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2008 NBA Draft Lottery Reactions
by: DraftExpress
May 21, 2008
Quotes courtesy of NBA



Steve Schanwald & John Paxon, Chicago Bulls
Executive Vice President, Business Operations & General Manager

First Overall Pick

Q: Can you tell me about your experience, representing your team?
Schanwald:
It was a thrill, honor and privilege to be here for this. It was a very exciting day for the organization. Iím so happy for John (Paxson), our staff, and everyone in our front office that waited patiently for us to catch a break. We caught a bad break a few years ago when we lost Jay Williams, so maybe this was a little bit of payback from the good Lord to get even with us for that bad break.

Q: What does the number one pick mean for the fans?
Schanwald:
Iím happy for our fans because theyíve been very patient for the last 10 years, supporting us in a way that has been almost beyond belief, through thick and thin. Itís been 10 years since our last championship and they continue to consistently fill the building. They really deserve this, and hopefully it goes well for our future.

Q: When you got the number one pick, did either Derrick Rose or Michael Beasley pop into your head?
Paxon:
I donít think thereís any doubt that those two names are the guys that are at the top right now, but Iíve learned you have to go about your business in its normal form. Obviously, we have a chance to get both of those guys in and weíll get to know them and really take a long look and see what makes the most sense for our basketball team. Obviously we have been put in a unique position to make our team better, and thatís what we will look at from this day forward. Weíre technically the youngest team in the league and weíre going to add another terrific young player to this roster, which will make it exciting for us.

Q: Is there any pressure to choose Rose because he is from Chicago?
Paxon:
No, I havenít thought about that for one second. Again, weíre going to evaluate whatís best for the team. Thatís my job, and itís my staffís job, to put the best roster out as possible. Weíll start now, in terms of figuring out how to do that, and weíre very grateful to be in this position tonight.

Q: How big of a factor is need?
Paxon:
I think you always take a look at that, but so much can happen between now and the draft. We will look at what we can do to balance our roster out better, so when we do make the Selection[/b], our roster is a better equipped. I think you look at everything. Need is obviously important, but we have a lot of different needs. We need leadership on our team. Thereís no doubt about that. We also need scoring and a few other things. What you have in this draft, when you talk about the kids that everyone considers the top two, is a point guard that is a terrific player that can lead your team and make others better, and the other is a flat-out scorer, so we see how valuable those guys are and again we will be able to evaluate that.

Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat & Pat Riley
Player & President

Second Overall Selection

[B]Q: What kind of player do you expect to get this year?
Wade:
Weíre going to get a heck of a player. Weíre very excited. Weíll leave it up to the Bulls to pick the number one pick and weíll take the second player, and I think weíre going to get a darn good player.

Q: Are you disappointed you didnít get the number one pick?
Wade:
Not at all. You know, I came down here to get the best pick possible for the Miami Heat and evidently that was the best pick possible for us. If we got the number one, Iíd still be smiling the same way. We still need everybody to still come out and support us. We need season ticket holders to come out and support us, that means everybody. Itís going to be a good year. Itís going to be very exciting.

Q: How will getting a player of such a high caliber change the dynamic of your team?
Wade:
Well, we get a player thatís ready to compete right away. Like I said, it was a win-win situation for us -- being in the lottery and being able to get no pick worse than a fourth pick, and we got the second pick. Weíre going to get an unbelievable player and Iím excited about who we get.

Q:How do you feel receiving the second pick?
Riley:
We havenít Ė myself -- I havenít been in the lottery that much. Iíve been very privileged to be around teams that won a lot of games Ė but weíve had good success. We were able to pick Caron Butler at number 10 (in 2002), we got Dwyane Wade at number five (in 2003), and usually when you get down inside the top five you can find a player thatís going to really help your franchise. We need help, we need it now, we paid the price for it. So, from that standpoint, weíre going to do the best job we can do.

Q:What are your thoughts on Derrick Rose?
Riley:
Iím really not going to talk about specific players right now. We have the second pick in the draft, heís a great young guard, (Michael) Beasleyís a great young power forward Ė (O.J.) Mayo Ė all of these guys that were mentioned tonight on ESPN. I donít want to get into the names. Iíll just let everyone else think about who weíre going to pick, but weíre going to try to do the best job we can do.

