SECAUCUS, NEW JERSEY – Hours before the 2011 NBA Draft Lottery, Charlotte Bobcats head coach Paul Silas grabs a beverage, takes a seat in the media hospitality room while his lucky charm, a Bobcats headband given to him from a nine-year old child when he took over as head coach for Charlotte, sits in his coat pocket.
The Bobcats had a 1.7% chance of landing the number one draft spot. Unfortunately, Charlotte did not win the lottery and will select number nine in the NBA Draft. A draft some say is not strong with talent.
But do not tell that to Silas who feels any draft comes with unknowns.
“Who would have thought that Portland would have passed on Kevin Durant and look what he’s doing. It’s an inexact science but I think there are some very, very good talented players. There always is. And it’s just a point of trying to pick the right one. If you can do that, it works. If not, then it’s not going to work.”
Whoever the Bobcats select with the ninth pick, Silas, who was given a one-year extension as head coach after Larry Brown was dismissed in February, will be chomping at the bit to get a full season as the head coach and heading into the draft, he knows what Charlotte will be aiming towards.
“We just take best player available and if you need to make some moves and that kind of thing, you do. I don’t go in for, we need a point guard, so that’s what we are going to pick and there’s a heck of a better power forward. Whoever is the best player, that’s who we’re going to pick.”
Adding the best available player to go along with an already young, talented team has Silas wishing next season was here but even with the opportunity get a full season as the Bobcats head coach, he knows it will take time to get things going in the right direction.
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