Setting the scene


The green room is directly to the right of the media area. Players, seated at tables with family members, are surrounded by ESPN cameras and boom mikes.

Joakim Noah is with his mother, Cecilia Rodhe, sister Yelena, and grandfather, Zacharie, who flew in from Cameroon.

Corey Brewer is with his mom, Glenda, brother, Jason Rogan, and high school coach, Tris Kington.

Al Horford is with his mother Arellis Reynoso, father Tito, and younger brother John. Tito is waving a miniature Dominican Republic flag at the table.

Three minutes to the start of the draft. The floodlights darken.

It’s almost time.