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Lottery luck eludes Nets, who pick third

Updated: May 19, 2010, 12:32 AM ET
By Kieran Darcy | ESPNNewYork.com

SECAUCUS, N.J. -- Well, John Wall won't be moving to New Jersey.

The Nets and their fan base had reasons to be excited heading into Tuesday night's NBA lottery. The team's bold new owner, Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, was making his public debut as the face of the franchise. And the team had the best odds of securing the No. 1 pick in next month's draft.

But when NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver opened up the third-to-last envelope, and a Nets logo ...

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