While the national media and some of my friends have jumped on the anti-Michael Jordan bandwagon, I appreciate that Rick Bonnell has tried to offer a more informed perspective. The following articles or blogs come to mind:
Good for him. I've warmed up to him this year because he actually tried to learn what was going on this season.
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I've been harsh on Ricky B! for years. He was the Observer's Hornets guy, and he was just the incumbent and he acted like it for years. I talked to people about why he was so bad and they said he was up Larry Brown's ass and didn't want to mess that up, so....this year. No dog in the fight? I guess he re-found himself as a writer and a reporter. His perspective has improved after he removed his head from Larry's ass. My concern is he might be a shill for the team, Jordan in particular. But yes, much improved.
2 things have helped Rick:
1.) Last few years have been hard on him taking care of his parents from abroad (his focus can now be back on his work)
2.) Twitter-Rick will always be the media type that gets the most information for the fans, because he's the only Charlotte based reporter that is only assigned to the Bobcats. Now that he has embraced Twitter, he realizes it's all about the timeliness of the information. He wants to break the news first and then follow it up with a link to his article.
Rick has done a good job this year. His reporting has improved, and he feels more invested in covering the team. I've been a big critic of his, but I applaud the job he's done this year. Hell I applaud anyone who has had to cover the team all season.
"Sam Vincent? To be honest with you, I don't know what his concept was." - Gerald Wallace
Maybe Bonnell was improving last year, but I gotta call him out on this:
Where has anybody called Robinson a limited athlete? The words I've seen describe him are "elite athlete," "explosive," "impressive all-around athlete", "powerful," "very fast," "high leaper," etc. Either Rick is extremely slanted against the guy, or he has no idea what he's talking about.Then Kansas’ chances defaulted to Robinson, and it turned out this tough, if athletically-limited, kid from Washington, D.C., was a difference-maker.
This is a failure as a reporter of research and verification. Robinson's story is very tragic, but his uncle didn't die. It was his grandfather, grandmother, then mother who passed. And his sister was being taken care of by her biological father while in D.C.Within months of each other, the two stable factors in his family — his uncle and then his mother — died unexpectedly. That left him to care for his half-sister back in D.C., while trying to keep his head straight playing for the Jayhawks.
Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/201...#storylink=cpy
Not trying to bag too hard on Bonnell because hes had difficult times and has done some adequate work in the past. But my misgivings about his lack of getting any deep insight into the players or team, or any real thought provoking analysis remain, and to start failing on doing his due diligence on research of a major prospect, I do actually have a problem with this. You can't put stuff like this out into a major publication of a top 25 market.
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I'm trying to understand where he's coming from with the "athletically-limited" statement. Maybe he knows more about the combine results than we do? Maybe he's referring to the fact that Robinson was a poor shotblocker in college? Doughboy Jared Sullinger blocked shots at a more frequent rate than Robinson. Maybe he sees Robinson as more of a hustle guy than an athlete?
I've never been a big fan of his take on young prospects.