Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bobcats Extra: Bulls at Bobcats

Chicago Bulls(48-33; 4th in Eastern Conference) vs. Charlotte Bobcats(42-39; 7th in Eastern Conference)

Time Warner Cable Arena

Gametime: 7:00 p.m.

Television: SportSouth

Radio: WFNZ 610 AM

Last meetings: CHI 86, CHA 81(November 18th at Chicago); CHI 103, CHA 97(January 11th at Chicago); CHI 89, CHA 87(January 25th at Charlotte)






Scouting the Bulls

The Chicago Bulls have already assured themselves the 4th seed in the Eastern Conference, and they come into Charlotte fresh off a 105-98 win over the Orlando Magic back on Monday night at the United Center.  The Bulls have a balanced attack that's led by Taj Gibson, Derrick Rose, and former Charlotte Bobcat D.J. Augustin.  Sure, Chicago has been making a name for themselves in recent years since hiring Tom Thibodeaux to take over the club, and he will have these three in action, as well as a supporting cast off the bench, in their final tune-up before the playoffs as Chicago visits Charlotte this evening.




Scouting the Bobcats

Back on Monday night in Atlanta, Chris Douglas-Roberts jumper at the buzzer gave the Charlotte Bobcats a thrilling come-from-behind win over the Hawks by a 95-93 margin, as Charlotte remains in 7th place entering tonight's regular season finale at Time Warner Cable Arena against the Chicago Bulls, which will be the last regular-season game ever as the "Bobcats" before they change its name back to the Hornets next season.  The match-up to watch tonight in this regular season finale is Joakim Noah of Chicago going up against "Big Al" Jefferson, and it will be a big battle tonight between both teams, and there will be some "Scoreboard watching" as well(see standings below), as the Bobcats and Washington Wizards are vying for the coveted 6th spot for the Playoffs, which get underway on Saturday, and the scenario is simple for Charlotte: A win and a Washington loss will give them the 6th seed, but a Washington win or a Charlotte loss could mean that the Wizards will have the 6th seed, setting the stage for a showdown with LeBron James and the Miami Heat.

Buzz City Night

Throughout the season, the Bobcats have been celebrating the legacy and heritage of the original Charlotte Hornets with their "Buzz City" nights, and tonight will be the final one of the season, with the first 10,000 fans receiving a Hornets Car Magnet.

Updated Eastern Conference Standings

1. Indiana Pacers: 55-26; clinched top seed in the East

2. Miami Heat: 54-27; Clinched Southeast Division title and playoff berth

3. Toronto Raptors: 48-33; Clinched Atlantic Division title and playoff berth

4. Chicago Bulls: 48-33; Clinched playoff berth

5. Brooklyn Nets: 44-37; Clinched playoff berth

6. Washington Wizards: 43-38; Clinched playoff berth; leads CHA by 1 game for 6th spot

7. CHARLOTTE BOBCATS: 42-39; Clinched playoff berth; trails WAS by 1 game for 6th spot

8. Atlanta Hawks: 37-44; Clinched playoff berth

Games of interest in Eastern Conference playoff race

Indiana @ Orlando: 7:00 p.m.; Atlanta @ Milwaukee: 8:00 p.m.; Washington @ Boston: 8:00 p.m.; Brooklyn @ Cleveland: 8:00 p.m.; Philadelphia @ Miami: 8:00 p.m.; Toronto @ New York: 8:00 p.m.



This year's Bobcats squad could give teams in East a run for their money come playoff time

If you haven't been paying attention to what the Charlotte Bobcats have been doing this season, then you're missing out on what would be one of the most special seasons in the franchise's 10-year history, as they prepare for not only their playoff run starting this upcoming weekend, but also preparing to say goodbye to the "Bobcats" nickname as they will officially "Revive the Hive" by changing its nickname back to the Charlotte Hornets next season.

