They gave us a franchise, after letting the old one walk without stopping it, which they could have done or at least attempted to. The NBA despises this area and only reluctantly put a team here after NBA legends and figureheads complained nationally about it for a few years. How can the mecca of college basketball be without a pro team they shouted. You have your opinion and many have mine. It is why many people in the area tune the team out even in the good years, since their return to Charlotte (whatever few good years they have had). They know the NBA will only let them be a certain amount successful. Tonight's game against Philly is a prime example. A team comes into our home and shoots 10 more free throws than we do. Care to guess how often that happens at our home? I wonder if it happens as frequently to Philly? What about the Lakers? Miami? Preferential treatment is a common thing in the NBA. I have said what I am going to say on the topic though.