You need good luck to win any lottery right?
David Griffin, Alvin Gentry and the New Orleans Pelicans surely think so.
The team's new executive vice president of basketball operations, along with New Orleans' head coach, had a few good-luck charms in tow in Chicago for the NBA draft lottery Tuesday night.
Griffin told reporters he got a tie from a former executive with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Jeff Cohen, who had worn that tie when Cleveland won three draft lotteries.
Pelicans’ David Griffin explains how he obtained lucky tie from Cavaliers’ Jeff Cohen for Alvin Gentry to wear to win 2019 NBA Draft Lotttery drawing & rights to draft Zion Williamson. The tie has now won 4 lotteries. pic.twitter.com/AVVxAZ7UpN— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) May 15, 2019
Gentry wore the tie.
And Griffin had another good-luck charm too, though.
A fan won the team's pre-draft "Lucky Charm sweepstakes" with her lucky wooden angel.
Griffin brought it with him to the lottery at the Hilton Chicago, referencing how he won the 2014 NBA draft lottery with his grandmother's pin as his "angel on (his) shoulder."
That's what I am talking about, Connie!- Let's do this! We won the lottery in Cleveland in 2014 with my grandmother's pin as, "the angel on my shoulder." Divine intervention from your angel is meant to be! Thank you for entrusting us with it! #LotteryLove #BirdStrikes https://t.co/W53WEIG7lF— David Griffin (@dg_riff) May 14, 2019
New Orleans had a 6% chance to score the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.
The last time New Orleans won the draft lottery came in 2012 when the team took Anthony Davis No. 1 overall.