The Last Time ...
Posted May 12 2002 7:34PM
NBA Draft Lottery 2002
The 2002 NBA Draft Lottery features four teams that did not participate last year and a variety of people who are rare absentees from the playoffs. Keep in mind that the draft lottery has only been in existence since 1985, so when it comes to years previous, we're just referencing the top 13 picks.
NBA.com takes a look at the face of the world and the league the last time …
This was the seventh straight year the Bucks hadn't made the playoffs, finishing seventh in the Central Division with a record of 36-46.
Top News Story: President Clinton becomes the second U.S. president in U.S. history to be impeached. The House of Representatives approved two articles of impeachment accusing Clinton of perjury and obstruction of justice. At issue was whether Clinton lied under oath about a sexual relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky while being questioned about sexual harassment charges brought by another woman, Paula Jones.
Grammy for Song of the Year: "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion
Oscar for Best Picture: "Shakespeare in Love" starring Gwenyth Paltrow and Joseph Fiennes
NBA Champion: Chicago Bulls (defeated Utah Jazz, 4-2)
NBA MVP: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
No. 1 Draft Pick: Michael Olowokandi (Pacific), Los Angeles Clippers
Bucks' First Draft Pick: Dirk Nowitzki (DJK Wurzburg, Germany) – No. 9 (traded with rights to Bucks' No. 19 pick, Notre Dame's Pat Garrity to the Mavericks for the rights to Michigan's Robert Traylor on draft night)
1999: The Bucks finished the lockout-abbreviated regular season with a 28-22 record under new head coach George Karl. They then lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Indiana Pacers.
The Miami Heat were in the lottery
In just their seventh year of existence as an NBA franchise, the Heat had already made the playoffs twice, including the 1993-94 season, but finished the 1994-95 season fourth in the Atlantic Division with a record of 32-50.
Top News Story: Bomb blast kills 169 in Oklahoma City. On April 19, around 9:03 a.m., at the Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, a massive bomb inside a moving van parked on the basement level deck of the building exploded. The blast killed 169 people in what was then considered the worst terrorist attack on American soil.
Grammy for Song of the Year: "Kiss From a Rose" by Seal
Oscar for Best Picture: "Braveheart" starring Mel Gibson
NBA Champion: Houston Rockets (defeated Orlando Magic, 4-0)
NBA MVP: David Robinson, San Antonio Spurs
No. 1 Draft Pick: Joe Smith (Maryland), Golden State Warriors
Heat's First Draft Pick: Kurt Thomas (TCU) – No. 10 (played a season and a half with the Heat, then was traded with Sasha Danilovic and Martin Muursepp to the Dallas Mavericks for Jamal Mashburn on Feb. 14, 1997)
1996: The Heat finished the regular season third in the Atlantic Division with a 42-40 record under new head coach Pat Riley and led by new center Alonzo Mourning. They then lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Chicago Bulls.
This was West's final season as GM of the Lakers before he became their executive vice-president of basketball operations. Los Angeles had made the playoffs the previous 17 seasons, but had a tumultuous 1993-94 season that saw the team go through three coaches (including former player Magic Johnson) and finish fifth in the Pacific Division, with a 33-49 record.
Top News Story: Former NFL star O.J. Simpson stands trial for the murder of his former wife and her friend. Over 100 million people watched on live television, starting in June 1994 with the low-speed car chase of Simpson being driven along Los Angeles highways and continuing through the soap opera trial that carried on for nearly a year.
Grammy for Song of the Year: "Streets of Philadelphia" by Bruce Springsteen
Oscar for Best Picture: "Forrest Gump" starring Tom Hanks
NBA Champion: Houston Rockets (defeated New York Knicks, 4-3)
NBA MVP: Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets
No. 1 Draft Pick: Glenn Robinson (Purdue), Milwaukee Bucks
Lakers' First Draft Pick: Eddie Jones (Temple) – No. 10 (played four and a half seasons with the Lakers, then traded with Elden Campbell to the Charlotte Hornets for Glen Rice, J.R. Reid and B.J. Armstrong on March 10, 1999)
1995: The Lakers finished the regular season third in the Pacific Division with a 48-34 record under new head coach Del Harris. They beat the Seattle SuperSonics in the first round of the playoffs, 3-1 before falling to the San Antonio Spurs 4-2 in the Western Conference Semifinals.
