Elton Brand strolled into the Palmer House Hilton to represent the 76ers at the NBA draft lottery Tuesday night, another reminder of the Bulls’ storied past at the event.
Nineteen years have passed since then-general manager Jerry Krause clutched his lucky pennies and secured the No. 1 pick, with which he selected Brand, who shared Rookie of the Year honors with Steve Francis.
Ten years have passed since the Bulls vaulted from ninth to first, overcoming 1.7 percent odds to win the lottery and ultimately select Derrick Rose, another Rookie of the Year.
This time, the Bulls weren’t as lucky, dropping one slot from No. 6 to No. 7 in the June draft. That still likely puts...