Couldn't help myself in joining in this discussion.
The primary issue with the Hornets isn't so much structure as it is culture. There is no culture of winning with this group. Now, all players want to win. But few will plant a flag in the dirt and say, "Losing is not an option." Jordan was one of those rare players and it's why he's the greatest player of all time. Winning requires a lack of fear in taking risks. Winning requires a will to accomplish nothing else. The Hornets don't have a culture of winning.
When was the last time we heard a Hornet player call someone out? Who is the leader of this team? Kemba is its heart and nominal leader. But who's following? Who's sold out to win? Who among that squad absolutely refuses to accept losing? And don't give me Dwight Howard. What has he sacrificed for winning? And stop taking 20 foot jumpers, you big goob!
Cho emphasizes 'fit' with his acquisitions. Maybe he should go find a few winners.
And while he's at it...move Batum to the 3, for crying out loud. I'm begging now. Lamb to the 2, MKG to the 4. And go out and find a legitimate backup point guard. Sheesh. Some things are just too obvious. Cho likes to bide his time and get value by waiting. February may be too late to make the necessary trade.
And can someone get Frank to put his big boy pants on? Once he realizes he's an alpha he'll be what he can be. And stop thinking you're a guard, Frank!
Please don't hang your shooting needs on the teenager, Silas. Bacon's not the answer, either. Charlotte needs shooting. Everyone is so focused on the team's defensive shortcomings, but the ability to put the ball in the basket shortens the game and increases efficiency. Be nice if someone can get to the rim, too, who's not named Kemba Walker. MKG tries, but it's not enough.
Again, point to the person(s) on the Hornets squad who has an undeniable will to win. It's the culture.
Skim the successful football programs in both the CFB and NFL. You'll hear over and over that the new coach/manager is successful because he's been able to change the culture. I think of Jacksonville under Tom Coughlin and Doug Marrone, and Chad Morris at SMU (he just took the job at Arkansas). Changing culture is a man's job. It ain't easy. It requires an unshakable commitment to instill a culture of winning.
Like him or hate him, Steve Clifford is a man who is unshakably committed to structure, but he's not committed to winning. Sometimes culture change comes first with the coach, not with a NEW coach who brings the culture. If Clifford wants to elevate his team, he should be completely sold out to win and do everything it takes to do it, even sacrificing his own fundamental principles. Everything, except the will to win, should be negotiable.
What would I do to fix this team? I'd change the culture of "chemistry" to a culture of winning. Everything else is window dressing until that happens.