I still would be very surprised if this happens but I'd be excited about it if it does.
"The Charlotte Hornets name has been a mainstay throughout the region for many years, and we are excited to announce our intention to re-establish this historic brand. We believe that its return will galvanize our fan base by unifying our loyal Bobcats fans with those who have strong memories of our city's NBA predecessor." MJ, 5-21-13
Still to early people, a lot can happen over the next 70 + games to be worried about being too good or not bad enough.
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It's too early but I'll be damn pissed if Charlotte is seriously in 'win-now' mode b/c the only result that will produce is to become the next Milwaukee Bucks and get our name thrown back into the "which franchise is in danger of relocating?" discussion. This draft is the only one during our rebuild period that gives us a good shot at drafting franchise talent, we can't afford to mess this up.
Fuck winning now, just lose for one more season so I don't have to watch mediocre 8th seed chasers for the next 4-5 years.
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Icky Thump (11-17-2013)
The reality is a team is not going to get one of the top three picks this year unless they either commit to tanking or get really lucky with the ping pong balls. Utah is obviously tanking and has only won one game. Someone is not going to get in front of them by accident. Plenty of other teams will be tanking this year also. We are squarely on a path back to the middle not just because of Al Jefferson, but because Kemba has gotten to good and MKG is even a little too good to utterly tank with.
We can pretty much forget about the top guys. The only way that will change is if there is a crazy rash of injuries or we make a crazy trade that sends current assets for future ones. If we miss the playoffs we are probably looking at pick 5-12. If somehow we make it the Bulls will get our pick and that is probably the better option between the two honestly. We don't want that pick to eventually be unprotected when we are not yet a good team.
The other picks could get us mid first round picks if those teams are decent, but we are not going to be able to package some mid round picks for one of the top guys. Are we going to be able to select someone as good or better then Cody Zeller or Jeff Taylor with those kind of picks, possibly, but we aren't going to get a franchise changer. It would be better for us if those picks were delayed, eventually became unprotected and we got a lotto guy.
Not having any picks is a real possibility and in a way might be the best thing that can happen to us. We have played horribly so far this season and I have to think it is going to get better. I think the best way to judge a team is point differential and we are 9th worst in the league right now. Det is 13th worst and Portlant is 7th best. If that eventually plays out in the record we will get picks 9, 13 and 24 this year. I would rather go to the playoffs, be done with the Chi deal and still have the Det and Portland picks in my pocket. Those picks don't have to be conveyed to us yet for us to package them to move back into the draft if we wanted to.
And why would anyone be interested in a team that is on the path back to mediocrity? Who wants a team who will never truly compete for a championship (as is; even with future maturation and improvement considered)? That is what the organization claimed they were trying to rebuild for. Unless we get a franchise draft pick or get a franchise guy in free agency (that is a bigger dream than the ping pong balls you all are so vehemently against) then we can pretty much forget it.
They need to be mindful of this before they make a major mistake with the myriad of opportunities they are presented with over the course of the next year. We have sucked through pretty much every year of the Bobcats existence... one more year and create a new and REAL beginning as the Hornets or they might as well move along.