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December 09, 2012

Higgins cut was an overdue move. But not the debacle it's been portrayed.

    I’m going to say this up-front:  There were people who call themselves Charlotte Bobcats fans who were cruel to Cory Higgins.

            Whatever snarky is, Cory took it: “Daddy’s boy,’’ “Nepotism child.’

     It wasn’t his fault. Cory’s dad runs the Bobcats’ player-personnel department. And this idea he had a job only because of the family tie is laughable.

    Then-coach Paul Silas wanted a third point guard who was also long enough to occasionally be a  two-guard. Cory fit the description. He played on an unguaranteed contract, just like a bunch of other wanna-be’s.

            The mistake was holding onto Cory from the start of last season to now. He was in over his head. If it wasn’t apparent at the end of last nseason, it was obvious this preseason: There was nothing about Cory’s performance or potential that would make you not give someone else a chance to see what he could do.

            Sunday the Bobcats cut Cory Higgins and signed Jeff Adrien, a camp guy they kept tracking. That is clearly the right thing to do, because Cory had every opportunity as this team’s third point guard.

            It must have been difficult for Rod to fire his son. I cannot imagine doing the same.  It was hard when my son stopped playing high school baseball, harder still when his high-school football career ended. That’s recreation. This is business.

            I like and respect Rod Higgins more than he probably understands. But I always thought giving Cory a look was a predictable risk.

Posted by Observer Sports on December 9, 2012 at 05:38 PM | Permalink


I hear you Rick, but has another GM ever had his son on the team? Let alone one that had marginal talent. It was ridiculous from the beginning, nice to see they finally corrected the situation. Would be nice to know the process behind this move. Can't imagine it was the older Higgins that decided on it. Maybe the Bibcats will be a real organization some day.

Posted by: Davo | Dec 9, 2012 6:17:18 PM

C'mon Davo. Higgins was no Chris Paul, but he did have 7 points, in 5 minutes, last night. Granted, it was against the Spurs second (third?) team, but it was 7 points none the less. When was the last time either one of us has done that?

With 2 open roster spots, I fail to see the harm in holding on to Higgins, GM's kid or not.

Posted by: Hoagie1970 | Dec 9, 2012 6:57:20 PM

Coby Karl was on Denver so it's the norm if coach or GM have a kid they make the team. Just look at all the coach kids who are on the team because of their dad.

Posted by: Mike | Dec 9, 2012 7:02:12 PM

Putting Cory Higgins in the roster is a spot wasted. Period. Nothing against the guy as a person but in a basketball aspect. Glad that they are getting a post player. Hope he can provide something for the team.

Posted by: arky | Dec 9, 2012 7:21:11 PM

it's hard not to get personal in the professional sports business, but this was a no win position for Rod or Cory Higgins that should have just been avoided. if Cory wants to play in the nba, then go to the d league and prove you're worthy of a roster spot on someone's team but not the one where your father has personel input. what's harder to understand is that the team isn't searching for some post presence and rebounding.

Posted by: fan | Dec 9, 2012 7:33:13 PM

Being a fan of the team means you want them to put the best possible roster together. Cory Higgins was not the best possible option for even a 12th man.

Rick you need to stop trying to be a contrarian wannabe ESPN reporter. He didn't deserve to be here no matter how pathetically you try to make it seem otherwise.

Posted by: CatNation | Dec 9, 2012 7:45:59 PM

I don't think anybody blamed cory. it wasn't his fault. but it was just wrong, in poor taste, and poorly timed. it would be one thing if we were the spurs and wanted to keep him around as the 14th or 15th contract. not really much to complain about. but when guys like shaun livingston were available for the minimum and we kept higgins instead?

not cory's fault at all that his dad was equally in over his head and still is even though rich cho is doing his job for him now. the dampier trade wasn't cory's fault, the diop deal wasn't his fault. nobody blames anybody but rod.