This past off season, we faced two decisions: Should we go out and make an impact or sit back and tank again?  Well, the Bobcats went out and decided to make an impact.  They did so by hiring Steve Clifford, a potential candidate for Coach of the Year recognition with the way he has turned the Bobcats around from a dismal 21-61 mark last season to a record of 42-39, as Charlotte is sitting in 7th place currently in the Eastern Conference(1 GB of Washington for the 6th spot), with the final game of the regular season coming tomorrow night at Time Warner Cable Arena against the Chicago Bulls, and in the games that I've been watching this season, I thought to myself Clifford wasn't the guy we wanted, but we all sat back and watched him work his magic on the sidelines in his first season as the Bobcats head coach, and what he has done so far has given the media here in Charlotte, as well as throughout the NBA a lot of love for the Bobcats this season during this playoff push.

The second key piece to this puzzle was of course, bringing in Al Jefferson, and he has been the reason why Charlotte is going back to the playoffs for the first time since 2010 with all of his hard work, and many may consider him for All-NBA honors at the end of the season.

Now, these two pieces, along with the usual regulars of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kemba Walker, and Gerald Henderson, have been the ingredients for success this season for the Bobcats, who will be making just their second-ever trip to the playoffs, against possibly Miami or Toronto, but that all depends on where the Bobcats will finish at season's end, and that could be a great way for this organization to enter the off-season and signal their new chapter as the Hornets again, but first, they have to battle hard in the upcoming NBA playoffs, as many of the so-called experts could possibly pick Charlotte as the surprise team in the playoffs this year, possibly making it to at least the second round.

The future is certainly bright for the NBA here in Charlotte, as many of us here are of course getting ready to welcome back the Hornets name to our city next season, and getting ready to witness playoff basketball once again in our city for the first time since 2010, when we got swept in the first round by the Orlando Magic, and we should all embrace this team during the playoffs and cheer them on loudly and proudly whenever they're on the road or playing before big crowds at Time Warner Cable Arena to send a message to everyone that this city truly loves its NBA basketball in a state that's mostly crazy about College Basketball, and we know that when you watch this team get deep into the playoffs, then you should take some notes and see why the Bobcats could give some of the top teams in the Eastern Conference Playoffs, such as Miami, Indiana, Toronto, and Chicago, a run for their money.


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Special Comment: It was about time those sorry Philadelphia 76ers won a game

And now at the request of Jake "The Boss" Cook, another "Special Comment" about why it was about time the Philadelphia 76ers won a game, and why are they destined to get the top pick in the NBA Draft later this summer.

Last night in Philadelphia, the biggest disappointment in the NBA this season, the Philadelphia 76ers, finally won a game that should have cared less about, a 123-98 blowout win over the Detroit Pistons, and that win snapped a long, disastrous, yet humiliating 26-game losing streak. A 26-game losing streak? TO ME, THAT IS THE BIGGEST PIECE OF B.S. I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY LIFE AS A NBA FAN!  YOU ARROGANT BUMS WASTED THE LAST 2 AND 1/2 MONTHS NOT GIVING A HOOT ABOUT WINNING, YOU ONLY CARED ABOUT LOSING OUT TO GET THAT COVETED TOP PICK IN THE NBA DRAFT LATER THIS SUMMER, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD! UN THE LAST THREE YEARS I HAVE DONE THESE SERIES OF "SPECIAL COMMENTS", WHICH WAS MODELED AFTER WHAT MY IDOL, KEITH OLBERMANN DID DURING HIS DAYS AT MSNBC AND THE NOW-DEFUNCT CURRENT TV, EACH ONE OF THEM HAS CENTERED AROUND ONE THING: GETTING PEOPLE TO FACE THE TRUTH, AND AS FOR YOU, PHILADELPHIA 76ERS, THE TRUTH I'M ADDRESSING TO YOU TODAY IS GOING TO HURT! IT'S TRUE, IT'S TRUE!

I checked the standings in the Eastern Conference not too long ago, and you guys are 16-57. 16-57? NO WONDER YOU GUYS ARE ONE OF THE TWO DISAPPOINTING TEAMS I HAVE EVER SEEN IN THE NBA, ALONG WITH THE ORLANDO MAGIC, MILWAUKEE BUCKS, HECK, YOU CAN ALSO THROW IN THE UTAH JAZZ AND LOS ANGELES LAKERS INTO THE LIST OF TEAMS THAT ARE VYING FOR THE DRAFT IN THE FIRST PLACE!

