Can the Bobcats save the NBA?

The Charlotte Bobcats, via the expansion draft, may be able to shake up the power structure in the NBA this summer.

Originally Published: November 7, 2003
By Chad Ford | NBA Insider
We may be 360 days away from the Charlotte Bobcats first real game in the NBA. But for the 29 existing NBA teams, there is an intense interest, bordering on obsession, with the league's 30th franchise.

At a time of year when teams are already dispatching armies of scouts in search of the next great draft prospect, the Bobcats' scouts aren't just hanging around college campuses and international arenas.

Charlotte GM Bernie Bickerstaff and the rest of his scouts are coming to an arena near you. Their goal? Find the perfect player to pluck off another team's squad during the 2004 NBA Expansion Draft.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer