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December 28, 2008

Morrison struggles to find time

Adam Morrison's recent circumstances – the guy has not played in three of the past five games and totaled 12 minutes in the other two – had me flipping through an NBA draft guide.

I wondered the last time a top-3 pick was this irrelevant.

The Bobcats chose Morrison third overall in the 2006 draft. Keep in mind that was destined to be a weak draft because it was the first one where U.S. high-school seniors were barred from turning pro. Also keep in mind that Morrison missed his entire second season, due to a knee injury.

On the other hand, the Bobcats passed over Brandon Roy and Rudy Gay to select Morrison.

Oops.

Morrison is a non-factor on this team, and that has nothing to do with missing last season. Coach Larry Brown has played Matt Carroll ahead of Morrison of late, and while Carroll doesn't play much (or particularly well), he offers a slightly wider skill spectrum than Morrison.

More than one person who's worked with Larry Brown cautioned me Morrison wouldn't work out here. Adam simply can't cover the court Brown expects of his wings defensively, and he's not dynamic enough offensively to force Brown to overlook his liabilities.

I was shocked when the Bobcats exercised the option on Morrison, at a cost of $5.2 million guaranteed. There was a technical incentive for doing that – under the collective bargaining agreement, it would have been problematic to trade Morrison without adding next season to his rookie-scale deal – but it still looks bizarre to add to the Bobcats' financial obligation for this pick.

That winds me back to the original question: When was the last time a team chose a player this high, and got so little return?

If you extract the cataclysmic injuries – Jay Williams and Darius Miles – you probably have to go back to either Darko Milicic (No. 2 in 2003) or Kwame Brown (top pick in 2001).

Milicic starts in Memphis, so I guess Brown was the bigger bust. And who chose Brown in Washington?

Oooh. Michael Jordan. The same guy in charge when the Bobcats chose Morrison five years later.

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Comments

I've seen him out in charlotte, riding around in his car and smoking his cigars. Thats why he sucks, a diabetic that smokes..... so in control of his health.

Posted by: jay | Dec 28, 2008 4:08:31 PM

Carroll does have a "wider skill spectrum". But he can be described as a significantly better athlete than Morrison, too. He moves better, AND he's stronger.

Morrison has a much prettier shot, but it's still not effective enough.

Posted by: DeLaQuest | Dec 28, 2008 4:51:13 PM

"Cigars"

Well, they may LOOK like cigars, but they ain't exactly store-bought.....

Posted by: scratchy1 | Dec 28, 2008 4:52:13 PM

big... slow... played basketball in that great college basketball Mecca of the Pacific Northwest...what the %#@*% did you think he was going to do? There is a reason he did not play college ball in...oh, I don't know...the Big Ten, Big East, SEC, or ACC. I don't know, but I'd bet a beer he played high school ball in some private school haven for kids not tough enough or good enough to play in a public school system... Just saying...

Posted by: Jim Shortz | Dec 28, 2008 4:53:12 PM

I guess we could get into the woulda-coulda-shoulda of drafting Brandon Roy when we desperately needed a true shooting guard who could also handle some of Felton's playmaking responsibities, but that has been beaten to death already.

It's just sad and I hope that Morrison can find a place in the league.

On a brighter note, Okafor is fine, DJ looks good if he can handle the wear-and-tear, and the 2007 draft eventually yielded Boris Diaw, Raja Bell, and Sean Singletary. You win some and lose some.

Posted by: DeLaQuest | Dec 28, 2008 4:56:19 PM

DeLaQuest said: "the 2007 draft eventually yielded Boris Diaw, Raja Bell, and Sean Singletary."

Well, that makes me feel a little better about the trade. It doesn't sound quite as bad when you put it that way.

Posted by: Will | Dec 28, 2008 4:59:41 PM

It strikes me Al Horford isn't a much better player...he just gets more minutes. The same is true of Andrea Barnani. Morrison would be a fine player (not an All-Star, but a decent rotational scorer) if he were used properly. Further, to suggest that a torn ACL for a player who already struggled in the departments of speed and agility isn't a "catastrophic injury" seems a bit disingenuous to me.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Dec 28, 2008 5:03:02 PM

I'll give Michael this:

In both drafts, other teams were lined up to make the Kwame Brown and Adam Morrison mistake too. It's not like he pulled those guys from out of nowhere.

