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HORNETS COACH NOT TOO KEEN ON PICKING JOHNSON

Charlotte coach Gene Littles told a newspaper that, against his wishes, the Hornets will select UNLV's Larry Johnson with the first pick in Wednesday's NBA draft.

Hornets vice president Allan Bristow, however, says nothing has been decided."It's Larry Johnson," Littles told the Gaston (N.C.) Gazette on Saturday. "Allan has made his decision. He made it a month ago.

"I'll just coach the players they give me," he said.

"We haven't made our pick," Bristow said. "I don't know why he would say that."

Littles told the newspaper that he would prefer All-America forward Billy Owens of Syracuse. He was not convinced that Johnson would be the best selection.

Although Johnson has twice been named All-American, Littles is concerned about the forward's chances in the NBA.