When basketball legend Michael Jordan took control of the Charlotte Bobcats in 2010, everyone just assumed the team would start winning.
It was MJ, the greatest player to ever step foot on the court. He had to win, right? Wrong.
Ever since Jordan took over the Bobcats, the team has spiraled downward. In the strike-shortened 2011-12 season, the team only won seven games. This year they didn't do much better, finishing the season 21-61.
Charlotte is once again in search of a new coach after firing Mike Dunlap on April 23. Jordan was praised for his hiring of Dunlap originally, but with the roster Dunlap was given, it was hard to expect any coach to even break .500.
Now, a new coach will be brought in and will be facing the same problems that Dunlap faced, essentially setting the coach up for failure and for another tenure likely to wind up only being one or two years long.
No matter what coach comes in, he is going to be given a roster that has no direction.
The team's last two No. 1 draft picks, Kemba Walker and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, are great building blocks to have, but there is no supporting cast behind them.
Power forward Bismack Biyombo was the best and only defensive force on the team, averaging just under two blocks and over seven rebounds per game.
Acquiring Josh McRoberts from the Orland Magic was a step in the right direction for the team, but aside from McRoberts, Biyombo and center Byron Mullens, Kidd-Gilchrist was the team's best rebounder.
The same goes for blocks on the team. Kidd-Gilchrist was second on the team in blocks per game, which is sad considering his main focus is on the offensive side of the ball.
Staying on the offensive side, the Bobcats don't have very many options, forcing Walker to be more of a shooter than a point guard. Walker averaged 17.7 points per game this year, which is impressive, but only had five assists per game.
It was a similar story in his rookie year, when he only averaged four assists per game.
Backup point guard Ramon Sessions faced a similar problem this year. Sessions played about 27 minutes every game, but rarely started.
However, he was the team's third-highest scorer and averaged just under four assists per game.
Until the Bobcats can bring in other scoring threats, Walker and Sessions will continue to feel the pressure of having to produce for practically the entire offense, rather than spreading the ball around to other offensive options.
Even before Jordan's time, Charlotte was already setting itself up for failure by its poor drafts.
Certainly no one can forget the No. 3 overall selection of Adam Morrison in 2006.
In the team's first two drafts, Charlotte selected Emeka Okafor in 2004 and Raymond Felton in 2005. Neither Okafor or Felton are on the Bobcats anymore.
Until the Bobcats can create a team that entices drafted players to stay on the team for multiple years, the draft isn't going to help improve their roster.
Walker and Kidd-Gilchrist could easily leave for another team once their rookie contracts expire, given their potential and talent.
No 20-something player is going to stay in Charlotte when he could probably make more money somewhere else and play for a much better team.
Even when Jordan came along in 2010, he didn't do much to help change the culture of the team. Walker and Kidd-Gilchrist were good pickups, but Jordan's management style hurt the team more than a draft pick could make up for.
As soon as he took control of the team, Jordan promoted himself all the way to the top. Unlike his time in the front office with the Washington Wizards, Jordan didn't have to answer to anyone but himself.
During the season, Jordan would make very rare public appearances and couldn't be found anywhere near the team, even in the event of a win.
In terms of personnel moves, Jordan shipped off practically everyone from Charlotte's 2010 playoff team. Jordan thought that if he cleared enough cap space, he could lure some big names into Charlotte like Chris Paul and Dwight Howard.
However, Jordan's name alone was not enough to counter the negative stigma that surrounded the franchise.
Coaches can come and go, but until the attitude around the team and the game plan of the front office changes, no coach will be able to fix the problems that the Bobcats have.
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