Morrison had like 5 decent regular season opponents in his senior year. And he did pretty darn well against them. But 5 games does not a season make. It's about ENDURING, game after game, at a high level.

This should be a cautionary tale against drafting NO-NBA-POSITION Stephen Curry. He can take at least 20 nights off a year with a Southern Conference schedule mixed in. No wonder he has a lot in the tank for the few decent opponents he faces.

On the flip side, Eastern Washington's Rodney Stuckey was doing fine the last I checked. But he has the complete physical package for a combo guard. Curry and Morrion are both mid-major stars with serious physical question marks that can be exposed in the NBA.

Posted by: DeLaQuest | Dec 28, 2008 5:06:19 PM

I remember him crying his eyes out after Gonzaga choked against UCLA during March Madness a few years ago. He's soft, frustrates easily and I too beleieve those are funny cigars he's puffing on...A zero personality who doesn't know what charisma is or probably can't spell it either...

The ads in Charlotte that showed everyone in Charlotte sporting mustaches were pathetic as is Adam's performance in the NBA...I hope he makes it in Europe, but he is not going to make it in the NBA...at least not with the Larry Brown Bobcats....

Posted by: Dave Kempert | Dec 28, 2008 5:09:40 PM

Mr. Bonnell, this blog just sounds like an attempt to throw MJ under the bus.

There are several other GMs that would have made the same decisions.

Posted by: Yeah? | Dec 28, 2008 5:13:02 PM

Dude Procton couldn't be more wrong about Al Horford... The dude is a stud on a playoff bound team and knows what the word defense means while, per minute, Morrison is one of the most unproductive players in the entire league... Wow that was the dumbest thing I've read here in a while.

Posted by: Nick | Dec 28, 2008 5:13:42 PM

It's evident that the Bobcats picked Morrison to appease part of the fan base who was clamoring for a less "darker" player. Well, they got their wish and now look at them. And these are the same fans that really don't support the team and probably only attend games on Saturday nights when the team is playing either the Celtics or the Lakers. I knew the dude couldn't play back during his rookie season. Nice guy but the dude can't play. Period point blank. And Carroll is a better player. Hopefully, Bobcats management will learn from this and draft based on need and talent and not on the whims of fans. Nor draft a player based on the fact that they may have attended a regional satellite school in the triangle area.

Posted by: chobowo1 | Dec 28, 2008 5:17:24 PM

Shortz, you're wrong. Morrison played in the 4A division (for the biggest schools) of Washington state's public schools. I'll take that beer any time you want.

He wasn't a highly rated prospect (3 star/#26 SG/#178 overall), but part of that had to do with the fact that he committed the April before his senior year. Due to that, the major leagues never got a chance to recruit him and give him the subsequent prospect boost that comes with it, despite his record as a big-time scorer (his 27.7 PPG his senior year set a conference record, and he's 3rd all-time in scoring for the state.)

DLQ, there's a difference in acquiring a young player with low cost and a D-League player (Singletary), an over-the-hill "stopper" who can't stop anybody (Bell), and an inconsistent PF who's paid nearly as much as Wallace (Diaw.)

Posted by: Michael Procton | Dec 28, 2008 5:21:07 PM

I don't think there is a significant fan base "clamoring" for a "less darker" player. Morrison was visually unique, looking like a 70's rock star with his hair, skinny build, and goofy stash--and yes, being white was PART of that. There was also the mystique of him being the top scorer in college basketball when we desperately needed a scorer. It helped sell a few extra tickets for while. But we all know that winning is the ultimate seller.

Posted by: DeLaQuest | Dec 28, 2008 5:32:50 PM

Nick, what defines "stud" for you? Horford's 15.6 pts/48 are significantly fewer than Morrison's 18.4/48. As bad as I always read Morrison's defense is, his 3.73 PF/48 is significantly lower than Horford's 4.80/48. Also, he's got fewer TOs despite having more ASTs and handling the ball more often. Any player can rack up stats if they're given enough minutes. Look at Felton.

