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UPDATED: AI to sign with Grizz

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I think this is one of those "I don't think it can hurt moves." After all, if we are being realistic, we were not headed to the playoffs this year anyway, even before the Okafor trade. So either this move will lead us there, or it won't...but if it doesn't we will likely still be right where we would have been without the move, which is in the lottery.

Last year, we were ok defensively, but we had no real go to scorer, and that really hurt us on many occasions. So, this team desperately needs someone that can step up in crunch time and make the big basket, and if nothing else, AI would give us that. Sure, he would be a defensive liability, but we have great help defenders in Crash and Chandler, so I think as a whole, the tradeoff would be on the plus side.

There are two other issues that his signing would likely mean. First is that Bell will probably be headed out of town...and that is not something I like since he is our best option for defending the Bryant's and Wade's. But Bell is a FA after this season, and showing signs of age catching up to him (injuries). So it may just be a worthwhile tradeoff. The other issue is the effect he will have on our locker room chemistry. I have seen some articles that talk about AI being a disruption since we are said to have one of the most cohesive locker rooms in the NBA. However, there have been times that I have felt we were too nice of a team, and didn't have that killer instinct. So perhaps AI will actually toughen these guys up a bit, who knows.

IMO, this team will almost certainly go in one of two ways...either we significantly improve our win total and make the playoffs, or we end up with our pick for another year, and get a decent lottery selection. Either way, it will be a lot more interesting with AI than without him.

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I wouldn't dismiss the chances that Iverson could make this team contend for the 8th seed. With a little luck, we would have been right there last season. If we can get anything at all out of Chandler in the offensive end, because we know he brings the heat in the defensive zone, we could look pretty good with a lineup of Felton, Iverson, Crash, Diaw, and Chandler with Augustin, Henderson, Bell, and Vlad off the bench.

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He only plays good in PRACTICE !

Practice? PRACTICE? Not a game... :D

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AI will become the go to guy for scoring. If everyone gels and plays well this coming season, Bobcats just might sneak into the playoffs.

+ AI's name alone will sell more tickets at Charlotte

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I think we can all agree now as a city and blogosphere that it's now B. Johnson's put up or shut up moment.

Get AI the value of your team goes up. If you don't you look cheap and nobody will want to play for you.

They're reporting that he may be taking his chips off the table. I couldn't see a better reason.

Jordan knows. Who wouldn't have signed a 34 or so year old Jordan?

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Now they are talking about Iverson to the Grizzlies. Ouch.

I wonder if the potential sale is hindering any negotiations with Iverson.

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I think we can all agree now as a city and blogosphere that it's now B. Johnson's put up or shut up moment.

We've heard this a million times for the past 5 years. Nothing's changed. Everytime Bob makes a positive move, there's 30 new ones he must make to prove he's not tryna rob us all blind. It wont be up to Bob whether AI comes here or not, it'll be up to AI. Bob could want him here all he wants but if AI dont wanna be here, guess what?

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