New owner, and now a new star player coming to New Orleans.
And yet another loss –in a historic season full of them – for Michael Jordan and the Charlotte Bobcats.
The Hornets, recently sold by the NBA to Saints owner Tom Benson, won the NBA’s draft lottery Wednesday and the No. 1 pick overall – which they almost certainly will use to pick Kentucky star Anthony Davis.
At least that’s what the college player of the year is expecting. Moments after the Hornets won the lottery, Davis said he was looking forward to playing professionally in the place where he led the Wildcats to a national championship in April.
“Just a first step for us to winning it all,” Benson said in a TV interview after the lottery.
The Hornets moved up from the fourth spot, where they had a 13.7 percent chance, to earn the pick.
The Bobcats, after going 7-59 for the worst winning percentage in NBA history, fell to the No. 2 pick. Washington will pick third and Cleveland fell one spot to fourth.
Charlotte had a 25 percent chance of grabbing the No. 1 pick, but instead will have to take the best player after Davis, possibly his teammate Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
The draft will be held June 28 in Newark, N.J.
PACERS: Team president Larry Bird sounds like he wants to run the team for a few more years.
He’s just waiting to work something out with team owner Herb Simon.
Amid several reports that Bird would yield control of the Pacers’ day-to-day operations when this season ended, all of which Bird denied, he told reporters Wednesday that he loves his job, likes his team and would prefer coming back if Simon wants him.
Bird was named this year’s NBA Executive of the Year.