Kobe to Charlotte?

Michael Jordan has to be jumping up and down right now, since Kobe Bryant mentioned he wants to leave LA and play elsewhere. Rick Bonnell poses the question: Should Bobcats explore Kobe Bryant deal?

Should they?  I say yes.  Attendance needs a boost, and Kobe would certainly bring in fans.  Charlotte can afford him.  Biggest problem is that it would destroy the development of the young team that Bickerstaff was working on…Charlotte would certainly have to trade several good players, probably Gerald Wallace and their #8 draft pick.  I’d throw in Matt Carroll too, even though I like having him off the bench.  And if they act now, they can get Sean May for free!
Can get rid of Okafor, Felton, Brezec, or Morrison, but I could certainly see most anyone available for a Kobe trade.

I don’t see the trade happening, but it’s nice to hope!


Some closure at the Charlotte Coliseum

The new owners of the Charlotte Coliseum is selling all of the contents of the building in order to prepare for its implosion. They’re building a huge live/work/play development. They’ve got some pictures posted of things they’re selling.Hornets Attendance Banner

I can’t believe some of the things that have sat in that building for over a year. In 1988-89, the Hornets were the NBA champs in attendance. The banner celebrating that amazing achievement for an expansion team is available for sale now…not really sure what you’d do with a huge (probably 15 feet tall), but you could get it.

04-05 Bobcats BannerAnd the Inaugural Season banner is still there? I mean, wouldn’t the orange banner didn’t stick out among all the teal and purple?

I’ve love to get our seats from Section 227, Row 2, Seats 9 and 10. They’d be a great memento.

UMiami should be ashamed, and Larry Coker should be fired

Even if you don’t follow college football, you probably heard about the on-field fight on Saturday between the University of Miami and Florida International University. It was a major fight involving a majority of the players on both teams, including at least one injured player swinging their crutch as a weapon. One player swung his helmet as a club, others kicked players, others punched. It was a huge fight that required the state police to be called in, and then apparently even carried into the stands between fans.

I even heard on the Dan Patrick radio show that it was “Join a Team, Not a Gang” day at the stadium, where the Miami-Dade police brought in kids to watch the game and encourage them to go to college. What a great lesson for those 700 students!

Larry Coker should be fired. He was quoted as saying
“I do have a grip on this program. Don’t ever doubt that. Don’t ever doubt that.” He also said that you can’t control every player all the time.

Coker is right…you can’t control every player all the time, just like I can’t control every one of my students. But every one of my students know that when you break a rule you will be punished. Players at the University of Miami don’t get that same message from their coach. Continue reading “UMiami should be ashamed, and Larry Coker should be fired”

Jordan to run/buy the Bobcats?

An interesting article on SI.com by Ian Thomsen asks the question:  Is Bob Johnson looking at selling the Bobcats to Michael Jordan?  Thomsen points out that J&J had dinner together in a Washington, D.C. restaurant 3 weeks ago.  Now that Ed Tapscott has left the President position with the Bobcats, is Johnson looking to sell?

The article goes on to point to the fact that the Bobcats may have lost money last season,  and Johnson’s TV network C-SET was shut down after 1 year of failure.

My take:  Johnson’s not looking to sell.  The NBA’s first minority owner isn’t cashing out after 2 seasons.  This team is his new plaything, like the equestrian meet he hosts in Charlotte each year.  He and Jordan have been seen together many times before.  Jordan has been interested in working with a NBA team, and he was rumored to be very interested in buying the Hornets from George Shinn back in the ’90s when Shinn was looking to sell.

I hope Johnson isn’t looking to Jordan at President either, though.  He wasn’t successful as President of the Washington Wizards (where he was eventually fired), and I’m not sure that the city of Charlotte would be happy with Jordan as President.  The President position doesn’t need to be a big-name person…they need to be good at what they do.  Look at Isiah Thomas in New York…that team is being run into the ground, and most people point to Thomas for digging the hole.

Buy into the team, Michael, don’t take it over.

Charlotte Bobcats robbed by George Shinn again!

George Shinn brought professional sports to Charlotte in 1988, convincing the NBA to not only expand into Miami, Orlando, and Minnesota. After not getting what he wanted (a new uptown arena), Shinn threatened, then moved the team to New Orleans to begin the 2002-03 season. After several lackluster seasons attendance-wise, Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans. Without a usable arena, Shinn found Oklahoma City and moved the team (temporarily) for the season. Attendance jumped this season, with Oklahoma City loving its first professional sport team (see a pattern?)Meanwhile, Bob Johnson (creator of BET) bought a new franchise in the NBA and brought the team to Charlotte. Charlotte built a new, state-of-the-art arena for the team, and the first 2 seasons have been building ones. Players from around the league have raved about the new arena.

Despite having the newest arena in the NBA, the league announced today that the next to-be-scheduled All-Star game in 2008 will be held in New Orleans. Continue reading “Charlotte Bobcats robbed by George Shinn again!”