In the last two seasons of NBA basketball we have witnessed an incredible amount of hype and media attention surrounding the league’s superstars, including LeBron, Howard, Nowitzki, Melo and so on. It seems that a championship recipe these days involves two or three superstars and one full roster of washed up veterans for minimum wages, and it’s done. To some extent, it gets you almost all the way. We all saw the Heat fail to win a championship last year with a roster that included Chris Bosh, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, arguably one of the most overpowered big three’s in the history of basketball. At least it should be, and remember, when KG, Allen and Pierce got together, they were past their prime and these guys are just entering theirs. So while all eyes are on Dwight Howard, CP3, and the extremely over-hyped FA pool, I look the other way, knowing I won’t be blinded by this hysteria.
I’ve always been a huge fan of Tyrus Thomas and over the years I’ve had to pull my hair out and watch in agony as Boris “Jellybean” Diaw got the starting nod and minutes over our young talented forward. I can understand how having a 9 million dollar contract sitting on a bench is pretty useless, but seriously? I do however expect him to start this season. but my question today is have we been holding him back or is he still more potential than talent. I won’t be going on and on about this right now but out of boredom I’d like to share a few fun facts and then let you can decide.
While my colleague James has been writing about interesting free agents (read his post!) I am going to discuss the future of this team as the Bobcats management obviously has started a rebuilding (again) of the franchise. Now in my eyes there are only a few things that can be done at this point thinking ahead. Let me explain. The rebuilding started by trading our only All-star in franchise history to the blazers (Gerald Wallace), and next the only good scorer on our team (Stephen Jackson) to the Bucks to move up in the draft, where we drafted Bismack Biyombo (7th), and Kemba Walker (9th). Our roster now contains two top 10 draft picks, including young talented guards D.J. Augustin and Gerald Henderson, young talented forwards Tyrus Thomas, Dante Cunningham (if resigned which seems to be in the plans) and D.J. White, together with veteran forwards Corey Maggette and Boris Diaw and a Center named Kwame Brown (unless someone steals him). There are more players on the roster yes, but not worth mentioning. So let’s look at our options.
The Road to the 1st Round.
Hello Bobcats fans. I would like to take his opportunity to thank Teej and Ziggy for helping me out and letting me show my obsession for the Cats through this amazing site. The Bobcats has been a true passion for me through these last 3 years, and now I have an amazing chance to share it with everyone at Bobcatsplanet.com and you guys, our dedicated fans and supporters! This year has been frustrating for all of us and now we finally see light at the end of the tunnel, when the lockout is nearing an end. FINALLY I can follow basketball again.
Who am I, and what am I doing here? I am 22 year old archeology bachelor graduate at the University of Bergen on the west coast of Norway. For the past few years I have followed the Bobcats and watched near every game they’ve played since the end of the 2008-09 season. My passion for the Cats started with playing videogames in 05, the bobcats first season on NBA Live (don’t worry I’ve moved on to 2k), where they were rated a 58, compared to the rest of the leagues average at about 80. I was a sucker for underdogs and the mix of Felton, Okafor and Wallace, orange jerseys, the opportunity to follow a team from the start of franchise history and an underdog feeling made me fall right in love. Now why have I only been watching games the last two and a half seasons? There really is no legitimate reason for that so I have to blame the time difference which is about 7 hours back from Norway. For the last two years I’ve been sitting up until 4-5am 2.5 nights a week to watch the cats play and I can’t get enough. My interest for the NBA and the Bobcats has way surpassed my interest in having a normal circadian rhythm and I’ll be up until 5’am every night watching the NBA again, come December 25th.
This was my chance to greet everyone and the only time I will waste time talking about myself and anything non basketball/bobcats related, so thanks for reading about me and from now on, I’ll keep it relevant.