My favorite three people associated with the franchise:
Absolutely, 100% correct. Many fans need to realize thatWithout a plan and the patience and conviction to stick to it, the Bobcats won’t get markedly better.
He basically says it himself here... For those of you with optimism and hope for some immediate results, we're looking at 2 more horrible years.
Rod Higgins and Rich Cho, the Charlotte Bobcats’ top two player-personnel executives, say the 4-28 record at All-Star break won’t change their plan: There won’t be some panic move that eats up major salary-cap space or bargains away assets for a quick-fix.
If you’re wondering why they wouldn’t panic, Cho offers a good answer: Because he’s been there, in a remarkably similar circumstance, when he was No. 2 in the front office of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Let him describe, harkening back to the summer of 2007:
“OKC has the best record in the league right now, but people forget how hard it was when we started out that first year of the rebuild. There are a lot of parallels’’ between that and the Bobcats now, Cho described Wednesday.
“We traded Ray Allen (to Boston) and drafted Kevin Durant and Jeff Green. People forget we won only 20 games that year. We had a 14-game losing streak, an 11-game losing streak and an eight-game losing streak. We started out the season 9-36.
“So we go back into the lottery and draft (Russell) Westbrook. And we start out 3-29. We have another 14-game losing streak and an eight-game losing streak and a seven-game losing streak. Wind up the season 23-59.
“So we go back into the lottery and draft James Harden. There’s a whole process and it’s not easy going through this process.’’
Cho’s point: Without a plan and the patience and conviction to stick to it, the Bobcats won’t get markedly better. That plan is about drafting wisely, managing the salary cap and looking for
trades that add draft picks or young prospects.
“Rod and I are definitely on the same page as far as where we are with the team,’’ Cho said. “We’re fortunate to have an owner who is very supportive and on the same page. It’s not easy going through it, but that’s part of the process.’’
What about the criticism in the short run?
“If you don’t have a thick skin, you shouldn’t be in the business,’’ Cho replied.
Much more from Higgins and Cho in Sunday’s Observer about the season so far, coach Paul Silas’s job security, Tyrus Thomas’s struggles and how realistic is it that a big-name free agent would choose to sign with the Bobcats?
Its going to suck going thru all of this but its worth it in the end (2 years from now). If we dont get cheated out of the draft, we will take Davis with the 1st pick. That is going to set up an interior D that is going to terrorized teams for a LONG LONG time. Pretty much force them into becoming jump shooting teams. Get that offensive weapon to go along side Kemba and we are set for those title runs.
Viva El Cho!!!
Hope Resurrected: "I think I can bring an attitude to a team as far as, ‘All right, no matter what, we are not losing this game'." - Kemba Walker
"Its okay to be bad; just so long as you're bad ass." - Keetch
"I don't care if he uses a sophisticated pulley and tackle system to get his shot off if the bitch goes in."-Mustachio
I agree with Cho but i thought we was futher along than we are . I was thinking in 2013 we was going to start on a up swing . But i guess we shouldn't expect to return to the playoffs til about 2015 . The way im hearing we going to be bottom feeding in 2012 and #13 I havn't even thought about the #13 draft , Have no idea of how good its going to be. We may as well keep all thease bad contracts [TT] and just continue to draft. I could see why DJ wants out . Isn't he all ready about 26. By the time we get good hes going to be in his late prime.
Last edited by dav7z; 02-24-2012 at 04:29 PM.
I am glad that the front office is finally coming out and acknowledging what most of us knew. I hate arguing with someone about how bad the Bobcats are when they refuse to understand what tanking is and how it usually works.
At the game people screaming at me because we get beat by 20 and I'm still happy cause Kemba had 8 assist and Bis gets 8 blocks. At this point, I just go to monitor their development.
Into the crevasse!
"Climb down Lemon, Climb down"
I just don't feel like the guys available this coming draft are anything like a Durant or Westbrook. Davis seems like he'll be a solid defender, but will even take time to grow into that because if he turns sideways you can't see him. Dude is a stick figure. He will NOT be Dwight Howard, or anything close to it.
We need a scorer.
I'm not so worried about it. Picking in the top 3 will give us a solid player. Thats the point of this whole tanking deal, acquire solid assets.
Into the crevasse!
"Climb down Lemon, Climb down"