Charlotte Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak sat down with new Hornets radio broadcaster John Focke to discuss the new direction of the Hornets franchise.
First of all, I think it’s the first opportunity we have to hear the new radio voice of the Hornets. He’s got a good radio voice. I don’t know what else to say other than to go listen for yourself and see what you think.
The first question Focke lobs at Kupchak is about the new direction of the team. Kupchak explains that the previous goal of the team was to make the playoffs each individual season. Now that Kemba Walker is gone, the team is pivoting to a more long term view.
Kupchak was then asked about the balance between the youth and veterans on the current roster. He said that the veterans will still get minutes, but the team is mostly concerned with building off the success the young players found at the end of last season. With that, expectations will be different. Kupchak didn’t directly say the team had low expectations, but he danced around it quite a bit.
Kupchak also emphasized the need for the franchise to continue to develop players, both in Charlotte and in Greensboro. He also explained the franchise’s plan to create financial flexibility with the intent of turning that flexibility into assets.
Kupchak wraps up talking about what he wants to see from the young guys on this roster and how he sees Terry Rozier fitting in. Focke asks about ‘rebuilding,’ Kupchak again chooses to use the word ‘transition,’ but the meaning feels similar.
Overall, it’s not the most groundbreaking interview you’ll ever hear, but it’s always interesting to hear the plan straight from the horse’s mouth. It’s reassuring that the team seems aware of its best path forward. All that’s left is for them to execute.