I do want to say this on the Hornets name, though. I would rather NoLa drop it than us get it back. It's just offensive, really. Hornets has no relevance outside of the Queen City, and it'd help out both teams from being called the Charlotte Hornets (I saw both teams called that in the same day!).
And Stephen, I don't know how you usually do these trips, but there are multiple BCP STH's who I'm sure would love to talk to you.
My plans have moved around a little, but I am 100% officially attending the Monday game on MLK day at 2. If anyone would be interested in giving their points of view on the Bobcats, let me know and I will make arrangements to be there extra early to record you in front of the arena. I can't make a 100% promise that I can use what I shoot, but as long as it's honest and heart felt then I'm sure I can put it in. It's like I said, each visit is for the fans point of view, so fan participation its welcomed.
Baron Davis/David Wesley
MJ/Bobby Phills (RIP)
Derek Coleman/Elden Campbell
Elden Campbell/Jamal Magloire
Holy fucking shit.
STARTING AT FOOOORWARD...6'8"..Tyr......wait...Dom..who the fuck?
^And no way the Hornet's would've left, either.
Shinn "owns" the Hornets in name and so its really just a reflection of his poor conscience that he kept the name in New Orleans. But the Hornets are a well established NBA brand that he wanted to keep (partly thanks to the early love they received in Charlotte; and partly due to exceptional branding). It shows however that the brand has absolutely nothing to do with the location. The location is secondary so long as the financial package is worthy. I think the Sonics/Thunder are one of the very few teams to actually do the necessary thing and just change the name.
I think its generally agreed that Bob Johnson picked an awful name for his team, and force-fit it into a town that to a large extent didn't even want it. Team branding and marketing has been poor, though this years new uni's are a big help.
When Muggsy was doing Bobcats radio; I'd often see him hanging around the lower club concessions area before a game. Whenever I'd wave and throw a Hey Muggsy! his way he'd always flash me a big smile. When I first moved to Winston-Salem in the mid '80's; Muggs was the starting PG for a bad Wake Forest team. But EVERYONE loved Muggsy. He was amazing.
I haven't seen Muggsy at the arena this year. Not sure whats up with that.
My favorite aspect of Larry Brown is that he isn't Sam Vincent; as in - he doesn't stand in the paint during timeouts sucking his thumb beside his assistants who for good reason would be silently staring down at the floor.
And to better understand THAT - you might want to peruse this thread from BCP:
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The one thing that REALLY bugs me is seeing the legacy of Adam Morrison being wasted in LA. Okay I'm kidding.
To truly understand the Bobcats; one must consider that it was "us" (yep m . r. us lol) that drafted Adam Morrison ahead of Rudy Gay and Brandon Roy. One year later we hired Sam Vincent, who pulled Jeff McInnis literally off the street and made him our starting PG over Felton. Of course, the Charlotte Observer still thinks we should be starting Brevin Knight; but that's a 'nuther story.
Anyway; sometime late in that season; the team up and just cuts McInnis after starting him the game before. No explanation. Poof. We can only imagine what Jeff did to deserve that.
We are still recoving from all that devastation; which makes the recent credibility this team is earning all the more amazing and to the credit of Mr. Larry Brown.
You speak a lot of Bobcat wisdom my friend.
From an outsiders perspective, I give Larry Brown a boat load of credit. I feel like a couple of years ago, this organization was really weak. Like somebody stated before, the Clippers of the east. That's how I viewed them.
Larry Brown coming in seems to me like it changed everything. The Morrison pick was god awful. It was obvious that it was awful when it first made. Recovering from such a pick like that is hard to do. Luckily you shipped him out asap.
Thus far though I have not seen anyone really say much on Stephen Jackson. I think for this team he's perfect. Does anyone else agree?