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May 30, 2012

Charlotte Bobcats' Higgins reacts to getting the No. 2 pick


               The Charlotte Bobcats finished a single spot shy of a franchise player Wednesday night.

               The Bobcats will pick second in the June 28 draft, based on the results of the annual draft lottery. The New Orleans Hornets will select first and it’s a virtual lock the Hornets will choose Kentucky big man Anthony Davis, the game-changer in this draft.

               Asked if it was a given the Bobcats would have chosen Davis – consensus college player of the year – Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins said, “It’s hard to say he wouldn’t be the guy.’’

               Now the Bobcats will spread a wider net, in determining who should be No. 2. Is it Kentucky small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist? Is it Kansas power forward Thomas Robinson? Higgins said the Bobcats would work out at least six players for the No. 2 spot. He also said they anticipate trade interest in the pick from other teams.

               “Some other teams are going to call us about No. 2,’’ Higgins said. “We’re going to
get some interest there until the pick is called’’ on draft night.

               No. 2 will match the highest draft pick in the Bobcats’ eight seasons. Before their
initlal season in 2004, then coach/general manager Bernie Bickerstaff swung a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers that jumped the Bobcats from fourth to second in the draft order. They used that pick to select Connecticut center Emeka Okafor, now with the Hornets.

               Higgins didn’t linger on what might have been. Davis could be a once-a-decade player –
an impact shotblocker/rebounder with an expanding offensive game.

               “What can you do but move on and try to help this basketball team?’’ Higgins said of
the letdown.

               Other possibilities for the No. 2 pick could include Connecticut center Andre Drummond, North Carolina small forward Harrison Barnes, Florida shooting guard Brandon Beal and Connecticut shooting guard Jeremy Lamb.

               Drafting No. 2 expands the Bobcats’ pre-draft workload considerably. As veteran player
agent David Falk described to the Observer recently, this is a “one-player draft’’ where the difference in picks 2 through 8 might be “miniscule.’’

               Under the weighting system the NBA employs, the 7-59 Bobcats (worst single-season
winning percentage in NBA history), had a 25 percent chance of the first pick and a 21.5 percent change of the second pick. They could finish no worse than fourth in the draft order.

                The next big step in draft preparations is the annual combine in Chicago June 6-8. Simultaneously Higgins and general manager Rich Cho (who represented the Bobcats at the lottery) are conducting a coaching search to replace Paul Silas. Higgins said he expects to hire a coach “soon,’’ which he described as the next couple of weeks.

               Higgins confirmed a Yahoo report that Bobcats owner Michael Jordan told Orlando Magic assistant Patrick Ewing he likely would not be getting the job. The Bobcats have interviewed at least eight candidates and are expected to interview at least two more – Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw and Los Angeles Lakers assistant Quin Snyder.

Posted by Observer Sports on May 30, 2012 at 09:51 PM | Permalink


yeah let's trade are pick and draft a bust. Bobcats have only had ONE good draft pick... Gerald Henderson. The others are either still blooming or are gonna be a Sean may, Adam Morrison let down. Hey mj let's just name the team to the Charlotte Riches. Mr. Cho apparently is our savior.

Posted by: James | May 30, 2012 10:03:49 PM

The NBA lottery is soooooo rig.

Posted by: Mike | May 30, 2012 10:17:04 PM

* rigged

Posted by: Mike | May 30, 2012 10:17:57 PM

any chance Cats try to sign Kaman to fill void at center and let BB move to PF

Posted by: bob | May 30, 2012 10:26:25 PM

I think Thomas Robinson should be the pick. And if Cho is a real Asian he will sign Jeremy Lin to replace Augustin.

Posted by: K | May 30, 2012 10:28:15 PM

A day like this reminds me how much I am turned off by the NBA and David Stern. I was a loyal Charlotte Hornets fan from day one and was so upset that Stern let George Shinn move the team out of Charlotte despite the success the team had here, not only in play but in attendance. They were loved by the city of Charlotte. I vowed that day that I would not give another dime of my money to the NBA after the Hornets left Charlotte and I have not to this day. I was hoping for the Bobcats to land the number one pick and start some buzz here in this basketball crazed state we live in. It just seems like another slap in the face to the city of Charlotte, first losing the Hornets to New Orleans, now losing the number one pick to them also. Talk about a losing situation all around. At least there is Nascar and the Panthers in town. I do not see the Bobcats being in this city another 10 years. The team is light years from being competitive with the roster they have and the way the economy is headed you can only keep your business in the red for so long before you have to shut the door. Fans are not going to pay a lot of money for a night out (Tickets, Parking, Concessions, etc) to watch a team of comprised of players ranked outside the top 15 on any team in the NBA. Just my opinion but when the Hornets left Charlotte, so did the passion for NBA basketball in Charlotte.