chobow, you're wrong. He wasn't drafted because he was white. He was drafted because we needed a go-to scorer and Jordan though he could be it. Gay was seen as a raw player who had never shown the ability to be a killer scorer at UConn, maxing out at only 15 PPG, and Brandon Roy was hardly seen as a can't miss prospect either, called in one guide "a more talented Doug Christie." ( http://insider.espn.go.com/nbadraft/draft/tracker/player?playerId=18898&action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fnbadraft%2fdraft%2ftracker%2fplayer%3fplayerId%3d18898 ) Morrison, on the other hand, was seen as an NBA-ready scorer (if not defender) who could step in for a Bobcats team and put the ball in the basket as they needed. The lack of support from the fanbase starting day one couldn't have helped either. When he was healthy his rookie year, he played much better on the road than at home, when a first missed shot would elicit a chorus of boos. The guy will be decent some day, but apparently it won't be here.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Dec 28, 2008 5:34:25 PM

Procton,

I know the difference. But it is hard to argue with what Diaw is doing for this team. He's only 26, and we are 4-4 with him. I'll take .500 ball from here on out. That's a serious improvement.

Posted by: DeLaQuest | Dec 28, 2008 5:35:18 PM

Picking Adam Morrison over Brandon Roy and Rudy Gay was a mistake. However, selecting Sean May over Danny Granger was an even bigger mistake.

Posted by: BravesAllTheWay | Dec 28, 2008 5:51:31 PM

Its funny when you are talking about something good the cats did you always say management. But when it is bad it is mj.

Posted by: afan | Dec 28, 2008 6:02:48 PM

Picking May over Danny was done by his boy. So don't hold your breath waiting for Bonnell to call out that person.

Posted by: afan | Dec 28, 2008 6:06:47 PM

Yes, BATW...many were calling Morrison a potential All-Star based on his scoring ability alone, and the consensus was that he'd be a quality starter at the minimum. May, on the other hand, was ALWAYS out of shape in college and had known injury issues. That was a sad ticket sales grab out of the Bobcats when we needed to focus on nothing but on-court performance, and we're paying for it to this day. Maybe, though, May will be lucky enough to snag a non-guaranteed contract and make it into somebody's camp next year. That is, if he doesn't find himself eaten to death on his toilet seat between now and then.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Dec 28, 2008 6:10:46 PM

Not an issue with Morrison. This is the coaches call. Morrison worked well in the earlier part of the season and deserves more playing time. With the recent trades. Looks like the older players are not getting the playing time for the
"new" guys. Players such as May, Hollins, Carroll and Ajinca.

Posted by: par404 | Dec 28, 2008 6:24:46 PM

Adam should want to be traded since it seems as if he will not get the chance to play for Larry or improve his skills. Larry did the same thing when he coached the Sixers...he had outside shooters that sat the bench. Adam should demand a trade or get rid of the coach...the Bobcats will not make it with Larry! He is over-rated as a coach. Adam does have the talent to be successful in the NBA, however no player will be successful if a coach decides to not play him.

Posted by: Double D. | Dec 28, 2008 6:28:06 PM

I think bust is a strong word. Morrison is a disappointment, but this current system doesn't allow him to maximize his skill set. I was adamantly opposed to the Bobcats drafting Morrison because I knew he lacked the athleticism to play in the NBA. I think he would be a solid role player on a team that doesn't make defense a focal point. I hope that some team sees that and gives the Bobcats something for him in a trade.

Posted by: Token | Dec 28, 2008 6:34:46 PM

Morrison is not a disappointment...the Bobcats are!

Posted by: Double D. | Dec 28, 2008 6:42:18 PM

Morrison could be a productive player if given a consistent amount of playing time. Playing him for a couple games and them not getting him off the bench for four straight doesn't help him get better or prove anything. Adam is a rhythm shooter and its hard if your only getting ten-twelve minutes a game. Sure Gay and Roy look like better picks right now, but there in different situations. I always thought Morrison would of been better off going to Portland and Roy landing here but that's not how it worked out. Hopefully Morrison can get a good trade that works out for both and gives him the chance to make it. Lay off the man for his cigars.

Posted by: Patrick | Dec 28, 2008 6:47:56 PM

There is nothing wrong with Adam but lack of playing time He bust his ass when he plays I enjoy watching him play

Posted by: bobbydees | Dec 28, 2008 6:48:35 PM

Need to bring back Bernie- His teams were very entertaining- The last two coaches have ruin Adam Morrison and Matt Carrol

Posted by: bobbydees | Dec 28, 2008 6:51:26 PM

There is nothing wrong with Adam but lack of playing time He bust his ass when he plays I enjoy watching him play

Posted by: bobbydees | Dec 28, 2008 6:52:11 PM

morrison is a bust and so are you double d for trying to stick up for him.. i got something to say about morrison that that the fans need to know, morrison is a pot head and i have a great source who can verify that he is..seen it with my own eyes..he need to be drug tested and he will be exposed..

