Originally written on Trade Street Post  |  Last updated 11/12/14


"I know it isn't fun, but we're rebuilding.  It will get better I promise."

Running a blog site is never an easy thing.  Sometimes you step on a few toes.  Sometimes you can hurt feelings.  Other times you can stir up all sorts of emotions.  After a showing like last night against the Wizards, I think fans may need to just take a step back, take a deep breath, and start looking for some answers.  Those answers are often in blog sites such as this.  I'm not going to paint the prettiest of pictures, but I am going to try and explain to the casual fan what is happening.  Though Bobcats basketball isn't the prettiest picture in the world to be looking at right now, it IS the perfect time to watch for the specifics of the game instead of looking for whether we got a W or an L.  Is it fun, flashy, or easy to stomach?  I'm not going to lie...NO!  All that can be said is that coach Silas is doing what you're supposed to do with a rebuilding team.  You try different lineups, you test players on the court, you develop rookies, and you try to paint the brightest picture possible.  I'm not going to mention the score from last night.  I can tell you that we lost, we lost by high double digits (not by 20), and we did try to come back.  Take the jump for a few more details. 

OK guys, a recap for a loss against the worst team in the NBA (that's right, I refuse to say we are the worst) can't be all peaches and cream...but I'm going to serve it up all the same.  We played last night without our starting PG or our starting SG.  Can you see instantly a problem there?  I have faith that Kemba will eventually be able to lead this team.  Right now though, when he's on the court with a bunch of backups, it is easy to get confused and think he's just not very good.  That has often been the struggle of a Charlotte Bobcats point guard.  When you are not on a team full of players that can easily make jumpers from anywhere, assists become something that is very hard to come by.  When your frontcourt is not a threat in the paint, a zone defense will shut pretty much any team down.  The combination for failure is when you can't hit open jumpers and you can't score in the paint.  Without Gerald Henderson, DJ Augustin, Corey Maggette, or Reggie Williams on the floor, there is no real need to cover jump shots.  Challenge Kemba, Carroll, Higgins, Biyombo, Brown and Thomas to score.  When they can't bad things will happen.  That's pretty much what happened last night.  They were on the second half of a back-to-back, and no shots would fall.  At the half, our Bobcats had only mustered 28 points.  You can't win games when you only score 28 in a half, unless you're defense has completely shut down the other team.  Yeah, we didn't do that either.

Paul Silas is running with what he has.  It isn't much and it isn't pretty.  He has a team full of guys that are hungry to be in the NBA, but they have very little experience.  They were on the floor last night with no veteran leadership, and with no "true" scoring option.  Silas is doing what he has to this season.  The rookies are getting playing time and experience.  It would be better if we were getting them that experience and the games were a bit closer, but wins and losses are measured by count, not score, so take this season with a grain of salt.  I believe that the playing time that they are getting is time that will humble them and make them fight harder than if they were in at garbage time at the end of games where we are blowing out another team.  This is time on the floor where they have to play with a humbled heart and mind.  It is truly discouraging to be on the court when your team is down by 20+ points and you're expected to play at your best.  Players may say that they are professionals and they are just doing their job, but they are human.  If I were on the court, it would be hard for me to not just throw my hands up and wait for time to expire.  These guys aren't doing that.  Biyombo is fighting hard to show he belongs in the NBA.  Tyrus is trying desperately to get himself mentally and physically back into the NBA game speed and style (13 points with 9 rebound and 9 blocks last night peaks my interest on if he's rounding a corner).  The guys are doing what they can and Silas is working with what he has.  It is a rebuilding team folks.  Pure and simple, we aren't going to win many.  All you can do is watch the development of the rookies, and watch everyone else to see if they are worth keeping for the future.  Keep in mind, we've played most of the season so far without our starting SF or PF.  We also haven't had Reggie Williams who will be an instant scoring threat that will spread the floor with his jumpers, and collapse the paint when he drives.  Teams coached by Silas are slow starters but strong finishers, so with folks getting healthy, chemistry building, and rookies gaining experience, things are going to get better.  It may not result in wins, but it will at least be better quality basketball. 

