There are some really good Charlotte Bobcat blogs out there already. Queen City Hoops is smart and with lots of great stats woven in. Rufus on Fire, Bobcats Baseline and Bobcats Planet also do quality work.
Of course, the Bobcats have their own official blog — Bobcat Break — and now they want a fan to be a part of it. Here’s the quote from the site.
We’re expanding our list of bloggers for the 2010-11 season and are looking for the first bobcatsbreak.com fan blogger.
Think you’ve got what it takes to post your blogs on the official blog site of the Charlotte Bobcats? Here’s your chance to prove it. Submit a blog explaining in 500 words or less why you would make the ultimate Bobcats fan blogger. We’ll look them over, post some of the best here on bobcats.com and get your opinion through a fan vote that will help us make our ultimate decision.
Follow the link above to find out how to submit.
For one, this is a big step by a team, to embrace the idea of a fan blogger, even on what will be a limited basis. Also, this is a big chance for somebody in that the winner will get team access a lot of bloggers out there cannot. Being on the Bobcats site will give your posts great exposure and many will automatically trust your opinions (whether that is fair or not is a different discussion).
But also know this — posting on a team site means restrictions, for example how you criticize a team, or even if you can. If you want to go on Bobcats Break and post that DJ Augustin is not a starting PG and the Bobcats need to get one — a completely valid opinion — that will never get past the PR department.
Every team blogger and reporter I know has these frustrations. They also all like their jobs. It’s a good opportunity, just go in with eyes open.
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.