During the 2012 NBA Draft, some high-profile players fell, whereas some relatively unknown players were chosen early. Some teams were treated to bargains while others were on the outside looking in. Let's take a look at the
New Orleans Hornets
Naturally the Hornets would have had a great time selecting the best player of the draft in Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis. It also bolstered its team by selecting argluably the draft's best scorer in Duke's Austin Rivers with the tenth pick. With a potential starting rotation of Rivers, Eric Gordon, Trevor Ariza, Chris Kaman and Anthony Davis, the Hornets will have the potential to be an exciting team next season and beyond.
The 2012 NBA Draft is about a week away but there is no shortage of news about it.
There is one thing that's for sure, and that is Kentucky's Anthony Davis being selected with the first overall pick by the New Orleans Hornets.
Here is a look at other things to watch for with the NBA Draft looming:
In addition to giving their uniforms a much needed update, there are rumors the Bobcats are open to trading away the second overall pick. The thinking here is that they are trying to bring in a young veteran so that the team will have an easier time picking up wins here and there. One of the more high profile players rumored to be involved is Tyreke Evans from the Sacramento Kings. Evans would go to Charlotte, along with the fifth overall pick in exchange for the second overall pick. The Kings would then have a choice between Kentucky's Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kansas's Thomas Robinson and Florida's Bradley Beal. All three of these players would be a fantastic choice for the Kings but Robinson would most likely be the selection there if this trade actually happens.
There are some decisions in sports one simply cannot wrap his or her mind around. In the case of the Union of European Football Associations or UEFA, there have been a myriad of baffling decisions on its part.
What has been increasingly clear is that UEFA, as well as FIFA have their priorities in the wrong places. They have shown time and time again that they care more to maintain the illusion of respectibility of a referee, rather than to squash racism out of fans around Europe. Perhaps that's because these organizations have convinced themselves that racism isn't a problem. FIFA's president Sepp Blatter stirred up controversy back in November when he said that racism isn't a problem on the pitch and it can be solved with a simple handshake. It was as ignorant of a statement as it was stupid.
In these modern times, whenever an athlete is incredibly successful it is automatically assumed that they used performance-enhancing drugs. In the case of legendary American cyclist Lance Armstrong, the doubts were inevitable. In the latest chapter of Armstrong's battle against accusation, the seven-time Tour de France Winner is being dragged down by formal charges by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
The USADA released a 15-page letter claiming that it spoke with numerous sources that were aware of Armstrong and his team's experience with PEDs. The letter accused others, including team manager Johan Bruyneel, team doctors Luis Garcia del Moral and Pedro Celaya, and consulting doctor Jose Marti. Specific doping methods include blood transfusions and the administration of Human Growth Hormone.
AFC West - Despite being one of the all-time great quarterbacks, Peyton Manning has something to prove with the Denver Broncos. He needs to silence doubters who questioned whether his career is over after having four neck surgeries and missing all of last season with the Indianapolis Colts.
His wide receivers, including Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, have more talent and potential than they displayed with Tim Tebow at quarterback. If former quarterback Tebow could get a modicum of production from those two, Manning sure can. No. 18 should return to his record breaking pace this season.
NFC West - As pick No. 14 in the 2011 NFL Draft, DE Robert Quinn recorded five sacks for the St. Louis Rams. With the arrival of 2012 first-round pick and former LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers, Quinn should find himself even more space to rush the quarterback.