Bob Johnson has been put on Notice by me...
He didn't support Barack Obama
As a Business man....I hate BET. It's the worse thing for black people since the jerry curl.
he always complains... he did in dc and he just started to in charlotte. he will continue
and you dont have a choice whether he owns the team or not so, as long as there in charlotte and he foots the bills as we lose money, yes we want him
I can't speak to BET, never really watched it, I'm not black either so I don't know how it effects black people, but I can say flipping through the channels at about 3am sure is interesting. How much of someone's ass can you show on tv? Or can you show the whole thing except the crack or something? For that matter when could you start saying "shit" on basic cable?
I worded it incorrectly on the subject line. We have no choice in the matter of course, it's more of a preferance want, or how satisfied are you? What do you think of the man? Along those lines. That thing on BET that night, wow I have seen some BET, caught my eye because it was him, I stayed for most of the interview because he was ruffling my feathers a bit. Very aggresive toward the interviewer, very proud of himself. Is he officially Hillary's spokesperson?
Sidenote: there were no and I mean no good looking people at the DNC. I'm tremendously shallow, I know but the Obama speech they would show the crowd and I didnt see a single attractive person. The RNC will have at least one: Palin.
Very intriguing discussions going on! My context on the discussion is this:
I didn't see or hear any of the Bob interview. I haven't even heard anything about it, or would never have heard about it if not for BCP. Now, I'm so disillusioned with politics and the future of the USA, I really could care less what anyone has to say about the upcoming election and national politics writ large. Nothing offended me, from what has been posted here, of what Bob said. Not having seen the interview (youtube doesn't have it), I can't speak to his "attitude," but I can't imagine it making any difference. Talking politics is every person's right, and that's all he seems to have done here; no harm, no foul for me at least.
In the bigger picture, I think I'm warming up to Bob as our owner, that is, the man who funds the team. He's illustrated he's not a tightwad when it comes to paying players going back to last offseason. He doesn't seem to meddle in affairs, leaving it to MJ and Rod (and now coach). He shows up quite frequently (at least 7 games I saw him at last year out of the 25 or so I went to), so I don't think it's fair to criticize him for him not showing up to games. Whether or not he is competent as an owner, I guess that's to be determined and is pretty much attatched to MJ's job performance. I think he's got a hell of an arena, staffed with friendly, jovial employees that make me feel at home and can't seem to do enough for me and it was like that before I was a ST holder. Compared to other arenas and other sports, the concessions are well-priced. They have good ticket promotions. Though the upper bowl (maybe the lower bowl also) had a slight price hike, I think prices are still quite reasonable. I have no other team to compare it to, but as a single, parttime worker/student, editor/writer, layabout, my 2 seats are well worth the price and don't come close to hurting my bank account at all.
He is a terrible public speaker for sure, as BigCat points out in his initial post. The way he rambles and doesn't really seem to have any point to what he says is a sort of gauche humor if there's such a thing: it's both awkward/uncomfortable, but funny for that very reason: I just chalk it up to Bob being Bob.
The thing that most irritated me is when he called out local businesses toward the end of the season in April, complaining that they weren't giving enough money and investing in the team, when so many of the businesses (Wachovia) that have supported the team are getting sliced in diced economically. There was no excuse for that, and if he pulls something like that again, this team has no chance at lasting here I don't think. If he wants to make calls to local CEOs and COOs and try to schmooze, great; but, to call them out in the paper is tacky and tactless to the extreme.
So after all this, what do we have? He ruffles feathers when he talks about things extraneous to the actual Bobcats product on the court. As far as the on-court product and the arena experience, things of which are of ultimate importance to any fan, I have few complaints, and think it could be much worse (George Shinn, Donald Sterling, Hawks owner, Paul Brown, Al Davis, the Bennett guy, etc.)
Do we really want him as our owner? Sure. Is there a realistic better alternative?
"The Charlotte Hornets name has been a mainstay throughout the region for many years, and we are excited to announce our intention to re-establish this historic brand. We believe that its return will galvanize our fan base by unifying our loyal Bobcats fans with those who have strong memories of our city's NBA predecessor." MJ, 5-21-13
Obviously I can't be totally objective when it comes to a thread about my employer, so I'll limit my comments to a few verifiable facts that are only intended to help frame this discussion a little. Much research has been conducted on what makes the owner of a professional sports franchise liked or disliked by the fans of his/her particular team. Rightly or wrongly, winning percentage seems to weigh heavily on those perceptions, as does personal reputation and community activism. And while no two franchises are the same (the notion that an "average" franchise is operating somewhere sounds reasonable but doesn't actually exist), the single most important factor that seems to affect a fan base's perception of their particular owner, no matter what the market size or circumstances surrounding the team, is his/her willingness to spend the money necessary to put a winning product on the court/field.
Last summer, Mr. Johnson committed to long-term contracts with Gerald and Matt. This summer he lured one of the best coaches in the world to Charlotte, and locked-up Emeka to a long-term contract. The result of these moves (hiring Coach Brown notwithstanding) now puts us, I believe, actually closer to the luxury tax threshold than we are to the cap number. And with 4 first round picks (and their guaranteed multi-year contracts) added to this roster in the past 3 years, we can all see to exactly what level Mr. Johnson's investment in the basketball product has been.
I'm still relatively new to the organization, so I don't know all the history with regards to spending. But I do know that expansion franchises are subject to different cap rules in their first couple of years and we're just barely out of that time frame.
Sharing opinions are what these forums are for, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to come on here and read all of yours. I hope this discussion continues because your feedback often provides me with thoughts and ideas on what we can do to improve things. I just wanted to provide something of a fact-based framework for more opinions to develop from.
But see, it doesn't matter that Bob Johnson is paying close to 64 million for a team that hasn't even made the playoffs yet...hasn't let ANY of our draft picks leave in FA...paid big money for what's probably one of the top 5-7 SGs in the game nor that he's kept ticket prices at the lowest level in the league. What's truly important is that he kisses everyone's collective butt and shops at the local Wal Mart.
And yeah, that was sarcasm.
He's made mistakes, but he's seemed very willing to take a step back and correct them. If you want to see some really crappy owners look at LAC, SAC and ATL just to name a few. Better yet, remember what used to be in Charlotte.
Hope Resurrected: "I think I can bring an attitude to a team as far as, ‘All right, no matter what, we are not losing this game'." - Kemba Walker
"Its okay to be bad; just so long as you're bad ass." - Keetch
"I don't care if he uses a sophisticated pulley and tackle system to get his shot off if the bitch goes in."-Mustachio
I have no problem with Bob Johnson. As long as we can get a winner on the court soon you'll continue to get my money.
Guys, I dont care who the owner is but someone who gets quality players. I dont care what he does or says (within reason) as long as long as he is dedicated to putting a winning products on the floor. who cares who he votes for or his past businesses.
Like you said, he's made mistakes, but seems very willing to correct them. There's people in positions of power like him that would consider it the end of the world to admit a mistake, much less correct it.
And with that, I'll get off my soapbox.