As the Charlotte Bobcats begin their regularly scheduled descent into mediocrity, many optimistic fans may cite injuries as the primary reasons for Charlotte's struggles.
Tyrus Thomas, perhaps Charlotte's best post player, has been repeatedly bothered by his ankle. Point guard D.J. Augustin also has been bothered by ankle problems of his own. However, I blame the Bobcats' repeated disappointing seasons on management.
Aside from the Bobcats' one playoff-worthy season, they have not achieved a winning season in their short-lived history. This is shocking, considering the long list of talented players who have made their way through Charlotte. All of these players were let go, but not without a creative excuse to explain the move.
The list of impressive players who have made their way through Charlotte is as follows: Raymond Felton, Gerald Wallace, Emeka Okafor, Stephen Jackson and Tyson Chandler.
Let's begin with Emeka Okafor, who is a stellar center. Okafor left in July 2009. Management said this move was done because there was a disagreement between Wallace and Okafor. The Bobcats received Tyson Chandler in return. Chandler continually underachieved in Charlotte.
Once traded, he was an essential piece in the Dallas Maverick's title run. The bottom line is you don't trade Okafor, the 2005 Rookie of the Year for an older Chandler, who is simply not as talented.
Next is Raymond Felton, who immediately had a stellar season when he left Charlotte for the New York Knicks. The Bobcats did not extend an offer that whet Felton's monetary appetite. Therefore, he left. He was never a stellar talent at point guard, but was a solid starter and would have been of help in developing D.J. Augustin.
My next and biggest complaint relates to the trades involving Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson. These were clearly two of the best talents on the team. Jackson left inexplicably. He expressed his discontent at the time of the trade and has since said he checked out as soon as Wallace left.
Wallace is the best player in franchise history without a doubt. Yet, the Bobcats eagerly shipped him to the Portland Trail Blazers after their first and only playoff season. The reason behind this was rebuilding and not being stuck in mediocrity, according to management.
I would say the Bobcats are in a deeper state of mediocrity now than they have ever been. Kemba Walker is a bright light on the horizon. Other than that, the future looks grim.
My challenges to owner Michael Jordan are the following: hire a coach with a proven record of winning, don't make another trade that gets rid of valuable talent, spend some money in free agency, hire a new general manager who knows how to win and draft the best big man in this year's NBA draft. Boris Diaw could use some help down low.
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