WHO IS RUNNING THIS MESS UP IN PHILADELPHIA? HECK, YOU GUYS MAY HAVE GONE ALL RUBEN AMARO, JR. AND HIRED A COACH WHO INSPIRED YOU TO LOSE A LOT OVER THE LAST 2 1/2 MONTHS YOU HAVEN'T WON A GAME UNTIL LAST NIGHT? WELL, BRETT BROWN, YOU MIGHT HAVE A CASE OF "MIKE DUNLAP SYNDROME" BECAUSE YOU SIR, MR. BROWN, HAVE NO BUSINESS OF BEING A FIRST-YEAR HEAD COACH WHO'S PLAYING TO GET AXED OUT OF A CITY THAT LOVES THEIR SPORTS, AND YOUR FOOTBALL TEAM GOT RID OF DESEAN JACKSON, HECK YOUR PHILLIES MIGHT STINK UP THE JOINT AND FAIL AGAIN, BUT YOUR BASKETBALL TEAM MAN, YOU ARE NOTHING BUT A BIG, MISERABLE, IGNORANT BUNCH OF LOSERS WHO DION'T EVEN CARE ABOUT WINNING A GAME AND ARE NOW "TANKING FOR WIGGINS" GIVE. ME. A . FREAKING. BREAK!

LOOK AT WHAT YOU DONE, PHILADELPHIA 76ERS, YOU HAVE NOW BECOME THE WORST TEAM I HAVE EVER SEEN IN THE NBA THIS SEASON, AND I GUARANTEE A SO-CALLED "FIRE SALE" WILL BE COMING SOONER OR LATER ONCE YOUR SEAON OF FAILURE WRAPS UP, AND IF I WAS A 76ERS FAN, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS FIRING YOUR COACH THAT HAS GOTTEN YOU INTO THIS BIG DEPACLE IN THE FIRST PLACE SINCE YOUR ORGANIZATION HASN'T RECAPUTRED THE GLORY YEARS SINCE THE DAYS OF ALLEN IVERSON AND ANDRE IGUODALA!

To wrap up this latest "Special Comment", I am so glad you finally won a game snapping the 26-game losing streak, and I'm not happy about what your organization, the Philadelphia 76ers have done this season, so what I insist YOU do is this: CAR. ABOUT. WINNING. GAMES. OR. ELSE! GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Remembering the Charlotte Hornets 25 years later: The game that signaled the birth of "Hornets Hysteria"

As we continue to look back at some of the memorable moments from the Charlotte Hornets first season 25 years ago, we'll be looking back at an historical moment that changed the team, and the city of Charlotte forever 25 years ago yesterday, as "Hornets Hysteria" would be born with a game against North Carolina's native son, who would eventually be the man that would own our current NBA team and the driving force behind our city bringing the "Hornets" name back next season.

The game that marked the birth of "Hornets Hysteria"

It wasn't a typical Friday in Charlotte on that day back on December 23rd, 1988, it was just 2 days before Christmas, and thousands of people living here at that time were just busy getting their Christmas shopping done, while others were either flying in or flying out of Charlotte-Douglas International Airport to visit family and friends, and for the Charlotte Hornets, who were 6-17 at the time, they were hard at work preparing for their match-up against Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in what would be Jordan's first professional game in his home state before a crowd of 23,388 at the Charlotte Coliseum and a national television audience on SuperStation WTBS.

The Hornets were down 85-77 to the Bulls, who were led in scoring by Jordan, who had 33 points, and with time running out, everyone inside the Coliseum was hoping for a little early-Christmas present, and Kurt Rambis would be the man that head coach Dick Harter would look to, as Charlotte was tied with Chicago at 101-101, setting the stage for a thrilling finish at "The Hive", and to simply put it, it was truly alive and well that night with just a few seconds left in regulation, as both teams, and those attending the game, watching it on television, or hearing the game on the radio, were on pins and needles as the Hornets needed just one shot to win the game or settle it in overtime, but Rambis was all in, and he wanted to go for the win.