Posted by: Richard | May 30, 2012 10:29:14 PM

Trade up with New ORLEANS, they are much closer than the Bobcats!! Trade Tyrus and put in a system that utilizes players strength. Matt Carroll could be what Steve Novak, Shane Battier, JJ Redick, etc are to their respective teams. You have a lot of players that are the same size. Here is a list of players I would be after: Kyle Lowry, James Harden(make a splash!!!)Eric Bledsoe, draft Thomas Robinson (young athletic, bigger motor than Thomas)Randy Foye, Gerald Wallace, antwan jamison, marcus camby, chris kaman.. u need to change the entire culture and get some hungry veterans with young talent in there.

Posted by: Tony | May 30, 2012 10:35:11 PM

I don't give a &%$# about the Bobcats only having a 25% chance at the #1 pick. This was a huge failure. MJ has got some serious explaining to do to the fans. Lets see what they do with all this cap space they won't be able to use because no player will want to come here. I think "Cho" has got to "go". Terrible decisions made this year thus far.

Posted by: Joe Bobcat Fan | May 30, 2012 10:37:20 PM

simple fact is the bobcats have never been in a position to make a no brainer pick, what is this pick going to do, at best get a player like gerarld wallace which will elevate us to a point where we are going to pick 6-15 for the next decade, at worst we will be accused yet again of passing on a player that should have picked at 2 instead of our inevitable choice. i personally would gamble on andre drummond because he's the only one that I see has franchise potential everyone else seems to be at best a igudola/granger/g wallace/rudy gay type player. just another dime-a-dozen wing player.

Posted by: ikhan | May 30, 2012 10:40:14 PM

RICK----Any chance this happens???

Trade the #2 pick to Portland for #6 & 11.

We need help - getting 2 players from top 12 is better than 1. Players 2-12 are all pretty much equal, depending on team needs.

Posted by: Greg | May 30, 2012 10:41:45 PM

What a huge disappointment. I despise the weighted lottery. How can you possibly justify having the worst record in league history and not getting the first pick? The Cats were hosed big time.

Posted by: Claydog | May 30, 2012 10:47:46 PM

Devastating loss...there was one game changer in the draft and the NBA sent him to Benson as a reward for taking over the Hornets...Its not the Bobcats fault they don't have the first pick...they did an awesome job by winning 7 games to get in that position...I was a huge Hornet fan , tried extremely hard to embrace the Cats..but the pathetic drafts , trades , coaching , ownership , worst season in NBA history..the only saving grace would have been getting the first selection to pump in some needed life..instead fans will watch Davis pump up the Hornets while the Cats get another good role player to add to the collection of role players without any stars to enjoy watching carry the team forward. My advice for what its worth , just take Robinson of MKG , jettison as much as possible except for G.Henderson , be the worst team and try again , maybe Jordan needs to take Stern golfing , buy him a box of Cubans or whatever it takes to make the fix. Just awful to see the Hornets crush the Cats in the "lottery" after that season and our NBA history. Goodbye to the NBA in NC unless someone can come up with a plan to get star players paid here without using the draft.

Posted by: kurt | May 30, 2012 10:56:43 PM

I agree with Greg. Any two players in the top 12 will be a safer bet than anybody we get at number 2.

Andre Drummond is a big underachiever.

Thomas Robinson looks way shorter than his listing of 6'9". But I could be swayed if he surprisingly measures well.

MKG is a rich man's Corey Brewer(another "winner" in college) Yawn.........

Trade down. I'd be content with that headcase-but-suprememely-talented combo F Terrence Jones alongside the solid, high-character perfect-fit-next-to-Biyombo Tyler Zeller. That's a great mix of talents and potential.

Posted by: DeLaQuest | May 30, 2012 11:11:17 PM

You really think Henderson is OK? I agree with Van Gundy's assessment: We don't have a top-15 guy at any position.

Posted by: John W. | May 30, 2012 11:25:11 PM

buy one season ticket get one free from Bobcats! Upper level corners! Only the Bobcats have the balls to try to pull that off tonight!

Posted by: joe cool | May 30, 2012 11:29:16 PM

Gerald Henderson was a horrible pick. You would still take him over Lawson? As an NBA scout said about Henderson's scoring on this 7 win team, "Somebody has to score. What are they gonna do, get shut out?" Says it all.