Posted by: tim | Dec 28, 2008 7:14:08 PM

morrison is a bust and so are you double d for trying to stick up for him.. i got something to say about morrison that that the fans need to know, morrison is a pot head and i have a great source who can verify that he is..seen it with my own eyes..he need to be drug tested and he will be exposed..

Posted by: tim | Dec 28, 2008 7:14:18 PM

If you look at the preseason last year and the early part of this season Morrison has looked like an NBA player. He does not have the prettiest game but it is effective. He plays similar to Rip Hamilton so I really do not understand why Coach Brown can not find a way to utilize his skill set. Both Rip and Adam uses assorted runners and jumpshots to score. Hamilton is not a world class athlete either and his defense is'nt the greatest. Coach brown has a tool that he is letting rust but he believes its beneficial to play Sean Singletary.

Posted by: eric | Dec 28, 2008 7:16:38 PM

i want to make this comment and let me know who agree with me. the bobcats could be a playoff team if the jordan or whoever was in charge of drafting the players made excellent choices.. dwight howard should have been drafted over okafor, brando roy over morrision and danny grainger over may.. our starters would be brandon roy, grainger, wallace, dwight howard and whoevr, dosent matter..

Posted by: tim | Dec 28, 2008 7:24:04 PM

Morrison's story should be a cautionary tale to those jumping on the DJ Augustin bandwagon so early. Bonnell proclaimed Augustin the right pick a few weeks back. At the same point in Adam Morrison's career, he was coming off Eastern Conference rookie of the month and dropping some 20+ scoring nights.

Now, DJ is coming up against injury issues(rookie wall?). Opponents are learning his tendencies. The true measure of a draft pick is whether or not he can excel over the long haul. We won't know for a while.

Posted by: DeLaQuest | Dec 28, 2008 7:39:29 PM

Eric,

We never had the chance to draft Dwight Howard.

And if we make a good draft choice one year(Granger), that changes everything. Who knows then if we would've even had a shot at Roy in 2006?

Posted by: DeLaQuest | Dec 28, 2008 7:46:04 PM

Morrison is playing on the wrong team and would be a better fit with smarter, better run organizations.

Posted by: Rob | Dec 28, 2008 7:46:52 PM

Morrison clearly doesn't fit into Brown's offense. This along with his injury last year has kept him from finding his true NBA identiy.

I don't think this is a fair attack on either Morrison or Jordan and could be considered irresponsible journalism.

Posted by: HAve2650 | Dec 28, 2008 7:53:45 PM

Tim,

Let's assume for a moment that you are right. Wow. An nba player smokes pot. Stop the presses. Cliff Robinson played, what, 19 years?? Maybe that's his "secret".

The last game I was at, Morrison was getting his DNP-Coach's decision but still rooting his tail off for his teammates. I think the kid has a love for the game. I think he wants to be on the court. I think he showed determination in returning from the injury and playing decent defense to go with smart offensive decision-making.

Buffets are legal, but I'd rather have Sean May partaking in weed instead.

I hope Adam finds his niche in the league and gets with the right coach.

Posted by: DeLaQuest | Dec 28, 2008 7:56:47 PM

chobowo1: OK, I owe you a beer. But come on man...we are not really going to pretend that Washington state (or anywhere on the west coast) produces tough athletes...are we? If you draft a west coast kid...you are going to get...at best, some flash...but you are not going to get any kind of night-in-night-out toughness. I like microbrews...you?

Posted by: Jim Shortz | Dec 28, 2008 8:09:24 PM

Felton and May for Crawford. You heard it first

Posted by: gimbel | Dec 28, 2008 8:10:08 PM

Felton and May for Crawford. You heard it first

Posted by: gimbel | Dec 28, 2008 8:10:59 PM

Morrison clearly doesn't fit into Brown's offense. This along with his injury last year has kept him from finding his NBA identity.

This doesn't seem like a fair attack on either Morrison or Jordan for these reasons.

