I love Escher...
I just saw these few rumors floating around, and I thought I might share them with everyone here at the site…
As it turns out, the "Space Jam" reunion won't be happening with the Charlotte Bobcats. After an interview with Charlotte management, owner Michael Jordan personally reached out to Patrick Ewing to tell him he's been eliminated as a candidate to coach the Bobcats, a league source told Yahoo! Sports.
Call me crazy, but I believe that this is one of the biggest decisions ever made by Jordan. It shows his willingness to trust in the staff to get the best coach and to not go with a buddy that could have proven to have become another “yes-man”. I believe we are seeing a new page being written in Bobcats history.
“I don’t think the players and the coaching staff (tanked). I think the organization did by not getting the best roster” available, Van Gundy said. “You could make the case at any position that they did not have a top-15 player” at that position in the league. Charlotte Observer - NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy of ABC/ESPN believes the Charlotte Bobcats, as an organization, tanked this season.
Let me state this with the bluntness it deserves; we sucked this year. There is no denying that we had the worst…well…everything in the NBA this past season. Poor scoring, poor rebounding, poor FG%...you name it, we excelled at it. JVG stating that the organization did because they didn’t get the best roster is just absurd. First off, we ALL knew we were rebuilding. The departure of Jackson and Wallace spelled that one out for us, and it hurt. Then you take into account the contracts of Diaw, Diop, Carroll, Tyrus (who just looked awful this season), Najera, and Maggette…what exactly were we going to use to get a better roster? We had no real trade assets, we didn’t want to overspend on a team that would just not be good enough to compete in the playoffs…I guess what I’m trying to say is that we are REBUILDING. You have to get worse before you get better. Unfortunately, on top of having our hands tied at the beginning of the year in terms of money, we also had an injury bug running around, biting everyone it could find. An individual that was on the outside, casually looking in, would think that we just tanked. It is when you stop and actually analyze the organization being in the red, the bad contracts, and the injuries, that one can see that we were definitely rebuilding and we had ZERO plans to overspend to just miss make playoffs, or make them and get swept. We were frugal this season. We spent what we had to spend. We bought out Diaw. I can see us buying out Diop and Carroll this year. Najera expired last season. Maggette expires this season (I could see him as trade bait to the right team come playoff time, if he gets healthy).
The 2013-14 season has us sitting on well over $20mil to spend, a few rookies to extend, deciding whether to offer Henderson a contract…I believe we’re doing what we’re supposed to. As for JVG, thanks for more bad publicity because I’m sure we couldn’t harbor any MORE on our own.