Posted by: drfritz | May 30, 2012 11:32:09 PM

Trading the pick for 2 Portland picks is a smart move! That's why Bobcats are not going to do it! It's official after tonight worst NBA season ever!

Posted by: joe cool | May 30, 2012 11:34:22 PM

i had this premonition since the hornets moved. man i can't stand it sometimes you just want pro-basketball to die in Charlotte maybe there should be no more teams in charlotte. Raleigh is the town.

Bismack please block Davis' shots or dunks so the league knows who's the boss. Biz all day with his 7-7 wingspan 3 inches taller than Davis. Biz also has more strength and can definitely add more. But just wondering Davis and Biz in the same team just give teams nightmares.

Posted by: vinh | May 31, 2012 12:06:55 AM

no regrets whatever player Cats draft especially MKG. i like this guy he has great motor to attack but as scouts said 2-8 are players with unique skills at his position but Davis is still the total package.
NBA why now i feel how wrong the league is to Michael Jordan and i feel his pain.

Davis should have gone to Pistons and I would be happy.

Hornets really a team that got a superstar CP3 and get another star next but what about us we got a shameful record forever.

Posted by: vinh | May 31, 2012 12:15:38 AM

I'm very disappointed in this outcome, Sterns rigged it. The only way they can change my mind is to show the ping pong balls show live. It's time to move on, we were going to stink next year anyway it was by design with Diop, Maggette, and Carroll still on the payroll. All we can do now is pray or pay to get Shabazz Mohammed as the #1 pick next year, and clear out the rest of the three losers mentioned. Our next best shot at winning good luck with that Cats.

Posted by: easye | May 31, 2012 12:21:28 AM

obviously pick 1 and 2 are the real deal others are not ready mentally.

Posted by: vinh | May 31, 2012 12:25:53 AM

this is so ridiculous i felt like the league is laughing in front of our faces from having bad records and now no guarantee for Davis.

but hopefully we'll be better next year

Posted by: vinh | May 31, 2012 12:34:17 AM

not only that but will coaches even come here to develop players since we did not get Davis.

i feel like this is getting worse every seconds.

Posted by: vinh | May 31, 2012 12:43:41 AM

Why don't you talk to cho. Nobody wants to here from higgins today. One fail is enough.

Posted by: crymeariver | May 31, 2012 2:13:19 AM

oh man the lottery is just unjustice
the lottery is susposed to prevent teams from tanking but what about teams that want to get better than 8-9-10 seed have they ever thought about that especially for small market team.

Posted by: vinh | May 31, 2012 2:31:26 AM

people take a look at this vid Biz vs Davis

Posted by: vinh | May 31, 2012 2:54:14 AM

watch the whole video and you'll see Biz pushed Davis around.
people just haven't seen Biz play yet. he has a nice attitude and willing to work hard with coaches he'll crush Davis and we'll see who is better.

Posted by: vinh | May 31, 2012 2:59:45 AM

The media should wait until next spring before crowning Davis a superstar..remember Oden or Bogut or Wall or Bargnani???? The kid played 1 year in college and didn't face any talent like he will in the league.

Posted by: YoYoMaw | May 31, 2012 8:27:49 AM

I was crushed when the outcome didn't come out our way. Still, I say we keep the pick and draft either MKG or T-Rob. The biggest thing is to shed some of these terrible contracts which will still take another year or 2. If we're going to build through he draft then let's not take every againg veteran out there with a huge salary. This is a step in the right direction!

Posted by: Cheeseburgerface | May 31, 2012 8:53:22 AM

Suddenly Jerry Sloan is not returning calls.

Posted by: apauldds | May 31, 2012 8:54:23 AM

I agree with the posts suggesting we trade with Portland. 2 picks in the top 11 would be better than the #2 pick. I would offer them our #2 and whatever number we have in the second round for their #6 and #11 picks. We need to select a small forward and a point guard (let DJ walk in FA). I would take Barnes at #6 and the PG from Weber State. If we could sign Kaman as a FA, then we have a team that would be young and have possibilities.

Posted by: enforcer1 | May 31, 2012 8:56:28 AM

I think the Bobcats should draft either Drummond (he could be combined with Bismack to make a formidable defense around the rim) or draft Bradley Beal. Beal is a good athlete that isn't afraid to be the go to guy. He has a chance to be a bigtime scorer. Anyone but Barnes.
I also can't believe these Cho comments and the comments that are referring to him being Asian. Give the guy a chance! GO BOBCATS!!!

