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March 22, 2009

A sure thing...wasted

Wow.

Did you ever see that movie "The Sure Thing''? Some gorgeous California girl has been off at Catholic school, and the guy has been promised a hook-up.

Saturday night the Bobcats were presented a sure thing. Bulls versus the Lakers. Bucks versus the Blazers. Bobcats versus the Pacers, losers of five straight and just waiting to be taken out once and for all. By Sunday morning, the Bobcats would have been tied for eighth in the East with the tiebreaker.

So it becomes some bizarre duck-and-cover exercise. They go up by eight and then go brain-dead. They stop driving and posting. Worse yet, they do two things that make Larry Brown crazy -- they turn over the ball constantly and stop covering for each other.

Welcome to the draft lottery. You don't lose to the Minnesota Timberwolves and Pacers on consecutive Saturday nights, and maintain the margin for error. That's a shame because they're one of the eight best teams in the East. But their record won't reflect that when this is all over.

Posted by Observer Sports on March 22, 2009 at 12:11 AM | Permalink

Comments

You are right. It is over for them this year. They are afraid to win. Chokers!

Posted by: afan | Mar 22, 2009 2:51:22 AM

All the minutes logged by the starters finally caught up with them. I don't think it was a matter of apathy as much as energy. LB has done a masterful job with this squad, but I think he has missed some opporunities to give them proper rest in various games including the Toronto one that preceded this one. B/w that and Jarret Jack being out of his mind, it was a recipe for disaster.

Posted by: jperry | Mar 22, 2009 4:37:15 AM

everybody is already jumping off the band wagon from this recent run. even the lakers don't win all their games guys.

i hope the bobcats move to seattle and y'all all complain about how they did us wrong when really, you guys are the people doing them wrong.

Posted by: dougie | Mar 22, 2009 8:01:45 AM

I'm a little surprised from this blog post Rick in all honesty. Yes, these were two BAD losses, but you write this as if we're 4 games back with 12 to go. We're still only ONE game back of Chicago with a head to head with them still on the schedule. It's a little early to write them off as of yet. Missed opportunity yes, but it's not over by a long shot.

Posted by: Matt | Mar 22, 2009 8:58:13 AM

Had they drafted B.Lopez, all these unecessary moves had been avoided and we would have enough money to retain felton for an extension. Hollins is ripe,the mavs should thank us for doing all the hard work, J. dudley is blossoming and J-Rich is shooting a career best 50% fg percentage and elevating his game in a higher level. Now, we're stuck w/ these high paid rejects, (Vlade,Diop,Diaw n Bell)Brown should have been more patient and gave these group a chance, for what its worth they also won 32 games last year.

Brown was decided he will fail w/ this could have been line up the moment he stepped in so he decided to get DJ.

C-Okafor/Hollins/Nazr
PF-B.Lopez/J.Howard
SF-G.Wallace/J.Dudley
SG-J-Rich/Carroll/C.Martin
PG-Felton/Dontell
*Younger, More Athletic, Lesser payroll.

Posted by: wil | Mar 22, 2009 9:48:24 AM

Matt:
Bulls play five of six in April at home. Bobcats play six of eight on the road.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Mar 22, 2009 9:49:42 AM

Talk about being overly negative. One game out with around twelve games left and people are giving up. I wonder if Rick has ever played on a team. Relax people, we're fighting for an eight seed. It is still very possible that we make the playoffs. Let's try not to jump off the bandwagon so quickly.

Posted by: Wow | Mar 22, 2009 9:51:29 AM

Rick--you are so back and forth...on the Bobcats bandwagon one day and off of it the next. Even the best teams have bad losses. Give the Cats a break...they really just got their game together midseason.

Posted by: Elizabeth | Mar 22, 2009 10:04:05 AM

I read this more as a "prove me wrong guys" sorta post

Posted by: jameson | Mar 22, 2009 10:25:01 AM

Dougie, no one cares that the bobocats exist now anyways, u see those stadiums fill up? Nope.

Posted by: Derek | Mar 22, 2009 10:40:55 AM

Count me one as well that is very surprised at Rick. Pacers are still a very good team, and in the NBA losses happen to good teams all the time, look at the bcats records v. celtics and lakers.

This was a critical win, but there's not enough depth to do the back to back thing. It's a shame, but it's certainly no reason to go all doom and gloom. The fact that the bcats are even in the race is fun enough for me this year.

