CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Die hard Bobcats fans showed up Wednesday night at Time Warner Cable Arena for a live televised look at the NBA Draft Lottery.
Fans like Will Norman, who brought his sons and nephew, hoped the draft would mean a chance at the number one pick. "I think we should go with a big name," he said as he waited for the lottery to begin.
"Anthony Davis would be great," said George Clayton, who came with his friends to the arena to watch the action on the teletron. The Providence High School students sat court side, with their feet on the hardwood, waiting for the lottery to start.
Not only did many at the arena want to see the Bobcats land the top pick, but they also hoped to score $1 Bobcats season tickets.
"The line was past the gate outside," said Clayton's father, Jeff, who didn't get in line in time to get the tickets.
About 500 fans received the special promotion. It worked like this: If the Bobcats got the first pick in the lottery, then fans could buy season tickets at a buck per game. If the team got the second pick, then the fans could buy season tickets for $2 a game--or $86 for the season.
The seats, in the upper section of the arena, would normally cost about $344 for the season. But many of the seats offered at the promotional rate were empty last year. The team with the worst record in the NBA is hoping to get fans excited again.
The demand for the promotional seats surpassed what the team expected. And although the top pick in the lottery went to the New Orleans Hornets, the Bobcats came away with the second pick. It was an outcome that stung many fans. The Hornets first played in Charlotte and moved to New Orleans after the 2001-2002 season.
"I think the city needs to get past the Hornets," said Neel Jadeja. "That's what happens in a lottery. Get over it."