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.
The Nets’ projected record this season came under greater scrutiny when the Celtics traded Brooklyn’s unprotected first-round pick to the Cavaliers in the Kyrie Irving trade. After finishing third-to-last and last the previous two years, were the Nets poised to take a step forward, or would they convey a very high pick to the Cavs?
Jeremy Lin, who missed 46 games last season, getting healthy was a reason for optimism in Brooklyn and pessimism in Cleveland. But it appears the veteran guard could be out a while.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:
Billy Reinhardt of Nets Daily:
If the injury is as bad as feared, what a bummer for Lin. He came to Brooklyn expecting to play a leading role on a developing team, and he just can’t stay healthy.
The Nets were probably more focused on developing their younger players, but – especially without their own draft picks – there was no harm in shooting for the playoffs. This appears to a blow to that (already unlikely) dream.
It’s a boon to the Cavaliers, though. And whenever something significantly affects LeBron James‘ team, it has ramifications into the entire power dynamic of the Eastern Conference. For an injury to a player on a team most expect to be bad, the medical developments here will be tracked closely around the league.
Remember when Aaron Gordon was a promising fun player?
The Magic sidetracked him by playing him at small forward most of last season. But back at power forward, Gordon showed how he could push the pace as a four in Orlando’s season-opening win over the Heat.
There’s obviously flair in passing to yourself off the backboard, but it’s a sound way to improve position. Gordon did that to fantastic effect.
Gordon Hayward is going to have surgery on his ankle and leg, which should not be a surprise to anyone who saw the gruesome injury to his leg just 5:15 into his Celtics career. There is no timetable for his return yet, maybe he makes it back for the playoffs, but the Celtics are not going to rush him and he may well miss the entire season.
What next for Boston?
In this PBT Extra I cover the three things to watch for from Boston, which in the short term could mean the Kyrie Irving show. Longer term, not much changes.
Gordon Hayward broke his leg early in his Celtics debut – a devastating injury. He’s preparing for surgery tonight, per Jeff Goodman of ESPN:
First – after a perfect introduction from Marcus Smart – Hayward addressed the Boston crowd from his hospital bed before tonight’s game against the Bucks.
What’s up everybody? Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has sent me your thoughts and prayers. I’m going to be alright. It’s hurting me that I can’t be there for the home opener. I want nothing more just to be with my teammates and walk out onto that floor tonight. But I’ll be supporting you guys from here and wishing you the best of luck. Kill it tonight. Thanks, guys.
At least this nice moment (and an outpouring of support) came out of such a gruesome injury.
And if Smart keeps setting up his teammates so well, maybe the Celtics’ offense will keep humming.