Posted by: A Fan | Mar 22, 2009 10:42:13 AM

felton back to showing his true form. i knew his lucky play was too good to last. he is hopeless.

Posted by: Typical | Mar 22, 2009 11:03:38 AM

yeah man stop pulling the trigger so early, everybody lost. calm down

Posted by: broderick | Mar 22, 2009 11:32:59 AM

A team with a losing record doesn't belong in the playoffs. The NBA is dumb. Maybe if the Bobcats draft a few more UNC-Chapel Hill players, they'll be successful ... idiots

Posted by: Mike | Mar 22, 2009 11:44:05 AM

The most embarrassing thing last night was at the end of the 3rd quarter. Down by 32 points the team did the "12 Minutes of Energy" routine. LOL Why would you do that when you are down 32 points and the crowd is booing your play. It is already a tired routine since it is THE SAME THING EVERY GAME.

Whoever decides to run that routine, especially last night, is out of touch with reality. What a joke!

Posted by: Sham | Mar 22, 2009 11:45:20 AM

Not all is lost. Thankfully the teams we need to lose lost last night. But we REALLY need to can care of our own business. We can still make it, we just need to make sure we wins the ones we are meant to.

Posted by: Slam | Mar 22, 2009 11:52:32 AM

wil, why are we still playing the I told you so game w/ Lopez? There is no way that Lopez has the kind of impact on this team that Diaw is having. If the Bobs had picked Lopez everyone in the league would be arguing that it's time to ship Okafor out. No way that two centers (Meka and Lopez) play together as well as Meka and Diaw(a guy who plays any position that you want him to). It's true we've taken on more salary, but not much more. JRich and Carroll both had big contracts.

Two more points:

Hollins is athletic as hell, but just doesn't play the game well. He gets more fouls than he does baskets and blocks

Your fantasy lineup left out the second draft pick the Bobs had this year.

Posted by: Bobby | Mar 22, 2009 11:54:07 AM

Sham - You must have missed the halftime show. Yes the 12 minutes crap was embarrassing, but the gay dude dancing by himself at halftime was unreal. Who booked this guy? Someone saw his tape and thought it would be a good idea?

I know it was mexican night, but this "dancer" was so out of place. The crowd just sat there uncomfortably. As bad as they played last night, halftime was the worst moment and that is something that is controllable!

Posted by: Jack | Mar 22, 2009 12:01:49 PM

you're right. this brook lopez argument is ridiculous. the guy is a stiff---we didnt need him and still dont. DJ will be FINE...As for last night, yes, terrible game. but the season is not over yet!

Posted by: bobcat matt | Mar 22, 2009 12:08:15 PM

Hey Rick - What's the word on LaSalle Thompson? Why has he disappeared? Is he in the witness protection program?

Posted by: FormerCat | Mar 22, 2009 12:13:24 PM

By the way, it was nice to see Fred Whitfield enjoying himself in the tunnel last night as the Bobcats were getting blasted on the floor. Fred was laughing and joking with his best friend, uh, I mean vp of game ops, Seth.


Posted by: FormerCat | Mar 22, 2009 12:25:15 PM

I'm a Brook Lopez supporter and even *I* don't get Wil's post. It must be a joke on his part. Dontell as the only backup behind Felton? Is he serious? Maybe it's his attempt to poke fun at the "Draft Lopez" crowd. I wanted Brook, but I'll readily say that getting Diaw was a far more valuable move for the next few years at least. It was the defining move of the season.