Q:How do you feel now with your role after stepping down from coaching?
Riley:
Well, the first time I stepped down I thought it was going to be permanent, but it wasnít. It wasnít for the circumstances or whatever, but Iím pretty sure this time after 25 years that Iíve had enough of coaching and that I do want to do this and I want to build the franchise back up to where itís respectable and this is a great opportunity for us. It really is Ė being able to manage our cap where next year we might have a bite of the apple in free agency or at least in 2010. I like our roster. We were injured last year, but we can add a young player, a free agent, a healthy Dwyane Wade, and I think we can be right back in the fray immediately.

Q: How satisfying is it knowing you can come away with either Derrick Rose or Michael Beasley?
Riley:
Well, thatís everybody elseís opinion Ė who they feel is number one or number two. The fact that you have the second pick in the draft is a position you can leverage if you donít like the player, if you feel like you want to go in a different direction. You know, we have a very good power forward in Miami right now and Iím not saying anything about that, but the point is that itís a position in which you can leverage and do a lot of different things. So, we will use the pick. It doesnít necessarily mean weíre going to use it to draft somebody, but weíre going to use that pick to try to find as many good players as we can or weíre going to take the player that we really want to take.

Fred Hoiberg, Minnesota Timberwolves
Assistant General Manager

Third Overall Selection

Q: What kind of player do you feel you can get with the third pick?
Hoiberg:


I think we can get a very good player at three this year. They talk about this being a two-player draft, similar to last year with Kevin Durant and Greg Oden, but Al Horford probably had as big an impact as anybody in the rookie class. Weíre excited, even though we didnít get one of the top, we think the third pick is going to bring a very good player.

Q: What do you guys need more than anything else as you look at the roster?
Hoiberg:
Weíll see how everything plays out, after we bring the guys in and see how our team is taking shape. That second tier group has a few centers you could maybe add to the mix. There are a couple of perimeter players that could take some pressure off of our guys. There are some good players who should fit into our team.

Q: Your team made great strides toward the end of last season. How optimistic are you, now adding another high pick?
Hoiberg:
Weíre very optimistic about next year. After starting out 5-37, we finished the year 10-12, and we have a player we can build around in Al Jefferson who averaged more than 21 points and 11 rebounds, one of only two guys to do that along with Dwight Howard. Randy Foye got healthy, averaged over 20 points over the last seven games. Weíre excited about that. Weíre going to get another very good player who can hopefully come in and be a rotation player for us.

Q: What are your feelings about last yearís lottery pick, Corey Brewer?
Hoiberg:
Defensively, he was good all year, and thatís the thing Iím excited about with Corey. Heís a guy that can guard superstars in our league. Heís a guy that needs a lot of work offensively. And it will be a big summer for him. But, he does so many things you just canít teach. His big thing is gaining confidence.

Q: Do you worry about adding another young player to what already is a very young mix?
Hoiberg:
Our young players need to grow, thereís no doubt about that. This will be Al Jeffersonís fifth season. Randy Foye is going into his third season, Rashad McCants is going into his fourth. Our young guys need to step up. But, Iím not that worried. I think there are some mature players in this draft, even though some may have only spent a season or two in college.

Kevin Durant, Seattle SuperSonics
Player

Fourth Overall Selection

Q: You guys have so many picks, that you can sort of take some chances this year.
Durant:
Exactly. Weíve got three picks in the second round, so we can have a deep draft. Weíve also got the 24th pick along with the fourth pick, so I am happy with what we got (tonight). Weíve got a lot of young guys, including me and Jeff (Green) and Chris Wilcox and guys like that. I think we will be a good team for years to come.

Q: When you found out what pick you got, what was going through your head?
Durant:
Honestly, I was a little bit shocked. It would have been nice to get either of those guys going one or two, but I am happy with what pick we have. I know, probably starting this minute, management is going to be looking at guys that we (can potentially) take with that pick. After going through it last year, I know how it is. So this year, being able to sit back and watch what happens Ė it is going to be fun.