i've said time and time again, i'd rather keep cory and cut rod but that was a less likely option. i'd rather jordan sign his own son to sit on the bench. that would make sense to me. allowing rod higgins to not do his job properly AND sign his son was horrible. it's bad public appearance and eeeeeeeeeeeeeeverybody in the league takes note of those kind of things. it doesn't help the franchise in any way shape or form.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 9, 2012 8:12:33 PM

Cory Higgins was ranked as the lowest rated free agent available this offseason by a respected NBA website. Lowest of hundreds of potential players! THIS is why we complained Rick. The only rationale possible was the nepotism factor, and it was a wasted spot on this squad. We have passed on adding some far better players to date, and I'm not sure we're helping ourselves by getting Adrien, an undersized journeyman PF. I can only hope we are preparing to make a trade that can bring us (someday) a legit big man who can score and defend in the post. Then again I've been waiting for that to happen for years.

Posted by: Bassman | Dec 9, 2012 9:11:26 PM

I am hoping that was sarcasm Mike. Colby Karl's dad was the coach not the GM. Still waiting for that example of a GMs kid being on his team. It doesn't happen because no one else would do it. When you are in charge of personnel and you put your kid on the team that is just bad business.

And Rick...not sure how you feel sorry for either Higgins. If you pull something like tis you are going to get criticism. Sad thing is a lot of good players have been picked over the time this kid was on the roster.

Posted by: Davo | Dec 9, 2012 9:37:44 PM

Well i think we all know That Rod was trying to give his son a chance to be a NBA player but at the end of the day he was'nt hunger, I think its cleans up the locker room

Posted by: Rahshon Gamble | Dec 9, 2012 9:56:10 PM

Next move trade Gerald Henderson and Reggie Williams
to Minnsota Timberwolves For Derrick Williams and 1st round pick

Posted by: Rahshon Gamble | Dec 9, 2012 10:03:12 PM


You like rod higgins becuse he is your source in the organisation. We all know that. Higgins jr was a poor move his first year and a ridiculous move his second year. It was pathetic! I am sure Cory will have a nice job within the organization that he does not deserve.Just like his brother.

Posted by: crymeariver | Dec 9, 2012 11:40:47 PM

about time this happened....maybe now the bobcats are truly serious about winning.... but Rick you do not need to suck up to Higgins....he is also in over his head...

Posted by: Scott | Dec 10, 2012 12:14:32 AM

A dumb decision from the get-go, putting this young man in a position that would naturally bring charges of nepotism. A move consistent with MJ's history of 'keeping it in the family and friends' when it comes to awarding jobs. Hopefully this is changing and hopefully Cory can earn his own spurs in another setting, i.e. European or Asian leagues.

Posted by: eduardo | Dec 10, 2012 4:43:13 AM

Absolutely moronic move from the beginning. No way to defend or justify it. The coach must feel better. Nothing like having the bosses son working for you. Can't believe that even happened in the NBA. If Higgins can put his son on the roster, what else is going on over there? That place has to be stacked with family members, etc.

Posted by: Steve | Dec 10, 2012 6:49:22 AM

It doesn't matter if it's a Fortune 500 corporation, a sole proprietorship, or a sports team - when you hire your buddies and relatives, you will almost never be as successful as you could be. The only reason Rod Higgins is employed is because he's the classic FOM, and the only reason Cory Higgins was employed was because he was the son of one of the front office guys. He has never done a thing to deserve being on an NBA roster. I don't hate the man; I can simply see that he's not NBA material, and after 2 months on the team everyone else could also. That's why the fans got so infuriated.

I ask again - who's in charge of this team? Is it Higgins or is it Cho? It should be Cho, and Higgins is filling a redundant position. MJ either needs to find some other role for Higgins or cut him loose (preferred by many of us fans). Cho has built a championship contender. Higgins has not.

Posted by: J | Dec 10, 2012 7:15:47 AM

If anyone needed evidence that Cho really has no control they need look no further than this situation -- if Cho truly had control this move would have been made last year. . .