Posted by: HAve2650 | Dec 28, 2008 8:15:02 PM

Procton,
of course Horford will have more fouls per game than Morrison considering he's a big man battling in the paint. And if you want to pick out, little specific stats, lets look at the career FG%, .502 to .375. Horford is a better free throw shooter and much better blocker (obviously). He shuts down big men more often than Morrison shuts down shooters. Don't even look at the rebounding, which is huge considering Morrison is 6'8'', he should be getting a lot more than his rookie stats of 3 in 30mpg. And Morrison was, his rookie year, given the offensive go-ahead more than Horford was for the Hawks, being the 4th or 5th option on the floor.
And I would call Horford a stud considering he's in his second year... I really can't even believe you're trying to make this argument. Although I do agree with your assessment of minutes directly resulting in stats with Felton, and Okafor in my mind, but not in this case.

Posted by: Nick | Dec 28, 2008 9:04:42 PM

Say what you want, but I give a sweet mustache ride.

Posted by: Adam Morrison | Dec 28, 2008 9:06:58 PM

He is a Commie! Posters of Che and Castro in his dorm room.

Posted by: mike nelson | Dec 28, 2008 9:16:50 PM

Procton, it amuses me how you pick and choose who to defend and who to bash. I mean seriously, you are hyping Morrison as a misused great player? Hilarious.

So tell me this Procton, who can you compare Morrison to that has actually done well in the nba? a skinny, handicapped white guy that can't create his own shot and plays ZERO defense? think i'll be waiting on this for a while.

Posted by: proctonthebrain | Dec 28, 2008 9:28:26 PM

Rich, why not write about the waste Sean Maye? At least Morrison can play consecutive minutes. What will it take to cut our with Maye? The Media never addresses the issue/concerns. I challenge you to write the truth about Sean and "the bust" he has proven to our Bobcats. It's your responsibility to report this info and yet again, you fail everyone by not reporting it.

Posted by: MH Alexander | Dec 28, 2008 9:29:24 PM

From the Observer, when I broke the story Bickerstaff was pushed out of the organization:

"If Bickerstaff had a miss in his player-personnel calls, it was probably choosing not to trade up in the 2005 draft. Bickerstaff could have consolidated the fifth and 13th picks to obtain Portland's third pick.
That would have given the Bobcats either Chris Paul or Deron Williams, two of the best young point guards in the NBA. Instead, the Bobcats chose Raymond Felton fifth and Sean May 13th.''

You're right, afan, I never pointed out Bickerstaff's mistakes as GM.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Dec 28, 2008 9:30:06 PM

Alright, I'm gonna sound like an idiot defending Sean May (I do realize he's a useless blob), but in his first two years when he was healthy, how little time that may have been, he was quite effective especially in his second year. His being drafted 13th isn't nearly the mistake of Morrison's being drafted 3rd (even in a weak draft). The Bobcats needed a big body, unfortunately they got an obese one.

Posted by: Nick | Dec 28, 2008 9:42:41 PM

bonnell you can lick my ballz. i made a perfectly fine, PG rated post and it gets deleted. F you and your house boy Procton. Yes, I know about you two.

Posted by: rick is mydad | Dec 28, 2008 10:07:41 PM

Rick, do you still think Brevan Knight is the greatest player ever? You loved that guy. Also, I don't care what anyone says I think your sources are real and not make believe friends that live in your closet. Thanks.

Posted by: question | Dec 28, 2008 10:11:50 PM

I like drafting overhyped white guys in an attempt to boost ticket sales.

Posted by: Michael Jorrdan | Dec 28, 2008 10:13:57 PM

Wow. Talk about geographical illiteracy...

"big... slow... played basketball in that great college basketball Mecca of the Pacific Northwest...what the %#@*% did you think he was going to do? There is a reason he did not play college ball in...oh, I don't know...the Big Ten, Big East, SEC, or ACC"
Umm..the guy many are saying Charlotte should have picked, and was Rookie of the Year (Brandon Roy) played at the University of Washington. I looked at a map and its in the Pacific Northwest. Perhaps you thought it was in Washington DC. I guess Roy is terrible because he's from the Pacific NW. Read an article or two about the great players (in the NBA) that have come out Seattle. I think a guy named John Stockton played at Morrison's alma mater too.

Posted by: john | Dec 28, 2008 11:25:46 PM

Wow, talk about geographical illiteracy


"played basketball in that great college basketball Mecca of the Pacific Northwest...what the %#@*% did you think he was going to do? "

The player many now believe the Bobcats should have drafted, and was Rookie of the Year played at University of Washington. I looked at a map and found out it's in the Pacific Northwest, not Washington DC! Read a few articles about the talent that has come out of Seattle to the NBA in the past 5 years And I think a guy named John Stockton went to Morrison's school.