Posted by: Zack | May 31, 2012 8:56:46 AM

I agree- trade the pick get 2 for one and let's try and salvage something--NBA Lottery is a joke and the NBA should take a page from the NFL......

Posted by: Jtoom | May 31, 2012 9:07:30 AM

This brings up Van Gundy complaining about teams tanking>?>>=--yea right! NFL has it together-thats why competion in the league is better and the NBA has the same contending teams every year..what a joke!

Posted by: Jtoom | May 31, 2012 9:09:11 AM

I can only shake my head at the outcome of the lottery draft. This feels like another slap in the face to cap off the end of a horrible & embarassing season. Having the #2 pick isn't going to do much for the Bobcats when they need an entirely new roster! Its just a matter of time before someone comes along and decides to purchase this team from Jordan and move them out of Charlotte.

Posted by: Trina | May 31, 2012 9:15:47 AM

This is the WORST possible outcome for Charlotte! This is a worse loss than any this past season. A dagger to the heart. I see the Bobcats moving to another city very soon. Jordan will sell to avoid any more losses. This season will be as bad as this past one. They should trade with New Orleans for the pick and the Hornet name back. I honestly believe that is the only chance to win the city back. Seattle is waiting. Sad. Just sad

Posted by: Bruce | May 31, 2012 9:19:56 AM

First off worse would have been 4th pick. Durant was a recent 2nd pick so would that really be that bad folks??
We better not trade number 2 because after Thomas and MKG its a drop. Either one has tons of heart and would work hard. We have tons of cap space. The next 3 months will show how commited they are to a true turn around with free agents and cap space and draft.
Keep BB, KW, and GH and everyone else trade for something. Although BM keep as cheap and could play good bench.
And pray we get the Hornets name back in 3 years just when the team has gotten a few more picks since we give to the Bulls in a few years are top unprotected pick.

Posted by: Season Ticket holder for now | May 31, 2012 9:36:06 AM

Awful day for the Bobcats. Last season was tough, but at least there was the hope of landing Davis. Now, they're still a bad team and they don't have a franchise player.

Posted by: GSO Cats fan | May 31, 2012 10:01:10 AM

Who knows, we could get someone in the draft better then Davis! Whose to say Davis will turn into a mega star?? Regardless the front office of the bobcats got a lot work to do now! This could be the make or break season for MJ, especially in determining the next coach!

Posted by: big daddy | May 31, 2012 10:16:12 AM

Now that all the drama is over be thankful we didn't get number 1 pick we would have taken Davis who will be not better than Javale McGee

Posted by: TrueBBallFan | May 31, 2012 10:42:46 AM

This is a bleak morning for the Bobcats. I see no hope and no reason to be excited about anything in the future for this team. Maybe Biz could grow into a top 15 player at his position (whatever that is), but that's about it. For some reason this seems a lot more hopeless than it was with the Panthers just a couple years ago.

Posted by: Lolz 'Cats | May 31, 2012 10:51:35 AM

Was one player really going to correct a franchise that has a history of failure? Was Davis going to undo everything that Bob Johnson and MJ have done wrong? These NBA analysts act like Davis was going to suddenly make a horrible team into a good team. The reality is that having the #1 pick would have only built up hope for a franchise that continues to prove it is run by incompetent people in the front office.

Posted by: AppGrad04 | May 31, 2012 10:52:57 AM

You all saying draft MKG obviously haven't paid attention to his play. Like the poster said above he's a rich man Corey Brewer or in my opinion he's a poor man's Gerald Wallace. He's "listed" at 6'7 and scored mostly on put backs and fastbreaks but at his size he's got to be able to shoot.

Posted by: SawTheGame | May 31, 2012 11:31:24 AM

Thoughts on: not matching dj and amnesty maggette. Then:

1. Offer max contracts to restricted free agent harden and hope okc does have $ to pay 4 players. (and want to avoid 3 max guys like heat). possible.

2. If that fails, offer big contracts to Batum or hibbert

Posted by: Warner | May 31, 2012 11:45:40 AM

At #2, I would go with Bradley Beal. He's the only one that can create offense for himself off the dribble in the halfcourt.

That or trade down to get another pick. Then target Moe Harkless and Dion Waiters.

Posted by: TJ | May 31, 2012 12:00:05 PM

Although I like the idea of drafting MKG #2 and Scott Machado #31, if a trade makes sense and makes us competitive NOW (in the East), let consider that.

