Rich Cho Upset at Losing Draft Lottery?
Hornets coach Monty Williams beamed. Across the otherwise silent studio and off camera, incoming Hornets owner Tom Benson and his family began to whoop.
All mysteries of the lottery solved, Silver dutifully opened the final envelope, containing the large Hornets logo that would star in several gleeful snapshots a few minutes later.
The look on (Rich) Cho’s face could only be described as “peeved.” He stared into the distance. He swallowed. He returned to his seat.
(Anthony) Davis was live via satellite, telling ESPN’s Mark Davis he’d be happy to play for the Hornets.
When the broadcast evolved to focus on a growing Big Easy party on the set, Cho checked his phone, then exited stage right at the direction of the production crew, with the other team representatives.
“Everybody wanted the number one pick,” Cho would say later. “Obviously, we wanted the number one pick, too. … There’s good players in the top five. Number one is a really special player. We’re going to get a really good player at number two.”
“Really good,” is not the same as “really special.” And no, Cho was not yet sure who he would pick second overall.