congrats to fresno beach amigo lester hudson for going to the boston celtics with pick #58 in the 2009 nba draft.
mark murphy of the boston herald wrote about lester nerve-wracking wait for the final picks: “ESPN analyst Jay Bilas’ best player available chart can be useful, but for Lester Hudson it was an instrument of torture.
There were three picks left in Thursday night’s NBA draft, “and he had me as the third-best player available,” the 6-foot-1 guard said yesterday, traces of panic still present in his voice 12 hours later. “Yeah, I was worried. I thought it was going to run out.”
But then Hudson’s agent, Lance Young, called with encouraging news. Though Hudson canceled a workout with the Celts earlier in the week, the agent said he had been tipped off the C’s planned to pick the scorer from the University of Tennessee-Martin.
“He said he was going to call me back, but I told him I wanted him to stay on the phone with me,” said Hudson. “I was like, ‘Oh man, don’t hang up.’ My mom and my dad and the rest of the family were in the room with me, and then they made the announcement and everyone dove on me.”
Young, who represents such NBA royalty as Chris Paul, didn’t mind having his ear drum popped.
“It was pretty neat listening,” said Young. “It sounded like there were 10,000 people in that room.”