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#1 GeraldWallaceMVP Posted 29 June 2019 - 11:14 PM

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No matter what side of the Kemba argument you have fallen on over the past two years you are probably entering this Sunday feeling upset and extremely frustrated with the continued ineptitude shown by the Hornets front office since the team's return to Charlotte. Years of frustrating let downs after seemingly talented rosters stagnated with little success. Followed by draft picks that although never completely blow up in the franchises face were never enough to move the team out of an endless cycle of mediocrity. Through this, there has been one shining light, one pillar of hope surrounding the team and his name was Kemba Walker.  The hope had always been that in Kemba Walker the Charlotte Hornets at least had one component of a winning team, they just had to find the second piece to the puzzle.  
 
Today it's very easy and well deserved to unload nearly two decades of pent up frustration at Michael Jordan, Mitch Kupchak, Rich Cho or Steve Clifford.  It never had to get to this point, it shouldn't have gotten to this point and any team with a clear sense of direction would have never let it get to this point. But with anger flying in every direction at the front office, I'm here to tell you that the Charlotte Hornets are not completely lost.
 
Flashbacks of the Bobcat's infamous seven-win season are still fresh in the minds of Hornets fans, the image of a young Bismack Biyombo air balling free throws whilst the Bobcats are down twenty-six to the Bulls in the second quarter haven't faded. This current Hornets team is nothing like that seven-win team however and Hornets fans should be optimistic about the future of this young core.  We may have lost Kemba but we still have the Avengers. 
 
The most obvious is the hot start the Hornets finished the season on. After several devastating losses, the Hornet's looked to be out of the playoffs. That was when Borrego and Mitch finally pulled the plug and allowed the young players to play major minutes against predominantly playoff caliber teams. Most fans began to tune out the Hornets season and prepare for the Kemba's free agency and the draft. However something remarkable happened, the Hornets began to win. Dwayne Bacon and Miles Bridges took the two biggest leaps of the Hornets "Avengers."  Dwayne jumped from a player barely averaging four a night,  to thirteen points on efficient shooting numbers.  Miles Bridges took a scoring leap also, however, the biggest change was in his overall game with his assists, rebounds, steals, and shooting percentage all taking significant leaps.  Devante' Graham became a ten and five player even whilst playing next to an All NBA point guard in Kemba Walker
 
All these pieces still remain and the chemistry shown by this trio doesn't erase without Kemba Walker. If you tune into Dwayne or Mile's Instagram you'd be hard pressed to find the duo not together. Since the season ended the two have been inseparable spending hours upon hours in the gym together.  These two believe in each other and Hornet's fans should too. 
 
The wild card in all of this is Malik Monk, when the Hornets drafted Monk with the eleventh pick two years ago many expected Malik Monk to be the savior of this franchise. Radio stations, blogs, and Hornet's fans had proclaimed him as the second fiddle to Kemba we had always been waiting for before he had even taken a step on the court for the Hornets. A foot injury would cause Malik Monk to lose his first offseason and since then Monk has shown flashes of greatness, inconsistency and been prone to making costly mistakes. Much of the Hornet's fanbase has given up on Monk who just turned twenty-one. However, players with Monk's skill set and play style, in particular, have often been tough to judge and it's hard to tell if you have Nick Young or the next Lou Williams and giving up on Monk too early could lead to him popping elsewhere. 
 
Now with Kemba and Jeremy gone, the Hornets will have the time and room to work with a player like Monk. Although it's easy to write Malik off from the outside, anyone who has seen Monk at his best would be foolish to be ready to move on. His per thirty-six-minute stats are very enchanting the basketball eye and his numbers jumped up across the board from last season. With an investment into allowing Malik to work through his mistakes the Hornets still may be able to key into the talent that still oozes out of Monk. 
 
The Hornets also have the perfect head coach in James Borrego, Borrego was able to get the Hornets to a slightly improved record last season with a roster largely constructed of players he didn't choose. The majority of the roster saw somewhat of a leap in production and Borrego was able to keep the team from having locker room turmoil. However, with the upcoming season, James Borrego is in his element. Borrego has been praised around the league for his ability to develop players and has himself been involved in the development of many star players over the past decade. The Hornet's fans can expect to be in safe hands when it comes to the development of players under Borrego. 
 
With the additions of P.J Washington and Cody Martin the Hornets will be adding two unknowns to the pool of young talent already sitting in Charlotte. Washington, in particular, will fit seamlessly next to Miles Bridges as the wings of the future. Although many have compared their similar body frames and tweener status, the facts are that the two have completely different games that will compliment each other. 
 