Q: Would it have been fun to play with Michael Beasley?
Durant:
It would have been fun playing with him, but I think it is going to be fun playing against him as well. I was very happy for him. I think he is a lock to be the first or second pick. Wherever he goes, Chicago or Miami, I think it is going to be a great fit for him. I am happy for him and for Derrick Rose as well. For us, I think weíre going to get a great player with the fourth pick as well.

Rudy Gay, Memphis Grizzlies
Player

Fifth Overall Selection

Q: How disappointed are you that you didnít end up with one of the top picks?
Gay:
Yeah, obviously, we think we could have gotten a better pick, but it happens, so now itís time for everybody else to step up, and also the draft pick to step up and show what he can do.

Q: Do you still think you can get a player who can contribute right away with the fifth pick?
Gay:
Yeah. Five Ė thereís a lot you could do. You could get a couple different players Ė we need somebody to step in and do something, so I think this is where the work happens. This is where you really got to get in the gym, and the staff really has to do its job. Iím confident theyíll pick the right person.

Q: What kind of player do you need to help turn things around for your team?
Gay:
Iím not really sure. We could use a lot of different pieces. I think right now we could use a defensive player, we could use another scorer, we could use a rebounder Ė so thereís a lot of different things we could use.

Mike D'Antoni, New York Knicks
Head Coach

Sixth Overall Selection

Q: Every couple of years, it seems that there is franchise-changing talent available atop the draft board. Is this one of those years?
D'Antoni:
I donít know that as well as (our experts), but weíll get together over the next few weeks and figure that out. There are always guys, even in the second round, that can turn things around. So, weíll just try to do the best job we can do.

Q: Not that much drama tonight.
D'Antoni:
No, it was a little disappointing.

Q: What pick did you think you were going to get coming into tonight?
D'Antoni:
Maybe five or four. We would have liked to get a top pick, like a top two, but it didnít work out like that. We donít want to be here next year, thatís for sure. Weíll try to make it count this year.

Q: What do you want to use the pick for?
D'Antoni:
Guards. Forwards. Centers. No, I donít know. We need to get the best player available. Thatís usually the best plan.

Mike Dunleavy, Los Angeles Clippers

Coach

Seventh Overall Selection

Q: Can you tell me about your experience, representing your team?
Dunleavy:
Obviously, Iím a little disappointed. We were hoping to move up and we actually moved back one slot, but we should still be able to get a pretty good player.

Q: Your thoughts on the outcome of the lottery overall?
Dunleavy:
It worked out pretty well for the Chicago Bulls, getting the number one pick. Miami got number two and Minnesota moved up one spot, so Iím sure all three of those teams are pretty happy.

Shawn "Jay Z" Carter, New Jersey Nets

Investor

Tenth Overall Selection

Q. Can you tell me about your experience, representing your team?
Jay Z:
This was fantastic. Iím from a neighborhood in Brooklyn, and to come this far and do something like that, itís just a fantastic experience for me. Itís one of many accomplishments and itís something that Iím very proud of.
 


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Jay Williams
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 197 lbs.
Birthday: 09/10/1981
33 Years Old
Teams:
High School: St. Joseph
Previous Team: Duke , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #2 in 2002 Draft
by the Bulls
Positions:
Current: G,
NBA: G,
Possible: G
Quick Stats:
6.0 Pts, 2.7 Rebs, 5.3 Asts


Derrick Rose
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 2"
Weight: 196 lbs.
Birthday: 10/01/1988
26 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Simeon Vocational
Previous Team: Bulls , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #1 in 2008 Draft
by the Bulls
Positions:
Current: PG,
NBA: PG,
Possible: PG/SG
Quick Stats:
16.8 Pts, 3.3 Rebs, 5.1 Asts


Michael Beasley
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 239 lbs.
Birthday: 01/09/1989
25 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Notre Dame Prep
Previous Team: Shanghai , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #2 in 2008 Draft
by the Heat
Positions:
Current: PF,
NBA: PF,
Possible: SF/PF
Quick Stats:
28.8 Pts, 10.7 Rebs, 4.0 Asts


Dwyane Wade
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 5"
Weight: 212 lbs.
Birthday: 01/17/1982
32 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Richards
Previous Team: Heat , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #5 in 2003 Draft
by the Heat
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
22.5 Pts, 3.8 Rebs, 5.5 Asts


