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December 25, 2011

Bobcats sign Cory Higgins

            Cory Higgins, Colorado’s all-time leading scorer, will fill the Charlotte Bobcats’ 15th roster spot.

            Higgins is the son of Bobcats president of basketball operations Rod Higgins. Cory Higgins was recently cut by the Denver Nuggets.

            At 6-5, Higgins fills what the Bobcats wanted from a fifth guard: A player with the size and skill set to play either guard spot.

            “One of the things I pride myself in is playing either position, and more importantly, being able to guard either position,’’ Higgins said after practice Sunday night.

            Higgins acknowledged he expects a little extra scrutiny, playing for a team his father assembled.

            “A lot of people are going to think I’m here just because of him,’’ Cory Higgins said. “That’s not the case. I worked hard to get here and I’m here to prove to everybody, and the coach staff, that I belong here and I keep this spot.’’

            Higgins finished his four years at Colorado having scored 2,001 points, tying him with Richard Roby for the school record. He ranks sixth all-time among Big 12 scorers.

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Comments

what happened to nachbar or moon? and why is higgins making all the decisions, i thought that's why we brought rich cho

Posted by: GT | Dec 25, 2011 10:59:04 PM

This is the first decision I disagree with. I don't care what they say, he is here because he is higgins son.

Posted by: crymeariver | Dec 25, 2011 11:11:21 PM

Can't justify this one. Of all the players you could sign, what are the chances that your son is the best one. I hope he is better than I think.

Posted by: Cranky | Dec 25, 2011 11:26:45 PM

So instead of signing anyone with any size that can grab a rebound or two down low we sign a guard. "ok"

Posted by: Jason Warren | Dec 25, 2011 11:35:27 PM

Does this mean we will have Jordans 2 kids when they are eligible? We will run out of roster spots. how is it possible this is the best player we can get?

Posted by: David | Dec 25, 2011 11:49:15 PM

I hope that is a misquote. Hate to imagine the kid speaks that poorly."I keep this spot"

Posted by: Skip | Dec 25, 2011 11:55:02 PM

We needed a tall third swing guard. We plan to have as much youth as possible as we rebuild. We needed a cheap guy for that. Needs met.

Posted by: Altheus | Dec 26, 2011 1:32:21 AM

i hope he can play along Kemba and shoot the threes

Posted by: vinh | Dec 26, 2011 6:29:36 AM

Can someone explain to me how are we going to get a top draft pick when our team doesn't seem to be that horrible.

Posted by: vinh | Dec 26, 2011 6:30:35 AM

Not sure how you can't see how awful this team is. We have no depth and no size. We had to trade for Byron Mullens to back up Dasagana Diop. That statement in and of itself is frightening. We have no depth. Our rookies need time to develop and while there are players with upside, I can't think of one player on the team that has potential superstar qualities. We're going to have one of the top 3 worst records in the league and thats fine by me. The 2012 draft is loaded.

Posted by: dave | Dec 26, 2011 7:41:07 AM

We bring in a parade of veteran players, hold auditions and then hire the boss' son? Give me a break, please. What a joke the FO is, playing the fans for total idiots.

Posted by: eduardo | Dec 26, 2011 8:53:01 AM

Cmon. I am trying to support this team, but this is pathetic.

Posted by: Davis | Dec 26, 2011 8:57:32 AM

This is the most obvious signal yet that the Cats are tanking this year to get (hopefully) a high draft pick. Our glorified YMCA squad will have some moments, but expect to see lots of bad basketball as the youngn's try to grow up. I don't mind developing youth and talent, but TALENT needs to be a part of that equation. Higgins shoud have been outta here long ago, but as a FOM (friend of Mike) he's still holding sway. Cho needs to be elevated above this clown.

Posted by: Bassman | Dec 26, 2011 9:16:36 AM

The Michael Jordan's Charlotte Bottom Feeders

Posted by: TWC | Dec 26, 2011 9:50:21 AM

People we are rebuilding! What is the point of signing retreads like Eddie House if it's not going to be significant help for the team? Right now we have a good core of young talent but of course it's going to take some time to develop them. You can't do that without them being on the court. They are headed in the right direction. Cory Higgins fills a need and he does have a good resume from college. If he doesn't pan out then just cut him. Simple as that! Some of you need to stop bitching! You can't turn a team into a contender in one season! It's called growing pains.

Posted by: DS | Dec 26, 2011 9:51:59 AM

How can you be rebuilding when you have never built anything? 23 years of NBA growing pains continue!

Posted by: joe cool | Dec 26, 2011 10:37:31 AM

Well genius we were a playoff team a couple of seasons ago. That team wasn't going to be better than a 7 or 8 seed. So yes we are rebuilding.

Posted by: DS | Dec 26, 2011 11:00:24 AM

We might get a high pick but whos to say this franchise will pick the right guy. The bobcats has had a chance to rebuild this team through the years but they always draft horrribly. This team is done! Too Many BAD DECISION MAKERS.

Posted by: C-LO | Dec 26, 2011 11:40:43 AM

Kemba!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: James | Dec 26, 2011 12:05:33 PM

Once again the uninformed are howling today. You guys should get back to your video games and leave managing the team to the professionals. Gosh what a bunch of crybabies!

