NEW YORK — Phil Jackson remembers watching old teammate Dave DeBusschere pound his fist in triumph, when the Knicks and NBA were dual winners.
The first draft lottery in 1985 gave New York the No. 1 pick and the NBA all the publicity a league could want, plus a way to deter teams from losing on purpose.
Thirty years later, the lottery still creates hope and headlines — though it’s debatable if tanking has ever gone away.
“It’s unique,” Jackson said. “It’s a fascinating process.”