Charlotte Bobcats owner and NBA legend Michael Jordan has today announced that his struggling franchise will be returning to their old moniker the Charlotte Hornets in the 2014/15 season. Jordan advised the team has submitted the name change paperwork which will allow the team to become the Charlotte Hornets once again. This is an exciting prospect for long-time fans of the NBA who all have fond memories of the Charlotte Hornets through the late 80′s to early 2000′s, lead by such greats as Alonzo Mourning, Larry Johnson and Muggsy Bogues before the team migrated south to New Orleans in 2002.
In the wake of their disastrous 2012/13 season, the lowly Charlotte Bobcats have fired head coach Mike Dunlap after he took the team to a 21-61 overall record, second only to the Orlando Magic for the NBA’s worst. It was just another pitfall in the long line of seasons in which the Bobcats have been largely known as the NBA’s biggest joke. The Michael Jordan owned franchise cannot seem to get it right now matter how they draft, who their coaching staff is or their leadership group. One need only look to a season ago when coach Paul Silas was ousted after similar results. It really is one of the more disappointing stories in the history of the league and this is just another example of why things simply have to turn around. Whether you are a Bobcats fan or not, you have to feel for the ailing club the further down the spiral they go and wonder, will they ever be a team of importance, or are they just destined to remain bottom feeders, and the laughing stock of the NBA? The search will resume for the Bobcats new coach, and hopefully the person who can lead them out of the darkness and back into the light. Grim. I know.
Above: Charlotte Bobcats head coaching records (Per ESPN)
DeAndre Jordan just registered his Dunk of The Year application all over Brandon Knight. OUCH!
We don’t really know what to say apart from WOW! Vintage Kobe, with authority sends Staples Centre into a frenzy with this thunderous dunk over Josh Smith down the stretch ofg the Lakers 99-98 win over Atlanta. BOOM!
Is he even human?
Fights are not often seen in the NBA anymore, but this one between the Indiana Pacers and Golden State Warriors is definitely the most confronting of season 2012/13.
Bring back the biff.
The NBA returns to the UK as the New York Knicks and Detroit Pistons battle it out at London’s O2 Arena! It’s the third regular season game trip the NBA has made to the country and it has always been a raging success. The Knicks are taking the East by storm, while the Pistons are still struggling to find some sort of relevance throughout a rebuilding period, but nonetheless it should go a long way in helping to showcase the game to fans in the UK. It’s a great expansion idea from the NBA’s marketing team who no doubt have high hopes that they can grow the game outside of North America. Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler will return to the city where just months ago they claimed the gold medal and the 2012 London Olympics, and the Knicks will also welcome guard Iman Shumpert back into the lineup. With no tickets left, the average asking price for the event online is a whopping 335.23 pounds! That’s about $508 Australian.
The game will be available for all NBA TV League Pass Subscribers live at 7AM Friday morning (AUS)
Now, when’s the NBA coming to Sydney?
Some teams could probably use a few tips from this NBA security guard who was determined to not allow Dirk Nowitzki any closer to the screens where officials were reviewing a call in a game between the Mavs and the Kings. The big German clearly wanted to take a look and give his two bobs, but thanks to some solid defense from Sleep Train Arena staff, he had buckley’s chance.
Thunder star forward Kevin Durant was ejected late in the 4th quarter of Oklahoma City’s blowout loss to the Brooklyn Nets late on Thursday after arguing an illegal screen call on team mate Kendrick Perkins. OKC were down 104-90 at home late in the game when a frustrated Perkins committed the charging screen on Nets’ Gerald Wallace. Durant, clearly unhappy with his team’s performance and the ensuing call, gave the official a verbal spray and bought himself a double technical. Durant was clearly unhappy with the way the Thunder had played throughout the game, especially in the case of guard Russell Westbrook who jacked up 19 shots and had 6 turnovers. Durant has a great reputation in the league, and this ejection is the first of his NBA career.
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