The 2008-2009 NBA season tipped-off with three games last night that each had a very prominent NC State-related storyline when:
(1) JJ Hickson began his NBA career with the Cleveland Cavaliers who lost to the defending NBA Champion Boston Celtics.
(2) Hickson wasn’t the only former NC State big man to take the court last night. The three recent former Wolfpack big men who have been first round draft picks – Hickson, Cedric Simmons and Josh Powell – combined for a grand total of 2 minutes and 43 seconds of playing time last night. Thes three players stayed in college a combined five years.
(3) Vinny Del Negro began his NBA head coaching career with the Chicago Bulls with a big win!
(4) Nate McMillan’s talented and young Portland Trailblazers lost to the Los Angeles Lakers last night (despite the gold medal that Nate helped USA Basketball win this summer).
I’d say that is a pretty impressive evening for the Wolfpack. To their credit, I just checked GoPack.com and they actually had a little article about the start of the NBA season (although they missed the specifics of the three games last night).
Additionally, ACCNow updated their charts for the ACC in the NBA for this year and can be seen by clicking here.