Pat Riley
Full Profile
Physicals
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 205 lbs.
Birthday: 03/20/1945
69 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Linton
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #7 in 1967 Draft
by the Rockets
Positions:
Current: G,
NBA: G,
Possible: G


Caron Butler
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 222 lbs.
Birthday: 03/13/1980
34 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Maine Central Institute
Previous Team: Pistons , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #10 in 2002 Draft
by the Heat
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF
Quick Stats:
6.8 Pts, 3.4 Rebs, 0.8 Asts


Fred Hoiberg
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 203 lbs.
Birthday: 10/15/1972
42 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Ames
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 2, Pick #23 in 1995 Draft
by the Pacers
Positions:
Current: G,
NBA: G,
Possible: G
Quick Stats:
5.8 Pts, 2.4 Rebs, 1.1 Asts


Kevin Durant
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 215 lbs.
Birthday: 09/29/1988
26 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Montrose Christian
Previous Team: Thunder , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #2 in 2007 Draft
by the SuperSonics
Positions:
Current: SF/PF,
NBA: SF/PF,
Possible: PF
Quick Stats:
22.4 Pts, 5.0 Rebs, 3.6 Asts


Greg Oden
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 7' 0"
Weight: 257 lbs.
Birthday: 01/23/1988
26 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Lawrence North
Previous Team: Ohio State , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #1 in 2007 Draft
by the Trailblazers
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: PF/C
Quick Stats:
2.9 Pts, 2.3 Rebs, 0.0 Asts


Al Horford
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 246 lbs.
Birthday: 06/03/1986
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Grand Ledge
Previous Team: Hawks , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #3 in 2007 Draft
by the Hawks
Positions:
Current: PF/C,
NBA: PF/C,
Possible: PF/C
Quick Stats:
14.2 Pts, 6.4 Rebs, 2.7 Asts


Al Jefferson
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 263 lbs.
Birthday: 01/04/1985
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Prentiss
Previous Team: Hornets , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #15 in 2004 Draft
by the Celtics
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
19.2 Pts, 8.2 Rebs, 2.0 Asts


Dwight Howard
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 10"
Weight: 240 lbs.
Birthday: 12/08/1985
29 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Southwest Atlanta Christian
Previous Team: Rockets , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #1 in 2004 Draft
by the Magic
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
19.6 Pts, 11.9 Rebs, 1.4 Asts


Randy Foye
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 3"
Weight: 212 lbs.
Birthday: 09/24/1983
31 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Newark East Side
Previous Team: Nuggets , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #7 in 2006 Draft
by the Trailblazers
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: PG/SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
8.4 Pts, 1.4 Rebs, 2.0 Asts


Corey Brewer
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 185 lbs.
Birthday: 03/05/1986
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Portland
Previous Team: Timberwolves , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #7 in 2007 Draft
by the Timberwolves
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SG/SF
Quick Stats:
10.5 Pts, 3.9 Rebs, 3.3 Asts


Rashad McCants
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 201 lbs.
Birthday: 09/24/1984
30 Years Old
Teams:
High School: New Hampton Prep
Previous Team: North Carolina , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #14 in 2005 Draft
by the Timberwolves
Positions:
Current: SG,
NBA: SG,
Possible: SG
Quick Stats:
11.9 Pts, 3.3 Rebs, 1.0 Asts


Chris Wilcox
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 9"
Weight: 218 lbs.
Birthday: 08/03/1982
32 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Enloe
Previous Team: , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #8 in 2002 Draft
by the Clippers
Positions:
Current: C,
NBA: C,
Possible: C
Quick Stats:
Pts, Rebs, Asts


Rudy Gay
Full Profile | Player Stats
Physicals
Height: 6' 8"
Weight: 222 lbs.
Birthday: 08/17/1986
28 Years Old
Teams:
High School: Spalding
Previous Team: Kings , PRO
Drafted: Rnd 1, Pick #8 in 2006 Draft
by the Rockets
Positions:
Current: SF,
NBA: SF,
Possible: SF/PF
Quick Stats:
21.1 Pts, 6.5 Rebs, 4.7 Asts




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