Chubs, the problem is you have to have a star. No way around it, you either get lucky in the draft or you're a big enough market to get one via FA or trade. You have to have a centerpiece to build around and that's a superstar. At least a damn good player, as a small market you can't even get one of those with out it being via the draft. Big Al isn't a superstar or a damn good player either. He's a borderline 50% shooting center, that's a tad undersized and can't play a lick of defense.
The Bobcats/Hornets broke a plan that Cho put into place "This is MJ were talking about afterall" To appease Hornets fans to show that they were trying, do you know what it really said to NBA fans that understand what it takes for a small market team to succeed? When MJ signed Big Al, he was saying I still can't stop myself from making stupid decisions and ruining my club evening after all these years of doing so and giving Cho a contract to tank this team until it hit the draft lotto.
If this team doesn't have a top 5 pick because of some logo change, then signing Jefferson and changing the name will go down as the two the dumbest moves MJ has ever made as an NBA executive. Unfortunately, that's just how much that top 5 pick and hitting on it mean for this team's long term success.
Doesn't matter that they tried it under different management or blew the team up a few years ago to get bad quickly, doesn't matter that they've blown previous picks. None of that factors into the fact that for a small market NBA team to be successful they have to hit in the draft. This team has so little talent it needs to have those 3 picks this draft or it will literally be set back 5-6 seasons and you'll see a borderline 1st year Hornets team then crapola for 4-5 years.
Want a winning team??? Want a consistent winning team? Want to be successful? "and no getting the 8th seed in a crappy east conference and being swept isn't successful" Want all of that as a small market team? Win in the draft. Win in the lotto.
Sucks, but that's just the way the NBA is set up now. Conspiracy theory or not, it has to happen or the team has to draft well. Otherwise you're team sucks.