Fourteen teams, fourteen ping pong balls, 1,000 potential combinations, and just three winners… The NBA Draft Lottery is the ultimate twist of fate, an outcome that is completely left to chance, and the 14 men and women who travel to New York City to represent their team are willing to try just about anything they think might improve their chances.

As basketball fans, we often take games comprised of hundreds of independent and unique possessions and reduce them down to the micro level. In reality, games aren’t decided by these arbitrary, and sometimes cruel, acts of fate. More often than not, outcomes are determined by carefully calculated plans devised by coaching staffs and thousands of hours of training put in by players. But once every year, executives, coaches, players, and fans can simply sit back and pray for serendipity.

The following is a statement from Philadelphia 76ers Managing Owner Josh Harris, regarding today’s press conference by National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver regarding comments attributed to Donald Sterling:

“The Philadelphia 76ers completely support NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. As I have previously stated, there is no place for any type of discrimination in our society, and those hurtful and ignorant comments are contrary to the core values and beliefs of our ownership group and organization.”

The following is a statement from Philadelphia 76ers Managing Owner Josh Harris, in advance of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s press conference tomorrow regarding the comments attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

“Without question, discrimination in any form is unacceptable and has no place in the National Basketball Association or anywhere else in society. The comments were hurtful and outrageous, and in no way reflect the values and beliefs of myself, our ownership group or the Philadelphia 76ers organization.

PHILADELPHIA, PA. – April 18, 2014 – The Philadelphia 76ers today announced that Michael Carter-Williams has been named Kia NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for April.  It is the fourth time he has won the award (October/November, January and March).  No other Sixer was named Rookie of the Month more than twice.