Posted by: George | Dec 10, 2012 8:23:22 AM

Well said J. My sentiments exactly.

Posted by: apauldds | Dec 10, 2012 8:27:25 AM

Cory Higgins was taken out of the summer league program over UNCW legend Brett Blizzard a few years ago. ESPN has Blizzard as one of the top 25 3pt shooters of all time in college basketball, where did Higgins place? oh yeh, no where. That's where Higgins bias came, at the expense of a roster spot. Hope Cho stays and Higgins gets cut too.

Posted by: PantherFan | Dec 10, 2012 8:28:27 AM

Someone needs to wipe their nose off..
If Higgins deserved the spot and had the talent and ability than why was he in over his head AND why was he cut??? Oh!!! it was that they kept him too long was the problem! Right!
Just beacuse he is long and can dribble and he was Rod's son he got the shot others may have deserved.
Anyway I believe just about everyone here has said it better than anything I can add.

Posted by: David Stern has to go!! | Dec 10, 2012 9:15:08 AM

It's amazing how unbalanced the team really was at the beginning of the season when you consider the trading of Carroll and the Higgins cut. Even if the new bigs don't give the team much, at least they now have size coming off the bench.

Posted by: buckshot jenkins | Dec 10, 2012 9:46:33 AM

It's so hard so compete in the NBA when your PG has to be the scorer. Most successful teams have the 2,3, and 4 spots scoring.

MKG was a solid project, but no offense. So was Bismack.. Project with no offense. We'll never win depending on two people to score 80%.

Posted by: Nick | Dec 10, 2012 10:38:53 AM

Son you're fired. Yo Adrien! LoL

Posted by: Frog Man | Dec 10, 2012 10:56:36 AM

Larry Brown drafted his sons, DJ and Alexis, oh nevermind.

Posted by: Big Bad John | Dec 10, 2012 12:25:44 PM

If anyone needs evidence of Cho having control, one need look no further than the Biyombo pick. These statements declaring who has complete power are ridiculous. Just glad they got this resolved. By the way, if Higgins had complete control, wouldn't his son still be here?

Posted by: Skip | Dec 10, 2012 1:54:11 PM

So now Higgins has NBA experience. If he belongs in the NBA, he should get a look from another point guard needy team. His dad has given him some game time, here's hoping he can put that to use somewhere that the charge of nepotism doesn't hang over his head.

Posted by: MTBinDurham | Dec 10, 2012 2:38:43 PM

Cory was cut to make room for Marcus Jordan next year. (I kid)

Posted by: James | Dec 10, 2012 2:46:22 PM

Jordan needs to cut Rod Higgins. that dude sucks as a GM, a "player personnel manager" or whatever title you give him. the bobcats have been turrrible for years. what has R.Higgins ever done to make things better in Charlotte. answer, nothing. just a wasted paycheck. but dumbarse jordan likes "yes" men around him, so R.Higgins fits the bill perfectly.

Posted by: hunh | Dec 10, 2012 6:55:35 PM

how can anyone think the BlobShats can be serious NBA team with a complete T-bag loser like Gerald Henderson as one of the team's primary contributors.

that guy sucked at Duke and sucks in the NBA.

changing your number doesn't mean crap, Gerald. you still suck donkey balls.

Posted by: hunh | Dec 10, 2012 6:58:30 PM

the comparison to coby karl is nuts. karl was signed by 5 different teams that 4th was the nuggets. and he never actually played for the nuggets. so yea....great comparison to the guy that never played for anybody but his dad's team.

and he's played on some high level european teams as well as averaging 18, 5 and 5 for his d-league career.

"just look at all the coaches kids who make the team"

please name one. there are plenty of former players who have kids in the league, that's just good genes. but coaches? they have kids who tend to coach. let me find out ricky rubio is really david kahn's son.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 11, 2012 2:47:05 PM

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