At some point in my life someone once said, “Fate is a fickle mistress, my friend. You never know when she’ll turn on you.” On second thought, I don’t know anyone that wise or eloquent, so I must have read it somewhere.

It’s a quote I didn’t fully comprehend until coming to New York for Tuesday night’s NBA Draft Lottery. As I’ve chronicled on this blog over the last few days, I was in search of my own luck for the Suns in the Big Apple. I wasn’t alone in my crusade either.

As I walked alongside President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby and President of Business Operations Jason Rowley towards the home of the NBA Draft Lottery, ABC’s Times Square studios, the two decided to make an impromptu and unique stop.

As is the case in New York City, you can find pretty much anything on the street corner and on this afternoon, we all happened to find ourselves staring at the crystal ball of a fortune teller. Both of these successful businessmen with law degrees, who had worked their way up the ladder by making well-educated decisions, decided to have a little fun and see what the universe had in store for them. The universe, or the fortune teller’s prognostications, were about as clear as the Phoenix skyline on a high-pollution advisory day.

“She covered all of the bases,” Babby recalled. “She said I was going to be lucky, but maybe unlucky. She said I was going to live a long life, but be careful. I think she is pretty experienced (laughs). No matter what the situation was, she had it covered. She said I will have luck in 2014. Whatever that means, I will take it.”

That pretty much sums up life. You may or may not be lucky. What she didn’t mention in her reading was that it all has very little to do with what a person does. Despite bringing a handful of lucky charms (not the cereal with its colorful marshmallows) from Phoenix and doing everything to bring luck to the team, it all had about as much impact as the Great Gatsby on the summer box office (although, I hope the writing was more entertaining).

It wasn’t all for naught, though. Spending time looking for luck helped remind me why we’re all Suns fans. We long for an emotional connection to something bigger than ourselves. Something that can be a common language between us regardless of our status in life, political beliefs or age. That connection made this trip successful even without returning with the No. 1 pick. Being able to give fans a look behind-the-curtain of one of the NBA’s biggest events was just as enjoyable for me as getting the top pick. (OK, that’s a lie, but I imagine it was almost as enjoyable).

Yes, “Fate is a fickle mistress” and I’m okay with that. While she may not have delivered the Suns the No. 1 pick, she did allow me to experience something truly unique and see both team presidents have their palms read by a street psychic. So I guess we can call this one a draw. At least until next year. We hear 2014 might be a lucky year.

About Greg Esposito

Hi, my name is Greg Esposito, my friends call me Espo and I’m a Phoenix Suns-aholic. I also happen to be the team's Social Media Specialist as well as one of the online content creators. You'll find my sarcastic musings here on Blog.Suns.com as the Suns Retorter.

  • Marshall Laister

    if you aren’t lucky enough to get Otto porter Jr. or Victor Olidipo, then trade the pick! Get someone already playing who can contribute immediately. 2 players in this draft are really worth drafting because they are well rounded players and i just named them. The kid from KY will get pushed around, Mclemore from Kansas lacks the mental, Trey Burke is not quick enough, and Anthony Bennet from UNLV lacks the high drive motor and length. I watch college basketball alot, and I was unimpressed with this years draft. The young man from Gonzaga is good, long, and smart, but will get abused underneath, We need a defensive stopped, who can shoot from outside, create his own shot, and rebounds well. Porter and Olidipo do all of the above, plus they can pass!

  • Evan Digiovanni

    Asks yourself this. If you are going off of college production alone does Alex Len even get drafted? Not a chance. He was not even voted as one of the best 15 players in his conference, yet the suns and draft analyst believed he was one of the top 5 players. College to NBA is not the guessing game it once was. A player that dominates in college is going to do well in the pros. The NBA players are not skipping college going straight to the NBA. The only reason people are calling this draft weak is because Shabazz Muhammed was not the best player in college even though he was in highschool. Analysts go weak freshmen player=weak draft. I think the suns are long going to regret there draft decision. A. When has a Calipari coached player not panned out? Obviously the suns knew this or the would not have wasted a 1st round pick on Archie Goodwin. No one in the SEC should have been drafted. The conference was pathetic. As a rapid NBA fan and an even bigger college hoops fan I am telling you suns front office you skipped on some serious talent. Whoever is in charge of hiring scouts pay attention take notes and look at this 3 and 10 years from today. Mclemore Olodipo and Trey Burke will all have multiple all star appearances. Cody Zeller, Gorgui Dieng, will have solid NBA careers. Pierre Jackson, Jeff Withey, and Peyton Siva will be the second round draft picks that end up on an NBA team and make an impact. What do all these players have in common? They all played against current and future NBA prospects and where actually considered guys you had to prepare when facing there respective teams. That something you can not say about Alex Lin. I hope this pick works out but I think this could go down as the suns biggest draft blunder of passing on Burke and Mclemore. The fact that Alex Lin was number one on the suns draft board makes me feel like no one in the suns organization actually watches college basketball.