Posted by: DeLaQuest | Mar 22, 2009 12:33:59 PM

Ok, seriously, all you haters need to take it down a notch, including you Rick. We laid an egg yesterday, no denying it, but every other team other than Indy lost...We're no better off than we were yesterday, but we're also no worse. S*** HAPPENS...Jarrett Jack is gonna go back to being a marginally talented shoot first, shoot second turd. At least the majority of the of the people that commented on this article are sane, rational human beings (Matt, Dougie, Wow, I'm looking in your direction) and understand that it's not the end of the world, and it's definitely not the end of the playoff push. There were definitely more people than just the 3 I chose to mention so props to you all. I knew there would be the usual joyless trolls who claim to hate them yet still take time to read the articles and comment on them. I don't care for the Celtics for instance, so I don't bother to read any of their local coverage. See how that works? I'm only making this point because I know all you people that claim to "hate" the team read Rick's blog religiously, so I know all of you are going to see this. We all know the truth though. The same people who read articles and comment about a team they say they couldn't care less about will be the first people in line when playoff tickets go on sale claiming they were behind the team through thick and think, so piss on all of you(you know who you are) It's just irritating...why act like you hate the team when your actions tell a totally different story? I think it's more that you like them team and want them to win so badly that it's overly frustrating when they lose and thus you're unable to put things in perspective. Hypocrisy is never a good thing. And if you really do hate them, go find a Bobcats Suck forum you can post on and leave this as a forum for true fans to constructively criticize the team. It's a shame that the guy that covers the team for a living is ready to write them off after one bad loss when they're still only 1 game back with 12 to play, not to mention we have the tiebreaker and a head to head matchup left with CHI. To be where we are considering all the on the fly retooling we've done this year is pretty amazing, and it really sucks that people feel like one loss (albeit a terrible one that we def. should have had in the bag...I will never deny that.) has ruined our season when we still have 12 left to play. We're better than Chicago. Oh and to the guy that wanted this roster:

C-Okafor/Hollins/Nazr
PF-B.Lopez/J.Howard
SF-G.Wallace/J.Dudley
SG-J-Rich/Carroll/C.Martin
PG-Felton/Dontell

Do us all a favor...MOVE.

The end.

Posted by: Mike | Mar 22, 2009 1:42:20 PM

Rick thanks for the direct reply. I can see your reasoning for the post given that information, but like I said when replying to your article-Chicago is no better than us and can lay eggs like we have the past two Saturdays. I just don't believe in Del Negro and a rookie pg going down the stretch like I do in Raymond and Larry Brown

Posted by: Matt | Mar 22, 2009 1:47:06 PM

Per my previous posts:

This team isn't that good guys. They're below average. For some reason everyone that posts on here is in love with this roster and making a run at the playoffs, but in the meantime we've sacrificed our future for a feeble run at the 8th spot.

As Rick wrote in the Observer, we've taken on bad salaries and made knee-jerk moves to position for next week, without regard for the next 2-3 years, when we COULD have been competing. The shame is, we're going to be watching this team struggle for a playoff spot next year too.

The thought of watching Felton shoot 3 for 13 for another 4 seasons depresses me.

Posted by: BobsRealist | Mar 22, 2009 3:30:43 PM

FormerCat: He's down in the D looking after Lexy and Singletary.

Posted by: Slam | Mar 22, 2009 4:46:14 PM

Bobrealist:
I did write that their trading style of late is to take on more long-term cap obligation than they discard. And I have misgivings about how they might have hemmed themselves in.
But I never used the term "knee-jerk.'' I think the only trade that could accurately describe is the Mohammed deal, which was made to placate Sam Vincent.
Despite the past two Saturdays, the current group is not below average. They're 24-21 in the last 45, which roughly coincides with Diaw's and Bell's arrival. I agree with Larry Brown that if you bring this group to training camp in October, they're easily in the playoffs next season. (That assumes health, as it does with every team.)
Whether you agree or disagree with what they did, they didn't make these moves for "next week.'' By-and-large, this isn't an old roster.
You seem like a smart guy, and skepticism is healthy. But I'd respectfully suggest you overstated some things.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Mar 22, 2009 5:23:07 PM

Again, what's going to make us better in 2-3 years than we are now? Drafting Stephen Curry? "Realist," what team goes from the gutter to tittle contention without making a couple of playoff appearances first? How realistic is that?

Again,if you look at the record based on the current roster and not that joke of a team we had the first half of the season, you have a solid playoff team. We have a playoff ready team. Whether they make it this year or not, I'm just happy to see them ready to compete.

