Chicago Bulls general manager John Paxson couldn’t even bring himself to brave O’Hare International Airport, sending EVP, Business Operations Steve Schanwald in his stead to Secaucus, NJ (a.k.a. “Almost One of the Top Ten Places to Live in New Jersey“) for the NBA Draft Lottery (a.k.a. “Bum’s Best Shot Bingo”).
(He’s our upper management dork and we love him)
However, Paxson had to pull together a conference call after the ping pong balls fell in owner Jerry Reinsdorf’s favor, gifting the Bulls with the first pick of the 2008 NBA Draft. Please do not be surprised if Bulls players rub Schanwald’s head for luck before each game.
(Special note: Steve Schanwald served as Head of Promotions for the “We Are Family” Pittsburgh Pirates of ‘79 and ‘80. This luck-laden resource should have been tapped much earlier by Paxson.)