NBA Lottery 2005: Quotebook
Posted May 25 2005 12:53AM
What they said after the 2005 NBA Draft Lottery
SECAUCUS, N.J., May 24 -- Following the conclusion of the 2005 NBA Draft Lottery, team representatives met with members of the media. Here are some of the more quotable moments:
General Manager Larry Harris, Milwaukee Bucks (No. 1 overall)
Q: Will it come down to the size and polish of Andrew Bogut or the athleticism of Marvin Williams?
Harris: Certainly those are two guys we will focus in on heavily, and I don’t want to take away from the point guards that are out there as well. I said when we were at six, I felt the depth of draft was at the four spot and the one spot. I still believe that. Now having the number one pick, I never felt like a person like Bogut would be available at six, so now he comes into play. So, to me you’ve got an outstanding center in him, the depth of the draft is still at the four and one, and those are all three spots we need help at.
Q: So are you looking to get someone right away, rather than a project?
Harris: For us, I think its going to be the best player. That best player may be the best player in two years, may be the best player in three years. But we are certainly going to get a player that’s going to play us for next year and be a contributor right away.
General Manager Billy Knight, Atlanta Hawks (No. 2 overall)
Q: Where do you think the team’s needs are this offseason?
Knight: We have a lot of needs, add some more good players to our team, some more talented young guys that we think will be able to help us in the future. We have a lot of needs, we won 13 games. We’ll be able to find a good player who can help us.
Q: Looking at Marvin Williams, Andrew Bogut and Chris Paul – are they on the top of your list?
Knight: We are looking at a lot of players. I don’t get into commenting on individual players right now, but all of them are good young players, and all of them will be able to help a team, and we think they have talent, and we think they will be in the league for a long time.
Team President Steve Patterson, Portland Trail Blazers (No. 3 overall)
Q: Number three is a spot where a lot of people have Chris Paul projected. What are your thoughts about Paul, considering you drafted Sebastian Telfair in 2004?
Patterson: He’s a good player. We drafted a point guard last year in Telfair. So, we’ll just have to go through the evaluation process and see where we come out at the end of June. Could be big guys available. Could be guards there. We could be talking to another team about doing something different.
Q:? Have you guys talked about possible team needs prior to today, and how does getting the number three pick affect that?
Patterson: There’s certainly going to be a good player there. So, this gives us a lot of flexibility. We can look to take the pick. We can look to move down. Look to move up. Certainly, we need to shoot the ball better than we did last year. We need to play better defense. But this gives us a chance to find another piece or two to the puzzle.
General Manager & Head Coach Bernie Bickerstaff, Charlotte Bobcats (No. 4 overall)
Q: What about the local guys such as Raymond Felton or Marvin Williams, who will likely be gone by then. What is your take on the local guys?
Bickerstaff: Those guys are very good basketball players and they are in the mix. We want to bring them in, we want to work them out. Our goal is to add two basketball players that we choose, that will have a history, that will be in the league for 10 or 12 years.
Alumni Relations & Fan Development Advisor John Starks, New York Knicks (No. 8 overall)
Q: Now that we know the Knicks are number eight, who do think they should pick?
Starks: We’re just going to try to get the best player available at that slot. Obviously, our needs are at the center spot. I’m pretty sure we’re going to try to get the best available big man possible.
Head Coach Mike Dunleavy, Los Angeles Clippers (No. 12 overall)
Q: With the addition of this draft pick, what other changes does your team plan on making in the offseason?
Dunleavy: It depends. We have a lot of cap space. We’ll go into the free agent market as we see needed. As we see how the draft unfolds and what we get in the draft. And once we get to July we’ll start looking into free agency.
Guard Fred Hoiberg, Minnesota Timberwolves (No. 14 overall)
Q: Any thoughts on what needs your team may have?
Hoiberg: Well, you know, our first need is to get a head coach in place, and they’re exhausting their efforts right now trying to find the right guy that could lead this team back in the playoffs and hopefully compete for a championship. And after that I’m sure they’ll start worrying about personnel moves.