Posted by: Bobby | Mar 22, 2009 5:52:01 PM

hahaha what a joke

Posted by: BobsRealistNeedsaDoseOfReality | Mar 22, 2009 5:53:40 PM

This is what I love about sportswriters: their undying, gratuitous, laughable, presumptious, 'high school weasling' commitment to the BCS. Yeah - that one thing that exists as the bane of true sport and athletic competition - the "we said it so it's gotta be" attitude espoused by every typewriter jockey who apparently couldn't throw a BBall into a swimming pool or a football into the Grand Canyon. Let's face it Rick, when you make a statement like, "That's a shame because they're one of the eight best teams in the East. But their record won't reflect that when this is all over.", you're simply pumping up on the ol' journalistic ego-steroid that makes you feel good about your sports acumen, but amongst other untimely demises, has the insidious effect of killing a college playoff - you might say a "world series of super bowls" - every January. I'm sorry; their "record doesn't reflect" what you think of them? Isn't it enough that you and other wannabe's like you can vote Ohio State into yet another "Friday the 13th version of the BCS Championship Game" any time they want? Apparently not. Apparently you need to reorder the NBA playoffs as well. Fine - why don't we undo the Met's Series win over the Orioles in '69 because Baltimore was the "better team" and Earl Weaver could throw some real eye-pleasing, front-page worthy tantrums? We could overturn Obama's win and say McCain is king now. And why don't we also GIVE Guy Lewis his long-deserved victory over Jimmy V, because every pencil-pusher knows 'Phi Slamma Headline Jamma' was much better than State too - well at least 'on-paper'. Or maybe not. Let me make it simple for you Rick - regardless of 'talent, 'respect', 'game', name, locker-room quotability, et al, it still comes down to scoring more than the other guy. And Thank God - if we had any more BCS's, I'd have to watch 'Meet the political Press' on Sunday afternoons instead of NFL Football. If they had a 'lottery for sportswriters', I'd suggest that Charlotte volunteer...

Posted by: RFandy | Mar 22, 2009 6:43:21 PM

No offense Matt, but I'm guessing you have caught many Bulls games this year. They're coming together at the right time, and added some good pieces at the trade deadline to make them better. Can you really say the Bobcats are playing their best basketball right now? Giving the T-wolves whatever they wanted... BARELY squeaking by the woeful Kings... and getting destroyed by a Pacers team that is waaaay out of the playoff picture.

Is there still a chance they sneak in the playoffs? Sure. But we all know the cats are a bad road team. All that talk from the cats about "Our playoffs start now... every game matters... blah blah." Just a bunch of talk.

Posted by: David | Mar 22, 2009 7:18:25 PM

LaSalle Thompson is with Ajinca at the D league games, i think.

Watch Detroit, they are tanking quickly, make Chicago and Charlotte both make the playoffs?

Posted by: Bobfan1 | Mar 22, 2009 7:27:00 PM

Mr. Bonnell

We do have more road games than Chicago, but we are playing better on the road. Plus look at Chicago's opponents, they are better than the team that we play.

Posted by: Yeah? | Mar 22, 2009 9:47:25 PM

Mr. Bonnell,

We do have more road games than Chicago, but we are playing better on the road. Plus look at Chicago's opponents, they are better than the teams that we play.

Posted by: Yeah? | Mar 22, 2009 9:49:25 PM

FORMERCAT - Lasalle Thompson is in North Dakota making sure they don't ruin all the work larry has done on Lexy and Lil' Sean.

Also as stated there are 12 (reasonably hard) games ahead, but honestly we seem to do better against some of the "harder" teams when we "want" to win than we do against "easy" teams when we get complacent. We may or may not make 8th seed, but mark my words we'll have a 55% or better season next year.

Posted by: tattoo | Mar 22, 2009 10:00:51 PM

I agree w/ Rick on this one, Bobcats not gonna make it this year. And w/ the guy that type soooo many words, yah mike, you, do us all a favor and get direct to the point and state your opinion. This is no place here for filibustering or maybe you should try congress. just blog, this ain't no term paper.

Posted by: wil | Mar 22, 2009 10:57:49 PM

Realist:

Do you not think that with this roster, which isn't old and has only two BAD contracts in Diop and Nazr, won't be better from the start of training camp and make a vault into the middle of the Eastern Conference next season, which isn't hard to do frankly given Miami is there at five games over .500? If you're talking about going after 2010 free agents, get real, none of those big names are coming here anytime soon, Rick even said that himself.

I'm not in love with the roster, there are things I would do to get better that mirror a lot of what Rick said in his article in Sunday's paper. However though, I'm going to love them for THIS season.

Posted by: Matt | Mar 22, 2009 11:30:20 PM

And the Pulitzer goes to *opens envelope* Mike! Well done, give him a hand folks. And Bobsrealist, really, a "feeble" run at the 8th spot? Do you watch any of these games? You call the OT thriller over the Lakers feeble?

Posted by: Bro. D. | Mar 22, 2009 11:54:28 PM

Did the Bobcats drive from Toronto before playing Indiana? Did they take a Greyhound? Do they fly Southwest?

