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May 31, 2012

Anthony Davis is bummed he won't be a Charlotte Bobcat

               Chicagoan Anthony Davis, who grew up rooting for then-Bull Michael Jordan, wears jersey No. 23 and Air Jordan shoes, is bummed he won’t be a Charlotte Bobcat.

               “A lot of disappointment inside my family. My mom wanted me to go to Charlotte. I have a lot of good friends in Charlotte,’’ Davis said during an appearance on the Dan Patrick radio show.

“At the same time, it wasn’t my call. A lot of guys are disappointed, but they have to move on and make the best out of New Orleans.’’

Davis was talking about the Hornets jumping into the top spot in the draft, via Wednesday’s lottery. The Bobcats, coming off the worst season in NBA history, will pick second. It seems a lock that the Hornets – or any team that had the No. 1 pick – would select Kentucky big man Davis, consensus college player of the year.

Hey, if the kid really wants to play for Bobcats owner Jordan, he should do something about it. Refuse to audition for the Hornets. Say Cajun food is the worst and the Saints (whose owner, Tom Benson, is buying the Hornets) are a bunch of bounty-setting cheaters. And top it off with a pledge that the only way he’d wear teal stripes is if the colors and nickname return to Charlotte.

One problem; from what I know about Davis, he’s way too classy, disciplined and respectful to be a holdout. Ah, well.            

Posted by Observer Sports on May 31, 2012 at 05:02 PM | Permalink

Comments

Come on AD!!! pull and Eli Manning. Pull a Kobe!

It is the very definition of long shot, but man wouldn't it be awesome. A superstar not just coming to Charlotte, but fighting to get there.

Posted by: Mustachio | May 31, 2012 5:14:53 PM

Dang, to hear a star wanting to be here is great, but this adds salt to the wounds.

Posted by: PantherHead | May 31, 2012 5:15:27 PM

Comments like this from Unibrow make last night's lottery even more brutal. Would have loved to see him play for the cats here in Charlotte. The curse of George Shinn lives on.

Posted by: Ron Jeremy | May 31, 2012 5:42:55 PM

Great. There exists a soon-to-be NBA superstar who is actually genuinely interested in setting up his life in Charlotte and he's headed to the House of the Rising Sun.

I'm fearful that the franchise was dealt a damning blow last night.

Question: Has it always (since the lottery's inception) been the case that the worst team had a 25-percent chance of getting the top pick? I ask because they've gotten it, what -- 10-percent of the time?

Posted by: John W. | May 31, 2012 6:04:42 PM

It always good in life to have options in whatever you do. Charlotte blew up the season thinking they'll select NO. 1. Now, management and Front Office have to design a new strategy and move on. What next cats

Posted by: bobcat | May 31, 2012 6:25:34 PM

Time to make some bold moves to reshape the roster.

First I would amnesty Diop then i would pull a trade like the ones below:

- trade #2 pick and Tyrus Thomas to Portland for picks #6, #11 and #40. One of the second tier guys will be left at #6 (Robinson, Beal, Gilchrist, Drummand, Lillard or Barnes) and then Perry Jones or Terrance Jones at #11. We get rid of Thomas and his contract, he gets a fresh start and we get a player like Darious Miller at #40. This is a great move for the Cats if Portland has a player they want to move up for.

- trade #2 pick and Tyrus Thomas to Cleveland for picks #4 and #34. Cleveland also has picks #24 and #33 so they might do this trade. Robinson or Gilchrist should be on the board at #4 and Will Barton at #34 would be a deal. Kevin Jones or John Jenkins at #31 would give us three very talented new players.

- trade #2 and Tyrus Thomas to Houston for picks #14 and #16. With this one you could get Kendall Marshall and Terrance Jones - and move Thomas's contract which would open up some cap space.

- trade #2 pick and Tyrus Thomas to Golden State for picks #7, #30 and #35.
This one is a stretch - but we would move Thomas which would free up some money for free agency. I would grab Barnes or Lillard at #7 and then I would target John Jenkins, Will Barton and Kevin Jones with the other three picks (with Darius Miller as an alternate). Sure - this might seem like a reach but we would inject four new scorers plus be in a position to get Chris Kaman and another FA.

I would also add Miles Plumlee, Yancy Gates, Dee Bost and Jon Kreft as rookie free agents.

I know this is a long post - but the point is the Cats really do have some nice options and i think for them the best move is to load up on scorers and cut some cap space by moving Thomas.

Posted by: Dom | May 31, 2012 6:54:24 PM

That sucks. The guy actually wanted to play here.

