The Cleveland Cavaliers may have won this year's NBA draft lottery and earned the right to the first overall pick, but the star of the show was the daughter of Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Wesley Edens, whose tweets about the draft shot her to Internet fame.
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) May 21, 2014
Mallory Edens, who at 18 years old is still a month away from graduating high school, became an immediate Internet sensation when she represented the Bucks at the draft lottery in Times Square Studio on Tuesday. By Wednesday afternoon, Edens’ Twitter account accumulated more than 36,000 followers, while countless NBA fans and pundits took to social media to comment about the gorgeous blonde.
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In an interview with the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Edens described her experience at the lottery as “sort of unbelievable.”
“I was really nervous but really happy to get the second pick,” Edens, who stood next to NBA legend Julius Erving, told the newspaper. “I was extremely nervous but it was really fun.”
When the Bucks owner first approached his daughter about representing the franchise at the draft lottery, Mallory assumed that he was joking. “My dad sort of asked me in passing one day and I thought he was joking, but here I am, so apparently it was not a joke,” she said during an interview with the Bucks' official website.
Madison Edens, Mallory’s older sister, watched the proceedings with her father in the front row and admitted that she was happy to be out of the spotlight. “She’s definitely the more photogenic one, so I was happy to give it to her,” Madison told the Journal-Sentinel. “I could not be up there. She was amazing. […] What a great way to start.”
A sampling of Internet memes and tweets regarding Mallory Edens can be found below.
— NBA Memes (@NBAMemes) May 21, 2014
Mallory Edens is a new wcw pic.twitter.com/9FDLffXjRK
— Kyle Hesse (@HesseKyle) May 21, 2014
I'll say it. Mallory Edens is a star. #bucks
— Michelle Beadle (@MichelleDBeadle) May 21, 2014
Mallory Edens probably just got 2325 friend requests and a couple hundred twitter followers. I gotta get me a Bucks jersey ...
— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) May 21, 2014
I still remember the day before I was in love with Mallory Edens. It was yesterday.
— Jimmy Hat (@DuckingShut) May 21, 2014
I wonder how much Mallory Edens' father regrets showing her off to the world right now haha
— Tony Long (@gnlynt) May 21, 2014