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Michael Jordan stares at Stephen Jackson, silently commanding him to grow a Hitler mustache.
(SK)
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Michael Jordan stares at Stephen Jackson, silently commanding him to grow a Hitler mustache.

(SK)

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

NBA OFF SEASON PREVIEW: CHARLOTTE BOBCATS

Any team coupling the spirit of Stephen Jackson with the coaching methods of Larry Brown has to be intriguing to watch.  You have to admit, it’s sort of impressive how they limped into the playoffs last year on their defensive ability alone (DRtg- 102.8, 1st).

This upcoming 2010-11 season seems to hold the same amount of mystery as last year.  There wasn’t too much shuffling of the roster this summer.  The one glaring loss has to be at point guard, with Felton (Win Shares- 6.5) leaving for New Yawk.  Other than that, the core of the franchise remains in tact. 




CRASH will be CRASH.  Jax is going to put up the usual 19, 5, 4.  Boris Diaw will flummox fantasy owners worldwide.  Coach Brown will shout defensive schemes until his diaphragm slowly deteriorates (I hope that doesn’t happen). Tyrus Thomas is going to finally become the Stromile Swift-like player we all KNOW he was meant to be.  Derrick Brown could turn into David West 2.0.  The rest is up to the basketball gods.

Sounds fun, doesn’t it? 



However, with an owner like Michael Jeffrey Jordan, mediocrity cannot be tolerated.  He knows better; the greatest expects greatness.  Thus, I expect them to barely miss out on nabbing that coveted 8th seed in the East.  The Knicks, Heat, Pacers, and Bucks all improved greatly in the off-season, while Charlotte stood pat.  Maybe it’s because I hate D.J. Augustin.



Key Additions:
Kwame Brown (?), Sherron Collins, Darius Miles (head bump).



Key Subtractions:
Raymond Felton, Raja Bell’s defensive presence & Tyson Chandler’s innate ability to finish alley-oops.

Predictions & Fun Facts:

  • The ‘Cats win 40 games and miss the playoffs.
  • Kwame will be waived.
  • Nazr Mohammed starts at least 15 games at center.
  • Twitter: @bobcats @tythomas12 @NazrMohammed
  • Site: Queen City Hoops
  • D.J. Augustin makes me look bad.

Stats via BasketballReference.com

- huhwhatandwhere AKA: oakley&allen.

Shaun Livingston signed by the Charlotte Bobcats

ESPN reports:

Shaun Livingston suffered what was widely considered a career-ending knee injury playing against Charlotte in 2007.

Just over three years later, he’s joining the Bobcats to continue his comeback and help plug their hole at point guard.

"Yes," agent Henry Thomas said, "how ironic."

Thomas confirmed on Wednesday his client was headed to Charlotte but didn’t provide financial figures. Yahoo! Sports reported it was a two-year deal worth $7 million.

I’m happy to see MJ & the Bobcats organization giving the kid a shot.  Good luck in Charlotte, Shaun.

(huhwhatandwhere)

I guess that Michael Jordan had another trade in mind for Tyson Chandler.
Woj also reports that the Bobcats will likely dump Dampier

I guess that Michael Jordan had another trade in mind for Tyson Chandler.

Woj also reports that the Bobcats will likely dump Dampier

Michael Jordan would be the worst Little League dad of all time.
(Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

Michael Jordan would be the worst Little League dad of all time.

(Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)

"Dammit, just let Vince Carter shoot!"

"Dammit, just let Vince Carter shoot!"

Early stats in Magic-Bobcats Game One

Surprising stat

Dwight Howard: Six blocks

Unsurprising stat

Stephen Jackson: One technical foul

I’m not saying that Larry Brown and the Bobcats aren’t trying to win against the Bulls (who would clinch the eight seed in the East with a win), but Larry Hughes has played a full twelve minutes in the first half so far.

I’m not saying that Larry Brown and the Bobcats aren’t trying to win against the Bulls (who would clinch the eight seed in the East with a win), but Larry Hughes has played a full twelve minutes in the first half so far.

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