1) I'm really up in the air - I grew up loving the Hornets as a kid (PS- Anyone remember when Kendall Gill was on My Brother & Me on Nickelodeon?), but I feel like we are now developing our own identity, and that identity is no longer the Memphis Grizzlies or Clippers of the East.
2) Hiring Larry is the best decision this organization has ever made.
3) Muggsy is the man - I like him so much, I almost considered watching a Charlotte Sting game one time just because he was coaching.
4) Derrick Brown is my favorite - ceiling is sky high, plays hard all the time, good kid and an absolute steal where we drafted him.
"Let 'em Work, Let 'em Live"
What's your guys feeling towards MJ and his role with the Bobcats?
1) I think a few seasons ago i would of loved to have our name back but now it has grown on me and i think that it just wouldnt be the same as b/4.
2) LB is a great guy who respects the game and knows more about b-ball than most and probally has forgotten more than most coaches know today. Plus he was the coach for the ABA carolina cougers (Nc first b-ball team) 72-74 and with his ties to NC and to our FO i feel its a great combo. for both sides.
Just a lilttle read to help out.....
(The other significant break for this franchise occurred when general manager Carl Scheer hired recently-retired ABA players Larry Brown and Doug Moe to coach the team in 1972-73. With Cunningham and Caldwell, plus the speedy Mack Calvin at guard, Brown had some All-Star caliber players to work with. Ed Manning (father of current NBA star Danny Manning) Gene Littles, and Steve "Snapper" Jones also were there to provide still more veteran leadership. The Cougars also had some impressive young players like Dennis Wuycik, Tom Owens, Ted McClain and Steve Previs. During training camp in the Fall of 1972, Brown implemented a trapping defense plus the "passing-game" offense, and the new look Cougars took off from there.
The Cougars were 8-3 in the exhibition season, highlighted by a 5-1 record against NBA and including one-sided blowouts over the New York Knicks, the Boston Celtics, the Atlanta Hawks, the Buffalo Braves and the Kansas City-Omaha Kings. The Cougars jumped out quickly in the regular season as well, winning their first four games and eight of their first 11, and occupying a first-place standing that remained constant through the entire 1972-73 season (an ABA first). Attendance increased 40% over the year before: 340,000 fans, a club record, witnessed Cougar action in North Carolina. This figure included 14,126 rabid Cougars fans who turned out on December 30, 1972 in Greensboro to see the Carolina play its arch-rival, the Kentucky Colonels. After three quarters of nip-and-tuck ball, the Cougars ousted Kentucky 104-91. The victory was Carolina's sixth straight, and it allowed the Cougars to keep first place going into 1973.
Carolina ended up winning 57 games in 1972-73, the most in the ABA that season. Billy Cunningham (overall league MVP), Larry Brown (ABA Coach of the Year), and even Carl Scheer (ABA Executive of the Year) garnered impressive individual honors. Three Cougars -- Cunningham, Caldwell and Calvin (the "Three C's") -- played in the 6th Annual ABA All-Star Game, played on February 6, 1973 in Salt Lake City.
With home court advantage throughout the 1973 ABA Playoffs, expectations for the Cougars were high. In the first round, the Cougars outmanned and overwhelmed New York, eliminating the Nets in four straight games. In the second round, the Cougars faced Dan Issel, Artis Gilmore and the Kentucky Colonels. This hard-fought series went the full seven games. After taking a 3-2 series lead, poor shooting prevented Carolina from closing out the series. The Colonels won Game 6 at Louisville in a 119-100 blowout. Game 7 was played at the Charlotte Coliseum, and an ABA Finals berth against the Indiana Pacers awaited the winner. The Colonels broke open a close and tense game in the second half, and coasted to a 107-96 victory before 10,231 disappointed Cougars fans.
3) YEa mugsy was doin our radio brodcast for awhile and i ran into him a few times at the arena, and i dont think theres a nicer guy out there who still loves his fans and charlotte. ( D.Currys the man also just as homble and all around good guy)
4) Hands down Wallace a.k.a crash is gotta be IMO the best player on our team b/c no matter what the score you know he's going to give you 110% from tip off to final buzzer. And about the jersey in the rafters i wish i we had one but i can see why we dont that was a hard time for our city to go threw. But for those of us that were around then, he still is in our hearts and will be forever....
Good luck with the mission it sounds like a great idea and make sure you post the link, and GO CATS.......
1) No. I wouldn't take back the Hornets name. Because when people think Bobcats, they think of Cpt. Jack, Crash and Felton flying down the floor on the fast break. They think of Crash hustling for every ball. Bobcats is our identity now, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
2) He's great, but stupidly crazy at times. He can do marvellous things with tough and complex players, and he can even crap out defense, from every hole on his body and face. A lot of the times he confuses the hell out of us (i.e Drafting Diop, keeping starters in when they're playing terrible). But he's really turned this team around for the better. After two terrible coaches and a terrible start to the franchise we love, we're turning it around.
3) Muggsy...I'm still relatively new so I have utterly no idea who this guy is.
4) Probably Felton or Crash. Both put 100% in, no matter what. Felton isn't the best PG, but you can tell he tries his hardest out there and plays as hard as he can night in night out. Felton comes under alot of scrutiny here, but I love the guy for trying the hardest he can with what he had to work with. He use to take the last shot of the game because there was no one clutch on our team, but even facing lots of flak he would take the shot.
Crash is a guy who will also try night in and night out. He'll hustle, drive and sacrifice his body every game for the Bobcats. He is the guy who will never give up, no matter whether he's scoring terribly, or scoring well. He isn't the best scorer in the league, but he plays with the most heart and hustle.
TC) He's been a disappointment. I was hoping for a 10/10 player, but we got a "still" injured Center averaging 6/6. He's been poor for us, but I can see him working hard on the defensive end. He turns the ball over a lot, draws easy fouls and seems subpar to the play of Nazzy Mohammed, but I think we still have yet to see the limit of potential from Chandler.
MJ) I think he's done an okay job. He really needs to put more support behind the Bobcats. I don't really know too much about MJ and his role, so I'll leave it up to the older Bobcats fans to answer that one.
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When you take Chris Paul out of the equation though, I guess you get what you have now, and that's a shame. If he could play for you guys how he did 3 years ago, it would elevate the Bobcats so much. I hope he gets his act together, I really enjoyed him.