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After Davis, the next-best thing for Charlotte

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08:08 AM ET 05.31 | As it turns out, the Hornets can still sting Charlotte, which lost the top spot in the draft lottery to New Orleans Wednesday night. If I'm the Charlotte Bobcats, I draft Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, a 6-foot-7 small forward from Kentucky. ... The candidate I suspect most of you prefer, 6-10 Thomas Robinson of Kansas, will be solid. Kidd-Gilchrist could be less. But he also could be much more. I take that chance. Another candidate is the robotic big man from Connecticut. The Huskies collect them. These players tend to become robotic, predictable and less than effective professionals. An intriguing candidate is Florida guard Bradley Beal. Like Kidd-Gilchrist and the robotic big man, he's a freshman.

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May 31, 2012  08:14 AM ET

I guess the writer of this article couldn't think of more creative words because he keeps using "robotic".

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May 31, 2012  09:14 AM ET

Kidd Gilchrist would be the most logical pick. I really believe the conspiracy that Stern had it rigged to give the Hornets the #1 pick, sucks for good ole MJ

May 31, 2012  09:14 AM ET

Come on Jordan, screw this pick up!!!

May 31, 2012  09:23 AM ET

Bobcats got the shaft for sure! The Hornets?? Really Stern?? How ironic is it that the team that the LEAGUE OWNS jumps over 3 teams to the top spot? Then, they are the ONLY team that moved ahead....come on!

This was a 7, let me repeat 7 win team last year....to all the ppl who make jokes about the franchise, lets not forget this was a 7 seed in the playoffs just 3 seasons ago. It doesnt take long to turn things around in the NBA, with Rich Cho in charge of the team now the ppl are more confident the ship will be steered in the right direction.

May 31, 2012  09:26 AM ET
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The next best thing is for stern to take over the franchise

That may not be a bad idea, I mean...Im sure he can guarantee us the #1 pick next year! SMH...shame on Stern---first the CP3 debacle, now this

May 31, 2012  09:26 AM ET
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Kidd Gilchrist would be the most logical pick. I really believe the conspiracy that Stern had it rigged to give the Hornets the #1 pick, sucks for good ole MJ

Mike & Mike in the Morning had this topic up for debate this morning....I keep coming back to how a fix would be set up and then how many people would have to be involved to cover it up...I bet the number of people would be quite large. Good morning btw.

May 31, 2012  09:28 AM ET

Charlotte would be better off with cardboard cut-outs of Bill Russell and Bob Cousy than with the team they put on the court last season.

May 31, 2012  09:28 AM ET
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Bobcats got the shaft for sure! The Hornets?? Really Stern?? How ironic is it that the team that the LEAGUE OWNS jumps over 3 teams to the top spot? Then, they are the ONLY team that moved ahead....come on!This was a 7, let me repeat 7 win team last year....to all the ppl who make jokes about the franchise, lets not forget this was a 7 seed in the playoffs just 3 seasons ago. It doesnt take long to turn things around in the NBA, with Rich Cho in charge of the team now the ppl are more confident the ship will be steered in the right direction.

The Hornets are not owned by Stern anymore...he sold the francise about mid year.

May 31, 2012  09:32 AM ET

Robotic big man from Connecticut? Have you ever seen Drummond play? He's raw, but he's off the charts athletically for his size, and robotic would be just about the very last adjective I'd use to describe him.

May 31, 2012  09:52 AM ET

Regarding the fix...we know the NBA is capable of these things, and I think Stern is a giant grease-ball of a commish. I wonder why they don't televise the actual ping pong ball drawing? The lack of transparency hurts and just fuels these rumors. I could care less if "KPMG" or whatever presided over the actual drawing. Show it and the talk will die.

May 31, 2012  10:18 AM ET

Just Try Harder, Bros.

May 31, 2012  10:18 AM ET

I would actually take Thomas Robinson if i was charlotte. He's much more ready than MKG and Beal to lead a team and be the go to guy. He would make Charlotte a little more competitive next year, tho they would still be fighting for the top pick next year obviously. MKG would look better in Washington or Cleveland where he could contribute with an all around game while the spotlight is on Wall or Irving.

May 31, 2012  10:25 AM ET
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Mike & Mike in the Morning had this topic up for debate this morning....I keep coming back to how a fix would be set up and then how many people would have to be involved to cover it up...I bet the number of people would be quite large. Good morning btw.

Too much of a coincidence for the league owned team to get the #1 pick and sky rocket those other teams that was no luck, its the politics of the league. Sure the league doesnt own the team now but whose to say this wasnt a stipulation to guarantee the #1 pick to the person that brought the team? Good morning to you :)

May 31, 2012  10:28 AM ET
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Bobcats got the shaft for sure! The Hornets?? Really Stern?? How ironic is it that the team that the LEAGUE OWNS jumps over 3 teams to the top spot? Then, they are the ONLY team that moved ahead....come on!This was a 7, let me repeat 7 win team last year....to all the ppl who make jokes about the franchise, lets not forget this was a 7 seed in the playoffs just 3 seasons ago. It doesnt take long to turn things around in the NBA, with Rich Cho in charge of the team now the ppl are more confident the ship will be steered in the right direction.

You do realize that in the 18 years of the Lottery that only 3 times have the team with the worst record actually won the first pick. Bobcats didnt get shafted cause their was a very good chance had it not been the Hornets it would have been some other team not named Bobcats. You still get a good pick and as much as I like Davis he is not a guarantee but I wouldnt bet against him.

May 31, 2012  10:40 AM ET
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The Hornets are not owned by Stern anymore...he sold the francise about mid year.

One of the conditions set by Tom Benson before agreeing to buy the Hornets was the first pick in this year's draft, or adios amigo!



Not really, just jumping on the conspiracy wagon!

 
May 31, 2012  10:46 AM ET
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One of the conditions set by Tom Benson before agreeing to buy the Hornets was the first pick in this year's draft, or adios amigo! Not really, just jumping on the conspiracy wagon!

Thought you might be smarter than that... ;) Good morning Eli.

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