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SBD/June 29, 2012/Franchises
Hornets' Addition Of Davis Injects "Energy" Into Franchise, Builds On Recent Momentum
Published June 29, 2012
FLYING HIGH: ESPN.com's Andy Katz writes Thursday night's selections of Davis and G Austin Rivers made the Hornets "one of the most intriguing teams to watch." The Hornets will now "look for success at the next level." Davis and Rivers "join a roster that will have a potential All-Star with a healthy" G Eric Gordon. The Hornets "have a chance to create their own big three." Katz writes this "isn't a case in which any of the players are wondering if they can win or are unhappy with the destination," as both Davis and Rivers "want to be in New Orleans." With new ownership in Benson, the Hornets now also have "an injection of the most heralded talent and biggest names in the first round" (ESPN.com, 6/29).
CLEVELAND ROCKED? In Clevleand, Pat Galbincea notes, "About 6,000 fans who attended the free party let out a round of boos and groans and some shrieks of shock" when the Cavaliers selected G Dion Waiters with the fourth overall pick in the draft. However, the party "was salvaged somewhat" when the Cavaliers traded for C Tyler Zeller, who was selected 17th overall by the Mavericks. After the Wizards drafted G Bradley Beal with the third overall pick, fans "booed because he was the player they were hoping Cleveland would get" (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 6/29).