Posted by: mikey | Dec 26, 2011 1:12:19 PM

i would have less of a problem if it was jordan's son. and higgins' son is definitely the better player, but rod doesn't even deserve to be there let alone his kid.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 26, 2011 1:42:12 PM

mikey,

i would love to leave the management to the professionals.....except rod higgins is not one. show me all the other teams competing to hire higgins.

what is your loyalty to that guy?

because the real fans are on here complaining with reason.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 26, 2011 1:50:02 PM

Mikey. That is unintentionally the funniest comment I have seen in awhile. Professionals? Based on what exactly. Getting handed a job by your buddy? If he actually had accomplished something since he has been there, I would be fine with him. My guess is Higgins has a max of 2 more years even as MJ's friend. Unless something dramatic happens. Could be less.

Posted by: James | Dec 26, 2011 2:13:08 PM

Again with the pessimism. You guys try to pretend to be Bobcat fans but your outrage is amusing. Are you really mad that we didn't match the offer for Dante Cunningham? Are you really mad that we didn't keep Moon or Nachbar? Like they would make a difference? Seriously,you're mad about that?!!!!! "I tried to support this team but this is pathetic." I see BB IQ in Charlotte is pretty low. Get real...having Cunningham, Moon, and Nachbar on the roster instead of any 3 others and it would have made the difference of maybe 1 win at most. These aren't elite players your writing about here folks. Then again, all you want to do is complain anyway so what does it matter.

Posted by: Stacy | Dec 26, 2011 4:12:56 PM

Stacy. You are right. The BB IQ in Charlotte could not be much lower. It directly corresponds to the number of wins. Hopefully Cho increased it.

Posted by: Cranky | Dec 26, 2011 4:21:21 PM

Can't wait until Kemba checks in tonight. If he knocks down a few shots it will be a fun night.

Posted by: Skip | Dec 26, 2011 4:22:38 PM

I will admit that I don't know if this kid can really play. But what are the chances that he is the best available young player out there? Gotta give it to rod though, not only does he live off mj but his son a does too. We can all agree that the only reason rod holds such a high position is because of Jordan.

Higgins is very quick to tell anybody that those two draft picks were made by mj and cho. Thereby absolving himself of any responsibility.

Posted by: crymeariver | Dec 26, 2011 6:54:51 PM

UNREAL! Just when you think it can't get any worse...

Posted by: George Hanson | Dec 26, 2011 7:07:44 PM

Go away

Posted by: GeorgeHanson's mama | Dec 26, 2011 10:31:13 PM

stacy,

i don't think anybody wanted nachbar or moon. i don't think anybody was crediting wins to cunningham. the point was....he was young and talented and inexpensive. and he was a trade-able asset.

BB IQ would say that cunningham > higgins. no matter how you cut it. even if higgins is a legitimate fringe nba player, in no line of work is that accepted without co-workers and customers looking upon it poorly. do they have the right to do it? sure. do the customers and other employees have the right to complain? absolutely.

a lot of us complaining aren't actually pessimistic about the team but overly optimistic every year. and its hard to be optimistic with our history of poor moves. the moves have been clearly indefensible. articles have been written making fun of the moves by national columnists. anybody trying to defend them clearly lacks BB IQ.

and we all expect CHO to bring major improvement. but we are so accustomed to absolute idiotic moves that when things like this happen, they get way blown out of proportion because we are just so tired of things like this and we deserve more. and cho will have to prove himself to earn trust. thus far he's done very well but you have a hard time justifying this one. like i've said, if cunningham wanted to go to memphis (which is probably) then i am glad they let him. if silas said he wasn't going to have much of a role for him, fine. but when you look at it as a guy who IMMEDIATELY steps into a contender and has a role, yet a rebuilding team can't find one for him....it just seems backwards for a guy as young and skilled as him. and when they start talking about 31 year olds, we flip our ish. and when they sign rod's son........

we know that wasn't cho's decision. so why should we humor ourselves and think that cho is going to be able to keep rod from doing the same things he's done year after year. the guy has no business in the nba at all. not after his playing career (which he was a solid nba player for a long time).

his son probably deserves to be in the league. so does KC rivers. so does carlos arroyo. it's still a conflict of interest to sign him here without him being proven elsewhere.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 27, 2011 10:33:11 AM

Really, you folks are on here talking about the 15th guy on the roster. If the kid couldn't play that would be one thing, but he played major Div. I basketball and put up great numbers. Would you rather have a veteran guard to take minutes away from DJ & Kemba or have someone who might, might appear in 10 games. Half the people on this comment board got their job because of someone they knew or friend of, but I guess this is different, silly me!

Posted by: Charles | Dec 27, 2011 12:37:49 PM

Charles

Colorado is not a basketball power, there are a lot of guys who played major Div I Basketball. I agree with Charlottean the Bobcats have nee all over the map with this one, first a young talent like Cunnigham, then vets like Moon & Nachbar and then out of left field the best option is Higgins son. I call BS.

Posted by: TrueBBallFan | Dec 27, 2011 2:10:33 PM

and again, i would have less of a problem if it were michael's son EVEN THOUGH cory is better than either of michael's sons. but rod doesn't even deserve to be here let alone his son.

its the most hated guy in the organization's son. that's just not good for PR. its not even good for the kid. he'd be better off earning some bones in the d-league or europe to PROVE he belongs. there ARE far better options out there.

and i'm sure a lot of people got jobs because of their parents. i'm not among that group. i don't despise the practice as long as the kid is deserving and the parent is deserving. if the parent doesn't deserve the job, the kid definitely doesn't. not if it was because of his dad as is the case here.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 28, 2011 9:33:54 AM

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