NEW ORLEANS—You probably have never heard so many New Orleanians begin to scream, hoop, and holler after hearing someone say the name of another city, Charlotte. But that's what happened Wednesday night at Manning's downtown.
The crowd had assembled to watch ESPN and see which team would win the NBA lottery to have the first pick in the upcoming draft. Only two cities remained in the countdown, New Orleans and Charlotte. Hornets fans watching ESPN erupted when it was announced that the Bobcat's would pick second.
WGNO Sports Director Ed Daniels agrees with most NBA analysts that the Hornets will pick University of Kentucky power forward Anthony Davis. Daniels says the pick could be as important for the Bees as the original Drew Brees deal was for the Saints. Daniels also says, since the NBA already has a salary schedule in place for rookies, there should be no issues signing Davis to a deal.
Winning the draft lottery is also bringing a huge increase in ticket sales for the Hornets. A team executive told WGNO and Ed Daniels Wednesday night that phones were already, "...Blowing up." The Saints enjoyed a similar boost in sales after drafting Reggie Bush and have sold out every home game since.