Posted by: bruce | Dec 28, 2008 11:34:58 PM

I can't believe there's any argument here over what disappointment Morrison has been. You can argue over whether or not he might have gotten better if he had not missed last year with an injury, but he has been a huge disappointment regardless. Forget the defense, everyone knew he did not play defense from day one. But he is an offensive specialist who struggles on offense. At best, he could possibly be considered an off-the-bench specialist, a utility player to bring in and score a few points--IF he could ever get his confidence back. But that is not what you are looking for in a #3 pick.

The fact that Carrol looks so good next to Morrison is frightening. Carrol is another offensive specialist who has struggled on offense all year.

And it's only fair to criticize Jordan's draft picks, just as you would any other NBA executive in charge of making picks. Fanboys of His Airness should just focus on NBA Classics videos, please.

Judgement of Larry Brown's work here will need to wait until he at least coaches 2 seasons and gets his players playing in his system.

Posted by: Deuce | Dec 28, 2008 11:49:22 PM

uhh, with all due respect, HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO FIGURE OUT MORRISON WAS A BUST!!?? back on draft night when we picked him i knew he was a bust. hell, back when he cried i knew he was a bust.

morrison is the generic college basketball player that rarely makes a big splash into the nba. he was average, nothing else. true, there are some diamonds in the rough, but Morrison is just....well..."the rough". hes average if anything else.

yes, i do believe him getting drafted was a publicity stunt because at the time he was the most popular college player ONLY because of his hair and that "cousin it" impersonator on his upper lip.

and theres no hope in a return value if we trade him. i talked to the thunder management the other day and they said that they needed their extra bench seats. sucks hunh?

the whole charlotte franchise is a mess though. just look at what happened with the whole FSN thing. i live in columbia SC and have YET to see a game. EVER. a front office that cares about a dying team would have been able to do anything in its power to insure that the marketing went well. im willing to bet that IF this sort of thing happened to the Celtics, it would be fixed in no time.
all of this "what we shouldda done" draft talk should be over. just forget it. MJ screwed up again and theres noting we can do about it. as a matter of fact, MJ's hiring was a stunt as well. an up-and-going franchise needed some credibility right? i figured that after the WHOLE NBA world saw what he did in Washington that he would NEVER find a job. but of corse, hes Michael Jordan. put his name on some toilet paper and you have a best seller.

i wish bob johnson was reading because i would tell him that if he wants a return on his investment, the front office has to change.

its funny though because us charlotte fans are spoiled. we whined when the hornets wanted to build a new stadium, so they left. now we are fortunate enough to have a new team, and all we do is bash the team. high expectations or bad judgement?

Posted by: Reggie Gallant | Dec 29, 2008 12:13:51 AM

chobowo1 said ... "It's evident that the Bobcats picked Morrison to appease part of the fan base who was clamoring for a less "darker" player. Well, they got their wish and now look at them. And these are the same fans that really don't support the team and probably only attend games on Saturday nights when the team is playing either the Celtics or the Lakers. I knew the dude couldn't play back during his rookie season. Hopefully, Bobcats management will learn from this and draft based on need and talent and not on the whims of fans."

I think you're absolutely right. Even more interesting is the fact that Bonnell was one of the biggest supporters of drafting Morrison. He's been inching toward writing a story/blog like this for a while. Its so obvious how much he hates MJ. But back to the point. It was very clear prior to that draft, at least to me, that Gay was a far superior NBA talent. I wasn't as aware of Roy as I didn't follow his NCAA conference much plus he seemed to shun Charlotte during the pre-draft process. But it was obvious to me that morrison was not wothy of a # 3 pick. Yet Bonnell wrote story after story that suggested how weak the draft was, how desperately the Bocats needed Morrison's scoring and how bad team ownership/management was doing in the charlotte community and with this fan base. He wrote about how Gay was not assertive. He was on the draft Morrision bandwagon so bad. This team was bashed so much for being black and not having white employees and not doing enough to attract white fans that the pressue was on to draft the next great white hope. The next Larry Bird. And Bonnell fed into this with the stories he wrote. I would argue that he helped incite the fan base to feel that way with the way that he covered this team and the draft. The pressure was on MJ to make this pick because if he would have missed on the next Larry Bird as Bonnell often suggested and gave Charlotte fans a false sense of hope for, then MJ could never rebound from that. Now Bonnell acts as if the blunder was all on MJ. Like he knew it all along. Like he didn't pump this idea into the minds of Charlottes lighter skinned fans. As this teams beat writer it would be nice if he supported the team though he's often stated that is not his job. Which is fine. But at least don't be so obvious with your hatred and efforts to poison the minds of charlottes already negatative and unknowledgeable fans, against the bobcats ownership.

