NBA Draft 2019: RJ Barrett, Rui Hachimura and more emotional reactions to top selections

first_imgThe 2019 draft class was emotional after learning their fate, and rightfully so. After the players walked across the stage and shook NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s hand, they were greeted by ESPN’s Maria Taylor. In the moments following their selection, they shared touching moments with their parents, and one even had a message for his country after making history. NBA Draft 2019: Zion Williamson at a loss for words after being selected by Pelicans NBA Draft 2019: Knicks select RJ Barrett at No. 3 RJ Barrett, who was selected third overall by the Knicks, was joined by his father, Rowan. Barrett at one point rested his head on his dad’s shoulder while Rowan Barrett showed just as much emotion.”You have to be proud, very proud,” Rowan Barrett said. “I’m proud of you, son.” Related News NBA Draft 2019: Suns deliver first major surprise of night, pick Cameron Johnson at No. 11 He also addressed New York fans saying RJ “is going to give everything he has on the court,” while RJ wiped tears from his eyes.”You have to be proud, very proud. I’m proud of you, son.”RJ Barrett couldn’t hold back tears while his dad, Rowan, spoke with @MariaTaylor. #NBADraft— ESPN (@espn) June 21, 2019Rui Hachimura became the first Japanese born player to be drafted after he was selected by the Wizards with the ninth overall pick. He had a message for Japan.”I’m the first guy in the NBA to get drafted,” Hachimura said in his native language.Rui Hachimura is the first Japanese-born player to be drafted in the first round of the #NBADraft!This one’s for you, Japan 🇯🇵— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) June 21, 2019Other top selections brought emotional reactions from teammates.While Coby White was in the middle of a press conference following his selection at seventh overall by the Bulls, he found out his North Carolina teammate Cam Johnson was picked 11th.The move by the Suns was shocking to some, but not White.”Wow, wow, that’s crazy,” White said. “If y’all know Cam, you know how hard Cam worked. There’s a lot of people that doubted him. “I’m so happy for him right now. … He proved night in and night out he deserves to be in the conversation. … I’m getting chills.”Best backstage moment of the NBA Draft: Coby White (Picked 7th) is talking when his UNC teammate Cam Johnson gets picked 11th.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) June 21, 2019Matisse Thybulle was the first player out of the Pac-12 selected Thursday. The University of Washington product earned the 2019 Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award and garnered enough interested from the 76ers that they made a trade with the Celtics to secure the strong perimeter defender.After being chosen as the 20th overall pick, he shared the memory of his late mother, Elizabeth, who passed away in February 2015 after fighting Leukemia. “I wish she was here to see it,” Thybulle said, nearly speechless.”The way she fought for everything, even until the end when she was getting sick, she never let anything stop her from doing what she wanted to do. You saw that from when she became a doctor, it was just a trend throughout her whole life. So, I just try to be like that as much as I can.””I wish she was here to see it.”Matisse Thybulle talking about how his late mother inspired him is powerful.— ESPN (@espn) June 21, 2019last_img

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