The best thing about the NBA is it is a democracy, where the fans voices are always heard and carefully considered by ownership before any decisions are made…
Right. And bacon is good for your arteries.
Still, we can dream. The fine folks at the Charlotte Observer have dreamed, and asked the people of Charlotte what is important to them, what they want to see with the ownership change to Michael Jordan.
Shockingly, they want to see a good team. Just like 29 other fan bases.
When asked to rank the most important things for Jordan to do, the top vote getter was “spend more on payroll.” When asked what was the most important factor for the Bobcats financial success, 73.7 percent of respondents said making the playoffs. And that needs to start this year, with 75 percent of respondents saying they think the Bobcats get the seventh or eighth seed this year and the right to be crushed by Cleveland or Orlando (the team currently sits in ninth place, half a game back of Miami for the final spot).
What else do they want? Michael Jordan to actually be in town. Not a shock after Bob Johnson lived in Washington D.C. to run his other businesses and was invisible at the arena. The fans would like Jordan to actually buy a house in Charlotte. You know, be part of the community.
Fans also really don’t love the name Bobcats, (the popular theory being Bob Johnson picked that so he could name the team after himself). However, there was no clear consensus on what the new name should be. The winner of a list of names was the Flight (a nod to the Wright Brothers who first flew a plane a couple hundred miles away). But Bobcats came in second with 25 percent of the vote.
Besides, it will take $3 million to $10 million to do a name change for the team. That is money that could be spent on team payroll or lowering ticket prices. Or finding a way to make bacon good for you. All far more important things than a name.
Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.
His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.
George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).
As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.
Last season, DeMarcus Cousins received zero MVP votes (the same as every year of his career). Even though he averaged 24.1 points, and 12.7 rebounds a game, which was enough to get him his first All-Star berth, MVP is another thing entirely. Only players on winning teams tend to draw the attention of MVP voters.
This season, can Cousins — arguably the best center in the game — get in the conversation?
He thinks it’s more than just that, he told Kevin Ding at Bleacher Report.
The topic is the 2015-16 NBA MVP award and whether it could be reachable for DeMarcus Cousins.
“Reachable, man?” Cousins told Bleacher Report, his voice rising high. “It’s mine to grab.”
As noted above, the only way Cousins gets into the conversation — fair or not — is if the Kings are in the playoffs (at the very least). He understands that.
“It’s going to take a full team effort,” Cousins said. “I’ll try to play at a high level and bring my team along with me.”
Vlade Divac built a Kings’ team designed to start winning now — as you would expect from a team a year away from moving into a new arena they need to fill. Owner Vivek Ranadive is not about selling hope anymore, he wants to sell wins.
I think Cousins can help provide that.
I’m less sold on the cast around him being able to help.