Rambis would recover the loose ball and would tip it in at the buzzer, for the first last-second win in franchise history, and everyone inside the building would shout in jubilation, as the Hornets would get what would become one of their signature wins in their first season in Charlotte, defeating the Bulls 103-101 and from that game on, "Hornets Hysteria" was everywhere throughout Charlotte and the Carolinas, as the game that night would make the Charlotte Hornets a household name, while the Charlotte Coliseum would be packed night in and night out for 364 consecutive games.

The way I see it, "Hornets Hysteria" was simply put, something this city needed that day, as it would be an early-Christmas present for the residents of 350,000 people living here at that time who were busy preparing for the holidays, and it was all over our city, as fans wore everything purple and teal and talked about it at work, in sports bars, and everywhere else around our city, as well as throughout North and South Carolina, as people finally took notice about the Charlotte Hornets and adopting them as their hometown NBA team during the first season, and that is something that we are looking forward to recreating next season, when the Bobcats officially change its name to the Hornets for the 2014-15 season and beyond.

"Hornets Hysteria" was indeed another great moment in the first season of the 1988-89 Charlotte Hornets, as we continue to look back at some of the moments from the team's first season 25 years ago and looking ahead to the return of the Hornets next season.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Bobcats Extra: The Evolution of the Hornets logo(Part 2 of 4)

This is the second installment of our 4 part series talking about the evolution of the Hornets logo from their run in Charlotte to their stint in New Orleans, leading up to Saturday's reveal of the new Hornets logo at halftime of the Charlotte Bobcats game against the Utah Jazz during the first of 5 "Buzz City" nights this season in which the Bobcats will honor the history and legacy of the original Charlotte Hornets as they prepare for the long awaited return of the Hornets name starting next season.

The Caskey Hornet, a.k.a. the "Dribbling Hornet" logo(1988-2002)

After the NBA Draft came to an end, there was a little debate over which logo would be the primary logo for the Charlotte Hornets to use for their run in Charlotte, and when the team found out that the Alexander Julian-designed logo was almost a exact version of the Montreal Canadiens logo, they decided to revert back to the "Dribbling Hornet" logo, which was designed by Jerrell Caskey of Hendrick Sportswear and was revealed for the first time on November 12th, 1987.

Many of us that followed this team often referred to the logo as the "Dribbling Hugo" logo, and it would eventually turn out to be one of the most recognizable logos in NBA history, as well as one of the top-selling merchandise sellers in the 1990's.  Everywhere you looked around Charlotte, you couldn't miss seeing the familiar "Dribbling Hornet" logo on T-shirts, hats, license plates, bumper stickers, and pennants.  It was indeed part of a young team that would capture the hearts of millions in the Carolinas, as well as the Charlotte area alone, as Hornets merchandise would be one of the top-sellers in the NBA during the 1990's, as part of an era called "Hornets Hysteria", which would see the Hornets lead the league in attendance for eight out of 9 seasons, and watching the team sellout the Charlotte Coliseum, which has since been demolished back in 2007, for 364 consecutive games.

Nowadays, fans are still holding on to their Hornets merchandise, since some of it are often hard to find on eBay because of the return of the Hornets next season, or many have started to load up on "Hardwood Classics" Charlotte Hornets gear that's available at the Team Store at Time Warner Cable Arena, to prepare for the return of the Hornets next season, and if you're lucky enough to have much of the retro Hornets gear with this logo that the team used for all of their 14 years here in Charlotte, it is truly a collector's item that you can't live without to this very day.

Tomorrow, we'll talk about how the Hornets logo would evolve during their time in New Orleans, and on Saturday, we'll be breaking down the new look and identity for the Charlotte Hornets in 2014-15, as we look back at the evolution of the Hornets logo.

NOTE: 99designs is running a fan-submitted logo design contest for the Hornets, and if you want to check them out, you can click HERE.

