I was just wondering why do some of you all even like/follow the Bobcats. All I'm reading is that most of you guys don't think we even have a chance to win tonight. Then most of the other times I read that people want us to lose so that we can maybe, possibly, sorta get a kid who while he may be the next Lebron, has never set foot on an NBA court. On top of that you get mad when other people look down on the Cats, but turn around and basically do the same thing on here.
If you think so negatively of the team and want them to lose then why put yourself through the torture of watching them? Whether they win or not, i'll always think they have at least a slight chance to win and I would never root for my team to lose. Heck, I live in S. Florida and don't root for the Heat. I'm Charlotte born and raised and always want the home teams to win.
I'm cool with being critical of your team, that's what fans do, but it's just weird to me why some of you even like the Bobcats.
I think it's a great question and I don't feel that folks like me are fans to watch us fail.
I don't want us to lose. I don't have faith in some kid that's got "potential" written all over him. I don't want us to feel we are out of any game and I am a season ticket holder. Don't fret Mr 1020, there are others like you for sure, just not a large majority.
I am glad the team doesn't seem to be in lose now to win later mode. I did get why they threw in the towel in the 2nd Silas year but I honestly don't believe they made a conscious decision to "tank" last year despite everyone howling that it was what we were doing. I think we just had a very talent deprived team and staff last year.
Having said that, I don't doubt that IF there were to be some key injuries somewhere in the meat of the year, we'll shut it down and try to secure a better pick; but I don't think that's remotely our intent at this point today.
well you're kinda asking a couple of distinct, different questions.
probably most people on here root for the bobcats because this is their local team (either now or from some time in the past, like yourself). others may have chosen the team for various reasons and have steadfastly stuck with the team through thick and thin. the fact that the team has a strong fan base despite several terrible seasons and in general a lackluster existence is a testament to the quality of those fans.
now you're asking why some people are pessimistic on the team's chances tonight. first, it's an away game and those are always tough. second, the rockets may have two players who are the best at their specific positions in the NBA. with only 5 guys playing at any given time, that's a huge advantage. the team is a 12 point underdog tonight. it's realistic to admit the bobcats will most likely not win. to admit that doesn't make you less of a fan.
in regards to some people advocating for losses, a lot of that is probably due to the sour taste the larry brown era left. while the playoff run was certainly fun, it was all too brief and completely unsustainable. many people on here are very interested in becoming a contender for a championship, not just a team that makes the playoffs (there is a huge difference between the two). the NBA incentives losing to gain star players through the draft and the reality is you need a star player (or more) to compete. some people simply feel that the team hasn't acquired such a player yet and would prefer the team be patient (after all, we suffered through two terrible seasons, what is one more) before what has long been considered a top tier draft. they want to acquire young, cheap talent and let them develop. they are not advocating losing forever and in fact, would probably be happy to see the team win with its homegrown players.
finally, once the game begins, i doubt you will actually find any fans actively rooting for the team to lose. it's really just a distinction of long-term strategy. once the ball goes up, even the most hardcore advocate for tanking is still rooting for a win.
I have been a Bobcats fan since 2010 and I am not even from Charlotte (I have no Charlotte roots). I live in NY and I choose to follow the Cats because I loved how I could follow a brand new franchise where I would experience the history of the team (since I am young). Every year I follow the Bobcats, but I do watch my local team Brooklyn Nets as well because lets face it the team has not been good at all. I traveled to Charlotte to watch the team play twice in the past 3 years and I am planning on attending next year when they become the Hornets. I really want the Bobcats to become good but it is hard to watch a team that is losing. I would watch a Bobcats game over a Nets game if the team becomes really good, but I do not see the sense of purchasing League Pass to watch the Cats loss. Hopefully this year the team will get much better so watching the team will become exciting like it was in the 2010 season. I do consider the Bobcats as my favorite team, but the Nets are my 2nd favorite.. hopefully one day it will only be the Bobcats for me.
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Our average margin of defeat over the past two seasons has been -13.9 and -9.2 respectively. It's more rational to believe we will get blown out rather than win a game.
We lost our first game by 13 points.
We have a lot of work to do, and winning this year isn't in the cards. I personally don't cheer for losses, but I sure as hell don't want to win 40 meaningless games en route to a 9th seed. The absolute worst thing we could do this year or any year for that matter is be mediocre. Unless you believe we can make the playoffs this year and be a factor (hint: we cannot), the best case scenario is a high draft pick and a young team clearly making strides.
I try not to be overly negative but I just think if you understand where the team is you don't get your hopes up too high. We gotta get better, and pretending we have a chance isn't helping anything.
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I've been a fan for years but that doesn't mean I view every game through rose colored glasses. We have sucked for years, and while I am cautiously optimistic we will suck less this year, that doesn't mean I think we are going to be particularly good. Especially not good enough to beat a team like Houston on the road. Until I have some reason to believe otherwise I will always view this team with suspicion. Doesn't mean I won't be pulling for them, however.
Been a season ticket holder and fan sense day one. I want and hope ever time I walk into TWC Box it's a win . And I wasn't hoping the Rockets was going to win last night . Though I am some what realistic , such as the game last night. One think I hate, and don't do is consistently bash the players we have. [like some] Some of the kids are better than others but if they are sporting a bobcat uniform. Then they are representing our city and state. And I take pride in that . Even if it's just a seven win season.
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