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Posted on: May 3, 2011 8:42 pm
 

Bobcats F Cunningham arrested with weed, BB gun

Charlotte Bobcats forward Dante Cunningham was reportedly arrested for speeding and marijuana and a BB gun were found in his possession. Posted bydante-cunningham Ben Golliver.

NBA Players Rule No. 1: If you were drafted in the second round, traded during the season and don't yet have a contract for next season, don't begin your offseason by getting pulled over by the police for speeding.

NBA Players Rule No. 2: Definitely don't have marijuana and a loaded BB gun in your vehicle if you fail to adhere to Rule No. 1.

Unfortunately, Charlotte Bobcats forward Dante Cunningham allegedly violated both of these rules according to NBCPhiladelphia.com.
Dante Cunningham, former Villanova basketball star and current NBA player for the Charlotte Bobcats, was arrested in Radnor Township Friday, sources tell NBC Philadelphia. 
Cunningham was pulled over by township police on the 100 block of East Lancaster Avenue for alleged speeding and reckless driving Friday, according to sources.
After Cunningham was pulled over, police found marijuana, a marijuana pipe and a loaded BB gun, sources say.
Cunningham is the son of two military parents and he has often joked about how strict his mother was in raising him. Just imagine her reaction to this. 

You did what? You had what? Where do you even buy a BB gun, Dante?

On the bright side, this incident, while bizarre, fars fall short of Delonte West's high standard for poor motor vehicle conduct
Posted on: April 12, 2011 12:13 pm
Edited on: April 12, 2011 12:24 pm
 

Chris Paul to consider Charlotte Bobcats?

New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul says he would "think about" signing with his hometown Charlotte Bobcats in free agency. Posted by Benchris-paul Golliver.

All-Star point guard Chris Paul has his New Orleans Hornets back in the playoffs, a monumental accomplishment considering all the turmoil that has surrounded the franchise this season. The stories around Paul are never about what he's done, though, they're always about what he's going to do. As in, where is he headed in free agency.

The Associated Press reports that Paul, a North Carolina native, would give consideration to the Charlotte Bobcats once he hits free agency.
In an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press to promote Saturday's Jordan Brand Classic high school basketball game in Charlotte, the New Orleans Hornets guard said signing with the Jordan-owned Charlotte Bobcats in 2012 "would definitely be something to think about."
is this a story? No. 

Paul is a Jordan Brand athlete who is never going to slight MJ in public. He's also trying to drum up local interest so the last thing he's going to do in this situation is stomp on the hopes of Bobcats' loyalists.

More importantly, Paul wants to win. That's not happening in Charlotte, at least not in the short term, not unless Paul and another high-profile free agent decide to follow the Miami Heat model. That feels like the longest of long shots. There are other situations where Paul could plug in and be an immediate impact player for a team that's much more ready to contend. This might be a bit blunt, but one can argue that the Bobcats don't have a single championship piece on their roster right now.

It's also worth noting that he didn't specifically commit to the Bobcats in any meaningful way, simply acknowledging that they would be a possibility. At this point, with so much time and a potential restructiring of the Collective Barganing Agreement before next summer, any player in Paul's position would keep all of his options on the table.

Shortly after the Associated Press went with its story, Paul took to his Twitter account to provide some context for the statements. "Come on now people, I did 3 different interviews about the Jordan Brand Classic this morning and was asked if Michael Jordan had influence on free agent signings and I said at the end of the day guys want to win...they askd would I want to return home and I told them I'm focused here in NO and that's the future and anything can happen. Hate when people try to turn things around just to make it a story...#slowdown."
Posted on: April 8, 2011 11:30 am
 

Dwyane Wade probable against Bobcats

Dwyane Wade expected to return to lineup against Bobcats from bruised thigh.

Posted by Matt Moore

Dwyane Wade has missed a few games with a bruised thigh, which probably had something to do with the Heat's loss to the Bucks.  Wade participated in shootaround Friday morning, and is listed as "probable" for Friday night's game against the Bobcats. 

