Bernard James, a 27-year-old prospect who played center at Florida State, was taken No. 33 by a pick sent to the Dallas Mavericks. He received a reaction from the crowd larger than just about everyone else, with the crowd at the Prudential Center chanting "U-S-A" at James. The reason: James is an Air Force veteran, having served three tours of duty in Iraq.
Here's the clip of the assembled fans paying respect.
Whether James ever plays a minute in the playoffs or gets an NBA start, his draft process was worth it to see the respect paid to our military veterans. Warm and fuzzies always win.