Posted by: Gman | May 31, 2012 7:12:44 PM

Dom -

Two thoughts:

1. Why would you expect another team would take Thomas' contract in exchange for a draft pick when the Bobcats don't want Thomas. That's the primary issue - you assume Portland, Cleveland and Houston would take Thomas' contract.

2. In the NBA trades have to match up salaries unless the trade falls into one of a few exceptions (e.g., team taking on more salary is under cap, traded player exception, others I don't know). Thomas is due 8.0, 8.6 and 9.3 so a team would have to have a huge trade exception or a ton of salary cap room and want to use that on Thomas. That isn't going to happen.

Diop is due 7.3 but is in the final year of his contract. My guess is the Cats won't use the amnesty on Diop but will use his expiring contract as trade bait. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Bobcats use the amnesty on Thomas.

Posted by: BigPimp | May 31, 2012 7:17:44 PM

Dom,
Kudos to you for presenting some intriguing options for the #2 pick. I especially like the one where we end up with Kendall Marshall. I like that kid at PG. He made Barnes, Zeller, Henson, McAdoo, Strickland, and Bullock better collectively than the sum of their parts. He's a better option at the point than we have on the Bobcats roster right now. DJ Augustine should flourish at the #2 guard and Henderson would make a decent 6th man (adding a bit of scoring and defensive punch) not to mention providing us with matchup flexibility.

Posted by: MrMixx | May 31, 2012 7:19:16 PM

Let's keep it in context......between new orleans, washington, charlotte, cleveland, sacramento.......he preferred charlotte. He's not saying he would pick us out of the league.

Dom I like the mindset, but we need talent more than cap room. Cap room is only useful when free agents want to come here. Otherwise, you need trade chips and legit talent to build around.

If we can move thomas to slide down a bit thats an obvious move, but honeslty his contract doesn't hurt as much going forward. He can be amnestied and diop is expiring after this year (finally). We have almost nobody under contract after this year. I think it's thomas and the rookie from this year and that's it.


It's gotta be barnes or drummond (if you want to roll the dice). Augustin/hendo/barnes/mullens/biyombo is a lineup to start with. Walker/brown/white is a nice start to the bench. It's not the end of the world.

That being said, barnes will definitely be there at 4 and may go as low as 8. Trade back and get another pick to grab a bigman with is the ticket.

Posted by: charlottean | May 31, 2012 7:32:16 PM

How about trading back with Portland, and sending the #6 pick and DJA to New York for Amare?

Use the 11th pick to get Kendall Marshall?

Marshall/Walker
Hendo/Carroll
Maggette/Free Agent
Amare/Mullens
Biz/Diop

That still leaves a need at small forward, but we should still be in the draft the next year, and could easily amnety Tyrus to free up money for FA that year.

That said, this team only barely gets back to the playoffs in 2 years.

Maybe trading down with the Cavs for 4 and 24 and up with the Celtics to get 22 for 24 and 31 gets you MKG, Barnes or Drummond and Darius Miller.

DJA/Walker
Hendo/Miller
Magette/Barnes (or MJK)
White/Mullens
Biz/Diop

That team still isn't very good this year, but could be very good in 2 years if they can get Curry and draft of sign a FA center next year.

Posted by: Chris | May 31, 2012 9:13:27 PM

Bobcats can always offer New Orleans there first this year and next for NO first this year.

Posted by: par404 | May 31, 2012 9:41:10 PM

You guys are on crack if you think people want Thomas. What did he do this year beside stand up and do his little three point finger dance on the end of the bench every time the Bobcats shot a three. To bad they only connected 29% of those attempts, the worst in the league.

Posted by: Erik | May 31, 2012 9:47:19 PM

NEWS FLASH! Bobcats will suck again next year and be in last. Don't waste your time trying to figure out a future for these bums. It's already been decided.

Posted by: Dave | May 31, 2012 9:48:43 PM

I like the ideas some folks present about trading down, and also about unloading Thomas' contract. Unfortunately we don't really need cap space because nobody wants to come play here, even on a max deal. The Bobcats are screed seven ways from Sunday -painted into a corner with no way out.

Posted by: Lolz 'Cats | May 31, 2012 11:27:50 PM

If the Bobcats really want Anthony Davis and vice versa then together they can make it happen, just take these comments from Davis and pair them with a statement from his agent of Davis's desire to play in Charlotte and hint at a holdout, plant those stories in the media. A few days later have Cho and MJ step in and offer our #2 pick this year, our first pick next year and Tyrus Thomas for the #1 pick. Anything is possible, right?

