5 Things the Charlotte Bobcats Must Do to Get Back into the Playoffs Next Season
The Charlotte Bobcats are the worst team in the National Basketball Association. Kemba Walker’s draft day will come to haunt him late at night when he can’t find anything to do but recognize that the franchise he plays for is being run into the ground by the greatest basketball player of all time.
This is not supposed to be his reality, as he was a glimmer of hope coming into the organization. The Bobcats now have to focus on the season to come and how they can put their bid into a close-knit Eastern Conference where drama has forced the Orlando Magic into a predicted sweep without Dwight Howard and Josh Smith’s future is still uncertain.
The Eastern Conference is wide open, and in order to take advantage of that going into the 2012-13 NBA season and prime themselves for the 2013 NBA Playoffs, the Charlotte Bobcats need to make some acquisitions and front office releases that will only forge a seven or eight seed in next year’s playoff race.
Draft Anthony Davis
Every team that is utilizing the pits of the league needs to come to terms with the fact that the best player available in the entire 2012 NBA draft class is Anthony Davis.
What does the worst team in the league need to do? Draft him! It isn’t rocket science. Regardless of whether Charlotte’s front office feels like Davis is a good fit, he is the type of player that franchises build around, and the Bobcats have nothing but building time.
This summer will be all about replenishing a wilted organization and restoring some respect in North Carolina for their professional basketball franchise. It starts with Davis.
Keep Starting Kemba Walker
You drafted him to force him to ride the bench?
Charlotte needs to work out their priorities in order to realize that if Kemba Walker is going to be a firm handler of their future success, he needs some experience under his belt. Coming out of UConn, Walker was pushed to explore the pass-first avenue of his game and even when he showed improvement in that right, he still had not earned steadily flowing minutes in the starting lineup.
There is absolutely no reason for Walker to be coming off of the bench at this point in the Bobcats’ history. Everything is an experiment right now.
Why not do some trial and error exercises that will allow them to see whether or not Walker is going to live up to the hype that surrounded him coming out of college after a hard fought 2011 NCAA Tournament win?
Let Tyrus Thomas Go
Tyrus Thomas is not the direction that Charlotte needs to continue to pursue. How dedicated the Bobcats are to Thomas is a bit scary seeing as how it may take his latest altercation with Coach Paul Silas to force him out of the organization.
Fans have been waiting for him to reach his potential, however he has only become one of those players that should have and never will. It is not uncommon for players and coaches to clash. There are probably dozens of cases that we do not hear about, but Thomas is just enduring the latest reasons as to why Charlotte needs to give up on this experiment gone wrong.
A shoving match with the head coach is the easiest way to get booted out of a franchise. Then again, a franchise in such disarray may want to hold on to such a raw-talented player.
Thomas’ work ethic will keep him in the shadows of what he could be and Charlotte needs to move on. It didn’t work. It won’t work. He is not the answer.
Fire Paul Silas
There is only so much you can do with the talent that a front office surrounds you with. It is understandable that the Charlotte Bobcats are not in the 2012 NBA playoffs due to the lack of talent on the roster.
Yet, allowing the franchise to fester at the bottom of the league is irresponsible and unacceptable for any coach paid to make sure something like this doesn’t happen. Silas is not doing the job that Charlotte needs and getting into a shoving match with a player only shows the lack of control he has over his team.
Without the firm respect and ear of the players, how does Michael Jordan expect Silas to be able to make adequate adjustments in the future? Coaches need to maintain control of the huddle in order to be successful and Silas lost that when talks of Charlotte futility reached the record books.
It’s time for someone else to come in and try a hand at reviving the franchise.
Michael Jordan Needs to Sell
Michael Jordan was a great player who stayed too long in the league.
Now, he has become a horrible owner who does not know when to throw in the towel. His stay in Charlotte has gotten so ugly that he needs to walk away with his head held high to save face.
The draft decisions made and the front office choices have done nothing but land this franchise as the bottom-feeders of the league and Jordan has a huge hand in that. Owning a franchise is just not his gig, and he needs to realize that sooner than later.
There will be no recruiting after his behavior during the NBA lockout that forced this 66-game shortened season and players are probably relishing in the fact that player-turned-owner Jordan is tasting the sharp sword of failure.
It’s time for him to give in. It may not be in his genetics, but it is what would be best for the franchise.