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However ... this team chose to blow things up. They chose to rebuild. They chose to collect draft picks and rid themselves of long-term, high priced contracts. What everyone should be annoyed about is the fact that we have changed course one year before it made sense to do so. Absolutely nobody with any common sense was advocating this course of action, this rebuild, to continue beyond the end of this season. We were primed to have all our bad contracts off our books, with potentially 3 first round picks in a strong draft. Instead, we went for a high priced free agent who is probably going to help us win enough so that we have to hand over our draft pick to the Bulls. It makes no sense to have pulled the free agent trigger for this season, it makes all the sense in the world to have done it next season.
You are absolutely correct, there no is certainty that we would have drafted that franchise changer in this coming draft. There is however a near certainty that we won't be attractive enough to get one in Free Agency or via Trade.
All people who support this painful rebuilding process wanted was one more year of developing our youngsters ... one more year of prioritising playing time for our young players over wins (not intentionally loosing, but accepting that 100% effort from talented but inexperienced players would mean fewer wins) before we then pull the free agent/trade trigger.
What we have done is the worst of both worlds. You're pissed because you have watched poor ball for the last couple of years and I get that. But you should be absolutely livid that we didn't have the stomach to see it through for one more year. Everything, from draft picks to player contracts to the more punitive luxury tax penalties to the return of the Hornet brand pointed towards one more year.
Our franchise is like a teenage boy on a date who ruined his chance of getting laid because he couldn't resist going for a quick grope.
Last edited by kitch0202; 12-17-2013 at 06:17 AM. Reason: typo
While I have stated publicly that I agree completely with the idea of Kitch's post, I think there is one thing that is getting twisted on this site...
We are NOT a very good team yet. We aren't even an average team yet.
We are ONLY 5 games above being the absolute worst record in the league and we are less than 1/3 of the way through the season.
5 or 6 days ago we were 10-11 and trying to get to .500 ... now we are 10-14 and, again, only 5 games out of the worst record in the league (only 1 game from the bottom 6).
No one has really said it but wouldn't it be a complete coup by Cho if he was able to make the long term moves he has (such as signing Big Al) AND finish in the bottom 4-5 in the league? All this while Kemba, MKG, Hendo, Biz, JT, Zeller and the rest of the young guys continue to develop and play?
Having a guy like Big Al come to the team will absolutely help us in subsequent free agent periods. That is already under our belt now instead of waiting until next year to MAYBE get a decent free agent to sign with us. He also helps significantly with our young guys development.
Again, I know how important it is for us to keep our draft pick this season and to hopefully draft a franchise type player in this epic draft but rebuilds are not without time limits. Rookie contracts are extremely important to have on your books during the rebuild. If we wait too long, Kemba, Biz and the rest will require much bigger contracts to keep them around. In a perfect world, we would already use our cap space on free agents BEFORE the contracts come up for Kemba and company.
At the end of the day, I am enjoying us being competitive as much as anyone. Seeing us take teams like Indiana to the buzzer is awesome. No more 30 points blowouts like previous seasons. I just don't think that at the end of the season it makes us a good enough team to lose our draft pick to Chicago. I could easily see us still being in the bottom 5 since we are only less than 2 games ahead of that pace now.
Patience...I see exactly what Cho and Co are doing and it might just be brilliant!
Last edited by WAM9; 12-17-2013 at 09:30 AM.
In Cho I Trust!
BTW- I'm a season ticket holder and 100% was committed to giving my money to the team to watch a young team that would lose a lot of games this year but, was building something special... Al Jefferson and 10-14 extra wins didn't influence my buying decision... I was buying for the long term and I'm absolutely disappointed that we signed a FA to 13M/ year contract during the strongest draft in a decade.
I'm not saying there is a Lebron James in this draft that could become one of the best players ever but, what if one of these guys turns into a Tracy McGrady, Vince Carter, Penny Hardaway, Chris Webber, etc type of player? Add a talent like one of those guys to our current roster and we would be one of the top young teams in the NBA and a threat to compete for a title for many years.
The best thing we can hope for is that we play close games and come up just short and we lose enough games to get a top 6 pick... Then we can sit back and watch other teams try to follow the Charlotte Model during their rebuild.
At the end of the season we could very well end up with Top 6 pick. Looking at the current statndings now we're the 11th worst team, and teams behind I could very well pass us are Chicago, Cleveland, Brooklyn, Sacramento, and New York. That would make us the 6th worst team in the NBA, which would put us in line to take the last of the BIG 6 all the draft guys are talking about. In one of Chad Ford's tank ranks he said that Charlotte likes Dante Exum (including me) and he could very well be the last of the 6 to be drafted. I realize it's frustrating that we've sucked for so long but I really think it's in the teams best interest to tank one more year.