Dear Charlotte Bobcats,
It is with a frustrated, angry, and heavy heart that I have to now mourn the passing of a promising franchise that was cut down before it had a chance to make an impact in the NBA. The current and senseless loss of our franchises first and sensible draft pick will go down as one of the worst trades in NBA history. I remember on June 4th, 2004 when out of the ashes of the demise of the Charlotte Hornets we selected Okafor to bring back hope and optimism to the good state and become the cornerstone of a new team. Okafor would later become the ROY and things would begin to get better for us. The next year we made solid moves at the time and drafted Raymond Felton and Sean May, two Carolina players that were supposed to further bolster home team support and comprise our core team along with Okafor and Gerald Wallace. From then on our team had to play through adversity every season in a bid to be relevant in the Eastern Conference. Having lost Sean May for the entire rookie season, we still increased our wins and while we were still a lottery team, we had a bright future with the upcoming 2006 Draft but in hindsight that is where the beginning of the end started for us. With Michael Jordan, who will live in infamy in NBA front offices as the one who signed Kwame Brown, selected Adam Morrison to upgrade our SG spot. However, he picked him over Brandon Roy, Rudy Gay, and to a lesser extent, J.J. Redick. Roy would go on to win ROY while Morrison lost his starting spot and despite this, our team still did better than the previous year. The worst season was yet to come for our team starting with the hiring of Jordan crony Sam Vincent over Stan Van Gundy, Paul Silas, Mike Fratello, and Herb Williams. Then came the draft when GM Rod Higgins selected Brandan Wright in a draft day trade for Jason Richardson who was supposed to be our go to scorer and help our team make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. Despite an incompetent coach and losing Morrison for the entire year, we did worse by a win and failed to make the playoffs. Such has been the case with our team where faced with adversity, our team continued to compete and solidify a small, but hardcore fanbase. The signing of Larry Brown as a replacement for Sam Vincent was an upgrade but with his questionable history with the Knicks, should have also served as a warning sign our franchise was moving in the wrong direction. For reasons unknown, we drafted DJ Augustin ahead of Brook Lopez, who would have finally gave us a center to compliment Okafor in the post. In addition, we picked up stick figure Anjica over player like Courtney Lee and Mario Chalmers. Despite these questionable picks, we received Boris Diaw, Raja Bell, and Sean Singletary and we had a real chance of making the playoffs. Then tragedy struck near the end of the season where a damn horse event, which could be held outside because quite frankly, they are HORSES, derailed our chances to make the playoffs. Now finally, our team has been completely killed. Our team, our franchise, and our future completely killed by an incompetent front office which saw them trade one of our best players to the owner who betrayed our city in the first place, George Shinn. I used to think through all the adversity our team had that at least we had the talent on the court to offset them if only slightly, by their willingness to compete. Okafor was one of those players. Now we downgrade significantly and will forever be relegated to cellar dweller status forever. Thanks for the memories Bobcats. You will be missed.
Your former fan,