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Bobcats fans, I’m making this request now. I’m sending out this notice to all who embrace our fighting felines. Yesterday, the NBA schedules were released. We begin the season with a 3-game home stand against some teams that are not weak by any means (Milwaukee may be, but that will remain to be seen). The Bucks, the Heat, and the Magic are the first 3 games of the year. Yep, sounds like it’s going to be one of THOSE kinds of seasons. We know that we are coming off of a non-playoff season, and we have lost some folks through trade, but we are young and fresh and we have no one on IR, so, we will be full force, going into this first week. I write this article to stir the people of Charlotte. I stir them to embrace this team. Embrace our Bobcats!
There was once a time that Charlotte was a happening place when it came to the NBA. Yes, you remember don’t you? Remember the teal and purple? Remember the countless sellouts? Remember being “Live at the Hive”? Surely you do. Well folks, I have some news for you. We have an NBA team that needs your support. We need to have the city behind the team. Folks support the Panthers whether they are winning or losing, and I have always thought of the Carolinas to be more of a basketball area than a football area. We have the teams of Tobacco Road, you know, the ACC? There is a storied history of basketball in our area, but the support of an NBA team seems to have dwindled since the demise of the Hornets and the mess that George Shinn created.
Here’s a thought folks, put the past behind you. If I recall correctly, the Time Warner Cable Arena was built using some of the taxpayer money. I also recall that it was voted on and voted down, but they built the arena anyway. Is that correct? Well, even if you didn’t like it, TWC arena is a beautiful building in downtown Charlotte that has brought in more and more revenue every year. For 2012, we will host the Democratic National Convention. Could that have been a possibility in Bojangles Arena? Would we have wanted the DNC to be “Live at the Hive”? Just imagine what all is around Bojangles arena and where The Hive was. This arena has become something that was necessary for Charlotte’s growth. I’m not saying that it was right that something was built that the taxpayers didn’t want, but it has turned out to be a jewel in the Queen City’s crown. Again I ask you to put the past behind you. Look to the future Charlotte. The future is now. The future started in 2004. Bob Johnson brought the NBA back to the Queen City. Unfortunately he ran it a bit too much like a business, and not enough like a basketball team. The result has been a revolving door of players and coaches as well as bad contracts and bad business moves.
What is our bailout? What move could be made to take our toothless tabbies and turn them into the cats of prey that they are? Well, let’s have the greatest basketball player of all time buy the team and sprinkle his competitive nature on it. That is correct boys and girls. North Carolina’s own Michael Jordan became majority owner a little over a year ago. Folks that were looking for him to wave a magic want and win a championship this season…well…let’s be realistic folks.
Rome wasn’t built in a day. MJ is currently working on a rebuild from the ground up. There were bad contracts to get gone, players to move, and overall, a reset of the team. The result, over time, will be a team that will become something that resembles the greatness of the Hornets of old. With a little bit of luck, and proper planning, MJ will build a perennial playoff team and he’ll eventually have a championship in Charlotte. These things take time and money. Operating a team in the red results in very little of the latter. Folks need to consider the Bobcats as a brand new team. It is a team being built for the long haul. Forget the past. Forget George Shinn. Forget Bob Johnson. Forget Sam Vincent. Embrace Michael Jordan. Embrace TWC Arena. Embrace YOUR CHARLOTTE BOBCATS!
Are you wondering where I am going with all of this? Are you wondering why I am making this request for the fans to step up out of the shadows? Well folks, we weren’t selling out Hornets games for years and years because we hated basketball. We love the sport. We love our team. I personally consider the team to be family. I would support my family, so I support my team. The Charlotte Bobcats represent our city and state in the eyes of the nation. Do we want to turn our backs on our family? I don’t. I want our players, our family to know that we are behind them 100%. Win or lose, we got their backs. We want too see them take to the court and play with all their hearts. ACC fans are some of the strongest fans in the world. We are passionate about our teams. That love needs to be spread to all teams in North Carolina. Get excited about the NBA again. Now I know that it isn’t easy to stir up fans after this lockout that we just went through. It is, unfortunately, a necessary evil that must take place in order for teams to be more competitive. Again, forget the past and look to the future. The business is over and come Christmas day, it is on!
There are a few issues with this season’s schedule that aren’t that great. For example, there are only 2 home games all season that will be on national television. That sucks because we will get a very minimal amount of national exposure. I believe that those televised home games need to be games that have our arena PACKED. If that means that the team has to do buy one get 1 free tickets, buy one get 2 free, or even just give away tickets, the arena needs to be packed and loud for those 2 games. Typically the only time the arena has been full in the past is when the opposing team in town is an NBA elite team. When that happens, TWC Arena often takes on the feel of the away team’s home court. I hate it when that happens. That’s our house and we need to protect it (shameless Under Armour plug for Kemba Walker). Unfortunately every big draw team from the Western Conference will not be stopping by this year. That means that we need to make every home game count. We need to all be in the arena for as many games as possible to show our support. These young guys on our team need to see the city and the fans behind them. So what if the Lakers don’t come to town? That’s just one less time our Bobcats spank them when we play them.
The first 3 games of the season for our young Bobcats are home games. Home games are where we can show our love the most. I believe that the players can feel the energy in the arena when they are on the court. Seeing the fans that come and watch them play has to be a complete adrenaline rush. If we are supporting our family, we need to be there. We need to be in those stands, cheering and screaming our family on the court. I think that we need to have the arena filled for these first 3 games of the season. The first game against the Bucks (Dec. 26th), we need to get under Stephen Jackson’s skin. Let the Bucks enjoy him drawing 2 quick Ts and sitting in the locker room for the rest of the night. On Dec. 28th, let’s fill the arena to let LeBron, D-Wade, and Bosh know that we mean business, and they can take their carcasses back to South Beach. Then on Dec. 30th, we can show Orlando a little magic of our own. We can make Dwight Howard disappear by giving him a bit of the Biz-ness. If you’re wondering, that would be Bismack Biyombo. Howard can see quickly that there’s another player on the rise that can become as strong and dominant as he is now. Let’s back our ‘Cats and start the season 3-0 before we take to the road.
Don’t forget to remember…to forget the past…Did you like that?
The Future is now! Let’s build on it!