Celebration? or Buyers’ remorse?
I’d like to take a moment to get some readers up to speed if they missed the draft. Charlotte made a huge three team trade sending the team’s best offensive weapon, Stephen Jackson, along with Shaun Livingston and our #19 pick, to the Bucks. The ‘Cats received the #7 pick from the Kings, and Cory Maggette from the Bucks. The Kings received the Bucks #10 pick and John Salmons while sending Beno Udrih to the Bucks.
Charlotte also had a change of General Managers shortly before the draft (June 11) and promoted Rod Higgins to President of Basketball Operations. I’d like to point out that this is the first draft that Rich Cho has ever run as an NBA GM. Cho was an Assistant GM with Seattle/OKC franchise but was not the General Manager running those drafts. Cho was also the GM at Portland for eleven months but did not conduct a draft for the Trailblazers. I’d like to be fair to Mr. Cho and say no one, outside of the Seattle/OKC and Portland franchises, really knows what input he had on their drafts. My hope is that the 2011 draft, the first for Mr. Cho as our GM in charge, is remembered as a success.