Posted: Tuesday June 28, 2005 1:29PM; Updated: Wednesday June 29, 2005 5:58PM
Jacobsen, who was taken by Phoenix with the 22nd overall pick, was accompanied by his girlfriend, a member of the Stanford women's team. Enter Sager, who, mesmerized by the girlfriend's looks, asked Jacobsen if his girlfriend had a sister. That exchange was topped by Charles Barkley, who quickly jabbed that Sager was "the only guy on TV who can't get a date, and it's almost impossible to be on television and not get women."
Karl Malone's combo
Sure, this moment only got good when Malone became a legend and the styles of the '80s went out the door. Still, looking back at a young, mustachioed Karl Malone in his straight-from-the-Bayou outfit is priceless.
After being taken by the Jazz with the 13th pick of the '85 draft, Malone approached the stage sporting tight white pants, a baby blue shirt, a light gray tie and blue sport coat. His tie only came to mid-stomach and Malone could be seen fiddling with his neckwear as he nervously approached the stage.
Malone, as we know, became one of the game's greatest forwards, but his draft night moment won't soon be forgotten -- as long as footage of the night remains in circulation, anyway.
Sam Bowie going ahead of MJ
OK, this isn't so much a memorable moment in draft history as it is the biggest mistake in draft history.
After Houston took Akeem Olajuwon with the top pick, Portland selected 7-foot-1 Kentucky center Sam Bowie over the young from UNC kid, Michael Jordan. Over his 10-year career, Bowie averaged 10.9 points and 7.5 rebounds while playing with three different teams. We all know what Jordan did in his brilliant 15-year career. You can bet the Trail Blazers know, and now teams take extra precautions to ensure they don't pass on the next Jordan.
Rashard Lewis' long wait in the green room
The '98 draft went from dream to disaster for Rashard Lewis. According to Lewis, the Rockets had promised the 18-year-old forward from Elsik High School in Houston that he would be taken with one of the team's three first-round picks (Nos. 14, 16 and 18).
Instead, Lewis had an agonizing wait in the green room as Houston passed on him with all three picks. Of course, the TNT crew broadcasting the draft was all over it, constantly cutting to an emotional Lewis, who had to wait until the second round (by which time he would not receive a guaranteed contract) to escape , when he was taken by the Sonics with the 32nd pick.
Lewis left the arena with tears in his eyes and the determination to prove the Rockets wrong, which he has most certainly done. While Houston's three picks (Michael Dickerson, Bryce Drew and Mirsad Turkcan of Turkey) are all out of the league, Lewis has become one of the league's top players.
Samuel Dalembert's surprise entrance
When David Stern announced the 26th pick of the '01 draft, he had no idea he'd be shaking a player's hand, as he usually does with the lottery picks. But that's exactly what he ended up doing as Seton Hall center Samuel Dalembert jumped out of the stands and rushed the stage to greet a surprised Stern. Dalembert's exuberance was clear and Stern's bewilderment was just as obvious.