Bobcats to rely on young players while rebuilding

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bobcats owner Michael Jordan told his front office to draft guard Kemba Walker after watching him lead Connecticut to the national championship last spring.

Now Jordan is hoping Walker and fellow Bobcats rookie Bismack Biyombo, who was selected two picks ahead of Walker at No. 7, will be a big part of the future in Charlotte as the Bobcats embark on a major rebuilding project.

The Bobcats, a fringe playoff team for last the few years, figured the only way to break out of the cycle of mediocrity and join the upper echelon of the conference's top teams was to reload. That meant trading away their two scorers in Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson for draft picks and a promise to be better in the future.

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