With major contracts in Cody Zeller, Marvin Williams, Nic Batum, Bismack Biyombo and Michael Kidd Gilchrist all coming off the books in the next two years the Hornets will be able to hit the complete reset button on something that has not been able to work outside of Kemba. There isn't a better time for the Hornets to do this, next years draft is incredibly deep and full of point guard talent to fill the gigantic hole left by Kemba Walker's departure. On a team that is already one of the youngest in the NBA and will at that time be one of the cheapest. In addition, the upcoming 2022 draft is already being called one of the greatest draft classes of all time, as two classes will converge into one stacked draft class once the NBA's age limit is lowered an entirely new class will be allowed to enter the draft allowing the Hornets two chances at a number one level player.
 
 Although today will always be remembered as a dark day in Charlotte Hornet's history, the future is not bleak in the Queen City. 

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#2 GeraldWallaceMVP Posted 29 June 2019 - 11:18 PM

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Kind've a rookie to NBA writing outside of some private stuff I did.  I tried to stay as objective as possible to both sides of the Kemba coin. Whilst also presenting my opinion on the future of the team. If this is something you guys liked I'd love to do some more. 


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#3 Icky Thump Posted 29 June 2019 - 11:20 PM

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#4 GeraldWallaceMVP Posted 29 June 2019 - 11:26 PM

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#5 Potato Posted 29 June 2019 - 11:29 PM

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My fear is they’ve already alienated the kids by how terrible they managed this.

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#6 Proudiddy Posted 29 June 2019 - 11:59 PM

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Anyone else remember Paul George speaking out against MJ during CBA negotiations several years back, and how he stated he would never play for him after that?

Now look at what's happened with Kemba... there is absolutely no way we EVER land any big time FAs under MJ. What an asshole.
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#7 Buzzau Posted 30 June 2019 - 12:24 AM

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Great post. I'm glad someone else feels like this.

I love Kemba and I'm upset he's leaving but I'm also excited to see what the Avengers can do.
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#8 Adam42R Posted 30 June 2019 - 12:58 AM

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Sorry homie but the sky is in your dorm room.  We had the Avengers when we had just one super hero.  We're now down to Black Widow, Hawkeye, the doctor that got shot helping out Vision and the CIA dude who's pretty good as a pilot and comic relief.  As for our most excellent coach, I am not sure how you can say that with confidence.  His most notable skill might end up being that he was hirable for 2.5m per.  I don't think we got the pick of the coaching litter in 2019 if you look at every other coach that was hired in the Eastern Conference concurrent with our search. 


Here comes McRoberts, the throw to Walker, it's in the aaaaaiiiiirrrr, YESSSSS! Bobcats win it! My my my, Kemba Walker. Steve Martin - Toronto 12/18/2013
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#9 HokieHornet Posted 30 June 2019 - 01:02 AM

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Sorry homie but the sky is in your dorm room. We had the Avengers when we had just one super hero. We're now down to Black Widow, Hawkeye, the doctor that got shot helping out Vision and the CIA dude who's pretty good as a pilot and comic relief. As for our most excellent coach, I am not sure how you can say that with confidence. His most notable skill might end up being that he was hirable for 2.5m per. I don't think we got the pick of the coaching litter in 2019 if you look at every other coach that was hired in the Eastern Conference concurrent with our search.


The Kemba situation paints that in a new light. For whatever reason, was Mitch told not to spend over X? That why the other guys they talked to moved on so fast? Something to think about, and then move off of so I stop Hornets-spiraling.
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#10 Mustachio Posted 30 June 2019 - 01:04 AM

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The future isnt bleak in Charlotte it's non existent now.

- No one will want to play here. Free agency is over as long as Jordan is here. The word is 100% officially out, we don't take care of players.
- If draft picks play well here they won't be paid.
- We are not a real NBA franchise.
- It's fucking over.
- LeBron's the GOAT, Fuck Jordan.
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#11 cltblkhscoach Posted 30 June 2019 - 01:06 AM

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I appreciate the pro tank crowd trying to rationalize this, but us longtime Hornets fans need some time before trying to put the pieces of our fandom back together.

I just do want to say that under the new lottery odds, a Top 3 pick isnt a slam dunk and it probably wont happen anyways because who are we? The Hornets thats who.

Hallelujah, holy shit. Where's the Tyenol?

