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Of course, all things end a and thinking about something that threads basically from the last major sports content that we've been able to absorb the last dance.
And Michael Jordan, obviously he is now of the full owner, as he was a partial owner of the Hornets organization last four years, he has been the sole owner, and, ah, runner of the uh, Charlotte Hornets organization obviously came in when they were the Bobcats there for a stretch as well.
That being said, one of the things that come out now recently is that he started to try to take some of those themes from in the Last dance do***entary and trying to instill them into the roster as we know, the MBA comes back in with her 22 team restart here.
That's taking a couple of bumps along the road as they head toward that now, actually, July 30th moving up one day.
So getting it even a little bit closer to us than it was originally intended.
But obviously, the Hornets are not going to be one of those teams.
When you took a look at the standings, their in the Eastern Conference, the Charlotte Hornets listen.
They sat there in what would have amounted to the 10th seed.
So 23 42 obviously nothing to write home about, but in a relatively open, you know, in a relatively open Eastern Conference.
There's always an opportunity season to season to see improvement.
One of the things that I was a little bit surprised by is to go back inside these numbers as far as the record for the Hornets stands.
Did you see this year bad season 23 42? Ah, but 39 43 to your prior 36 46 36 46 gold back to 2015 16 where they had that 48 34 records.
I mean, there have been struggles, but e I can't entirely say I think that this season was a bit of a disappointment, right? You were kind of modelling around this idea.
Well, if we can, if we can move the needle four or five games, we're talking about being a 500 club.
Would you like to be better? Certainly.
But again in the Eastern Conference opportunity, there to be a 500 team and have a chance to get into the playoffs and at least just be a consistent representative.
And we saw they lost in that first round when they had that 40 and 34 records since then.
Things that change, we know that Kemba Walker is now in Boston.
They brought in Rose.
Here is a pseudo replacement.
He's thinking some lumps, but I think overall been better than maybe people anticipated when he initially went down to Charlotte.
But now, this idea of instilling some of the I'll say cutthroat nature of Michael Jordan during his career, right picking on players in practice is trying to really communicate the importance of where they're supposed today and or just It was everything you have on the practice court because I'm gonna need to know that I can rely on you when it comes time for us to go into the game situations, you know? And some of the players already have responded favorably.
I would say to these to these remarks, The question that I start to think about is eyes like Jordan at mentality.
And when you think about the landscape of the N B A today, you know LeBron jeans is kind of He's the standard now, and his standard looks a lot different.
It's not about winning at all costs mentality.
Even though he wants to win, it is very much collaborative.
The effort that he wants to make it is very much that other people could be carrying the slack from a scoring standpoint, that he can defer to other players on the court on his team, even though there are very few occasions where he's not the best player on the court.
Now, with Anthony Davis, you start to think about a real 1 to 1 based on where LeBron is right now and in his career and where a D stands so now difference that other player suddenly looks a little bit different, even the time with Kyrie Irving. That makes sense.
There were early on in LeBron's career, where he was willing to defer to ****ie Gibson.
You know, and that's and that's okay.
I'm not saying I'm not even knocking it because, you know, rising time raises all ships, right? That's the mentality I think LeBron James has now.
I also think that things have changed because you're not locked into one franchise anymore.
So if you don't like the landscape of how your team looks, if you feel maybe you could be better off somewhere else, you don't have to take this bull ironically, Chicago Bulls.
But you want to take this.
You know the monster tive approach to the way you think everyone needs to be in making sure that everyone's on board so that you know that we're going to get the best out of everyone now.
What I will say is, in response to this this mentality of bringing in that do***entary, trying to instill those same values into the team because Jordan is trying to do everything that he can in order to get this done.
The one thing that I have said you know Devante Graham says that the message has been kind of received by these players was over a zoom call addressing all the players buying Michael Jordan, where he said, That's going to make you guys get even better.
You'll bond better.
Your team is stronger.
There is more of a respect level.
Instead of not saying anything, letting guys mess up over and over and over and over again and you're losing and losing.
So you know, these messages hit home differently at different times.
When you look back at the record, we say we only won 23 games this past year in a shortened season, 23 42.
You know, you're thinking maybe you're gonna get to 30 wins.
31 went something like that would have been, Ah, drop offer then, certainly.
