I'm also new here, but not new to Charlotte basketball.
I grew up with the Charlotte Hornets. Charlotte Coliseum - Sect 126 - Row D - Seats 7 & 8. Wish I could have been there for the auction. I saw the first and last games the team ever played in my hometown. I saw the tuxedos that garnished the 40 point loss. I saw the first win. I saw Rambis beat the Bulls, tipping in that dreadful Robert Reid shot just before Christmas. I saw Mourning hit the jumper against the Celtics, but also remember Dell Curry's clistering night that series. Randolph Keys .. Earl Cureton .. Sidney Green .. Dave Hoppen .. Stuart Gray .. and Calvin - the kind, entertaining, warm-hearted usher that worked right beside our seats for more than a decade. I was sure we'd all see Charlotte win a championship in that building. Remember the team that dominated the Miami Heat in the first round of the playoffs - before squandering the chance at greatness against Milwaukee? Not long thereafter, I heard the Enya over the PA system when the last home game ended. The Charlotte Hornets had a great run, and I'll always be proud of having seen about 80% of the home games in between the begining and the end. I assure you, no fan took that team's departure any harder than I did.
I live in CA now, but I've decided it's time to have a basketball team to pull for again in my hometown. All things considered with the NBA, I couldn't seriously ask for a better team of guys to pull for. And they're starting to look pretty good.
Ammo in MN the other night had me jumping and screaming like it was Charlotte/Boston in 93. Okafor .. Felton .. Wallace .. May .. Carroll .. Hermann .. We're on to something good with this team, and it will be twice as evident this time next year when we're in the thick of a wide-open Eastern Confrence playoff race.
The team can count one more fan - even though I can't help fill those seats downtown. I wish some more people would. Go Bobcats.