SportsPulse: In stunning fashion, the Pelicans land the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft and likely Zion Williamson. USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt breaks down how the new lottery system devalued tanking for at least one year
CHICAGO — New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry couldn’t contain his emotion. And new general manager David Griffin eschewed hope for a future that could have Anthony Davis in it.
Gentry admitted he leapt out of his chair and let out an F-bomb in celebration after the Pelicans stunningly won the NBA draft lottery — and Zion Williamson sweepstakes — Tuesday night.
“I probably overreacted a little bit,” Gentry said. “I probably said a word I shouldn’t have. It was raw emotion, it really was. I think what our fans have been through, what our team has been through. This is…”
Gentry was at a loss for words. New Orleans entered the day with just a 6 percent chance of getting the No. 1 pick, vaulting up from the seventh odds position. After reality set in, a less jubilant Gentry was more grounded.
“This kind of thing has happened before,” Gentry said.
The Pelicans, coming off a 33-49 season, were plagued by injuries and…