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Oh, and the argument that Paul wasn't rated as better than Felton prior to the draft is and that they were so close is only valid through baby blue tinted glasses. The reason they didn't make the trade is that they were more interested in selling some extra tickets by picking the two UNC guys. Same reason that Morrison was selected.

No offense, but that's just the conspiracy nonsense the ABC'ers have been spewing. While I agree they should have made the trade to move up and take CP3, I think it had more to do with poor talent evaluation than desire to stack the lineup with Carolina guys.

Since the team decided to keep both the 5th and 13th pick that year and considering the team's needs at the time, Felton and May were probably the best options available. It was just a coincidence they both went to Carolina. The team was desperate for a PG, and once CP3 and Williams were off the board, Felton was the consensus next best PG...by a wide margin.

As for May, the only other legitimate option was Danny Granger, but he had a knee issue that many around the league thought might be chronic and was taken off several team boards because of it. Of course the irony is that May is the one who has had knee problems, while Granger has been relatively healthy. Of course, some were crying for Gerald Greene as well, but most in-depth scouting of him showed that he lacked a lot of the skills necessary to become the dominant player he was touted to be. Basically, he was just an athlete, not a lottery pick.

So, based on who was available at each pick, the team took the best player available that also fit a need. Unfortunately (because along with bringing in UNC fans, they alienated the ABC'ers), they happened to both come from such a polarizing school as UNC. But the real mistake was in not trading those picks. And most analysts felt CP3 was a much better prospect than Felton. But for whatever reason, BB was more interested in quantity than quality. While it's nice to fill in some holes, if you have the chance to get a likely superstar, you simply have to make that move rather than the guys who are expected to just be solid (which is all Felton and May were expected to be).

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This is all kinda dumb cause we werent gonna trade up cause they were happy with either of the players and even if we did we probably would've still taken Meka. Bernie was all about Meka that year and we seem to choose college players who were popular with fans that year.

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I can understand why the Bobcats stoop pat at 5 and 13

I can too...because they they were able to get Carolina players at those spots. You can argue the Carolina issue when it comes to the Bobcats, but that season they were CLEARLY trying to pull in the UNC fanbase. When that didn't work, they brought in Jordan.

That's what happens when you worry too much about trying to win over the locals. A good team always does better than pandering.

Terrible ownership and terrible management equals a terrible team.

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I can too...because they they were able to get Carolina players at those spots. You can argue the Carolina issue when it comes to the Bobcats, but that season they were CLEARLY trying to pull in the UNC fanbase. When that didn't work, they brought in Jordan.

That's what happens when you worry too much about trying to win over the locals. A good team always does better than pandering.

Terrible ownership and terrible management equals a terrible team.

What was so clear about trying to pull the Carolina fanbase? The team never stated that was their intent, in fact, they said just the opposite. So other than taking two former Tarheels who happened to be the BPA for positions of need, I don't know of one thing that made it obvious they were trying to pull in the UNC fanbase. Do you?

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What was so clear about trying to pull the Carolina fanbase? The team never stated that was their intent, in fact, they said just the opposite. So other than taking two former Tarheels who happened to be the BPA for positions of need, I don't know of one thing that made it obvious they were trying to pull in the UNC fanbase. Do you?

The ties with the Bobcats and the Heels run deep. Dont get me wrong, I am still a Bobcats fan(which is hard being a Duke fan as well) but lets not close our eyes and say there is no effort here to bring Chapel Hill to Charlotte.

Bobcats' Carolina ties

Sean May

Raymond Felton

Larry Brown

Dave Hanners

Phil Ford

Michael Jordan

Buzz Peterson

Now obviously, this includes front office and coaching staff, but my point is you can not argue that the Bobcats are not trying to "keep it in the family". This list does not include David Noel and I believe Shammond Williams, who were on summer league rosters at one point or another. It also doesnt include drafting Wright. Hell, if anyone could locate Joe Forte, he could at least get a summer league spot I bet.

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The ties with the Bobcats and the Heels run deep. Dont get me wrong, I am still a Bobcats fan(which is hard being a Duke fan as well) but lets not close our eyes and say there is no effort here to bring Chapel Hill to Charlotte.