The Heat are tied with Boston for the No. 2 seed in the East. They face the Bobcats Friday, then a game on Sunday, then the Hawks monday on a back-to-back, then finish with the Raptors on Wednesday to close out the season. The Celtics face the Wizards Friday, then they also have a game on Sunday, then a back-to-back in Washington, and finish at home against the Knicks

That game on Sunday is of course Celtics vs. Heat, and it will go a long way towards sorting this whole thing out. Both teams winning out outside of that game is very possible. So that game on Sunday will likely determine not only who gets that 2 seed, but how much rest each team will get. If the Celtics win, with a tie breaker, they can rest players and still walk away with the seed thanks to tie-breaker. If the Heat win, the Celtics may have to keep pushing, when they're pretty burned out at this point. 

All of this could be rendered moot if the Bobcats join the legion of underwhelming teams who have dropped the Heat. 
Posted on: April 7, 2011 6:31 pm
Edited on: April 7, 2011 6:36 pm
 

Quentin Richardson suspended 2 games for shove

Orlando Magic wing Quentin Richardson has been suspended for two games for shoving Gerald Henderson. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Earlier, we noted that Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard was suspended for one game by the NBA for tossing the ball into the stands after he was whistled for a violation for taking too long to shoot a free throw during a Wednesday night game against the Charlotte Bobcats. Howard's technical was a foolish play, but it wasn't even close to the dumbest thing a member of the Magic did during that game. 

During the fourth quarter, Magic wing Quentin Richardson was physically defending Bobcats wing Gerald Henderson, bumping him before and after a down screen and getting into his body on the perimeter. Henderson took exception to the contact and after a foul was called on the play Henderson and Richardson jawed at each other. Henderson then swiped at Richardson with his forearm, only provoking Richardson further, who responded by using both of his hands to shove Henderson in the face, knocking him backwards and stunning him momentarily. 

The NBA announced on Thursday that Richardson will be suspended for two games for the shove to the face and docked his salaries for those games.
Quentin Richardson of the Orlando Magic has been suspended two games without pay for shoving Gerald Henderson of the Charlotte Bobcats in the face, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. 
The incident occurred with 8:30 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Magic’s 111-102  victory over the Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena on April 6. Richardson will serve his suspension on Sunday, April 10 when the Magic host the Chicago Bulls at Amway Center, and on Monday, April 11 when the Magic play the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. 
Here's video of the sequence in which Howard was ejected courtesy of YouTube user mikegutierrezmonst. Richardson's shove happens around the 1:20 mark.



This was one of the more pointless altercations you'll ever see. What was Richardson trying to prove? Who knows. What was riding on this game? Nothing. Why bother with Gerald Henderson? I have absolutely no idea. Is there a message to be sent? Certainly not by the Magic, who will spend the next month getting pushed around.

The Bulls will now have the luxury of facing the Magic without both Howard and Richardson on Sunday. If Chicago doesn't have the Eastern Conference wrapped up by Sunday, those absences could prove decisive.
Posted on: April 1, 2011 3:54 pm
Edited on: April 2, 2011 1:18 am
 

Two weeks to go, the playoff picture is clearing

Posted by Royce Young



It's April. That's not an April Fools joke. It really is April.

That means mid-way through this month, about half the league will be done playing. And the other half's season will just be starting.

The NBA playoff picture is kind of like one of those 3D images where you have to cross your eyes to see it. It's all coming together, it's all becoming much more clear. We've almost zeroed in on the 16 teams that will be standing come April 16, but the back ends of the East and West still need some settling.

The most contested races right now are the crawl to eighth and the fight for second in the East and the battle for second and eighth in the West. But, really, nothing is all that certain. Let's try and clear this fuzzy playoff picture.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Battle for the top: Chicago (55-20), Miami (53-22, 2.5 back of CHI), Boston (52-23, 3.0 back of CHI)

It's a three-team race for the top spot in the East, with the Bulls appearing to have a pretty good grip on the situation. The Celtics have been slipping after appearing to have quite the handle on things. Then they traded Kendrick Perkins, everyone cried and things started to go bad.

Of course the Heat are lingering and a favorable schedule, they could realistically win out. That could very well slide them into at least the two spot and maybe push the Bulls for the top. Wouldn't that be something.