And that's another thing. Jordan is an owner. Not a scout, or GM. Plus he was barely with the team any time prior to that draft and got a lot of input from Bernie the previous GM. So he should not be blamed so badly for that mistake. Although it was obvious to me. Bonnell, I'd love to get a response.

Posted by: NC State of Mind | Dec 29, 2008 12:23:06 AM

Jeez Bonnell, Do you not have anything else to write about, so you think you can just throw the team and players under the bus? Instead, How about you be an actual NBA insider and be the first one to scoop on your team's blockbuster trade.

Posted by: 12 minutes of Bobcat Energy | Dec 29, 2008 1:28:20 AM

morrison, felton, nazr for curry & jefferies; plus carrol straight up for marko jaric. this team will reach the playoffs under larry brown.

Posted by: Larry | Dec 29, 2008 2:34:57 AM

Michael could run a team on the court, but not off. Will the Bobcats be asking for an Obama bailout? While were at it, lets throw more money into the light rail system. Poor decisions by Jordan and the politicians!

Posted by: Richard J. Matthews | Dec 29, 2008 5:51:27 AM

Rick,

Back online after the holidays and wanted to comment on your blog about Ed Tapscott. I had the opportunity to work for both Tapscott and Fred Whitfield while at the Bobcats and Tapscott was far superior. Actually, it is not even fair to compare.

As you said, Ed is extremely smart and the truth is he never really got a fair shake with the Bobcats. Once Jordan bought into the Bobcats, he had Bob Johnson fire Tapscott and hire his best friend Fred Whitfield even though he had no qualifications.

Tapscott had knowledge of the issues and always sounded informed when speaking. Watching Whitfield speak publicly is cringe inducing. You just wait for him to make a mistake.

Thanks again for the note on Tap. I wish him well in DC.

Posted by: FormerCat | Dec 29, 2008 10:26:25 AM

BECOMING A BUST???? Man he been a bust since day one.

Posted by: Skip | Dec 29, 2008 10:29:36 AM

Looks like the Bobcats pr person is posting again as "NC State of Mind"

Posted by: glad2Bgone | Dec 29, 2008 10:36:45 AM

Bonnell, if you are going to critize the Bobcats organization, I would hope you are man enough to pick something else than the players.

Sure, Morrison may not have been the best pick or fit for Larry Brown. But is it his fault that Brown doesn't want to play him? Morrison may have done better at other teams, we just don't know that yet.

Regardless, it is very cowardly on your part to single out a player when there are many other things that need improvement for the organization.

How about commenting on the fact that half of the state is unable to watch the games on TV? The list could go on.

But instead of making a constructive criticism or shedding light on things that need some serious improvement, you go on an rip someone who right now is a non-factor.

Very weak Bonnell.

Posted by: bobcatz | Dec 29, 2008 10:37:58 AM

Bonnell, quit erasing my posts.

Here it is again:

If you are going to critize the Bobcats organization, I would hope you are man enough to pick something else than the players.

Sure, Morrison may not have been the best pick or fit for Larry Brown. But is it his fault that Brown doesn't want to play him? Morrison may have done better at other teams, we just don't know that yet.

Regardless, it is very cowardly on your part to single out a player when there are many other things that need improvement for the organization.

How about commenting on the fact that half of the state is unable to watch the games on TV? The list could go on.

But instead of making a constructive criticism or shedding light on things that need some serious improvement, you go on an rip someone who right now is a non-factor.

Very weak Bonnell.

Posted by: bobcatz | Dec 29, 2008 10:56:07 AM

Link to this story used to say Morrison is a "bust" but has now been changed to "disappointment". Bobcats must have called and complained. LOL LOL

Posted by: FormerCat | Dec 29, 2008 11:22:32 AM

Cutting through the chaff, here, Ammo, on the right team with the right coach, could be the gunner the Bobcats thought they were buying.

So if he is not encouraged to play his strengths, and is torn apart for his weaknesses, or the team's direction under Brown, I agree he should be traded. Why insist a fish learn to ride a bicycle ?

