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NBA draft lottery good luck charms: Jay-Z? Dwyane Wade?

Rapper and music executive Jay-Z can add another title to his resume: NBA Draft Lottery good-luck charm.

At least that’s what the New Jersey Nets are hoping. Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, a Nets investor, is representing the team onstage at tonight’s NBA Draft Lottery in Secaucus, N.J.

“This is very exciting and I hope my nickname, ‘Lucky Lefty,’ holds up,” Jay-Z said in a statement.

“He’s obviously one of the most recognizable figures in the world. To have him represent us at the lottery, we’re very excited about it,” Nets spokesman Barry Baum said. “We’re all about doing things differently to generate some buzz and excitement.”

Jay-Z’s presence along with guard Dwyane Wade, who will be there on behalf of the Heat, is somewhat new for the NBA. Owners have represented teams in the past, as have current players, but it’s more typical for front-office types — presidents, coaches and general managers — to do the honors.

The Sacramento Kings are sending the winner of their luckiest fan contest.

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CRAIG DAVIS In more than 33 years at the Sun Sentinel, Craig Davis has written about a wide variety of sports topics from baseball to yachting, fishing to triathlons, and also worked as a copy editor and page designer. Recently he reported on local sports, including running, swimming, cycling, equestrian and beach volleyball. He enjoys sports as a participant as well as a spectator, is active in the South Florida running scene plays in the curling club at Saveology Iceplex. This blog offers a glimpse at the business side of sports in the interest of enhancing enjoyment of the games and sporting options as a spectator as well as a participant.
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