But it really looks like this is Chicago's conference to lose. The Celtics being three back is a pretty big gap to close and even with the Heat's nice schedule to close, the Bulls are just playing too good right now. They'll likely finish the way they stand now with it going Chicago, Miami, then Boston, which of course would mean the Heat would play New York in the opening round. That'll be fun.

Looking locked in: Orlando (47-28), Atlanta (44-32, 4.0 back of ORL)

There is a chance that Atlanta catches Orlando for the four-seed. It's about as likely as Robert Tractor Traylor staging an NBA comeback, but it's possible. The Magic currently hold a four-game lead over the Hawks, but Orlando's schedule of seven games is pretty easy to close.

The Hawks are finally playing some decent basketball and their 85-82 win over the Magic and a big 88-83 win over the Celtics Friday will be big confidence boosters leading in to an opening round series with Orlando. It looks like Atlanta will concede home court to the Magic, though. Everyone remembers the absolute destruction of the Hawks by Orlando in the opening round last season, and it didn't matter if those games were played on the moon, the Hawks weren't winning. Maybe things will be different this year, but I think we can be pretty sure this is the 4-5 matchup in the East.

Light jockeying: Philadelphia (34-36), New York (37-38, 2.5 back of PHI)


It's funny to look back at things people like me were writing after the Knicks acquired Carmelo Anthony. I actually questioned if the Knicks were contenders this year. We were all wondering if the Knicks could move up from six to maybe five and maybe even four. Now they're holding on to seventh with an outside chance to get to six.

I suppose there is even a chance the Knicks could go the other direction too. And, realistically speaking, they could still fall out of the playoffs entirely as they're only up 4.5 games on the Bobcats with seven to play. An unlikely fall, but certainly possible, especially with this erratic bunch. I think if you gave the Knicks another month they'd definitely be a candidate to drop out -- or maybe even rise some. Really, this group is hard to figure.

Philadelphia holds a two-game lead over the Knicks for sixth and with the way the two teams are playing, it looks pretty certain that that's the way they'll finish. They play each other one more time next week, so that game could be the decider.

The ugly dog contest: Indiana (35-42), Charlotte (32-43, 2.0 back of IND), Milwaukee (30-45, 4.0 back of IND)

This is where these three teams have to stop and ask themselves a very important question -- What's better for us: A first-round playoff exit and the money we make from two extra sold out home games, or a lottery pick and chance at good player?

Let's look at the three:

Indiana: It's definitely in their best interest to go ahead and get to the playoffs. For one, they've held the eighth spot for a large portion of the second half of the season, so falling out would feel kind of like a choke of some kind. Not really because when you're eight games under .500, you sort of choked the entire season anyway and just had the good fortune of playing in the East.

But they've built some decent momentum the last two months under interim coach Frank Vogel. And, behind the improvement of Tyler Hansbrough and Roy Hibbert plus some good players like Danny Granger and Darren Collison, the Pacers could win a game. Making the playoffs would serve them better than getting another young player to develop. They already have enough Paul George's.

Charlotte: They should tank away. They've won four straight and are just a game back, but they tried to mail in this season at the deadline when they gave away Gerald Wallace for very little. The Bobcats need more young talent and need to start building. A playoff berth really does them very little.

Milwaukee:
It doesn't matter. The Bucks already have been one of the season's bigger disappointments, so if they made the playoffs at least they'd have that to feel better about. Then again, they're going nowhere and could always use that higher pick to try and snag an offensive player.

The Bobcats probably have the toughest schedule which hurt them Friday losing to Orlando and the Pacers picked up a big one-point win over Milwaukee as well. It sort of feels like Charlotte is headed for the berth for some reason even though the Pacers definitely want it the worst. And Friday night's results go a long way toward helping Indiana's bid. Whatever the case, this whole thing is pretty ridiculous.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

The unexpected race for No. 1: San Antonio (57-19), Los Angeles (55-20, 2.5 back of SA)

Three weeks ago, the top spot in the West appeared to be a foregone conclusion. The Spurs were easily the best team in basketball -- record wise -- and were going to cruise to the No. 1 seed by six or seven games.

Then Tim Duncan got hurt. And then the Spurs dropped six in a row while the Lakers were running off nine straight. Then the gap closed to just 1.5 games with two weeks to play and both teams headed in different directions. Suddenly the Lakers actually had control of their own destiny to win the West.