Seriously, why are they such a horrific back-to-back team. They were absolutely listless against Minnesota and Indiana, and both games came off a back-to-back. After the Minnesota game, I thought it was the way they had lost to the Rockets. But the Indiana game? After destroying the Raptors? I just don't get it.

They were awful, and Jarrett Jack wouldn't miss. But seriously, why is it impossible to expect them to be competitive every time they play two games in a row?

Posted by: Juan José | Mar 23, 2009 1:13:52 AM

BobsRealist,

Have you done your homework? "This team isn't that good. They're below average." Next time think before posting. The only reason why this team is pushing for an 8th seed is baceause all the changes and trades began late in December. Had this roster be in place since the beginning of the season, we would be a lock for the 5th/6th seed today. Several losses at the beginning of the season, plus the losses caused by the timing on the trades, cost us about 10+ wins this year.

Another thing is your idea of the Bobcats compromising the future. Besides Nazr, the only other players over 30 yrs. in this roster are Juwan and Bell. Nazr is here because of a last year mistake (soon to be traded), Juwan is a veteran voice and decent backup PF that every team needs to have and Bell is one of the top defenders (Bruce Bowen type of guy) that you NEED to have when you play guys like: Kobe, Wade and Roy among others. And he is doing a masterfull job and have enogh basketball to be around at least 3-5 more years of very productive basketball, even if coming from the bench. And even with those three guys over 30, the average age of this team is 27 years. That's about 5-6 years of consistent and developing production which is a lot of time to allow you work on working your roster to have a winning team all the time. Every other playoff team in the league is older (on average) than the Bobcats.

Posted by: RobC | Mar 23, 2009 9:33:05 AM

The Bobcats with Diaw and Bell are 24-23 (.511), which would be right there with Philly for 6th place in the East. This includes 8 games where Wallace didn't play, several of which came w/o a legit backup OPTION such as Radmonivic, Martin, etc.

2 members of their starting lineup, Raja and Boris, were just thrown in during the middle of the year. The most prominent members (Vlad, Diop, Martin, Howard) of the bench save Augustin (who has missed double digit games) all came in the middle of the year. I think LB's willingness and comfort with playing the bench more minutes and preserving the starters better is what leads to this team taking the next step forward. People can talk about consistency, but constantly playing heavy minutes in back to back situations is going to wear on players if they are giving effort on both sides of the court.

When you factor in that these guys all just were thrown together in the middle of the season, there overall level of play is more remarkable than you state. They all had to get to know each other, LB, and playing together on the fly.

With them actually having some time to play together, work together in the offseason, and work under LB's system as a UNIT, I don't see them as a below average team chasing the 8th spot next year. I also agree that there are some contract situations that could be better. But I don't subscribe to the idea of trying to blow things up at this point.

Are the Bobcats ELITE yet? No. Are they below average as constructed? Not even close.

Posted by: jperry | Mar 23, 2009 11:19:44 AM

BobRealist,

This team is below average, huh? Tell us, what is the Win-Loss record of the current roster? What is the Win-Loss record of the Felton/Bell/Wallace/Diaw/Okafor starting 5?

Posted by: DeLaQuest | Mar 23, 2009 12:51:09 PM

Is Felton not allowed to have one subpar game? Really, it's ridiculous. If if was the only one who struggled with his shot, we wouldn't have lost by 25.

Posted by: RP | Mar 23, 2009 3:16:39 PM

Quite interesting! I'm not a pessimist, but the fact remain that the Bobcats in a hunt for a play-off birth could loose miserably to teams like thhe Timberwolves and the Pacers. What a shame! Their quest for the play-off is over and you can believe me or else. You sit and wait for the play-off to begin. They play two games nicely and then mess-up. This is inconsistency and they can win anything if they qualified for the play-off. Their excuse will be they were tire after the Raptor and Sacremento games. The play-off is tougher than this regular season games.

Posted by: nunu20041 | Mar 23, 2009 4:20:04 PM

didn't hear any of this during the win streak, then one L later and the boo birds are back...great

Posted by: A Fan | Mar 23, 2009 5:28:02 PM

I'm still hopeful for a playoff spot. Maybe they get hot again and eke by the Bulls? Go Cats

Posted by: Tim P | Mar 23, 2009 6:52:08 PM

Rick,

Did you survive the cuts?