But you go inside this team what the expectations from going forward mentioned.
Devante Graham had 7.
5 6 per game this year.
You have a guy like uh Zeller, who's leading in rebounds with seven by The way leader and scored in scoring as well has been devante grand with those 18 points inside the roster, you wonder about a player like Terry Rozier in 63 games, 34 minutes.
Listen, he's knocking down 18 points a contest.
He's giving you four rebounds.
He's giving you four assists.
There's value there.
I don't know if the expectation was that he was going to lead this team or not.
But now the idea has to be.
If the Miles bridges, it's the Devante Grams, you know, even a player leg.
Zeller, who's been in the league for a while now, is going to have to have a level of consistency.
You think about a guy like Maliki Monk, what can he give you over the course of the next couple of seasons as well? There's something to be said for the fact that even though this was a bad team, when you look at their record, I really do think that when you look ahead to this draft and that's the other component here, they're going to have a pick there in the lottery around somewhere.
They're also gonna have a back in first round pick and they're gonna have a second round selection as well.
Can they combine any of those back and assets to maybe shuffle themselves up a little higher depending on where they landed the lottery.
Could they package something up, get up higher even in a lottery rounds, depending on what players they're looking to target? That certainly would have.
You know, an opportunity for them to specifically look at a player and say, This is a guy that we think can come in and make an impact for us.
The other thing that we want to take a look at here, too as well is where is the caps and for this team? Because then free agency could become the factor.
Now you don't know how.
Are you gonna attract players that want to come to Charlotte as opposed to one of the major markets? You think about the idea that New York Knicks, as bad as they have been, this ugly as it is, Look for them.
If there are guys that are thinking all things being equal, going to New York and a team that has the ability with their cap situation toe over, pay a free agent that they want to target, what will that look like for smaller market teams like Charlotte? You go through this roster as of 2022 23 following that season is only two contracts on the books right now for them, and that's gonna be PJ Washington.
And then you've got a Jalen McDaniels as well.
After that, though, there's only one big number.
And that's Terry Rozier.
In 2122 you obviously have the Touma's well, he's making 27 million next season, but then you'll get him off the books.
You got Cody Zeller's.
We had highlighted.
Do you want to bring him back? He's making 15 million right now, But there's gonna be a lot of opportunity to reset this roaster in a way that makes sense for you, combining with the fact that if you feel like Terry Rozier a bit of a swing and a miss there, you only have him for another couple of seasons here before.
You can again get out from underneath that contract through that sign and trade.
So you know they are wide open.
In that sense, that's the positive.
And then you think about the idea of when you look at Caleb Martin.
When you look at a Cody Martin, you talk about the Vontae grim.
He's under contract very reasonably for the next season as well.
Even when you have to, then resign some of these players, you have more than enough cap room to operate under.
So, really, what you have to look at for the Charlotte Hornets is or there a couple of key players that you may be able to attract in free agency A.
Regardless of fit or need of those kind of things.
A guy like Christian would who I think everyone became very much more aware of during his time in Detroit.
A name like that.
Everyone's gonna have him out there in the free agency period.
You know, Detroit's gonna want to try and retain him.
If you were to hit the free agent market, could the Charlotte Hornets put out a more attractive offer and more attractive situation for him? Then maybe the New York Knicks would be able to, even in that bigger market.
Now, if you could get Christian would in there and start to help your defensive side of the ball give you some offensive prowess, more Sizemore balance and he kind of starts to become just a part of this Junker core of players that you thinking to develop going forward.
I like the idea of Jordan trying to instill this now because you have all these young guys.
Maybe it's not cellar.
Maybe it's not even Terry Rozier, but theoretically is going to be there.
That's a hard contract by love.
If you wanted to.
Boy get into these guys now, right? Because they're young players that are developing together.
So if you can cultivate the an environment where the idea is in practice, even during games were communicating, it's about the execution of the play execution of the offense, defensive rotations, assignments, switching off, making sure that everything that we do is about being the best basketball team that we can.
If that's the premise that you said and if everyone buys into it, then you don't have to necessarily worry it can happen.
Another word that bruise egos because all of these young players are now developing this mentality, developing this culture of if the play was wrong, that's on me.
If I missed the past, that's on me telling me that I didn't have the assignment correct, because I want to get better and if you could develop that, especially with young players, then I think you can carry over the interesting part would be.