Thing is, the Spurs aren't going to panic. They aren't going to worry about losing that lead. And if they do, they can live with it. That roster is too veteran, too mature and with Gregg Popovich, there's no anxiety there. Besides, I don't think they really care all that much about the difference between one and two, other than having that home court advantage over the Lakers.

The Lakers and Spurs do play one last time on April 12, so that game could be one to watch. But in all likelihood, the Spurs will regroup and finish up just strong enough to lock up the top seed.

The right to play L.A. in the second round -- or maybe the Spurs: Dallas (53-22), Oklahoma City (50-25, 3.0 of DAL)

The Mavericks are really in an interesting place. Technically they're just 1.5 back of the Lakers for second, but after Thursday's beatdown and the fact L.A. is the hottest team in the league, it feels like that race is over.

And now Dallas has to look over its shoulder just a bit at the Thunder who have been storming (see what I did there?) the past month (14-2 in March). The gap is 2.5 which is pretty big with only seven games left and most of the games on the road for OKC, it'll be difficult to catch Dallas.

Probably better for the Thunder too seeing as I think they'd prefer to have San Antonio in the second round instead of the Lakers. (Ironically if the Spurs keep losing, they might have to get to three. This is so confusing.)

OKC matches up much better with both since the Kendrick Perkins trade, but the Thunder has a better chance versus the Spurs to advance. Dallas is probably thinking the same thing though, especially after Thursday.

Locked in, sort of: Denver (46-29)

The Nuggets have been just outstanding the last month. Think about the mood after they dealt Carmelo Anthony. Most felt like an extra playoff spot had opened up in the West because it was a sure thing Denver would drop out.

Instead, they went up.

And if it weren't for the Thunder playing such fantastic basketball, the Nuggets would be pushing hard for the Northwest Division title and four-seed. But it doesn't look like they'll catch OKC who have a five-game lead. The Nuggets and Thunder do still play twice though and with the series at 1-1 this season, Denver could take the tiebreaker.

It's unlikely Denver would drop behind New Orleans (3.0 back) or Portland (2.5 back), but the Nuggets can't just coast into the five-seed. They appear to match up pretty well with OKC and would likely rather have the five-seed over six versus the Mavericks or seven versus the Lakers.

A real derby: Portland (44-32), New Orleans (43-33 (1.0 back of POR), Memphis (43-33, 1.0 back of POR), Houston (40-36, 3.0 back of MEM and NOLA)

After a very important Friday, the Blazers moved to sixth, the Hornets dropped to seven where they're tied with Memphis. The Rockets picked up a major win against San Antonio to stay three back of the eight spot.

Obviously the Hornets have an uphill battle to fight sans David West. Losing their best scorer is a major, major blow and one that will likely drop them down. Then again, so far without West the Hornets are 2-2 with a big win over Portland Wednesday. There was a bit of worry New Orleans could lose its playoff spot, but three games is a lot for Houston to make up in two weeks (though they do play one more time).

Portland really seems like the team set to get the six-seed. They have the most remaining healthy talent (that's a funny thing to say), are playing really well and don't have a killer schedule to finish. With a nice 99-91 win over the Thunder Friday, Portland finally reclaimed that six-seed and I don't see them losing it from here on out.

Memphis has a chance to either make up serious ground or lock themselves into eighth. The Grizzlies beat the Hornets Friday to knot things up and have one more New Orleans and one against Portland remaining.

And then Houston. I'm keeping them in the mix but a three-game deficit in six games is a lot to make up. The Rockets made their bed in November with their awful start.

Here's how I see this playing out: Portland is getting the six. They're too good, don't have a challenging schedule and have a lot of incentive to get the six because they match up well with Dallas. New Orleans, is falling. The Hornets are going to lose both games to Memphis and drop to eighth. Which is probably a blessing in disguise because they match up much better without West against the Spurs than they do against the Lakers.

And the Grizzlies will settle in at seven, playing the Lakers who they actually match decently against with Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol inside. Give Memphis Rudy Gay for this series and I honestly see it going seven.

