Words From the Winning Franchise
Posted May 19 2002 8:52PM
NBA Draft Lottery 2002
The Rockets had just an 8.9 percent chance of winning the No. 1 pick, but Houston sent its All-Star point guard Steve Francis to Secaucus, NJ and his lucky lavender suit worked its magic. NBA legends Jerry West, Dominique Wilkins joined veterans Rod Higgins and Kiki Vandeweghe along with executives like Jerry Krause and Garry St. Jean in congratulating the lottery's youngest representative. The decision as to what to do with the No. 1 pick does not rest in Francis' hands, but he joined the speculation, saying, "I know we definitely don't need help at the point guard position."
Then he made a run for the door to catch an evening flight back to Houston, but once safely in the air, Francis chatted live on NBA.com
Emily: How did you feel when you got the number one pick
Steve Francis: I was surprised and shocked. Knowing that it was a longshot to get the No. 1 pick. It was a different experience. It made me feel older than I was. A lot of the older guys were giving me the lowdown on what to expect.
Aberdeen: Hey Steve!! What does your team need and who would you like them to take???
Steve Francis: There are a lot of different options we do have. Whatever players we pick, I don't think it will make a difference. We need to get a good player.
Houston: Would you be happy playing the 2 guard if Houston decides to pick Jay Williams?
Steve Francis: We already play the two guard, me and Cuttino.
Walt Ellis: What do you think of the this year's Maryland champions who you once played for?
Steve Francis: I'm happy. We have three players in the draft from our championship team. They work hard and I'm really grateful they were able to do it.
Gary (Orland): What is the biggest gap that the Rockets have to fill for this coming season?
Steve Francis: We need to stay healthy. This year we had a lot of injuries so we need to stay healthy and all get on the same page.
Moderator: Thanks to Steve Francis for calling in to chat live from his flight back to Houston. And thanks to everyone who sent in their questions!