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@WebPresenceJedi : we also have Portland's pick.
I was, and obviously still am, a big fan of the Jefferson signing. He was my #1 free agent target. I was NOT happy with the Zeller pick until we signed Jefferson in fact. The fact that he can serve as a mentor to the young guys is worth the extra cash we had to hand him to come here in the first place. I've been saying #InChoWeTrust since he first arrived in Charlotte, but he HAS had some missteps. And while Parker or Wiggins might be the next Durant our team is not bad enough to land one of those guys. We have quite the opposite problem, albeit a good problem to have: we are stuck in NBA limbo. We are good enough to make the playoffs and place out of the lottery but we aren't good enough to win the East, much less get out of the first round. All that being said, I still believe in sticking to the plan and building through the draft and free agency. Another year with Clifford at the helm, and thus another year of stability for a change, another strong draft and free agency period and the rebrand buzz helping ticket sales all has Charlotte's arrow pointing up. I totally understand why some would favor tanking, but I don't think you can ask our players, most of whom are tasting success with this team for the first time, to throw in the towel in the hopes that a 19 year old freshman can come in next year and lead us to the promise land.
11 months, 4 weeks ago on To Tank, or Not to Tank...Not to Tank
There are very few teams with the cap space to take him without involving a third team and they really need to put him on the court and let him show that he's still worth SOMETHING before any team will come knocking about a possible trade. I understand why we got him in the first place: we unloaded Maggette's equally terrible contract and got a protected pick for him. We need to be looking to move him for a similar deal, especially given our draft pick situation, but we may have to include a youn up-and-comer like MKG, Taylor or Biz to make a deal happen.
Also, semi-related, I stumbled across this page today and LOVE it. Breaks down every possible draft pick scenario for every team in the league. It could be useful when trying to take aim at possible trade partners.
1 year ago on Are the Bobcats In Line to Trade Ben Gordon
1 year, 6 months ago on Where Do We Go From Here?
I think the answer to both problems is to start McBob. Call me crazy, but I think he's going to start. Biz and Zeller will get some development time under Ewing and the starting 5 will benefit from McBob's versatility and more reliable defense. They won't be as athletic but they'll have Kemba, Hendo (hopefully) and MKG to run.
This. All of this. Amen.
2 years ago on UN-BEELIEVABLE
Glad to hear it! For the record, I am not completely opposed to the idea of a name change. I am, however, against it happening NOW. The direction the team has taken since MJ replaced BJ and especially since Cho took control of the reigns has me cautiously optimistic that we are building something. With the 2 first round picks we'll have next year and all the extra cap space (don't let the door hit you Mr. Diop!) I truly believe this team will soon have the ability to attract more fans without a name change. Besides, I'm still opposed to the idea of spending millions on a name change at a time when the team is not turning a profit all in the HOPES that some of the old Hive fans will come back for one or more games. That's just fiscally irresponsible to say the least.I'm a lifelong Charlotte basketball fan. I puleld for the Hornets and was very disappointed to see them leave town. I have pulled for the Bobcats since day one, attend tons of games and still even have my Okafor jersey hanging in the closet. I'm a fan of NBA BASKETBALL IN CHARLOTTE. I couldn't care less what the team is named! However, if a name change is truly in order I'd prefer it be done when the time is right and for the right reasons and I don't personally feel like we've met either of those criteria.
2 years ago on Should I Bee-lieve?
A well written article that does a good job exploring the pros of a name change, but what about the cons? What about the expense to a team who is already in the red financially? What about the possibility of the nostalgic (and obviously finicky) Hornets fans digging their old jerseys out of the closet and showing up for one game and one game only? What about all the kids you see at TWC arena who are having the times of their lives, win or lose, who have no idea who and what a "hornet" is when it comes to the NBA? There is an entire generation of Bobcats fans who have only ever known the Bobcats! I know you've explored both sides of this debate, as we've discussed it before, but I couldn't resist listing at least *some* of the cons involoved with a name change on an article that makes quite a persuasive case in favor of it.