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#12 HokieHornet Posted 30 June 2019 - 01:08 AM

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I was about to say wait a minute on the last one, but then I was thinking about how LeBron has essentially GM'd his teams while also still playing. And the teams win (last year not withstanding, but it may have been a set up for this year, which again is lightyears ahead of any plans the Hornets FO has had.

Maybe that does make him the GOAT? Shrug.
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#13 Adam42R Posted 30 June 2019 - 01:10 AM

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The Kemba situation paints that in a new light. For whatever reason, was Mitch told not to spend over X? That why the other guys they talked to moved on so fast? Something to think about, and then move off of so I stop Hornets-spiraling.

 

It was rumored even then that we were ok in paying the HC competitive (at starting salary rate for first time coaches … see: Dunlap, Clifford, Borrego - notice a trend ;)) rate however, we were notorious for short changing their support staffs.  I don't know if we ever heard the back end of that one to see if we came up to be competitive with the ORL, PHX, etc... of the NBA.  So my best guess is that we lost many due to a combination of reputation and the limited scaffolding provided.  And as Stashe just pointed out, it ain't like we did ourselves any service just now with this shitshow.


Here comes McRoberts, the throw to Walker, it's in the aaaaaiiiiirrrr, YESSSSS! Bobcats win it! My my my, Kemba Walker. Steve Martin - Toronto 12/18/2013
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#14 Chef Posted 30 June 2019 - 06:34 AM

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I am out of likes in a time were positivity needs sprinkled like a unicorn does Skittles.

Adam, mustachio, coach, homie, proud and potato all get likes of agreement.

Geraldwallace gets a good post like.

Holding out hope that Mike sells.

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#15 justin credible Posted 30 June 2019 - 11:06 AM

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I want what's best for the organization to improve. We were going nowhere with Kemba. Yes the front office have presented themselves as a joke which is what really concerns me. But if they did overpay Kemba it would have shown they didn't learn any lessons from batum and marvin.lets just see how it all plays out
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#16 Adam42R Posted 30 June 2019 - 11:12 AM

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I want what's best for the organization to improve. We were going nowhere with Kemba. Yes the front office have presented themselves as a joke which is what really concerns me. But if they did overpay Kemba it would have shown they didn't learn any lessons from batum and marvin.lets just see how it all plays out


Literally no NBA mind agrees with this take.
Here comes McRoberts, the throw to Walker, it's in the aaaaaiiiiirrrr, YESSSSS! Bobcats win it! My my my, Kemba Walker. Steve Martin - Toronto 12/18/2013
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#17 justin credible Posted 30 June 2019 - 11:21 AM

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Literally no NBA mind agrees with this take.

Which part do you disagree with or was it everything I said?
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#18 Adam42R Posted 30 June 2019 - 11:23 AM

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Which part do you disagree with or was it everything I said?

Sorry, that was an overkill response. It was to the second to last line. It's broadly accepted that trading him at any point was doable, even into year five. Just don't buy that part at all (about lessons learned).

Let me restate the sorry part. I do apologize. That was harsh and overkill. The thread itself has me frustrated.
Here comes McRoberts, the throw to Walker, it's in the aaaaaiiiiirrrr, YESSSSS! Bobcats win it! My my my, Kemba Walker. Steve Martin - Toronto 12/18/2013
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#19 millst2 Posted 30 June 2019 - 12:32 PM

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I didnt see this as overpaying kemba, the guy busted his ass and gave his all to this franchise even while other players would come in get digruntled and ride the contract out until they were traded.

 

I think what others here are stating is that it makes the front office and the organization as a whole look bad as they show they do not value all-stars and will not want to pay the players what they are worth.  At the same time paying a ton of money to medicore players and kneecapping any growth.

I have stated already I do not mind the going the whole youth route, the question is will the front office today or tomorrow or next year, sign another crappy player to an albatross contract and screw this up again.


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#20 justin credible Posted 30 June 2019 - 12:44 PM

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I didnt see this as overpaying kemba, the guy busted his ass and gave his all to this franchise even while other players would come in get digruntled and ride the contract out until they were traded.

I think what others here are stating is that it makes the front office and the organization as a whole look bad as they show they do not value all-stars and will not want to pay the players what they are worth. At the same time paying a ton of money to medicore players and kneecapping any growth.

I have stated already I do not mind the going the whole youth route, the question is will the front office today or tomorrow or next year, sign another crappy player to an albatross contract and screw this up again.

I thought the contract was fair. About 30 million or so a year.they offered 32. You're right he deserved it. But I didnt want to go any higher than that because we eventually were going to have to put more talent around him
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