Right now, 20 teams are still in the playoff mix. In two weeks, it'll be down to 16. Sad that maybe the best race is between three teams a combined 30 games under .500. Such is life in the bottom half of the East.
Posted on: March 23, 2011 3:46 pm
 

Bobcats very interested in Kemba Walker?

Posted by Royce Young

Kemba Walker's junior season has been of the breakout variety. He's been outstanding all season, but his performance in the Big East tournament and efforts in the Huskies opening two games of the NCAA tournament have him twinkling the eyes of NBA general managers.

And one team reportedly very intrigued by Walker is the Charlotte Bobcats. According to ESPN.com, Bobcat owner Michael Jordan is a "big fan" of Walker's. Hard not to be. I mean, did you see this crossover-stepback jumper in the Big East tourney?

Right now, Walker is projected to go seventh by Draft Express and it's pretty much a lock that he'll go in the top 15 picks. So a lot depends on where the Bobcats fall. They're still pushing for the playoffs as of now, so if Jordan really is that big of a fan, maybe the Bobcats will bust out the T-word.

They kind of tried to start the tanking by trading Gerald Wallace but not even they could anticipate the suckitude of the bottom of the East. Despite losing, the Bobcats are still right in the race, only two games back of the Pacers.

Walker's NBA prospects appear to be very good, though there is some debate about where he would play. He's not officially a point guard, but he's probably too small to play shooting guard. He seems to fit right in the middle of that, but that whole "true point guard" thing is so overrated. I mean, by traditional standards Russell Westbrook isn't a point guard. Neither is Derrick Rose. Or Deron Williams. All that matters is if you're good and Walker is certainly that.

The Bobcats have deeply missed Raymond Felton who they let walk in free agency, handing the reins to D.J. Augustin who has been decent, but not consistently effective. Walker would seem to be a great fit because of his ability to score one-on-one (something Charlotte really needs), create (something Charlotte really needs) and shoot (something Charlotte really needs). He'd likely fit right in as the team's starter from day one.

There's good reason for Jordan to be a fan of Walker. He fits well and is definitely something the Bobcats need. It all depends on where they fall though. If UCONN continues a push through the tournament and his stock rises, maybe Charlotte mysteriously loses its next 10 of 11. Funny how things work like that.
Posted on: March 20, 2011 5:39 pm
Edited on: March 20, 2011 5:42 pm
 

Larry Brown to return to college coaching?

Former Charlotte Bobcats coach Larry Brown says he wants to return to the college coaching ranks. Posted by Ben Golliver. larry-brown

Larry Brown is one of coaching's great travelling men, having manned the sidelines for an ABA or NBA team in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 200s and 2010s, before being forced out as head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats back in December

But after coaching more than 2,000 games in the NBA, Yahoo! Sports reports that Brown, who is 70 years old, says he is ready to return to the college ranks, where he led the University of Kansas Jayhawks to an NCAA title more than two decades ago.
“Kids want to be in the NBA, and if you can coach and teach and get them ready for the NBA and you’re at a good school, I think you’d have an unbelievable head start on a lot of people. I’ve always tried to get players better, whether as a college coach or a pro coach. Two minutes on the floor on the first day of practice, players know whether you can coach or not.”
“I’d bring in a staff where someone is really good and capable of taking over,” he said. “Look at the people who have worked for me or played for me that are coaching now.”
“I don’t want this to sound wrong, but I think I can teach as well as anyone,” Brown said. “I can win games. I can recruit because I know what it takes to get to the next level and I can be honest with these kids."
Rumors out of Charlotte this fall were that Brown's demanding, exacting style wore on his players and the Bobcats responded well initially when Paul Silas took over from Brown in December. Last season, Brown coached the Bobcats to a winning record and a trip to the playoffs, although they were bounced quickly.

In college, Brown would encounter no such resistance to his teaching style. While the NCAA's quality of play isn't nearly what it is in the NBA, a coach's ability to fashion his team in his mold and impact the lives of his players is significantly greater. That he has already envisioned a situation and a potential coaching staff setup shows that Brown is serious about this undertaking.

