Got through page 14 before I gave up & skipped to the end...
Just a few things...
1) If race wasn't a factor, Larry Bird's group would have gotten the franchise bid instead of Bob Johnson. At the time, more people in Charlotte were behind the Bird & Co. bid than they were the Bob Johnson bid. When the proposals from Johnson and Birds group were very similar, to say race wasn't a factor in Sterns decision to award the franchise to Bob Johnson would be ignorant.
What an ignorant ass statement. "The only reason Bob got the team is cuz he's black." David Stern did not award the NBA franchise to Bob Johnson. The 30 other NBA owners did, who all happen to be rich white men. They, not Stern decided Bob was a better candidate for the franchise than the Bird/Belkin group. Just as they, not Stern have to approve MJ before he buys the team. You're being anti-semitic against Stern.
Race may very well be a part of why many people in Charlotte have not/do not root for the Bobcats, but it was part of the award process as well.
I'm glad you concede race is a factor why people like yourself wont root for their home basketball team. There's 30 other white owned NBA teams you could pull for. How bout the Clippers? Or better yet, Bird's in Indy, become a Pacers fan since you think he deserved this franchise. LOL.
Whether or not Bob Johnson purposely and egotistically named the franchise after him, Bobcats were the wrong name. It was the wrong name for the exact reason people don't like it - because many people think he named the team after himself. It was a bad PR move, and he should have forseen that reaction. If he didn't see that happening, than he is not as good of a businessman as he thinks he is, and if no one told him than he was surronded with sycophants at that time.
Just because a vocal minority of disgrunted Charlotteans with a very limited knowledge of NBA basketball dont like the name means nothing. The Bobcats have fans all over the country who take pride in the name and are happy with our identity.
I personally don't like the Bobcats name or emblem. I'm ok if they keep the name, but they do need a redesign of the logo. If the new owner(Jordan) decide to change the name and rebrand the team, the new name should be The Carolina Flight. Between the Wright Brothers, the blue skies the carolina's are famous for, and Jordan's Nike connections, using Flight as a moniker is the most marketable. More marketable than Bobcats. With the changing landscape of the NBA as a business, changing the name to something more marketable and likable by the majority of the fan base is smart.
Bobcats is a decent name for a Carolina's based franchise, but for better or worse, it doesn't sit well with a LARGE portion of the fanbase. While it is true that a winning franchise cures all ills, I think it is a smart move in the long term to rebrand the franchise, especially with a lockout looming and the changing landscape of the NBA as a business.
I'm not going to cry if they keep the name, bt I would prefer they rebrand the club.
Carolina Flight... the 'Queen City Airmen'. Decked out in Nike Air Jordan brand Jumpmen appearal.
12 mill gets you a name change. If people are so passionate about it they wont have a problem raising that. Get everyone to pitch in 20 bucks, 50 bucks, Im sure the "millions" of people who are bothered by the name can raise that in a jiffy.
Get Mike Dantonio as coach, and a Nashish point guard, and play a western conference style of ball, and you have struck gold.
So we can be the New York Knicks, who aint in the playoff hunt? No thanks.