Bobcats' Carolina ties

Sean May

Raymond Felton

Larry Brown

Dave Hanners

Phil Ford

Michael Jordan

Buzz Peterson

Now obviously, this includes front office and coaching staff, but my point is you can not argue that the Bobcats are not trying to "keep it in the family". This list does not include David Noel and I believe Shammond Williams, who were on summer league rosters at one point or another. It also doesnt include drafting Wright. Hell, if anyone could locate Joe Forte, he could at least get a summer league spot I bet.

Don't forget that for a large part of last season that Jeff freaking McInnis was getting significant minutes at point guard.

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How many Dookies have the Bobs went after?

I seem to remember Chris Duhon being on the FA market this past offseason and management having absolutely no interest in him. Now NY has his 8.5 assists per game. All the while, the Bobs could have dumped Felton for David Lee this past offseason and dumped May for a first round pick.

They didn't pull the trigger on either trade that would have gotten rid of a tarheel and admittedly seemed to favor the Bobcats, but are more than willing to dump their best scorer for a bunch of scrubs, and maybe even GForce for whatever they can find.

Don't forget drafting Brandon Wright either. The team waited hours to announce the trade for JRich. I am not so certain that the deal was done when the Bobs took Wright.

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I can too...because they they were able to get Carolina players at those spots. You can argue the Carolina issue when it comes to the Bobcats, but that season they were CLEARLY trying to pull in the UNC fanbase. When that didn't work, they brought in Jordan.

That's what happens when you worry too much about trying to win over the locals. A good team always does better than pandering.

Terrible ownership and terrible management equals a terrible team.

I agree here. I dont think it was the players that made this team horrible. They were doomed from the start when a raciest owner moved into town and forced us to buy him an arena. I hope he looses every bit of the $350 million...

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I agree here. I dont think it was the players that made this team horrible. They were doomed from the start when a raciest owner moved into town and forced us to buy him an arena. I hope he looses every bit of the $350 million...

That "racist" owner was selected by the 30 other NBA owners and he didnt force Charlotte to do anything. There's only a small minority of people who will still argue that Time Warner Cable Arena is a mistake after all the money its brought to this city the past couple of years.

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The ties with the Bobcats and the Heels run deep. Dont get me wrong, I am still a Bobcats fan(which is hard being a Duke fan as well) but lets not close our eyes and say there is no effort here to bring Chapel Hill to Charlotte.

Bobcats' Carolina ties

Sean May

Raymond Felton

Larry Brown

Dave Hanners

Phil Ford

Michael Jordan

Buzz Peterson

Now obviously, this includes front office and coaching staff, but my point is you can not argue that the Bobcats are not trying to "keep it in the family". This list does not include David Noel and I believe Shammond Williams, who were on summer league rosters at one point or another. It also doesnt include drafting Wright. Hell, if anyone could locate Joe Forte, he could at least get a summer league spot I bet.

I was responding to Solorca's point that in the 2005 draft (when we took RF and SM) the Bobcats were "clearly" trying to pull the UNC fanbase. With the exception of the two picks I mentioned, none of the people you brought up were affiliated with the Bobcats at that time. Basically, I think it is a figment of the ABC'ers imagination, but am willing to listen if someone has anything concrete other than hate for Carolina.

With that said, you are absolutely right that the Bobcats have since turned into the pro version of Tarheel basketball. It's probably not a good thing for a team struggling for fan support to bring in so many people affiliated with a school as polarizing as UNC. However, I do believe it probably has more to do with familiarity and comfort than placating any one segment of the fanbase (hence the Vincent and Higgins hiring's). Nevertheless, it still alienates some fans of other schools that have heated rivalries with Carolina. It also means that Jordan is probably not bringing in the most qualified people or enough strong basketball minds that are not afraid to confront and disagree with him...too many yes men, IMO.

I just hope that as he gets more experience, he will not rely on so many familiar faces, and focus on bringing in the right people instead. I'm not sure that will happen, though, so I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

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