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2017 NBA Draft Lottery: Statements from the Overall Picks


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Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns Player (No. 4 Overall Pick)

Q: What’s your advice to the rookies coming into the league?

Booker: Just be ready to work. It’s a grown man’s league. Be ready for your opportunity also. So no matter what pick you get picked, be ready for your opportunity and be ready to play.

Q: On the Celtics being in the Eastern Conference Finals and owning the No. 1 pick:

Booker: Congrats to them. They have a bright future ahead of them. They’re playing really good basketball right now, so I guess we’ll see what the future holds for them.

Q: What do you take away from tonight?

Booker: It’s a great experience. I came along with my friend Noah [Special Olympics athlete Noah Smith]. He enjoyed the experience and got to see New York. Now go back to Phoenix, get ready to see who we pick and go from there.


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Frank Vogel, Orlando Magic Head Coach (No. 6 Overall Pick)

Q: Do you have any advice for the prospects?

Vogel: Just to be themselves and continue to work. They’re going to have to go through the draft workouts and all that stuff. [They should] put their best foot forward. This is the job interview of a lifetime. The best thing in this situation is to work your tail off and be yourself.

Q: What is your assessment of your first year with the Orlando Magic?

Vogel: We lost too much, but I really like the young roster we have. We have a lot of young talent on there with a lot of promise. With me coming back for a second year, the continuity bump that we’ll experience will be big for us. I feel like we have a much firmer grasp of our roster than we had at this time last year. We know what we have to do to get better.

Q: Did you have any good-luck charms?

Vogel: I didn’t. Only my karma down the stretch trying to win games and honoring the basketball gods – that was my good-luck charm.


Walt Frazier, New York Knicks Broadcaster (No. 8 Overall Pick)

Q: What are your thoughts on the upcoming draft for the Knicks?

Frazier: The pressure is on here. We have to win. We have a lot of problems going on. Hopefully, Phil [Jackson] could come up with a good pick.

Q: Any thoughts on the Carmelo Anthony situation?

Frazier: I would like to see Melo stay. There’s a lot of negativity going on right now so I don’t know.

Q: Why do you feel that way?

Frazier: I don’t think he’s the problem. If they improve the defense and get some more talent, having Melo will be fine.

Q: What do you think about Kristaps Porzingis skipping his exit interview?

Frazier: I was surprised. That doesn’t seem like something that he does. I’m sure they’ll rectify it. He’s probably frustrated like all of us are with the season that we had. We were all optimistic that we’d definitely be in the playoffs.

Q: Do you think New York City can handle a rebuild?

Frazier: If they play hard. Knicks fans will stick with you if you give 100 percent, but if you don’t do that, then they’re not going to have patience with you. Like I said, if they improve defensively, there were so many games we were in – they just couldn’t get that stop.