Just another game in the season for the Charlotte Bobcats. A poor shooting night along with 16 turnovers lead to an 89-77 loss to Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic. Charlotte, just two games behind Indiana for the final playoff spot, had another golden opportunity to close the gap on the Pacers. Playing without Stephen Jackson and Tyrus Thomas, Charlotte managed to shoot 45.2% from the field, connecting on just 1 three point field goal. Dante Cunningham and D.J. Augustin combined for 40 points, while the rest of the team scored just 37, a poor effort against an Orlando team gearing up for the playoffs. Howard led the Orlando offense with 26 points and 14 rebounds, to go along with 4 other Magic players scoring in double figures.
With tonight’s loss, it gives the Bobcats slim chances of sneaking into the playoffs. Once again fans are forced to look to the future and wonder what can be done to make the first of many steps needed to make this organization a perrenial playoff participant. They have an advantage playing in the Eastern Conference, where it seems like every year a couple of teams with sub .500 records make the playoffs. Although Paul Silas is a good basketball man and an NBA “lifer”, he in my opinion not the man for this situation, and neither was Larry Brown before him. This team needs an overhaul, and it starts from the top.
Although Rod Higgins is the General Manager, it is clear who is making the decisions for this organization, majority owner and the greatest player of all time, Michael Jordan. As wonderful a player as Jordan was, he may be equally as bad as a talent evaluator. This organization has had high draft picks for several years now, and have little to show for it. Who’s to blame? For everyone of their first round draft selections I can give you players they passed on, no brainers! Back in 2005 when they drafted Sean May ahead of Danny Granger. By the way, where did Sean May go to school? You guessed it, the University of North Carolina. In 2007 they drafted Brandan Wright, another Tar Heel, ahead of Joakim Noah. Or in 2009 when they drafted Gerald Henderson 12th overall, ahead Ty Lawson, Jrue Holiday, Darren Collison and even Tyler Hansbrough. Hansbrough, the College Player of the Year, was the one time they should have drafted a Tar Heel and didn’t!
The bottom line is that major changes need to be made, both in the front office and with player personnel. Unfortunately until the changes are made, Charlotte will forever be 2 games out of the final playoff spot every year, always on the outside looking in.
About the Author
Written by Kris Schoembs
Connecticut School of Broadcasting Graduate.