The Suns missed the playoffs for the third straight year, finishing fourth in the Pacific Division with a 28-54 record. The Knicks also were in their third year of early summer vacation, after a 24-58 record netted them fourth in the Atlantic Division.
Top News Story: Vice-President George Bush elected 41st U.S. President. Republicans sweep 40 states as Bush and Indiana senator Dan Quayle beat Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis and Texas senator Lloyd Bentsen, the Democratic nominees.
Grammy for Song of the Year: "Faith" by George Michael
Oscar for Best Picture: "Rain Main" starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise
NBA Champion: Los Angeles Lakers (defeated Detroit Pistons, 4-3)
NBA MVP: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
No. 1 Draft Pick: Danny Manning (Kansas), Los Angeles Clippers
Suns' First Draft Pick: Tim Perry (Temple) – No. 7 (played four seasons with the Suns before going to the Sixers)
Knicks' First Draft Pick: Rod Strickland (DePaul) – No. 19 (The Knicks and Bulls swapped draft positions in the first and third rounds that year as part of the trade that sent Bill Cartwright to Chicago for Charles Oakley. The Bulls wound up drafting Vanderbilt's Will Perdue at No. 11.)
1989: The Suns showed significant improvement, finishing second in the Pacific Division under somewhat new coach Cotton Fitzsimmons with a 55-27 record. They swept the Denver Nuggets in the first round and then eliminated the Golden State Warriors in the semifinals before falling to the Los Angeles Lakers, 4-0 in the Western Conference Finals.
The Knicks also made an astounding turnaround and won the Atlantic Division for the first time since the 1970-71 season, with a 52-30 record. They swept the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the playoffs before falling to the Chicago Bulls 4-2 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
This is the first year a team with Michael Jordan on the roster hasn't made the playoffs, so Jordan's only "lottery" experience was when the Chicago Bulls selected him out of North Carolina with the third pick in the 1984 draft. As a head coach, George Karl was relieved of his duties midseason both times his teams were on track to miss the postseason (Cavs in 1986 and Warriors in 1988), however he was the Cavs' director of player acquisition in 1983-84 when Cleveland finished fourth in the Central Division with a 28-54 record.
Top News Story: Ronald Reagan re-elected by a landside to second term as U.S. president. Reagan received a whopping 59 percent of the popular vote as he and George Bush easily defeated Democratic nominees Walter Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro. Ferraro was the first woman nominated for the vice-presidency by a major party.
Grammy for Song of the Year: "What's Love Got to Do With It " by Tina Turner
Oscar for Best Picture: "Amadeus" starring F. Murray Abraham
NBA Champion: Boston Celtics (defeated Los Angeles Lakers, 4-3)
NBA MVP: Larry Bird, Boston Celtics
No. 1 Draft Pick: Akeem Olajuwon (Houston), Houston Rockets
Cavs' First Draft Pick: Tim McCormick (Michigan) – No. 12 (traded to Washington and then to Seattle with Ricky Sobers and a first round pick for Gus Williams)
1985: Jordan averaged 28.2 points per game his rookie season, leading the Bulls to a 38-44 record and third place in the Central Division. The Bulls then fell to the Bucks in the first round of the playoffs, 3-1.
Karl became head coach of the Cavs in 1984 and guided his team to fourth place in the Central Division, with a 36-46 record. He then participated in the first ever draft lottery in 1985, where the Cavs wound up with the No. 9 pick.
U.S. President: Lyndon B. Johnson (Democrat, first full term)
1968: Riley averaged 7.9 points per game as a reserve guard for the Rockets, who finished the season with a woeful 15-67 record and won the No. 1 pick in the 1968 draft (which they used on Houston's Elvin Hayes).