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THE PLANK JANUARY 11, 2007

Yet Another Blog Fight

Now Yglesias has truly crossed the line. It's one thing to deem me morally unserious and then lump me in with Joe Klein; it's another matter entirely to slight Raymond Felton and Sean May. He writes:

Acquiring players because of real or imagined fan appeal -- especially when said appeal is based on the player's former status as an amateur -- is the management strategy of the damned (see also Charlotte Bobcats). . . .

I heartily endorse "The Case Against Steve Blake" that occasioned this casual slander; and I don't deny that Felton and May's stardom at UNC played a (probably determinative) role in the Bobcats' decision to pick them in the 2005 draft. But both players have actually turned out to be pretty good pros; and I think both still have considerable upside. Even if Charlotte had the wrong motives for picking them, it wound up being a good personnel move. I don't see anyone on the 2005 draft board who was picked after Felton or May who'd be a better fit in Charlotte.

Charlotte, actually, has the nucleus of what could be a pretty good team: Okafor, May, Felton, and Morrison. If Bob Johnson's willing to open his wallet and Michael Jordan's capable of picking the right free agents to pursue--both unlikely prospects I realize--the Bobcats could one day be a power. But even if they wind up stinking forever, it won't be because of Felton and May.

--Jason Zengerle

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