Posted by: Shane P | May 31, 2012 11:53:19 PM

no people this is what his heart wants but his reputation will be jeopardize.
Byombo is here if you don't think he's ready take a look at Nike Hoop Summit and you'll see Byombo bullied Davis.
Davis wants someone that has his mentality and that's Byombo. He want someone that can help him and win games not Hornet players. Chris Paul got out because New Orleans is not a basketball town. Charlotte is with the right players.

Posted by: vinh | Jun 1, 2012 12:30:23 AM

When are you going to stop kissing Higgins behind and tell the truth. Until he gets fired and cho gets a legit #2 guy, this team is not going anywhere fast. Cho cannot fix this mess by himself. He needs good talent evaluators around him. Higgins has not made one great move during his time with mj yet you said on the radio that cho is on the hot seat? We know rod loves being your source and getting a pass even if that means mj and cho get all the blame from you and you raddio partner.

Posted by: crymeariver | Jun 1, 2012 2:03:52 AM

radio

Posted by: crymeariver | Jun 1, 2012 2:05:40 AM

This just makes it worse. There is not another pro league anywhere where the worst team gets hosed like this. There is no conspiracy, it is just a stupid system.

Posted by: Claydog | Jun 1, 2012 6:18:56 AM

If we really want AD that bad, how about we try to come up with a trade that would give us the first pick in the draft?...I dont care if we have to trade half of the sorry roster to NO. Lets do it before June 28.

Posted by: Godwin | Jun 1, 2012 7:21:34 AM

Figures. We might have actually had our star player who would have wanted to turn Charlotte around and to stick around. Now we will get a player who will stick around but not turn it around.

Posted by: bdubb | Jun 1, 2012 7:50:00 AM

Maybe he will pull a Kobe/Eli. Jordan should have a talk with him. They both played for the teams they want and it worked well for them to do so. Think about it ...

Posted by: Tyson | Jun 1, 2012 9:18:33 AM

He's making a statement to be polite. Nobody in their right mind would prefer to be here over anywhere else.

Posted by: SteveS | Jun 1, 2012 9:21:11 AM

If he wanted to make a statement to be polite, he would have said how excited he was to be going to New Orleans.

Posted by: Soulsay | Jun 1, 2012 9:27:26 AM

every single draft produces more than 1 elite star player. every single one. even the horrible horrible horrible ones.

even 2006 brought aldridge, rondo, gay, (roy), bargani, etc.

2002 - yao, boozer, amare, caron butler

2001 which is perceived as one of the worst draft classes still put out pau, tyson chandler, joe johnson, richard jefferson, gerald wallace, tony parker, gilbert arenas, etc.


this is NOT the end of the world by any stretch. the end of the world is when we pick the wrong guy this year, pick the wrong guy next year, fire cho and higgins gets back to trading for diops and overpaying thomases.

barnes will be an elite nba player. robinson might. drummond might. lamb might. i don't think MKG will, but i think he is a VERY safe bet to be a number 2 or 3 guy on an elite team one day. I don't see him carrying a franchise. the other guys have a way better chance. the way this team is made up, barnes would be a great fit. especially if we trade down, pick up an extra pick and are able to grab a big man to rotate with mullens and biyombo.


more silver lining is that this team WILL be better this year because all those rookies and rookie types have another year under their belt. there isn't a lockout. there will be 82 games. bet we win more than 25 games if we put the exact same roster on the floor plus barnes.


another idea would be to trade back with portland, grab barnes at 6 and trade up the 11 pick paired with next year's first and get drummond. huge risk move but it would be huge upside potential. we might instantly be where indiana was a year ago.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 1, 2012 9:38:53 AM

I think he already said those things in a round about classy way. If I was the hornets, I would trade him to highest bidder or not pick him. Kobi did that to the hornets when it was a Charlotte team. We traded him because he said that he would only play in LA.

I don't see a problem with holding out for a team that you really want to play for as long as the team isn't stacked (i.e., Lakers).

Posted by: kodi | Jun 1, 2012 9:44:50 AM

It's just really convent that New Orleans lands the #1 pick! I mean, after he whole Benson buying the team from a league desperate to get rid of it, he gets rewarded like this? I kept hearing things on ESPN leading up to the draft about New Orleans getting the first pick and just the way they talked about it, made you feel like it was already a done deal.

Posted by: John | Jun 1, 2012 9:56:35 AM

HEADLINE!!
Spellcheck, it's a wonderful thing!!

Posted by: Amos | Jun 1, 2012 10:42:44 AM

same olde thang sing it again

Posted by: btlocal | Jun 1, 2012 11:29:23 AM

lets see davis wants to come to charlotte for what moonshine?

