Everything you need to know heading into the weekend in the world of sports.

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Earlier this week, the NBA held its annual draft lottery to award the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. This year’s draft is one of the deepest in years, so the lottery was even more important than usual for a number of NBA franchises looking to turn things around.

Adam started out Tuesday’s show talking about why he is not a fan of the NBA Draft lottery in general.

Novel concept, right? The team with the worst record should get the first pick! The team with the second-worst record should get the second pick!

Instead, the NBA continues to use a ridiculously weighted lottery system where the NBA-worst Milwaukee Bucks have a better mathematical chance of getting the fourth pick than the first pick. This leaves the NBA open to criticism that the lottery is rigged, an accusation that has been around since the Knicks won the 1985 Draft Lottery.

Perception is reality, and many pundits (Adam included) thought there was a chance that traditional NBA powerhouses like the Boston Celtics or Los Angeles Lakers, who both had down years in 2013-2014, would “beat the odds” and jump into the Top 3 for a chance to draft Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, or Jabari Parker.

So who actually won the lottery?

Predictably, Adam was not thrilled with this latest development.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, with a 1.7 percent chance of nabbing the first pick and 18 more wins than the league-worst Bucks, won the lottery for the third time in four years. Milwaukee will pick second and the Philadelphia 76ers will pick third when the draft is held on June 26. As Adam pointed out, the Cavs now have plenty of options with the top pick. And when it comes to LeBron James, many believe that the Cavs are now better set up to win in the future with Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, and one of Wiggins, Embiid or Parker, than the Miami Heat will be with an aging Dwyane Wade.

Interview of the Week

ESPN basketball insider Jeff Goodman joined Schein on Sports on Wednesday and talked about the top prospects in this year’s NBA Draft. You can make a compelling case for Embiid, Parker or Wiggins, and Goodman makes a good case as to why Parker can grow into a leader for the Cavaliers. Goodman seems to like Parker over Wiggins as an offensive player, and likes the position the 76ers are in, as they’re guaranteed to get one of those great players at No. 3.

Underrated Story of the Week

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban conducted an interview with Inc. Magazine, where he talked about how he believes people have prejudices and bigotries, and talked about his own prejudices. Cuban indirectly referenced Trayvon Martin, an unarmed teenager who was wearing a hoodie when he was shot to death by George Zimmerman. With the Donald Sterling controversy still fresh in everyone’s minds, Adam spent some time in his monologue on Thursday talking about how he doesn’t think Mark Cuban is racist, but that his points were really stupid.

Cuban later apologized to the family of Martin for dragging them into this controversy.

https://twitter.com/mcuban/status/469586066220281856

https://twitter.com/mcuban/status/469586582664912897

GIF of the week

Fan

Keep an eye on the baseball glove of this young fan. After catching a foul ball, he uses a little sleight of hand, turns around, and hands a different baseball to the girl sitting behind him. Not only does he get to keep the real baseball, but he impressed a total stranger who probably wasn’t paying close attention to what he was doing. I would hope for his sake that in return for the foul ball, she passed along her phone number.

I’ve been going to baseball games since I was seven years old (I’m now 31), and I haven’t gotten either one at baseball game. Life isn’t fair.

GIF courtesy of MLB.com

5 Things to Watch This Weekend

  1. The Eastern Conference finals resume this Memorial Day weekend in the NBA, as the Indiana Pacers visit South Beach to take on the Miami Heat with the series tied at a game apiece. Indiana and Miami have met in the playoffs the last couple years, and the Pacers have had some level of success in Miami, winning one road game in 2012 and 2013 before ultimately losing the series. The Pacers would gladly take a split before heading home and getting the chances to eventually win the series on their home floor. Game 3 is on Saturday night, and you can catch Game 4 after you’re done with the grill on Memorial Day.
  2. In the Western Conference finals, the San Antonio Spurs take a 2-0 series lead into Oklahoma City on Sunday night. The Spurs have looked like a team on a mission after blowing a 3-2 series lead in the NBA Finals last year to the Heat, as they’ve completely dominated the first two games against Kevin Durant and the Thunder.
  3. The NHL’s Western Conference finals shifts to SoCal, with the Los Angeles Kings hosting the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 on Saturday and Game 4 on Monday. The Kings scored six unanswered goals in the final 22 minutes of Game 2 to rip momentum and home ice away from the Blackhawks. I would expect these teams to split this weekend, and I would ultimately expect this series to go seven games.
  4. The Montreal Canadiens got a much needed win on Thursday to cut the Rangers lead in the Eastern Conference finals to 2-1. Rangers forward Chris Kreider scored late in regulation to force sudden death overtime, but Habs center Alex Galchenyuk scored the game winning goal 1:12 into the extra session to ensure that Montreal would at least play Game 5. Dustin Tokarski made 35 saves while filling in for the injured Carey Price. These two teams meet Sunday at Madison Square Garden in a pivotal match-up.
  5. Major League Baseball has been criticized in the past for not doing a good enough job scheduling every team during the day on Memorial Day. Not this year! Every team is in action, with 12 of the 15 games scheduled for first pitch before 7 pm ET. The fans want to see day baseball during the unofficial summer kickoff, and there will be plenty of it. I’m looking forward to seeing my beloved New York Yankees visit the NL champion St. Louis Cardinals while enjoying some Memorial Day BBQ.

Speaking of BBQ, you can hear Adam, Nick and Jared’s predictions for the weekend in sports (and for one week only, our favorite foods from the grill) in the weekly Schein Nine!

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