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Jordan says off-season changes likely coming to Bobcats

Mar 21, 2013, 12:52 PM EDT

Michael Jordan AP

It goes without saying that when your team is 16-52, and that’s an improvement over the season before, changes need to be made.

Welcome to the world of Charlotte Bobcats fans.

Sitting with a group of season ticket holders in Charlotte Wednesday night, Bobcats owner Michael Jordan said everything would be re-evaluated and changes likely made this off-season, according to Rick Bonnell at the Charlotte Observer (who was not at the meeting but spoke to season ticket holders who were). (Hat tip to SLAM)

During a question-and-answer session, Jordan was asked specifically about the performance of first-year head coach Mike Dunlap… Jordan was non-committal in his assessment of Dunlap. But that’s when he made the general statement that everyone in the organization will be re-evaluated at the end of the season…

(GM Rich) Cho was asked about the perception the 2013 NBA draft won’t be particularly strong. Cho replied the 2014 draft could be very rich, and that the Detroit Pistons owing the Bobcats a future first-round pick, with little protection, could be quite valuable. The Bobcats took on next season on Gordon’s contract, at a cost of about $13 million, to acquire that pick.

The Bobcats told the season-ticket holders no decision has been made on whether a nickname change is appropriate, and are completing research, both with customers and the general public, on the issue.

The problem on the court is the Bobcats need more talent and Cho being asked about the 2013 draft and answering it with a 2014 discussion tells you what you need to know. There are not game changers in this draft. The Bobcats need players who are, and while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is good he’s a number three or four guy on a really good team.

Which is to say, you can evaluate the basketball side of the Bobcats operation, but they are in position to draft high and go after free agents, which is what they need to do. Being patient is not fun for fans, but that’s where Bobcats fans need to be right now.

  1. dacapt704 - Mar 21, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Yes we’ve had lottery picks but…who was there to draft lately that has made a difference? Unless you had #1 the last few years (Griffin, Rose, Irving, etc) its been hit or miss, mostly miss. The lottery has been far from kind for this team under the previous regime…since Cho came aboard its been getting better as far as talent gathering but the A is about stars. Without em, you’ll live in lottery land

    • michaeljordanseviltwin - Mar 21, 2013 at 2:02 PM

      Bobcats will surely get the #1 pick this year in what is being called the worst draft in history.

  2. fukpittsburgh - Mar 21, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    23-111 since the start of last season. That is absolutely disgusting.

  3. sportsnut101 - Mar 21, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Oh u think changes are coming lol. I bet if he had iverson Kmart n mcgrady they would have better record for sure. No1 is getting better on that team. Other then walker. Everyone else is ok

  4. adoombray - Mar 21, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    As a Suns fan, everyone who has ever looked at a basketball says things like, “oh they should just tank and build assets”. Take one look at the Bobcats guys. This is why it’s never okay to just tank and build assets. Some teams never get out of that mode. Sure, sometimes you get Durant and OKC, but there’s a reason everyone is blown away by Sam Presti and their exec’s keep getting hired to better positions elsewhere – it’s not easy, and OKC is what happens with pure, stupid luck ; Charlotte is what happens when you do not have that luck.

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:27 AM

      THANK…YOU!! +1

      (Although I wouldn’t say OKC was pure, stupid luck. Those guys did their homework. OK, Durant was a gimme, after POR effed up and took Oden, but Westbrook at #4 was a crazy stretch at the time, who the hell was Serge Ibaka, and same thing goes for Harden in terms of what I said of Westbrook. They picked up Collison, who isn’t spectacular by any stretch of the imagination, but has been a solid rotation guy, and in terms of the ever-changing NBA has been there for a lifetime!)

  5. coltzfan166 - Mar 21, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    They have 16 wins Kurt!

    The only reason Mike Dunlap was hired was because no one else wanted the job, but now that the team has sort of improved, they can try to find someone who has more experience than head coach of a division 2 school.

  6. howmanyringsyourteamgot - Mar 21, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    The name change should be a no-brainer. Charlotte Hornets just rolls off the tongue and would at least bring back memories of when Charlotte actually had a competitive team. Guarantee their merchandise sales would increase and any additional revenue for that franchise would be sweet music to MJ’s ears. Dunlap seems as questionable a hire as when Jordan brought in Leonard Hamilton in Washington, Nate McMillan is still out there….

  7. michaeljordanseviltwin - Mar 21, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Two words: Charlotte Hornets

  8. money2long - Mar 21, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    change number one
    “give me a jersey”

  9. lakerluver - Mar 21, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Please…MJ wouldn’t last 3 games without going on the I.R. list. Did you see him in D.C.?! That was a decade ago, sir.

    • Distinguished Male - Mar 21, 2013 at 3:52 PM

      In DC when he dropped 50 as a 40 year old? Sure, I saw that. In DC, when his last year he averaged 20 pts, 4 asts, 6 rbs, 1.5 stls per 36 minutes? Sure, I saw that.

      It’s ridiculous to think that he would do anything near that right now, but methinks you don’t really remember the Jordan in DC. Dude could still ball. Sure, he couldn’t fly around the court like he used to, but he made up for that in craftiness and smarts. You couldn’t defend his fadeaway.

  10. trbowman - Mar 21, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Change the name. Bobcats is the name of a minor league team. Actually, kind of fitting considering that’s where most of the players on that team belong.

    Really, this team should just be contracted. It’s an embarrassment to the league.

  11. progress2011 - Mar 21, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    CHANGES ….I got a couple suggestions.

    1. Fire himself from any current or future basketball operations.
    2. Sell the team IMMEDIATELY to a prospective owner with the ability to have foresight and good recruiting ability to assemble a moderately respectful team.

    GREAT player….but still has ZERO clue what he is doing from an ownership perspective. Hopefully he is not gambling again, placing bets against the team he owns.

  12. klownboy - Mar 21, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    michaeljordanseviltwin nailed it: bring the Hornets name back to Charlotte. More fans will follow.

  13. eugenesaxe - Mar 21, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Time to cut payroll and start rebuilding.

  14. mybasses - Mar 21, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Jordan just had to say something because he hate all the attention the Heat are getting!!! He waned his name out there!!!

  15. glink123 - Mar 21, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    Andrew Bynum is available. lol.

  16. brad9000 - Mar 21, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    As a Charlotte fan, if I hear the word patient one more time I’m going to go crazy on somebody. I don’t need to see a team competing for a title by next year, but if they’re not competing for a .500 record they should give the team to Seattle. I’m sick of them being the worst team in the league. It’s just embarrassing.

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