Here’s a touching article on the hours leading to Javaris Crittenton being drafted by our Lakers:
Rivals.com: Rivals.com has watched, scouted and followed the career of former Georgia Tech point guard Javaris Crittenton since he was a freshman in high school.
On Thursday night, we were there when he was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers.
Want to know what it’s like to be a prospect on draft night?
Take an inside look at how Crittenton’s night evolved.
7:01 p.m. – Crittenton’s family and friends gather at the Fox Sports Grill in Atlanta, just north of Alexander Memorial Coliseum – the arena in which Crittenton honed his skills for a season at Georgia Tech. Roughly 50 people have gathered in the restaurant’s party room, but Crittenton isn’t one of them.
7:08 p.m. – Some members of Georgia Tech’s team begin to file into the building. The Jackets’ Director of Operations Willie Reese is in attendance. He was the first coach at Georgia Tech to recruit Crittenton, when Javaris was in ninth grade. Also arriving is Matt Causey, Brad Sheehan and Ty Anderson. The trio huddles around the food. Smart guys.
7:13 p.m. – News of Boston’s potential trade for Ray Allen of Seattle comes across the screen. The move makes little noise in the room.