Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Thomas has been impressive off Bobcats bench this season

Hellooooooooooooooooooooooooo Bobcats Fans! I'm back once again to give you my take on what's happening around the "Bobcat Nation". If you have been watching our Charlotte Bobcats play this season like I've been, you might have seen some strong play off our bench by a guy we fans would like to call "T-Time", Tyrus Thomas, who in my opinion is our star player off Larry Brown's bench this season.

When this organization acquired him from Chicago last season for Flip Murray and Acie Law IV, he was just the spark we needed last season in making it to our first playoff appearance in our history, and to me, Thomas has been the spark we needed when he comes off the bench for any game, and for those of us who constantly follow this team day in and day out, he and the rest of our reserves truly mean a difference in winning a game or losing one.

Of course you know, I always check out the stats daily to see who's hot and who's not in the NBA, and if you take a closer look at what Thomas has been doing in the Top 5 statwise for the Bobcats this season, he has been the one to watch night in and night out for a young Bobcat team that is currently sitting at 4-7 so far this season, and as the saying would go: "The numbers don't lie" and they surely don't lie for Thomas so far in our first 11 games of the year for our Charlotte Bobcats, if you know what I mean.

He is currently 5th in points per game for the Bobcats with an average of 12.1 ppg, and he's the second-leading rebounder for us, averaging 6.10 rebounds per game, behind our leading rebounder, Gerald Wallace, who leads the team with 8.30 rebounds per game. He had his best game in a Bobcat uniform back in our season opening loss in Dallas to the Mavericks, in which he scored 22 points to lead Charlotte.

And on top of all that, Michael Jordan, wanted to make sure Thomas wanted to stay in Charlotte after what happened this past off-season when Raymond Felton was let go, and Jordan did deliver on his promise by signing him to a 5-year deal to keep him in a Bobcat uniform, and as fans, Thomas is a guy we would like to see more often, whenever he's starting a game or in his usual role off the bench, and to me, whenever he takes the floor, you know that it's always "T-Time" in Charlotte.

Until next time, this is LaMichael Mitchell, You stay classy, Bobcats Nation!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Home struggles have been very hard on the Bobcats

Helloooooooooooooooooooooo Bobcats fans! I'm happy to be here on Bobcats Break this season to talk about your hometown Charlotte Bobcats, as well as stuff around the NBA. Today, I'll be talking about the struggles of trying to win a game at home so far this season.

During the first 4 games of the 2010-11 home schedule that's been played so far this year at Time Warner Cable Arena, we had some good opportunities to win at home, but it hasn't been kind for us here in the Bobcat Nation.

As Bobcats fans, we all know that the saying is "Winning begins at home" and we took it to task last season, when we managed to win a franchise-best 31 home games at "The Cable Box" during our historic run to the NBA Playoffs, but in the 7 years that I've been a dedicated fan of this organization, I know that we can overcome adversity to get on the right track to win at home this season.

Of course, we did have some heartbreaking losses in the first 4 home games of the year. Take the Utah game for example last Saturday, we had a good lead entering the 4th Quarter, but in the end, we saw it disappear right before our very eyes as the Jazz escaped out of Charlotte with a win over our beloved Bobcats, and we've always found ways to comeback in the final quarter of regulation or even Overtime to pull out a "W" when we're defending our home court against some good teams in the NBA.

It's only November, and a lot can change for this team as the 2010-11 season progresses for the Charlotte Bobcats, but hey, we can achieve to win a game at home night in and night out in order to do what this year's theme states: "Win As One". Well, that's all I have for now, until next time, You stay classy, Bobcat Nation!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Bobcats Extra: Jordan's Open Letter

After taking over the Charlotte Bobcats last Thursday, new Majority Owner Michael Jordan said that he wants to get it back to the way it should be, referring to the days when Charlotte's first NBA franchise, the Charlotte Hornets, sold out the Charlotte Coliseum for 344 consecutive games and led the league in attendance for 8 out of 9 seasons during their 14 year run in Charlotte.

Yesterday in the Charlotte Observer, Jordan wrote an Open Letter to the City of Charlotte talking about what he wants to do to bring the people of this city to support the Bobcats down the stretch on the road towards possibly their first ever Playoff appearance in their 6-year history. In it, Jordan said that he is here to "Build a legacy as a owner by turning this into a model franchise that's focused on winning and creating a great fan experience."

One of those two goals are being met as we speak, as the Bobcats are currently 35-34 and are in 7th place in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Jordan also went on to say that "I want to build a connection between this team and this community." in which the Bobcats are mostly active throughout North and South Carolina and he wanted the fans of the Charlotte Bobcats to join him on this journey by saying "Owning this team is my number one priority. I will do that by putting a winning team on the floor, making the experience at a Bobcats game memorable, and I want you to be a proud supporter of the Bobcats."

These reasons that Michael Jordan talked about in yesterday's open letter truly meant that he wants the people of Charlotte to get behind their Bobcats in the final 13 games of the season and be there at Time Warner Cable Arena, where Jordan wants to get it back to the days of when the Coliseum was the place to be during the Hornet years and if he commits to doing it, Jordan could cement his name as one of the NBA's best owners down the road.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Bobcats Extra: Jordan wants to lead by example as Bobcats owner

After much speculation and weeks of planning, the Charlotte Bobcats are now in the hands of one Michael Jeffrey Jordan. The NBA's Board of Governors approved his purchase of the team from Bob Johnson yesterday for $250 million, after reaching a deal to buy the team last month, and now the next chapter in the history of Charlotte Bobcats Basketball has commenced and it was already commenced last night, when the Bobcats gave Jordan his first win as their new owner by defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder.

In a press conference that was held today at Time Warner Cable Arena, Johnson said that "Today the similar event you'll always remember is when Michael Jordan becomes the new majority owner of the Bobcats." says Johnson, the teams outgoing owner who founded the team back in 2003. "Michael, you got to come down to Charlotte, and I'll tell you now, it was the best decision I've ever made for the Charlotte Bobcats." Johnson said.

Jordan became a part of the Bobcats family back in 2006 and over the last couple of seasons, Jordan has made some good and bad moves, which included 3 good moves during his time, bringing in Hall of Fame Head Coach Larry Brown, trading to get Stephen Jackson and just recently, bringing in Tyrus Thomas and Theo Ratliff, and some of his bad moves included hiring Sam Vincent and drafting Adam Morrison.

In his first remarks as the team's new boss, Jordan says "I love the game of Basketball, I grew up in Wilmington, North Carolina, went to the University of North Carolina, and I basically established myself as a kid leaving home, and here I am, back home in North Carolina." says Jordan, "It's a dream come true for me. I am dedicated to do that and I am looking for any way to get it back to the way it should be."

During the first 5 years of the team's existence, the Bobcats had been somewhat cellar-dwellers, but let's fast forward to this season. Charlotte is on the verge of breaking through in the Eastern Conference playoff race as they hold on to the 6th spot in the Eastern Conference.

"I think we've made a lot of great strides, getting to the Playoffs, that's the goal, and I just want the city to experience what winning is all about." Jordan quoted, "Making the playoffs sets a certain standard. Each and every time you meet a certain plateau. Once I make the Playoffs, I want to go deep into the playoffs."