Memphis is over the Luxury Tax in a small market and they were far better without Rudy Gay on the court and the Bobcats definetly need a scoring SF like Gay.

How about a trade were -
Charlotte Bobcats Get:
Rudy Gay
OJ Mayo
Pick #25
Memphis Grizzlies Get:
Tyrus Thomas
Matt Carroll or Reggie Williams
Gana Diop
Pick #2
Plus they will save $24M over the next 3 seasons.

Then the Bobcats can draft any combination of: Festus Ezeli, Tony Wroten Jr or Scott Machado with the 25 and 31 picks. Resign Derrick Brown, sign Chris Kaman and offer Antawn Jamison the full MLE/3Yrs. They will have to amnesty Corey Maggette.

The Bobcats will still have about $10M of Cap flexibility next summer and a pretty solid team (similar to Indiana), plus Portlands 1st Rd Pick - the Bobcats will have to give their 2013 Pick to Chicago.

Henderson/Mayo/Williams or Carroll

Posted by: RobC | May 31, 2012 12:13:04 PM

Also, with that trade Memphis can draft MKG, amnesty Tyrus Thomas and still save over $24M over the next 3 season ($5M+$9M+$10M). Plus by amnesting TT they will have a lot more cap space and don't worry about the Luxury Tax at all.

The Bobcats get a proven Top-10 Small Foward, a solid 6th Man in Mayo and a huge scoring lift between those two, Kaman and Jamison, while adding some defense down low with Ezeli. Also, Gay is an above average defender. I could argue that the Bobcats roster could be better than Indiana (3rd Seed in the East). Hire Jerry Sloan or Brian Shaw and you got the whole package.

Posted by: RobC | May 31, 2012 12:21:27 PM

if there was ever a time to trade a pick, it's now. agree with the above comments to talk with Portland for 6 and 11 which will at least give the opportunity possibly for Drummond to fall, Zeller, Barnes, Henson, Marshall, Moultrie or Jones.

word is Memphis would be willing to part with Gay which would be worth the #2 for Gay and Memphis' pick; perhaps could be expanded into a multi-team deal;

could also try to get involved with the Nets and Magic to wind up with Lopez and give Orlando the opportunity to draft at #2.

higgins should explore all trade possiblities with this pick since the talent level at 2-14 is not much different.

Posted by: fan | May 31, 2012 1:09:22 PM

Will all these so-called "fantasy" GMs just stop!! Granted we did not get the first pick, but with the #2 pick we still can get a bona fide center, which is what we need. Winning teams don't get that way by trading their top picks away. (Trade down, trade down) If we trade down in order to get quantity, we will miss out on quality. Size can't be taught and we need someone with some size. Don't you realize that Biz is only 6'8" if that tall? We need a base in the middle, then worry about filling in the outside.

Posted by: Superguru | May 31, 2012 2:22:44 PM

Ehhh, I wouldn't be willing to trade for Gay and his huge contract. Don't really see how that makes us better in the long run. And I'm pretty sure that Kaman won't sign with a 7-59 team if there even other half decent offers out there. Lastly, Portland giving that #6 and 11 to us is a pipe dream...especially with there is such little difference between prospect 2 and 11.

I say we stay put and draft Kidd-Gilchrist. A MKG/Hendo combination on the wings would give teams fits defensively right now. Both need to extend their range on there jumpshots, but I think that comes with time and great coaching. Hendo's shooting has improved alot since he got here and MKG apparently has the work ethic to greatly improve his shooting. He already has a nice, clean form and showed pretty good ability to shoot the ball on the break at UK. He just needs consistency.

The only thing about drafting MKG is that we have to match DJ to even be watchable next year. DJ didn't post big numbers but his impact showed when he wasn't in the lineup. Nobody can create their own shot consistently without DJ (sans Walker but I think playing those guys together for alot of minutes is a huge burden defensively). DJ also provides shooting that we will need on the floor with Hendo and MKG and the wings could mask his greatest flaw-defense.

I wouldn't mind Robinson though...high character kid who seems like a solid building block for the future.

Posted by: cornchip | May 31, 2012 2:27:04 PM

First step is to get a good coach. A coach with a greed to win and call out players who shoot when they should pass and pass when they should soot. Rick, any news? Hope we get Mr. Sloan to set the team right

Posted by: byteAbit | May 31, 2012 3:46:09 PM

Rob was that a joke?

Memphis giving up gay and mayo for diop and thomas? Reconsider your entire life making statements like that.

Posted by: charlottean | May 31, 2012 7:47:08 PM

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