Charlotte Bobcats Must Undergo Total Makeover to Become Competitive in NBA

Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IApril 19, 2012

Head coach Paul Silas.
Head coach Paul Silas.Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Just how much worse can things get for the Charlotte Bobcats this season?

The Bobcats, after losing once again to the Chicago Bulls Wednesday night, own a 7-54 record along with a horrendous 18-game losing streak.

The Bobcats still have to face the Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards, Orlando Magic and the New York Knicks this season, so the chances of them winning one or two more games seems plausible. The games against the Wizards and the Knicks are at home, which could come into play.

The team is on pace to become the worst team (record-wise) in the history of the NBA and are the laughing stock of the league this season (making things worse).

All of the losing is starting to take a toll on head coach Paul Silas, as well as others. It is especially tough on the younger players, including rookies Bismack Biyombo and Kemba Walker, as this season has brought on way too much losing and not enough winning.

The tension and unease is taking a toll in the locker room. According to a report by Yahoo! Sports columnist Adrian Wojnarowski, Paul Silas and forward Tyrus Thomas had an altercation after a game where Silas shoved Thomas. The heated exchange happened postgame after Silas was upset that the former first-round pick was chatting with Boston Celtics players on the court.

Bobcats President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins confirmed the incident and said that he met with both Silas and Thomas to clear things internally. Both have been fined for their behavior and reactions.

Every incident leading up to the end of this historically bad season makes things crystal clear: Thing simply have to change. Whether that means bringing in another coach, new players or acquiring veterans through trades at the draft or in free agency, something must be done.

The Bobcats have a smart general manager in Rich Cho, who should look to completely overhaul the makeup of the team if they are to see any success next year.

With the chance to go down on the wrong side of the history books looking like a bigger possibility this season, the team must undergo a total makeover in Charlotte to get back some dignity next year.