NEW YORK – Hornets general manager Jeff Bower and head coach Byron Scott closely monitored the selections leading up to their picks at No. 12 and No. 15. As the latter portion of the first round progressed, it became clear that something resembling a best-case scenario was unfolding for New Orleans/Oklahoma City.
Once each year, college basketball fans and NBA fans come together. The NBA Draft tonight at Madison Square Garden will be a bizarre one without high school players, given David Stern's new age-limit rule. So it's all college kids and foreigners on tap tonight. The Court Jester, who should be running half of these clubs, matches the needs, availability and foolery to predict tonight's first round.
Cedric Simmons was as shocked as anyone when Herb Sendek left N.C. State for Tempe, but he also had a good idea that it wasn't going to affect him as much as his teammates. That's because Simmons had already informed Sendek that he was planning on testing the waters prior April 1.
June 5, 2006