The Charlotte Bobcats have on truly unique claim to fame that no other NBA team can match: they’ve lost to the 5-48 New Jersey Nets twice.
Charlotte boasts one of the league’s top defenses, but the team is looking for answers as they’ve gone 5-5 after their hot start to begin 2010. The Bobcats are poised to make their first postseason appearance in franchise history, but the playoff race in the Eastern Conference is incredibly competitive. Charlotte (6th), Miami (7th), and Chicago (8th) are all playing .500 basketball, and Milwaukee (9th) sits just a game and a half behind the pack. We’re still a long way from declaring any kind of trouble in Charlotte, but the Bobcats have a lot of work to do if they intend on staying in the post-season picture, much less the 6th seed.
New Jersey, on the other hand, can only hope that this is the start of something that, well, doesn’t involve only winning 8.3% of their games. Despite their historically terrible play this season, the Nets’ roster really isn’t as bad as the team’s record would have you believe. I wouldn’t count on them knocking on the door for the 8th seed anytime soon, but I think that those within the organization (and the few remaining Nets fans) would settle for simply not being the worst team of all time.
Alan Anderson had surgery last May on his left ankle to remove some bone spurs. This wasn’t seen as anything major, so the Washington Wizards signed him to a deal and are counting on him to bring some versatility and depth to their wings.
However, that same ankle has bothered him since the opening of training camp and on Tuesday the Wizards announced that he had undergone another surgery to “remove a small bony fragment in his left ankle.”
There is no timetable for his return.
The Wizards liked Anderson because of his shooting and versatility — he can play the two, three or four depending on the lineup. The Wizards are counting on a combination of Otto Porter, Jared Dudley, and Anderson to fill the void left by Paul Pierce.
But they are going to have to wait a little while for Anderson to join the party.
Kevin Garnett is as good a trash talker as there is in the NBA right now. He’s one of the games’ legendary talkers.
And he welcomed Bulls rookie Bobby Portis to the NBA in his own special way during Saturday’s Chicago/Minnesota preseason game. From Vincent Goodwill of CSNChicago.com.
Beautiful use of the Honey Nut Cheerios reference.
Hoiberg was a teammate of KG’s back in Minnesota from 2003-2005. Hoiberg did nothing but praise Garnett after the game. He’s probably good with KG pushing Portis.
Watch out for Portis this season, he’s going to show he shouldn’t have fallen so far down the board.