Teej and Swedd call up Hoopsworld.com’s Bill Ingram for a chat on this upcoming season. Be sure to follow Bill on twitter @therocketguy and read his columns on Hoopsworld.com!
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Cap Relief 1 – Dreams of spinning DUST into a contributing member of next season’s roster 0.
Erick Dampier’s 60 day stay with the Charlotte Bobcats has come to an end. There were ton’s of hopes and dreams of turning the legendary DUST chip into something big *cough* Melo *cough* but in the end there were no deals that could be worked out. I have trust in the front office that they are doing what is best for the team’s long term interests, but just looking at this as a fan, we have some large holes at the point guard and center spots that are going to need to be addressed prior to this season to make the fanbase feel warm and cozy.We hoped that the DUST would address at least 1 of those 2 positions, but No Dice.
Happy DUST Day everyone!!
How are you celebrating this big day? Heavy drinking? Strippers? Midgets? All of the above? Well, No matter how you roll with your celebrations, you be sure to give it everything that you’ve got, because this is certainly a big day for the Bobcats organization.
Wait a minute, You have no idea what the DUST is all about? Sigh.. Well, here is some required reading for you:
- Mike Cranston’s excellent breakdown of the DUST chip and how it came to be
- 13 pages of discussion on our forum on how to best utilize the DUST chip
go ahead and read, I’ll wait
It is not an uncommon thing for former players to try and step into the front office or become coaches when their playing days are done; few have been in a position like Jordan and able to simply buy the front office and everything else. While having his Airness affiliated with the team it remains to be seen whether he can actually succeed in basketball without playing.
If there was a scenario that will give Jordan the opportunity it is the Charlotte Bobcats. The young franchise is fresh off its first winning season and playoff berth, but since being founded by Robert Johnson back in 2004 it has not been the most successful from a business standpoint.
Johnson forked over the hefty $300 million price tag to start the team likely thinking like many that he can’t go wrong with owning a professional sports franchise. Ask him now after footing the bill for the team the last six years at a significant loss and he will likely say something very different.
The more I think about His Airness signing Kwame Brown the more I think it is actually a good idea. Before you guys pepper me with comments like ‘what the *^&^’ or ‘are you stupid????’ just hear me out a little.
It is a given that this team needs some help at center. Is Kwame the man for the job? If you look at his body of work you have to think not a chance. BUT as most of you know if anyone is up for the challenge of a reclamation project it is Larry Brown. I can see in the forum that many of you are tired of him being so willing of taking these challenges on, but from what I can see the man is a good coach (I have no idea how successful he has been in the past with project players like Kwame).
When it comes down to it, for the price this kid is getting paid, why not? These players make ridiculous amounts of cash and while $1.3 million is not chump change in the real world, in the NBA it makes you a pauper. Kwame was one of the dumbest moves in NBA history the first time around for Jordan, but could end up being one the smartest ones this time.
That brings me to another of the forums favorite players (sarcasm completely intended)—Erick Dampier. It appears as if most of your wishes are likely to come true and we will not have to worry about this guy and his hefty price tag. I find it interesting that a guy that really does not have sparkling statistics throughout his career is so adamant about taking less money. Does he really think that there is that much demand for him out there? Hopefully the team will be able to sucker someone into taking him in a trade otherwise I would not be surprised to see Dampier slinking back later in the year and signing whatever contract Jordan is willing to give him.
Speaking of trades, it appears as if the Bobcats may have a chance at landing the current flavor of the month—Carmelo “Get me the heck out of the Mile-high City” Anthony.