Excerpts from my chat with readers at charlotteobserver.com Tuesday from noon to 1.
Truefan: When do you see the Panthers making their cuts and who do you seeing being cut?
Tom Sorensen: Ken Lucas is one of my favorite players. Intriguing guy, smart, humble for a cornerback, and just cool to be around. But he’s going to make, what, $9.5 million next season? I suspect he’s gone, but hope I’m wrong. Can’t see any reason to bring Hackett back, not with Ryne Robinson, Jarett and Jason Carter in the wings. It will happen soon.
E$: Do you think the Bobcats are done trading? Should they try to get involved in the Amare (Stoudemire) sweepstakes? I still feel they are one all-star short.
TS: You’re right; they are one star short. Man, Amare here? I would love to see that. Would demonstrate how serious they are.
Goheels: Do you think the Heels can win tomorrow night at Cameron?
TS: The Tar Heels are a better team. The Blue Devils looked fragile Saturday against Miami. But, as their history attests, they aren’t. It will be good and taut, with great plays and numerous cheap shots. North Carolina by 5.
Truefan: Prediction for the Daytona 500?
TS: I’d like to say Dale Earnhardt Jr., but I’m going with Jeff Gordon. I think he has one more great year in him. I think this is it.
David: So, you see no scenario whatsoever that would keep Julius Peppers with the Panthers?
Shannon: Any updates on the Big Cat and his recovery?
TS: No, nothing new. And I think, and hope, no news is good news.
Fred: How disappointing will it be if Davidson loses its conference tourney and doesn’t make the big dance? They only have 1 top 100 win to date, not an at large resume.
TS: I think that if they continue to play the way they have (prior to Saturday) they get an at-large bid even if they don’t win the tournament. They’re good for basketball, they play an aggressive schedule and they have earned the opportunity. So many variables, though. But I like their chances.
Steve: What are your thoughts on Charles Godfrey. Was he just a fill-in until we find someone better or do you see him becoming an actual legit safety?
TS: The Panthers were thrilled to get Godfrey in the third round and I can see why. He was good right away. Will he become a legit safety? He already is. He’ll be a star.
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