The Bobcats drafted hope, but they gave up a really good player. Stephen Jackson is an especially bright talent. He imposes himself on a defense. He can shoot, go to the basket, play defense and pass. He's unselfish.
Some nights, he held the ball too long. Some nights, he took fouls personally. On those nights, he devolved into a world in which people with striped shirts were out to get him, and he made his battle personal, at the expense of his team.
But when he was on, and he was on most nights, he was a big, tough, guy and a good teammate who really, really, really knew the game.
Jackson appreciated Charlotte, and he appreciated fans. He's candid and smart, and he gave the franchise what he had.
President of basketball operations Rod Higgins said Jackson was "tough minded," wanted to take the clutch shot and was a leader. Higgins talked about Jackson's numbers. Jackson averaged 18.5 points, and he also averaged 4.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists.
Alas, the Bobcats weren't going anywhere with him. Maybe they sneak into the playoffs. Probably they don't. So they blew up what they had.
If there is a resurgence in Charlotte, Jackson won't be part of it.