As a part of this planet, there are certain things you just can’t control. Like where you are born, who your parents are, your height or the color of your skin. Myself, born in Oslo, Norway, grew up and stopped at 5’8, dark hair, dark eyes, and was stuck on the countryside of Bergen through the age of 20. There were literally nothing to do besides playing soccer. I was lucky enough to be good at it, so I stuck with it. But for all my other interests, like skateboarding, snowboarding, drawing, basketball, programming, computers and so on, I figured my chances were slim very early on. I was only 5’8 and stopped growing at the age of 16, so any dreams of being an NBA center never occurred. Not because I didn’t want to be a 7’0 foot tall ball player but because I wasn’t. And the same way people have to let their guard down and accept that things just are different. Situations and qualities are always different, the NBA franchises has to accept the same.
The Los Angeles Lakers are lucky to be located in a big area, with millions of people. The Knicks are also lucky to be located in the center of the huge NYC. And while these teams are so lucky, the smaller teams should just accept what it is. Some teams are fortunate, and the others, must compensate. Which is exactly what needs to be done in small market teams. There is no chance that all the 30 teams in the NBA can ever create a similar fan base, market size etc. Small market teams on the other hand has a tendency to play that ”But we can’t sell tickets because we are located in a crappy market” card.. And that is where the Small Market teams should shut their mouth, and accept what it is. At some point, someone chose to start a franchise in Charlotte, Indiana, Sacramento or Toronto. And those guys knew, that these franchises were going to be harder to run.
The way I see it, the small market teams should focus on the one thing that always makes them stereotypes. Unprofessional-ism. While the Bobcats hasn’t been able to earn the same respect in the league as their beloved Hornets, It is not necessarily because they play so bad. I think it has allot to do with how the front office has run the franchise. We (cats) are currently the clowns of the NBA, coming off of the worst winning record in the history of the NBA, while not being able to notch the top pick Anthony Davis. Though we are optimistic looking at recent movement in the FA, hiring of the new head coach, and draft picks, I am much more nervous about the management than the roster. Our guys competed much more than what the record shows last year, yet the front office continues to look confused, inexperienced and literally making a fool of our franchise themselves. Besides hiring Rich Cho, we must accept the fact that M.J. and his pal Rod Higgins has done some seriously suspect moves over the last seasons. And it’s this kind of behavior that makes the rest of the NBA raise their eyebrow when ”Bobcats” and ”Professionalism” is mentioned in the same sentence. Not to mention what my good friend James Plowright just wrote about MJ’s daughter’s boyfriend. He is reportedly getting an invite to their training camp. The guy is no one, but being close to MJ seems to be enough. It makes me wonder, if these kind of things happen in the bigger franchises. I can understand it to an extent, but this is to transparent, with tons of young athletes going undrafted, and still good free agents out there. And it’s not like we haven’t seen our front office taking advantage of things. Dare i mention Cory Higgins? M.J. and Rod both seem to think these kind of family favors are okay, but this is NOT a family business. This is SERIOUS business.
What I want for this club is just that. Professionalism, of which M.J. and Higgins are the faces of the opposite. Our roster is now packed with professional players, lead by surprise coach Mike Dunlap. Until we can show and practice this kind of professionalism, we will never be taken serious. Look at what happened in Indiana. Last season everyone was showing them respect. They act like pro’s and it rubs of on the team. They proved that small market teams can compete with the big boys. They have done it the good way. When I said Indiana Pacers three years ago, I thought nothing. When I say it now, I think success. And that’s what we want for our team. Success. And it starts at the Front Office. Maybe it’s time Rod and M.J. stopped that little country club mentality and realized that THIS is a serious sports franchise, battling in the best league in the world, and competing in it, every night. It should not be taken lightly.