Kyle Lowry is no dummy.
This is a guy who has been in the NBA for 11 years, who was the 24th pick in the 2006, just behind Josh Boone and well behind his Villanova teammate, sixth pick Randy Foye. Lowry had to battle Mike Conley for playing time in his early days in Memphis, and he did not come upon his first major NBA contract until he re-signed with the Raptors in the summer of 2014, inking a four-year deal worth $48 million.
During its history, First Take has often gone on the road during big sporting events like the NBA Finals and the Super Bowl.
Since I started working on this program, I’ve been amazed and impressed by the fact that when we take this show on the road, there are several hundred people waiting as early as three or four hours before the program even starts in line just to get in and get a seat in the studio, most recently during the NFL Draft in Philadelphia. We expect that will be the case in Oakland, Cleveland or, in the case of Boston, if the Celtics pull of what people consider would be a major upset of the Cavs, Roberts said. It gives talent an opportunity to interact with fans.
If you’ve ever experienced it in person, it’s just like one big party going on. There’s several hundred to a thousand people sitting in the audience just enjoying themselves. The talent really enjoys it as well.
If Portland keeps all three picks, another $4 million would be added to the cap, which means $10 million more in tax payments. That could be deferred by choosing overseas players who remain out of the NBA next season.