Zion goes first to Pelicans in NBA Draft, Hachimura first Japanese born player taken in first round

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Published on June 21, 2019 - Duration: 01:43s

Zion goes first to Pelicans in NBA Draft, Hachimura first Japanese born player taken in first round

Zion Williamson goes first to the New Orleans Pelicans at NBA Draft, Rui Hachimura first Japanese born player taken in first round after going ninth to Washington Wizards

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Zion goes first to Pelicans in NBA Draft, Hachimura first Japanese born player taken in first round

SHOWS: NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (JUNE 20, 2019)(NBA TV - BROADCASTERS AND DIGITAL: MUST COURTESY 'NBA TV') 1.

ZION WILLIAMSON AT NEWS CONFERENCE AFTER BEING SELECTED WITH 1ST OVERALL PICK BY NEW ORLEANS PELICANS 2.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) ZION WILLIAMSON ON WHY HE WAS EMOTIONAL AFTER BEING PICKED 1ST OVERALL, SAYING: "'Because I love the game of basketball.

You know you can hear people say things like it was likely that I was gonna go number one but I guess you don't know until you actually go through it and hearing my name called and I was able to make it on stage without a tear, shake commissioner's hand, but in the interview room my mom was standing beside me and my emotions just took over." 3.

RUI HACHIMURA AT NEWS CONFERENCE AFTER BEING SELECTED WITH 9TH OVERALL PICK BY WASHINGTON WIZARDS 4.

(SOUNDBITE)(English and Japanese) 9TH OVERALL PICK RUI HACHIMURA AFTER BEING ASKED IF HE HAS A MESSAGE FOR HIS OLD JUNIOR HIGH BASKETBALL COACH JOJI SAKAMOTO, SAYING: "Oh yeah, in Japanese?" REPORTER SAYING: "In both (Japanese and English)." RUI HACHIMURA SAYING: "Coach I made it...yeah that's it." 5.

WHITE FLASH 6.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) RUI HACHIMURA SAYING: "Actually I played baseball before I started to play basketball and then, basketball is like, I think it's going up right now, you know, it's getting bigger, a lot of people playing, a lot of people watching basketball now so, yeah, it's big right now." 7.

SEKOU DOUMBOUYA AT NEWS CONFERENCE AFTER BEING SELECTED WITH 15TH OVERALL PICK BY DETROIT PISTONS 8.

GOGA BITADZE AT NEWS CONFERENCE AFTER BEING SELECTED WITH 18TH OVERALL PICK BY INDIANA PACERS 9.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) GOGA BITADZE AFTER BEING ASKED HOW HE FELT WHEN HE WAS PICKED, SAYING: "I was shaking, literally, I mean I was nervous but this is a dream came true, this is really, I'm really honored that I'm here, I make this so my focus on basketball and hard work and this is for my family definitely back in Georgia right now they're watching and this is for them definitely, they came to my mind whole process I was doing it for them, and this is for them." 10.

LUKA SAMANIC AT NEWS CONFERENCE AFTER BEING SELECTED WITH 19TH OVERALL PICK BY SAN ANTONIO SPURS 11.

(SOUNDBITE)(English) LUKA SAMANIC ON HOW HE FELT WHEN HE WAS PICKED, SAYING: "I was speechless, nervous, excited, you know everything in one and I'm just blessed to be a part of San Antonio and I'm happy and ready to go." STORY:

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