No, Trade Street Trio is not a new music group that originated right outside of Time Warner Cable Arena. It isn’t a menu item at your local Chili’s restaurant (at least not yet). It is actually something that I am going to attempt to offer to our readers. Trade Street Trio is something that I thought up a few days ago. It is 3 questions that I would like to get answers to from our beloved Bobcats. My goal is to, someday, be able to interview one or more of the Charlotte Bobcats players, coaching staff, front office, GM, owner, etc. I know that there are TV shows that have a top ten, or 5 questions for a guest to answer, but I thought that asking more than 3 questions may be too prying for someone like me to ask what I would consider a celebrity. So, for the sake of the blog, respect to the interviewee, and for my current modes of asking questions, the quantity will be limited to three. I plan to utilize Twitter and Facebook to try and get my questions to the players/staff. With luck, the guys will actually enjoy my questions, and our honesty and undying support here at TSP, that they would mention us to their teammates/co-workers, which would forward the cause to be able to ask more people, more questions. This may be a pipe dream, but we all have to start somewhere. If it were to take off, we would start asking our readers for some questions, and take the best ones and use them as part of the Trio.
Last season, we worked with Claw2Claw some. We did not get as much feedback and interaction that we expected to, however, there will be more C2C in the near future. The LiveFyre chat system is in its full form now, so chatting and responding in real time will become easier to do. I just can’t wait for the lockout to end. With this live chat system, we can do in-game chatting that can sometimes break out into a “Mystery Science Theater 3000” style color commentary of the game. Sometimes all you can do is just sit back and try to find a bright spot. The staff here is great at doing that, so stay tuned for that as well.
Stay tuned Bobcat faithful. As I battle to get questions answered, I will share the answers I get. With this lockout, there are some questions that players just can’t answer, so I will limit myself on what I ask. I sent a Tweet to Hendo, and guess what? He has agreed to do the interview. Here we go:
TSP: Since the lockout, news on all of our beloved Bobcats has basically ceased to exist. The fans have wondered about you a great deal. How is your hip doing after the surgery and can you tell a difference in it and your knee now that it has been repaired?
Gerald: Both my hip and knee feel a lot better. I’m still working on getting them both stronger and getting my whole body in shape to play.
TSP: You have proven that you have amazing athletic ability and an incredible defensive prowess on the court. Your surgery to correct your problem will allow you display that even more. I’m sure we’ll be seeing more slashing and driving to the basket this season. Have you been working on improving your shooting range and consistency as you have been getting prepared for the upcoming season?
Gerald: I’m always am working on my shooting. I think that I can become a better catch and shoot player as well as off the dribble. I’ve also been working on my 3-ball as well. I didn't shoot many last year but I have confidence in that shot and will look for it more.
TSP: In the 2011 NBA draft, we picked Bismack Biyombo and Kemba Walker. Shortly after the draft, the lockout began. I believe you were still on crutches at that time, so there was no way you got to work out or play any with those guys. Now that you have healed, have you had a chance to meet and play with these guys, and how excited are you to have them on your team?
Gerald: I have met them both and they're both great guys. Kemba has been in Charlotte a little this summer so have gotten the chance to work with him and he looks great.
There you have it folks. This has been the inaugural edition of Trade Street Trio. These are short interviews, but when you’re performing them via Twitter, you don’t want to overdo it with questions. I’ll do whatever I can so that we can be closer to our beloved Bobcats players. I hope folks have enjoyed it, and I am planning on trying to score an interview with Tyrus Thomas next time around. I'd definitely love to hear some feedback on this one, and feel free to suggest questions for the next Trade Street Trio via chat here, or via the "Contact Us" button.