Chicago Bulls News
The entire basketball-observing world already expected former University of Kentucky star Anthony Davis to be the No. 1 overall selection in next month’s 2012 NBA draft; now that the 2012 NBA draft lottery’s done, we know he’ll most likely be going to the New Orleans Hornets, who entered Wednesday night’s drawing with the fourth-best odds of coming away with the top selection but leaped over the Charlotte Bobcats, Washington Wizards and (by virtue of losing an amazingly fortuitous coin flip ) Cleveland Cavaliers to take home the evening’s grand prize.
With draft-loving eyes now trained solely on how Davis will fit in the Big Easy, the monobrowed monster joined Dan Patrick on his nationally syndicated radio show on Thursday morning to talk about how the settling of the lottery impacted the 19-year-old big man. Davis said he was “very nervous” while watching the lottery, not so much because he was concerned which team would wind up with the top pick, but because seeing the whole process unfold in front of your eyes can be sort of nerve-wracking.
He also said he hadn’t yet heard fron anybody in the Hornets organization, that he wasn’t too keen on having his mom move down to the Bayou from her home in Chicago (“I might let her get a house down here, but that’s too close”) and that his family kind of liked the idea of him going to the Charlotte Bobcats, where he could play for owner and Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan, whom Davis loved growing up in the Windy City . (I think a lot of Bobcats fans would agree, no matter how stoked the organization is with the No. 2 pick. )
The interview’s most interesting moment, though, came when Patrick asked Davis who he’s most looking forward to playing against in the pros, an exchange you can hear in the clip above, thanks to the folks at CSNChicago.com :
“The guy I’m looking forward to playing against is one of my teammates — if they get drafted, one of my teammates, in the NBA, to have the opportunity to reunite with them and try to beat them,” Davis replied.
“But you want to, like, dunk over [Michael] Kidd-Gilchrist or DeMarcus [Cousins] — I mean, you were only there one year, you can’t have that many guys to play against,” Patrick replied. “You don’t want to go against LeBron [James] or Kobe [Bryant] or Dwight Howard?”
“Um, probably Kobe,” Davis said.