Posted by: jd | Mar 23, 2009 8:02:47 PM

Bulls beat Wizards, now we're 1.5 games out. I hope nobody cries when the bulls officially clinched the 8th spot like mj did the other night.

Coach Brown has completely destroyed this team, what a control freak.

Posted by: wil | Mar 23, 2009 10:51:26 PM

W/ these much hype on the season and how well they are compared before, people tend to forget that we won 32 games last year. W/o an expensive coach, w/o DJ, w/o J. Howard, w/o big contracts of Diop, Diaw, n Vlade and w/o the aging Bell.

Given at best they get 35 wins, what's 3 measly games improvement compared to all the dollars we got tied to? compared to losing a young star scorer in J-Rich and a solid young piece like Dudley? to make matters worst, Hollins has been brialliant the past few games reaching double figures and impacting games. And yeah, we also lost him too.

Posted by: wil | Mar 24, 2009 9:44:26 AM

W/ these much hype on the season and how well they are compared before, people tend to forget that we won 32 games last year. W/o an expensive coach, w/o DJ, w/o J. Howard, w/o big contracts of Diop, Diaw, n Vlade and w/o the aging Bell.

Given at best they get 35 wins, what's 3 measly games improvement compared to all the dollars we got tied to? compared to losing a young star scorer in J-Rich and a solid young piece like Dudley? to make matters worst, Hollins has been brialliant the past few games reaching double figures and impacting games. And yeah, we also lost him too.

Posted by: wil | Mar 24, 2009 9:44:33 AM

W/ these much hype on the season and how well they are compared before, people tend to forget that we won 32 games last year. W/o an expensive coach, w/o DJ, w/o J. Howard, w/o big contracts of Diop, Diaw, n Vlade and w/o the aging Bell.

Given at best they get 35 wins, what's 3 measly games improvement compared to all the dollars we got tied to? compared to losing a young star scorer in J-Rich and a solid young piece like Dudley? to make matters worst, Hollins has been brialliant the past few games reaching double figures and impacting games. And yeah, we also lost him too.

Posted by: wil | Mar 24, 2009 9:44:38 AM

W/ these much hype on the season and how well they are compared before, people tend to forget that we won 32 games last year. W/o an expensive coach, w/o DJ, w/o J. Howard, w/o big contracts of Diop, Diaw, n Vlade and w/o the aging Bell.

Given at best they get 35 wins, what's 3 measly games improvement compared to all the dollars we got tied to? compared to losing a young star scorer in J-Rich and a solid young piece like Dudley? to make matters worst, Hollins has been brialliant the past few games reaching double figures and impacting games. And yeah, we also lost him too.

Posted by: wil | Mar 24, 2009 9:45:49 AM

W/ these much hype on the season and how well they are compared before, people tend to forget that we won 32 games last year. W/o an expensive coach, w/o DJ, w/o J. Howard, w/o big contracts of Diop, Diaw, n Vlade and w/o the aging Bell.

Given at best they get 35 wins, what's 3 measly games improvement compared to all the dollars we got tied to? compared to losing a young star scorer in J-Rich and a solid young piece like Dudley? to make matters worst, Hollins has been brialliant the past few games reaching double figures and impacting games. And yeah, we also lost him too.

Posted by: wil | Mar 24, 2009 9:50:04 AM

W/ these much hype on the season and how well they are compared before, people tend to forget that we won 32 games last year. W/o an expensive coach, w/o DJ, w/o J. Howard, w/o big contracts of Diop, Diaw, n Vlade and w/o the aging Bell.

Given at best they get 35 wins, what's 3 measly games improvement compared to all the dollars we got tied to? compared to losing a young star scorer in J-Rich and a solid young piece like Dudley? to make matters worst, Hollins has been brialliant the past few games reaching double figures and impacting games. And yeah, we also lost him too.

Posted by: wil | Mar 24, 2009 9:50:29 AM

W/ these much hype on the season and how well they are compared before, people tend to forget that we won 32 games last year. W/o an expensive coach, w/o DJ, w/o J. Howard, w/o big contracts of Diop, Diaw, n Vlade and w/o the aging Bell.

Given at best they get 35 wins, what's 3 measly games improvement compared to all the dollars we got tied to? compared to losing a young star scorer in J-Rich and a solid young piece like Dudley? to make matters worst, Hollins has been brialliant the past few games reaching double figures and impacting games. And yeah, we also lost him too.

Posted by: wil | Mar 24, 2009 9:53:41 AM

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