailing a trade for backup point guard Tony Wroten, the Sixers shocked their fan base by drafting another point guard. Shocked was also the reaction that Michael Carter-Williams had when quickly met with a microphone and camera shoved into his face. Carter-Williams, the Sixers player with the most prestige, addressed if he would be traded live on television. He handled himself as well as a young player could; but the situation was noticeably uncomfortable for him. The Sixers never had any intention on keeping their newly drafted point guard, Elfrid Payton, because they traded him for the #12 draft pick, Dario Saric. Saric is talented but he is just another player that won't suit up, anytime soon, for this struggling Sixers' team. Philadelphia made the #10 pick into a sideshow of stupidity.