I am sorry too many of you don't get to know Ammo better since he is with the Bobcats. Or just cut him a little slack.

He's got a stand offish personality & demeanor at first blush, but an incredible heart and a great sense of humor, if you take the time to learn a little more about him. Most places where he travels, he is a huge hit with kids. He's a big kid himself.

He earned his draft status and is fully capable of taking over the pressure role on any team. Not all of the weight on a moments notice, but his share and a little more, given the chance.

It's all a matter of trust and I don't think it's been there, perhaps on both ends of this deal. These pro relationships, like any other, are a two way street.

Posted by: gamagin | Dec 29, 2008 12:10:56 PM

Ammo would do great playing for somebody like Mike D'Antoni. But Larry Brown isn't his type of coach. Morrison sucks at defense and the only way you play for Larry Brown is playing defense first, offense second. Trade Morrison out West please!

Posted by: Douglas | Dec 29, 2008 12:37:42 PM

MP,

"That is, if he doesn't find himself eaten to death on his toilet seat between now and then."

You made my day.

CM

Posted by: CUT MAY | Dec 29, 2008 12:45:05 PM

Guys...he just needs to fit into a system that will work for him....its called the Euro league!!

Posted by: drew | Dec 29, 2008 1:17:22 PM

Random note here...Does anyone find this trade appealing for the bobcats...I believe all 3 teams have incentive to pull off such a deal.

http://games.espn.go.com/nba/features/traderesult?players=2753~2776~1026~378~497~3039~194~1982&teams=12~12~9~30~12~12~9~30&te=&cash=

keep in mind that when the time is right, you would replace Crawford with Jackson

Posted by: SF Bobcats | Dec 29, 2008 1:40:51 PM

Rick is deleting all of the blogs that were made today

Posted by: FormerCat | Dec 29, 2008 1:45:44 PM

I wonder what he was saying at draft time? If I remember right, it was between Morrison and Gay. Roy would not even workout for Jordan. I think it is more Browns system than Morrison. He doesn't fit here anymore.

Posted by: Todd | Dec 29, 2008 1:55:42 PM

Hey rick...
Morrison gets no playing time and has never consistently started in the league. Roy and Gay have started pretty much all of their career thus far. Morrison may be doing just as well if he started right of the bat.

And does anyone give players an actual chance these days? remember how GERALD WALLACE, everyones beloved great Bobcats sat on the bench in Sacramento for years and eventually drafted in the expansion draft by the Cats? Granted he was a lower pick with not many expectations but he was given a actual job where he could actually score and get minutes and he is now considered by many to be an all star caliber player.

So if nobody likes Morrison PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE trade him! I am one of if not his biggest fan in Charlotte but all i want to see is him on the court. I would love to see him in D'Antoni's system in New York where I think he would really flourish.

Posted by: jd | Dec 29, 2008 3:25:29 PM

Hey 12 minutes of energy. Can I get a free t-shirt!!!

Posted by: 48 Minutes of Garbage | Dec 29, 2008 4:40:39 PM

I find it interesting that the name most associated with Morrison was Milicic--yet another promising young player chewed up and spat out by the anachronistic control freak that is Larry Brown.

The good news for Morrison is that Brown will soon sour on his woeful team and take the next high-profile college gig that comes along.

Posted by: michael conroy | Dec 30, 2008 8:21:13 AM

at about the 20 game mark, looks like the wheels of change were set in motion for this roster. sean may was not healthy, adam morrison could not flourish in a larry brown system, raymond was shifted to a perminant combo guard instead of just playing point thus making augustine this teams PG focus, more defense was needed, more passing skills were needed, and so here we go. with raymond being showcased as "available" and with morrison sitting with DNP-CD for games, how about this. brown likes vet guards(prefer PG), we need a bench scorer/spot starter at the 2, and any additional beef that can score from the forward postions(3, 4) would help. trade felton(4 mill), morrison(4 mill), hollins (977 thou) and s brown (700 thou) to denver for linas klaza,jr smith, and chucky atkins. their combined contracts make up the amounts for the bobcats players mentioned. new lineup:
OKAFOR>ajinca,mohammad
DIAW>klaza,howard,may
WALLACE>klaza,carroll
BELL>smith,carroll
AUGUSTINE>atkins, singletary

Posted by: brendan | Dec 30, 2008 11:27:09 AM

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