The Charlotte Bobcats have few victories, few fans, no tradition and little to offer in a trade. They aren't going to part with rookie point guard D.J. Augustin. That leaves Gerald Wallace, Emeka Okafor and Jason Richardson.
And now Richardson is gone. The Bobcats traded him and Jared Dudley to Phoenix this afternoon for Raja Bell, Boris Diaw and Sean Singletary.
Richardson was a big-time scorer and athlete. But he also was expendable.
Look. Almost nothing Charlotte has done since it joined the NBA has worked. If Larry Brown believes Bell and Diaw improve the Bobcats, have at it. I love Bell's defense and toughness and Diaw's athleticism.
They were Suns, and the Suns were once the league's most entertaining team. They were the prototype for the way basketball ought to be played. For years, they were up and coming.
But they never quite got there. This season they changed coaches. They slowed down. After all those seasons running in front of the pack, they allowed the pack to catch them.
Bell was less than entralled with the new order. Diaw had ceased to be the leaping, hustling force he was after Phoenix acquired him from Atlanta.
They needed a change and Charlotte needs anything it can get.
I'll miss Richardson, but the Bobcats have other players that can do what he did, albeit not as well.
I'll really miss Dudley. The man is way too unpretentious to play in the NBA. The Suns will love him. What a team needs, he attempst to provide.
Many people -- I can't call them fans -- believe the NBA is about spoiled players who refuse to do the dirty work. They never saw Dudley play.