Bobcats Extra Recap: Bobcats 104, Raptors 102(OT)







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Last night in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre, the Charlotte Bobcats and Toronto Raptors battles back and forth in a very exciting 4th quarter, and when the game was tied up, overtime would come around for both teams, and with less than one second on the clock, the Bobcats would put the ball in the hands of Kemba Walker, and he responded with a buzzer-beater that helped Charlotte escape out of Toronto with a 104-102 win in Overtime, improving Charlotte's record on the season to 12-14 on the season.

"I wanted the basketball.  I wanted to make that shot. I was just happy to get the opportunity." said Walker, who finished the night with 29 points to lead the way for the Bobcats in last night's win.  Another player that had an impact on the Bobcats win last night was Al Jefferson, who had 24 points to go with his 11 rebounds, and head coach Steve Clifford was pleased with how Jefferson stepped up his game in the second half.  "This was his best game by far." quoted Clifford. "The second half he was terrific. He both rebounded and scored well in the second half." Jefferson meanwhile was very fortunate to see Walker nail that game-winner in overtime to help the Bobcats get the win.  "I really think he missed those free throws on purpose so we could be in that situation, because that's what he lives for." Jefferson said. "That's what he does, and he's been doing that his whole life."

Charlotte also saw three players reach double-figures, with Josh McRoberts adding in 13 points, while Ramon Sessions and Gerald Henderson each had 11 points, and Anthony Tolliver had to round out the group of double-figure scorers for the Bobcats in the win.

Toronto was led in scoring by DeMar DeRozan, who had 30 points in the loss for the Raptors.

The Bobcats will be back in action on Friday night as they travel to Auburn Hills to face the Detroit Pistons, before returning home to Time Warner Cable Arena on Saturday night to take on the Utah Jazz for the first of 5 "Buzz City Nights", at 7:30 p.m., which will include the world premiere of the new Charlotte Hornets identity at halftime in a ceremony led by Bobcats chairman Michael Jordan, Charlotte Hornets legends Muggsy Bogues, Dell Curry and Rex Chapman.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Bobcats Extra: The evolution of the Hornets logo(Part 1 of 4)

This upcoming Saturday, the Charlotte Bobcats will officially unveil the identity for when the team changes its name to the Charlotte Hornets beginning with the 2014-15 campaign at halftime of their game against the Utah Jazz at Time Warner Cable Arena, and as part of our blog's continuing retrospective of the original Charlotte Hornets first season 25 years ago and looking ahead to the return of the Hornets next season, we are rolling out a 4-part series looking at the evolution of the Hornets logo from their days in Charlotte, and to their time in New Orleans.  In part one, we'll spotlight the "Julian Hornet", which was designed by none other than Alexander Julian and was originally used during the 1988 NBA Draft.

The Julian Hornet(1988)

The Charlotte Hornets were missing a logo that would serve as an identity for a team and a city upon entering the NBA for the 1988-89 inaugural season, and just like the uniforms, Alexander Julian, a Chapel Hill Native, would waste no time in designing a logo for the team. Originally, the team insisted that the "Dribbling Hugo" logo, designed by Jerrell Caskey of Hendrick Sportswear would serve as the primary logo, but team executives, including owner George Shinn realized that Julian's design would be it.  The logo would consist of a teal "C", a white "H" with a purple outline, and a black Hornet with a basketball on the "H" design with "CHARLOTTE" in it's Rockwell Condensed font underneath the logo.

The logo would only be used for the NBA Draft in June of 1988 until Hornets executives decided that the "Dribbling Hugo" logo would be better off as its primary logo, after finding out that the logo was almost a duplication of the logo for the National Hockey League's Montreal Canadiens, and as for the Alexander Julian-designed logo, it would be on the waistbands of the team's home and away uniforms, and on the warm-up jackets until the 1991-92 season.

Tomorrow, we'll feature the logo that would become an iconic symbol of the Hornets for all 14 seasons in Charlotte, and how it became an obsession for those who grew up here in Charlotte and in the Carolinas during that time.