Adam Silver walked to the microphone Thursday evening and said the words Thunder fans had been expecting to hear.
“With the second pick in the 2022 NBA Draft,” the NBA commissioner said, “the Oklahoma City Thunder select Chet Holmgren from Gonzaga University.”
With that, Holmgren rose from his chair on the floor of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, clapped his hands together a couple of times and turned to embrace his mom, who was already dabbing at her eyes. Then he did the same to his dad. After a few more hugs, Holmgren made his way to the front.