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Trail Blazers Beat the Odds, Land #1 Pick

Coming into Tuesdayís NBA Draft Lottery the Portland Trail Blazers only had a 5.3 percent chance of getting the top pick. But, lady luck was on Portlandís side as the Trail Blazers, in one of biggest shockers in Draft Lottery history, managed to grab the golden ping-pong ball and will have the number one pick in Juneís NBA Draft.

"Huge, unbelievably huge," said Trail Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard, who joined with NBA Rookie of the Year Brandon Roy to make the lottery selection. "Franchise making. I donít know how to make it any bigger than that."

Ohio State center Greg Oden and Texas forward Kevin Durant have been the consensus top two picks in the draft and now the speculation begins on who the Trail Blazers will take at number one.

"We joked last week about how great it would be to have this debate," said Pritchard. "Well, now we get to have the debate.

"In reality, I think both of the players at the top of this draft have championship quality."

"They're going to help us right away," Roy told the Associated Press. "They can come into the NBA right away and play. I'm just excited about sitting back and knowing our general manager has the choice of drafting either Kevin Durant or Greg Oden. Either one, you can't go wrong. So I'm excited we have the opportunity to choose between the two."

During a national media conference call Pritchard was asked if there was any scenario where the Trail Blazers might trade away the pick?

"I canít see us trading this pick, no," said Pritchard. "This is a very top-heavy draft and we feel this is a very unbelievable difference maker and they donít come around. And as we move our timeline with Brandon (Roy) and LaMarcus (Aldridge) and our young team, we feel like this player will really be a benefit to that."

Trail Blazers head coach Nate McMillan, who decided to watch the Draft Lottery alone, agonized over the Draft Lottery proceedings.

"I knew the worst case scenario for us was number nine and when I didnít see us at number nine I pretty much put my hands over my eyes for the rest of the picks and turned the volume down," said McMillan. "I didnít watch it. I didnít listen to it. Every second or two I would look up and I didnít see Blazers, so I closed my eyes and about the seventh pick I looked up and we werenít number six and I said, 'my goodness, weíre going to be top five.'

"They went to commercial break and they had Seattle, Atlanta and Portland as the three finalists and I was saying, 'weíre going to get one, two or three.' I put my hands over my eyes again and prayed and I looked up again and Brandon had the card and Iím saying, 'weíre number three' because I didnít have my volume up and when I turned the volume up it was number one and Iíve had a headache since then from screaming."

The SuperSonics moved up from the fifth spot to second and the Atlanta Hawks advanced from fourth to third. The Memphis Grizzlies, who had the best chance at getting the top pick coming in to the lottery, will select fourth.

This will mark the first time since 1978 that the Trail Blazers have had the number one pick and selected Mychal Thompson.

Added McMillan, "I finally won a lottery. How about that? Itís just an unbelievable feeling."
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