Fans tend to put things in little boxes. Making players, styles, philosophies all interchangeable. If you see something you like, you think it can come to your team as easily as buying a ticket to the next game. It just doesn’t work like that.
You hear ideas like the Bobcats getting Chris Paul. Well, yes, the Bobcats have a couple things going for them that other teams don’t. Chris Paul is a Jordan Brand athlete. He is from the Winston-Salem area, went to Wake Forest. But those are what attoneys call “circumstantial.” A similar theory was probably bandied about bars back in the ’90s about the Bobcats owner, Michael Jordan. We don’t have to share things in bars anymore, although they would be guaranteed to come with a drink making them automatically better than what we have now in internet rumors.
The internet gives rumors some sort of legitimacy. A rumor written here might be just as well received as something written in the Charlotte Observer maybe. Well, maybe not. But some guy says it, somewhere, anywhere and it gets picked up. Anyway, rumors aren’t the enemy here. It’s just hopeful loose speculation.
When I think of what I’d like to see happen with the Bobcats roster, I don’t long and pine for players. I really don’t. If you ask me straight up about players I’ll say yes or no but I guess I don’t think like a GM. I think more big picture like “How will this guy fit in to what I like as a fan?” For Chris Paul, other than his outstanding ability to run an offense, I don’t like it. If I weigh his outstanding abilities, of course I’d say “Yes, trade for him!”
I also don’t like to sort of paint yourself into a corner. If you’re pining for some player that might be the greatest thing the franchise has ever seen and you don’t get him how do you feel about that franchise’s future? Is it a complete loss? Probably not but the time and effort spent as a fan and amateur general manager cheapens what you have currently and going forward, in my mind anyway. I am sure that many fans find that “amateur GM” to be the only way to be a fan. If you aren’t thinking of how the team can get better, you’re not a real fan or something like that right?
I don’t like it. I don’t like that outlook on life, it would drive me crazy. It drives me crazy when I check message boards and comment sections on other sites and that damn trade-machine on ESPN.com is the bane of my existence. Have you ever seen a dream scenario or a fan trade go down the way they had it laid out on the internet? If you have, please let me know who and what; I’d like to shake that man’s hand.
I’m not saying that the Bobcats don’t deserve or aren’t a destination for the big names. I would just prefer that the fan obsession would gravitate towards the product on the floor and away from “wish lists” and trade-machine day dreams.
There, I’ve said my piece on it. I’m sure it won’t change anything if you are one of those roster-obsessed, Larry Brown wanna-bes but I just had to get that off my chest.