Posted by: btlocal | Jun 1, 2012 11:32:40 AM

he doesn't want to come here. he just preferred it to new orleans or cleveland or washington or new jersey or something. don't take it out of context.

we need to focus on the other players in this draft. trade down, get 2 picks. get barnes and sullinger.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 1, 2012 12:47:21 PM

The Bobcats need to perform more than one trade and acquire as many picks as possible for this upcoming draft
C'mon Rich Cho.

Posted by: Kurly K gives BJ's | Jun 1, 2012 1:26:26 PM

trade down and take stilman white!!!!

come on cho!!!

Posted by: corn nuggitz | Jun 1, 2012 1:34:51 PM


I love your way your thinking mind it makes sense, but I'd take my pick if i could't get a trade that keeps me at six.

trade #2 pick and Tyrus Thomas to Portland for picks #6, #11 and #40. One of the second tier guys will be left at #6 (Robinson, Beal, Gilchrist, Drummand, Lillard or Barnes) and then Perry Jones or Terrance Jones at #11. We get rid of Thomas and his contract, he gets a fresh start and we get a player like Darious Miller at #40. This is a great move for the Cats if Portland has a player they want to move up for. (I love this trade) at six well be fine

- trade #2 pick and Tyrus Thomas to Cleveland for picks #4 and #34. Cleveland also has picks #24 and #33 so they might do this trade. Robinson or Gilchrist should be on the board at #4 and Will Barton at #34 would be a deal. Kevin Jones or John Jenkins at #31 would give us three very talented new players. I love this trade the most its less risk and more reward looking at the value, but i would'nt pull the trigger if Cleveland would'nt throw in 24, at 4 and 24 we could pick well

- trade #2 and Tyrus Thomas to Houston for picks #14 and #16. With this one you could get Kendall Marshall and Terrance Jones - and move Thomas's contract which would open up some cap space. This is a bad trade and you would be taking yourself out of the TOP 6 WHICH IN MY OPINION ARE GOOD ENOUGH TO PASS ON A DEAL LIKE THIS THAT STINKS, I'D KEEP TYRUS ANYWAY,

- trade #2 pick and Tyrus Thomas to Golden State for picks #7, #30 and #35.
This one is a stretch - but we would move Thomas which would free up some money for free agency. I would grab Barnes or Lillard at #7 and then I would target John Jenkins, Will Barton and Kevin Jones with the other three picks (with Darius Miller as an alternate). Sure - this might seem like a reach but we would inject four new scorers plus be in a position to get Chris Kaman and another FA. GOLDEN STATE WOULD HAVE TO GIVE ME MORE I WANT STEPHEN CURRY OR DAVID LEE BECAUSE NOW IM OUT OF THE TOP SIX THATS THE GOAL FOR CHARLOTTE DONT TRADE DOWN UNLESS YOU GET A TOP 6 PICK, IF YOU CANT GET ONE TAKE THE BEST PLAYER AVAILABLE AND KEEP IT MOVIN.

BOTTOM LINE WE CAN'T TRADE DOWN LOWER THAN 6,1.Robinson, 2.Beal, 3.Gilchrist 4.Barnes 5.Drummand IF YOUR DRAFT 2 THUR 6 YOU PICK ANY OF THESE GUYS

Posted by: RAHSHON GAMBLE | Jun 1, 2012 1:38:56 PM

somebody is highly likely to take either jeremy lamb or damian lillard top 6. not definite but likely. especially portland.

we need to trade back and get 2 picks and try and trade up our 2nd rounder a few spots. add 3 1st rounders to augustin, walker, henderson, brown, mullens, biyombo......we've got a lot going for ourselves assets wise. I'd love for it to be barnes, sullinger, and miller. Or Fab Melo That would really fill out our roster nicely.

Landing 3 solid players might be just as valuable as landing davis. Think about what it took to get deron williams, carmello, chris paul in trades. the next wave of superstars will cost the same.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 1, 2012 5:31:02 PM

This was the killing blow for this organization in terms of fan interest (not to get the first pick).

Posted by: Nhoj | Jun 1, 2012 6:32:37 PM

I don't understand why people are still interested in the NBA when you consider that it's a league of mostly undeveloped millionaire 18, 19 and 20 year-olds coupled with a lot of others who are no-names, on bad teams, with bad coaches, playing EIGHTY TWO game schedules, playing half-heartedly with no defensive intensity, going through the motions on any given night.

Posted by: Nhoj | Jun 1, 2012 6:40:11 PM

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