I get the sense that people have a short memory. My impression is that the general population has forgotten just how popular the Hornets were, and so now have the sentiment that "Professional basketball will never make it in NC." (Which, for the reasons Grandmama expressed, is absurd.)
So, people begin hearing that an NBA team will not work in Charlotte. Most people believe everything they hear and then repeat it at the water cooler. In the same line of thought, in the absence of the Hornets, a growing mentality has emerged that the NBA is nothing but a bunch of Prima-Donnas, Thugs and Hoodlums, where players don't even try, don't play defense and games boil down to shoot-outs. Combine these two mentalities and you have a situation where people write off the NBA before it even comes to town.
Furthermore, when the Bobcats do show-up, and being an expansion team, don't have a winning record, people feel they can pat themselves on the back that they were right without even watching a game.
On top of that, our own media outlets are not supportive at all.
It's a cycle of "I shouldn't care because no one cares." People look for excuses not support the team, because they view it as the trendy thing to do.
However, as anyone on this board can attest, all of these reasons Grandmama and I have listed are unfounded. People who watch the 'cats play are drawn in as fans. It's contagious. Simply by continuing to be fans, we will help the fan-base grow, when people realize that their reasons for being actively non-supportive are, well, stupid.
Sorry if this is a little preachy, but I've been in too many situations where people see my Bobcats hat and either say, "Is that a Thundercats hat?" or "The Bobcats? What makes you like the Bobcats?" in a snide way. I really think it's just a trend, and trends die. Charlotte will be a true NBA city again, especially after we start kicking tail this season.
While I'm here, I'd like to thank the creators of this board. It was a relief for me to know that there are quite a few fans out there all over the globe. (And they're not all just UNC fans, either. Another stereotype of Bobcats fans.)