The Charlotte Bobcats fed about 6,000 people Monday at Time Warner Cable Arena. Players and coaches and executives helped distribute the food, as did owner Michael Jordan. Fans shrieked when they saw Michael, and when he smiled they shrieked some more.
"I think Michael is a bigger draw than the food," said Charlotte rookie Kemba Walker.
Is there anybody in Charlotte who doesn't know who Michael is?
Yes, and here she is. After Jordan kids with two kids who are about eight-years-old, he extends his hand to the woman behind them.
She shakes her head, says she doesn't speak English and keeps walking.
So the charisma is not universal. So at least one woman is immune.
Michael never loses his smile, however, and the afternoon never loses its allure.
Doesn't sound as if referee Karl Hess did the right thing in kicking former N.C. State stars Chris Corchiani and Tom Gugliotta out of the RBC Center.
But every time I sit at courtside I can find at least one fan who ought to be kicked out. There are some bitter, angry and nasty fans who seem to derive no joy from their superior seats. They just complain for two halves or four quarters. If they don't go after evil officials or the evil opponent, they go after their own team.
Maybe in real life these customers have to take a lot from their employer, or spouse, and they seek revenge by screaming at people who rarely scream back.
Seems like a waste of a perfectly good afternoon or evening, however.