Thursday , Sep , 11 , 2008 Oly Sandor

Michael Jordan won’t feel ‘The Urge’, Charlotte Bobcats will improve in 2008-09

Unfortunately, this isn’t Washington. Mike knew short-term solutions wouldn’t have fixed the Bobcats’ miserable record or created long-term interest in Charlotte. So he’ll obviously stay retired in the executive suite. Still, here’s why the Bobcats will improve next season …

Michael Jordan won't feel 'The Urge', Charlotte Bobcats will improve in 2008-09Last season, he must have felt ‘The Urge’ to return. After all, watching Charlotte struggle on-and-off must have been difficult.

And satisfying ‘The Urge’ would’ve been easy. He’d make room on the active roster by releasing a washed-up ‘vet’, annex #23 from Jason Richardson, and tell then coach/puppet Sam Vincent to give him 30 minutes of run and 15 shots minimum.

Done.

Unfortunately, this isn’t Washington. Mike knew short-term solutions wouldn’t have fixed the Bobcats’ miserable record or created long-term interest in Charlotte.

So he’ll obviously stay retired in the executive suite. Still, here’s why the Bobcats will improve next season:

1) Patience is a virtue. Charlotte resisted the urge to trade young assets and start over. These players will progress in 2008-09 because 

2) … Larry Brown is ready to teach. Forget his nomadic, looking for the next gig tendencies. Brown can coach, especially young players in need of guidance. He’ll push everyone –including management and ownership.

3) Rick Bonnell, with the Charlotte Observer, reported that most players are participating in voluntary workouts, which means the Bobcats are no longer fat cats. At times, some players last year looked too comfortable with their contract. This won’t be an issue in 2008-09.

4) No more controversy about Emeka Okafor’s extension. The stopper is back with a 6-year, 72 million dollar contract in hand. Look for Okafor to average 15 points and 11 rebounds next season.

If these things fall into place, Jordan won’t feel ‘The Urge’. And, after years of disappointment, Charlotte could finally push for a playoff spot.

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