The Bobcats Need New Ownership with Direction, Not “Hope”
The Charlotte Observer’s Rick Bonnell returned back from his forced two week sabatical a few days ago and posted one of his strangest blog entries that I’ve read to date.
After spinning the Okafor/Chandler deal and getting us caught up on the (less than imperative) Raymond Felton situation, he moves on to the “Team For Sale” issue and throws in this nugget:
The day Brown leaves is the day hope dies, and the Bobcats don’t have much hope to waste.
Rick. Please. This is just wrong.
- Organizations run from top down, not middle up. The Bobcats will continue to be a “hopeless” franchise up until the day Bob Johnson sells the team to a qualified ownership group and not a second before. And since ANY ownership group (outside of a Jordan-led outfit) would be more qualified than the current Smartest Guys In The Room, an upgrade is inevitable
- Successful organizations are not run on “hope.” Yes, in professional sports many things can backfire during a season: injuries, suspensions, bad calls and off-the-court issues can undermine a good plan. But you NEED A GOOD PLAN to begin with. Teams like Dallas, Utah, the Lakers, Portland, San Antonio, Denver, Cleveland and Boston devise plans and execute them. Before any given season begins, they put their teams in the best positions to win and reserve backup plans in case anything goes awry. You certainly don’t see those organizations going into the season without a reliable backup power forward (for instance); crossing their collective fingers on bargain bin replacements mid-way through training camp.
- MOST IMPORTANTLY RICK, why in the heck would you carelessly hitch Charlotte Bobcats fans “hopes” to the whims of Captain Wanderlust himself? Larry Brown might be gone by the start of training camp for all we know. He’s famously unstable and has proven time and again that he would jump at the next best chance to win a championship (or a better paycheck). He’s the Larry King of NBA coaches and you want us to believe that Coach Brown is all that we have to cling to? That’s setting an entire fan base up for failure.
Rick, I politely disagree with you. Hope is abundant for Charlotte NBA fans. Everyday that passes is one less with Robert Johnson and that’s plenty hope enough.