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What was so clear about trying to pull the Carolina fanbase? The team never stated that was their intent, in fact, they said just the opposite. So other than taking two former Tarheels who happened to be the BPA for positions of need, I don't know of one thing that made it obvious they were trying to pull in the UNC fanbase. Do you?

The ties with the Bobcats and the Heels run deep. Dont get me wrong, I am still a Bobcats fan(which is hard being a Duke fan as well) but lets not close our eyes and say there is no effort here to bring Chapel Hill to Charlotte.

Bobcats' Carolina ties

Sean May

Raymond Felton

Larry Brown

Dave Hanners

Phil Ford

Michael Jordan

Buzz Peterson

Now obviously, this includes front office and coaching staff, but my point is you can not argue that the Bobcats are not trying to "keep it in the family". This list does not include David Noel and I believe Shammond Williams, who were on summer league rosters at one point or another. It also doesnt include drafting Wright. Hell, if anyone could locate Joe Forte, he could at least get a summer league spot I bet.

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The ties with the Bobcats and the Heels run deep. Dont get me wrong, I am still a Bobcats fan(which is hard being a Duke fan as well) but lets not close our eyes and say there is no effort here to bring Chapel Hill to Charlotte.

Bobcats' Carolina ties

Sean May

Raymond Felton

Larry Brown

Dave Hanners

Phil Ford

Michael Jordan

Buzz Peterson

Now obviously, this includes front office and coaching staff, but my point is you can not argue that the Bobcats are not trying to "keep it in the family". This list does not include David Noel and I believe Shammond Williams, who were on summer league rosters at one point or another. It also doesnt include drafting Wright. Hell, if anyone could locate Joe Forte, he could at least get a summer league spot I bet.

Don't forget that for a large part of last season that Jeff freaking McInnis was getting significant minutes at point guard.

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How many Dookies have the Bobs went after?

I seem to remember Chris Duhon being on the FA market this past offseason and management having absolutely no interest in him. Now NY has his 8.5 assists per game. All the while, the Bobs could have dumped Felton for David Lee this past offseason and dumped May for a first round pick.

They didn't pull the trigger on either trade that would have gotten rid of a tarheel and admittedly seemed to favor the Bobcats, but are more than willing to dump their best scorer for a bunch of scrubs, and maybe even GForce for whatever they can find.

Don't forget drafting Brandon Wright either. The team waited hours to announce the trade for JRich. I am not so certain that the deal was done when the Bobs took Wright.

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I can too...because they they were able to get Carolina players at those spots. You can argue the Carolina issue when it comes to the Bobcats, but that season they were CLEARLY trying to pull in the UNC fanbase. When that didn't work, they brought in Jordan.

That's what happens when you worry too much about trying to win over the locals. A good team always does better than pandering.

Terrible ownership and terrible management equals a terrible team.

I agree here. I dont think it was the players that made this team horrible. They were doomed from the start when a raciest owner moved into town and forced us to buy him an arena. I hope he looses every bit of the $350 million...

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I agree here. I dont think it was the players that made this team horrible. They were doomed from the start when a raciest owner moved into town and forced us to buy him an arena. I hope he looses every bit of the $350 million...

That "racist" owner was selected by the 30 other NBA owners and he didnt force Charlotte to do anything. There's only a small minority of people who will still argue that Time Warner Cable Arena is a mistake after all the money its brought to this city the past couple of years.

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The ties with the Bobcats and the Heels run deep. Dont get me wrong, I am still a Bobcats fan(which is hard being a Duke fan as well) but lets not close our eyes and say there is no effort here to bring Chapel Hill to Charlotte.

Bobcats' Carolina ties

Sean May

Raymond Felton

Larry Brown

Dave Hanners

Phil Ford

Michael Jordan

Buzz Peterson

Now obviously, this includes front office and coaching staff, but my point is you can not argue that the Bobcats are not trying to "keep it in the family". This list does not include David Noel and I believe Shammond Williams, who were on summer league rosters at one point or another. It also doesnt include drafting Wright. Hell, if anyone could locate Joe Forte, he could at least get a summer league spot I bet.

I was responding to Solorca's point that in the 2005 draft (when we took RF and SM) the Bobcats were "clearly" trying to pull the UNC fanbase. With the exception of the two picks I mentioned, none of the people you brought up were affiliated with the Bobcats at that time. Basically, I think it is a figment of the ABC'ers imagination, but am willing to listen if someone has anything concrete other than hate for Carolina.

With that said, you are absolutely right that the Bobcats have since turned into the pro version of Tarheel basketball. It's probably not a good thing for a team struggling for fan support to bring in so many people affiliated with a school as polarizing as UNC. However, I do believe it probably has more to do with familiarity and comfort than placating any one segment of the fanbase (hence the Vincent and Higgins hiring's). Nevertheless, it still alienates some fans of other schools that have heated rivalries with Carolina. It also means that Jordan is probably not bringing in the most qualified people or enough strong basketball minds that are not afraid to confront and disagree with him...too many yes men, IMO.

I just hope that as he gets more experience, he will not rely on so many familiar faces, and focus on bringing in the right people instead. I'm not sure that will happen, though, so I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

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Yeah! Screw the tarheel love...No UNCW love either. We had Brett Blizzard on the summer league roster but let him get away to Italy, or Spain, or Russia er something...

/sarcasm

And BTW...that is a sweet Cat in your sig, King T

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I agree here. I dont think it was the players that made this team horrible. They were doomed from the start when a raciest owner moved into town and forced us to buy him an arena. I hope he looses every bit of the $350 million...

Come on, thats a bit of a low blow and not really true at all. If you're upset with the teams moves from a management position that's fine but claiming the arena was "forced" on us and Bob Johnson is a racist just aren't true.

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I don't see the reasoning of giving up G-Force. He plays DEf. gets rebounds and can score inside and out. This would be a stupid move after trading away J-rich who was pretty much the best move this FO ever made.

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THe Bobcats, besides lacking overall talent, lack puzzle pieces...It's like a modge-podge of garbage. They really need to blow it up and start over...This franchise shoulda never been awarded to Bob Johnson.

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THe Bobcats, besides lacking overall talent, lack puzzle pieces...It's like a modge-podge of garbage. They really need to blow it up and start over...This franchise shoulda never been awarded to Bob Johnson.

That is exactly right, and they are on there way to blowing the team up.

The only piece in place right now is

DJ

Other than that, every other Bobcat lacks in at least one significant attribute that makes them a "modge-podge of garbage" as you say.

Felton isn't tall enough to be a 2, and lacks overall intellect to play the 1.

Carroll doesn't play D and can't create much of his own separation.

Ammo see Carroll.

Wallace is a 4 in a 3s body.

Oke is limited offensively and would preferably be an inch or two taller.

Hollins, see Oke only more limited offensively.

French Fry is years away from being a player.

Shannon Browne, who?

The new guys that are outcasts from Phoenix and the 15 year vet that wasn't even playing a week ago aren't going to help.

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Bad owner, bad team, bad name, bad president, wrong coach..ugly

I really wish I could like this team. They should have been the Charlotte Flight, signed Silas, Carolina blue & duke blue colors, MJ performing halftime shows instead of running sh*t.

Its difficult to follow & watch

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