Miami Heat president Pat Riley officially welcomed draft pick Norris Cole to the franchise today with an introductory press conference and jersey presentation.
Riley joked to Cole that the media always accuse him of never playing rookies but he seemed sincere when he said that his new rookie would have the opportunity to earn minutes. With his family looking on, Cole was a bit nervous but said all the right things and seemed more than ready to get out on the floor and work with his new teammates.
Unfortunately, thanks to the impending lockout we won't know when that day will actually happen.
Cole will now wear the #30, which has been available since the Heat's last first-round pick Michael Beasley was traded last year to the Minnesota Timberwolves. This is the first point guard drafted by the team this millennium.