There's also the practical matter of the NBA lockout. If ever there was a time for an aging coach to seek refuge in college, this would be it.
Category: NBA
Posted on: March 10, 2011 9:53 am
 

Gerald Wallace and the feelings behind trades

Gerald Wallace felt "betrayed" by the Bobcats in being traded to Portland. What's odd is that he's right, despite the Bobcats having done right by him. 
Posted by Matt Moore

From The Charlotte Observer


"Basically, you feel betrayed by somebody you love,’’ Wallace told the Observer before Saturday’s Blazers-Bobcats game. “I totally didn’t see it coming. I’d been there seven long years and then you feel like you’re not wanted anymore. That’s a bad situation to be in, especially for me, who committed so much to the organization."

“I understand the situation – it’s a business and they’re looking to start all over. They wanted cap room, and I guess I was the logical answer for them trying to get draft picks.’’
via Inside the NBA: Wallace: Bobcats betrayed me.

Getting traded has to be a strange feeling. In civilian life outside of professional sports, if your work wants to relocate you, they have to speak with you first. You have the right to simply not go and find employment where you want, in most cases. But in sports, you're traded and all of a sudden everything you've committed to a franchise, to a city, to its fans, is gone. It's all part of history. You're now a completely different player with a completely different uniform in a completely different role in a completely different city. And it happens in a day. Gerald Wallace woke up two weeks ago as a Bobcat and by 4 p.m. he was packing his bags and saying goodbye to his kids, headed for the west coast. As Ken Berger put it, "money is good, but nothing compares to family."

What strikes me in Wallace's hurt here is that Wallace was granted what so many players ask for. A second chance (third, really) on a playoff team. Wallace has been putting in stat-stuffing, All-Star worthy seasons for years, mired in the mediocrity of a franchise that got started on the wrong foot and has continously jumped on that same foot while pounding its other foot into a brick wall. The Bobcats have never gone anywhere. They made the playoffs last season as a result of a masterful coaching job by Larry Brown, then got swept from the playoff beaches by Orlando. Other than that they've been a joke. They've been forced into trading for above-average players with terrible contracts to get any traction at all and now that that plan has had its last ounce of success milked, they're back to rebuilding, this time actually rebuilding. Had Wallace not been traded he would have been miserable as a competitor, watching Stephen Jackson head elsewhere while he struggled to try and find some measure of success among Tyrus Thomas, D.J. Augustin, and Gerald Henderson. Who would want that life? 

Maybe not Wallace, but Wallace still wanted to be told. He wanted to be informed of the decision, for his time in Charlotte to have earned him the right to weigh in on whether he was relocated or not. You may not believe that Wallace has any right to be informed. After all, this is a business, teams have the right to trade players, they needed to trade Wallace and part of his contract allows for this scenario to happen. But it's more that Wallace had felt he'd given enough to the organization to warrant some level of being brought in, so as to not feel blindsided, or "not wanted" as he put it.  That's certainly not the case. In truth, the organization must have loved Wallace to have kept him this long. He was their All-Star, he was the franchise. They moved him because they had no other choice and moving him brought in the best package available. 

That Wallace fetched so little on the market had less to do with his value as a player as it did with the leverage and position of the Bobcats organization. And that same perception is reflected in how they treated Wallace by not informing him. It's the kind of thing that makes players reluctant to consider Charlotte, even with the GOAT at the helm. 

Perhaps the most important element in all this, however, is what it says about Wallace. Wallace was hurt that a franchise going nowhere gave him the opportunity to go be a part of a playoff team in a similarly small market, as a franchise cornerstone next to good, veteran players, and LaMarcus Aldridge.  He was disappointed that a franchise freed their best player to go have a shot at meaningful games on a succesful franchise. He felt unwanted by a team that basically stabbed itself and Stephen Jackson's career in moving towards a true rebuilding phase, and in doing so managed to get Wallace out of the way of the collateral damage. 

Wallace has every right to feel the way he does, but things could have ended so much worse for him. And the Bobcats continue to show that both of the axioms about markets are on point. Small markets suffer because of the insurmountable hill they have to climb in order to be relevant as opposed to the anthill large markets have to overcome, and small markets suffer because of poor management, poor ownership, poor player relations which keep them at the bottom. 

Trades are weird. 
 
 
 
 
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