Here's our numbers from last night (Thank you Yahoo! for the Box Stats):

Charlotte

Team Statistics: Starters for Charlotte Bobcats

Starters

Pos

Min

FG

3Pt

FT

+/-

Off

Reb

Ast

TO

Stl

BS

BA

PF

Pts

K. Walker(notes)

G

37:55

4-19

0-4

0-0

-17

0

6

4

3

1

0

4

0

8

M. Carroll(notes)

G

34:31

7-10

0-1

3-3

-17

0

3

1

3

1

0

1

2

17

B. Mullens(notes)

C

17:59

1-6

0-0

3-4

-15

0

0

1

1

1

0

1

3

5

T. Thomas(notes)

F

32:43

5-9

0-0

3-4

-9

2

9

1

2

4

9

0

2

13

D. Brown(notes)

F

29:18

3-7

0-0

4-6

-15

3

6

0

3

1

0

1

0

10

Team Statistics: Bench for Charlotte Bobcats

Bench

Min

FG

3Pt

FT

+/-

Off

Reb

Ast

TO

Stl

BS

BA

PF

Pts

Totals

28-78

1-9

18-25


13

38

13

19

12

13

13

12

75

Percentages

.359

.111

.720


Team Rebounds: 9

B. Biyombo(notes)

23:32

0-2

0-0

1-2

0

4

7

0

1

0

4

1

1

1

C. Higgins(notes)

20:44

4-10

1-2

4-6

0

0

0

3

4

0

0

3

1

13

B. Diaw(notes)

20:41

2-8

0-2

0-0

-12

3

5

2

1

1

0

0

0

4

D. Diop(notes)

11:04

1-3

0-0

0-0

+8

1

1

1

0

3

0

1

0

2

D. White(notes)

9:18

1-4

0-0

0-0

-7

0

1

0

1

0

0

1

1

2

E. Najera(notes)

2:15

0-0

0-0

0-0

-1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0



I'm giving the gamebreaker award to Tyrus Thomas.  Maybe he's turning the corner and he's going to start showing the talent we all know he has.  I know I was hoping he'd grab one more rebound and one more block last night.  With 13 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 blocks, I believe he was hustling last night.  Players have to step up, and it would appear he may be trying to do just that.

Gerald Henderson was granted an extension yesterday, so you know he will be around next season.  DJ Augustin and DJ White were not given extensions.  There is a lot that is up in the air with this team right now.  We know that the following players will be here at least for the next season:
Kemba Walker
Gerald Henderson
Tyrus Thomas
Bismack Biyombo
DeSagana Diop
Matt Carroll
Byron Mullens
Corey Maggette
Reggie Williams

They are all contractually bound to us and unless something crazy happens, they'll be suiting up for us next season (I'm pretty sure they are all bound to us for at least 1 more season).

As for the rest of the guys:
C. Higgins
Eddie Najera
Boris Diaw
DJ White
DJ Augustin
Derrick Brown

Well, it all depends on what happens from now until the end of the season as to where these guys land.  A trade could happen tomorrow, sending expiring contracts to other teams for more youth, or for draft picks.  A trade could bring in a veteran presence to teach the youth that is here.  We might even be eyeing a free agent that we will absolutely spend to have here next year.  Only MJ and Cho know for sure what the plan is, and games like these decide who will stay and who will go.  The franchise needs us to be with them for now.  Don't plan on a rebuild to take a short season.  Bad contracts have to go away, free agents and top draft picks have to be signed.  We have only begun my friends.  We have picked up 2 first round players that are showing promise.  They could become stars or they could become bench players.  Time will decide that.  It is almost a lock that we'll have a top pick in the upcoming draft.  Is there a superstar in that draft class?  A star?  Perhaps.  Again, time will tell.  Even if we get that superstar, or star in the draft, the team will still be one that is being rebuilt.  Youth have to learn, team chemistry has to form.  Some of these nights, like last night and Tuesday night, the players aren't even talking to each other on the floor.  That shows the lack of chemistry.  They need that chemistry and closeness to succeed.  They comfort each other in their losses, and bask in their victories.  Players, if you're reading, we're behind you, but you guys need to show that you care about each other and comfort each other with losses and victories.  On the fan side of things, it doesn't look like you guys aren't showing emotion or heart.  You may very well be showing it, but for the fans, it doesn't appear so.  Try to change that.  Fans, we got to show the players, the team, & the franchise that we are bought in on this rebuild.  We have to unify and show that we are here for the long haul.  We will be here to support the team during the dark times and the light.  We have to embrace the Bobcats and not talk about Charlotte teams of the past (Bringing a name back doesn't bring back the star players of old.  It just brings in more team confusion...and teal and purple).  We are the Bobcats and we are rebuilding.  I'd rather see a couple years that hurt, to get to a long run of perennial playoff/championship contenders, than to see never-ending mediocrity.  Stand firm Bobcats brethren.  Ourdaywillcome.

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