And for a team like this again, in a small market where you don't necessarily feel like you're going to the old attract big name free agents.
This is where you can say to, Because if you're not going to get Anthony Davis right, if you're not going to get you think about a always on a Bradley deal, right, you're not getting these trades to bring in these players for the smaller markets.
So that means you need to have a culture.
It's not this similar.
I'm uses reference a lot because I cover the Brooklyn next.
It's not too similar to what they did there prior to being able to get K D and Kyrie.
And I'm not saying that Charlotte ever necessarily gonna be able to track those bigger names like that.
But developing the culture, the buy in from the young players that buying from some of those scrapheap guys, they got tohave reclamation of their careers in Brooklyn over the last 234 seasons.
That's the approach that you need to take care.
And if you're gonna be young and scrappy and then maybe hit on a couple of really nice talents.
When you go into the draft of the lottery, then you can get yourself into that conversation of being the 8th 7 seed in the Eastern Conference.
And that's a good thing.
You know, Charlotte, the difference.
We talked about this before on some other streams.
What are the goals of the franchise? Yes, every team wants to win a championship.
But right now for Charlotte, would you want to do is say, Can we be a 41 and 41 u K 42 40 43 39? Can we find a consistency there for ourselves? Or even if it is this young talent, it isn't quite the superstar level that aren't guys that you're gonna want to give.
Supermax is, too, but you can spread that money out and elevate the floor of your team.
Now, all of a sudden, you could be a consistent playoff appearing roster, and that's an achievement for a team like that insurance.
That's an achievement for Michael Jordan as the owner, and I think they've done a lot of nice things over these last couple of seasons to start to correct themselves, the godson young talent in there.
The track record hasn't been gri, and I applaud Michael Jordan for trying to do anything you can listen at some point own who you are, right? He said in the do***entary The Last Dance on Command and Got It wasn't sure how he was gonna do you, and I think for the most part it's been praised, or at least people saying Listen, when you get the results, then you can have that mentality So now he's trying to say, Listen, let's take on this mentality in Charlotte let's have this idea is a set in our minds and let's move forward that way and whether it's great or some of these other players, if they buy into it, then all of a sudden you can see a culture shift when they become a dangerous team.
That's some players started.
Some other teams in the Eastern Conference just are gonna do wary up right.
Or maybe you're one of those upset specials that knocks out a couple of teams that are thinking they're gonna be surging into the playoffs.
We've highlighted the Washington Wizards in the Bradley Beal situation.
Number of times here on SportsCastr News where you say, boy is you're going to stay and he says he wants to be there.
Wall's gonna come back and they want to earn it. Okay, hold a sudden.
They are trying to solidify themselves as a back and play often just to start all 876 seed.
Well, maybe all of a sudden you have to worry about this very young team that's gonna come in and disrupt you and maybe beat you in a season.
Siri's maybe knock you out, going down the stretch.
When you need some of those key wins and you look and see Charlotte, you say, Okay, check off that box.
Let's know that we can get that w now all the sudden It's a more difficult team to try to get out ahead.
That being said this past season, obviously, when it stopped there, they won't be a part of the 22 team restart in Orlando.
This was a disappointment, so I would be curious to see how they try to retool a couple of little pieces.
What maybe second tier free agents could they bring in because they have the cap room and How can they continue to besides this? Because outside of that, like I said, 36 wins is anything to write home about? No, but you're only a handful of games away from being a 500 team.
And I think that that's the first step for this organization to start to be a legitimate playoff team and a legitimate playoff contender in terms of winning a Siri's right getting out of the first round.
In order to do that, you can't You can't get to the finish line before you take those first couple steps of the race, and that's where they are right now.
So this was a stumble this year.
It will be interesting to see how through the draft and free agency, they try to just re level themselves out, reassert themselves, and then they're gonna be right there in the mix.
Remember, Brooklyn is going to be a much better team next year when they're 100% healthy, so that seventh seed is going to surge up.
Where does Indiana lie in that? And then you're thinking about Orlando.
The Washington Wizards, like group of teams, is all that is still be fighting for the eighth seed and will be interesting to see if the Newark star at the New Orleans if the Charlotte Hornets can insert themselves into that conversation and make themselves a legitimate team that has to be respected going into next season.
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