Blogtable: Fixing The Bobcats




Each week, we’ll ask our stable of scribes to weigh in on the three most important NBA topics of the day — and then give you a chance to step on the scale, too, in the comments below.


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Play GM of the Bobcats: What do you do? What can you do?

Fran Blinebury: Join the ACC.  Everybody else is.

Jeff Caplan: Resign? Run away? At this point I just don’t see many options. So many bad signings have been made, players out of position. There are few tradeable commodities. Remember, this group gave away Tyson Chandler.

Scott Howard-Cooper: There isn’t much to do. No matter how bad it looks in the middle of a ridiculously long losing streak, the Bobcats aren’t far off a reasonable win pace. Somewhere between 25 and 30 victories would have been fair, and that is still a reachable number. The only real move to make that would bring much in return would be to decide the Bismack Biyombo project is not going to end well. The answer is to stay the course, understand the Bobcats aren’t as bad as the last few weeks would indicate (just as we now know they aren’t as good as the hope from the first couple weeks), get another top lottery pick and work the offseason.

John Schuhmann: I stay patient and hope for another top-three pick in next year’s draft. I like some of the pieces I have, especially Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, but I obviously need more. No team is going to take Tyrus Thomas off my hands, but I will shop Ben Gordon to those playoff teams that desperately need shooting, looking to back get more young players or draft picks, along with contracts that don’t go beyond next season. Speaking of shooting, I’ll also hire a shooting coach to work with MKG for the next few years.

Sekou Smith: Somehow a new set of rosary beads just doesn’t seem like enough. And to think we were singing the Bobcats’ praises after the first two and a half weeks of the season. It’s all about luck at this point. And I mean luck in the sense that when the lottery plays out in the spring, the Bobcats need to get lucky. And when the underclassmen start declaring for the June Draft, the Bobcats need to get lucky and make sure the right player(s) declare. And then on Draft night, whether they have the first option or the second or third, they get lucky and make the right choice and that choice turns out to be the Kevin Durant or Dwight Howard or Derrick Rose the Bobcats need to help them get off the mat and become a legitimate team in the Eastern Conference. There is no amount of planning that can fix what ails these Bobcats. There are just too many factors working against them right now for conventional fix it methods. Right now it’s all about Lady Luck.

13 Comments

  1. Chicagooo Fannn says:

    I say keep Tyrus Thomas, MGK, Kemba Walker, and Byron Mullens. Dump everyone else. They just need to tough it out and hopefully trade some of their players for draft picks. Or trade their picks at the draft for a decent center. They could try to get Bynum from the 76′era lol…
    Glad I’m not a Bobcats fan.

  2. STEVE HACKER says:

    THERE’S NO CHARLOTTE BOBCATS IN THE NBA!!! THEY ARE DEAD!!! THEY ARE GONE FOREVER!!!

    WE DO NOT WANT TO SEE ABOUT THEM!!! WE DO NOT WANT TO TALK ABOUT THEM!!! AND WE DO NOT WANT TO HEAR ABOUT THEM!!!

    IT IS OFFICIAL!!! THE CHARLOTTE BOBCATS HAS BEEN TAKEN OFF OF THE NBA!!!

    • STEVE HACKER says:

      R.I.P. CHARLOTTE BOBCATS (2004-2012)

      THE CHARLOTTE BOBCATS HAS BEEN TAKEN OFF OF THE NBA!!!!

      THE CHARLOTTE BOBCATS ARE DEAD!!!

      THE CHARLOTTE BOBCATS ARE GONE FOREVER!!!

      R.I.P. CHARLOTTE BOBCATS

  3. DaBulls933 says:

    If Jordan wants to make this team better maybe he can help Gilchrist develop his jumpshot. Also find and hire people who can help him develop a better team like Phil Jackson hire him to be in the front office and he can help find the right pieces to make this team a playoff contender the guy has 11 championships I am pretty sure he can make a big difference.

    • Pétrus says:

      true man, to me they dont need to hire a shooting coach, jordan could do that, but seriously, the guy below says the bobcats are dead, its not true, i dont see too many games of the bobcats, but they have a top pick and a good defender who is bismack biyombo to be improved, and they need to a decent point guard, or at least a PURE point guard, the guy who manage the team offense in the court and not just shoot, i think jordan had a great plan in mind when he choose this roster for this year, but the guy who executed the plan just dont make it in the right way, thats my opinion.

  4. Kamote says:

    Its all in the development of MKG and Kemba. MKG has that athletic-defensive mold that hopefully would develop an offense in the future (think scottie or paul george). If they can find a way of trading for NO’s Gordon while retaining Kemba and MKG, then they do have a good core to build on.

    Or, MJ should get his youth back and save this franchise LOL

  5. steppx says:

    smith is master of saying nothing. Cooper is right…..figure out Biyambo…………(I say keep him)…and then slowly jettison the dead weight. Its not about luck sekou, except in your star addicted fantasy world of lakers land. Its about smart drafting, not luck. Jesus, thats so tiresome a perspective. Smart is getting Faried at 22. Dumb is austin rivers at ten. See how this works? Smart is not taking darko. Smart is getting it right with the bottom of the lottary. Those are teams already getting better…..but with that nine and ten pick you need to make sure you get quality parts. Its not all about STARS sekou. And the bobcats still deserve our praises. Why not? they are vastly improved.

  6. MJ the greatest says:

    Back court is thin and undersized. Front court has great upside. i guess they’re on track. Old version of OKC i guess. MKG needs to develop his shooting, Kemba’s doing well, just have to stay patient that goes with the rest of the young players. Mullens, if he bulks up and continue to improve, would be similar to Ryan Anderson. Lot’s of the lifting would be on the Management, to let coach develop a winning system, add an efficient training staff for the young guns to develop faster. Addition of vets with good credentials and can mentor the youngsters could help hasten development. And if they get lucky next season, which i guess is high, could surge them up the standings next year. For now, stay patient, continue to develop. Preach defense and trade for good role players and Vets that would glue a good team for the future. But i still think if they bring back MJ from retirement would be best for now. LMAO :)

  7. OKC kind of guy says:

    They just have been unlucky these past 15 games, i guess. But seriously, they need to fix their frountcourt and their bench. Only Thomas and Mullens have been good for their team, and guys like Diop and Haywood, don’t even talk about them. They need to find some good trades out there, even to go as far as using Ben Gordon as a trading chip. AS for the Bobcats, hang in there. Okc out.

    • ko0kiE says:

      are you kidding me? tyrus thomas has been good for the bobcats? lol

      Kemba Walker has really improved his game.. and Kidd-Gilchrist plays pretty good.. high energy guy, but he has to develop a jump shot.

  8. Arron Afflalo FAN says:

    you can’t fix the bobcats unless jordan comes out of retirement.