(1) There are reports that the Charlotte Bobcats are considering North Carolina's Harrison Barnes with the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft. Fine. Consider away. Report away. But investing the second pick on Barnes would be a debacle of almost Adam Morrison proportions.
Barnes obviously is a better player than Morrison. So is the guy at the Y. But the Bobcats set the franchise back when they selected Morrison. How many times does a franchise get to do that? You don't waste the second highest pick in the draft on a jump shooter.
I take Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or I trade down.
(2) Who can question LeBron after his performance against Oklahoma City Thursday? Detractors will; it's what detractors do. But LeBron was as good as he needed to be to push Miami to the victory.
That game embodied everything these playoffs are supposed to be.
The NFL is the most popular sport in the country, and in Charlotte. But if the NBA isn't No. 2, what is?
(3) Nice crowd at Bank of America Stadium Thursday for Carolina's final practice before training camp. Beautiful weather, and fans kept coming in. Based on their attire, many came from work. Wonder if it will be like that when the new minor league ballpark is built downtown (if it is built)?
I wrote about the practice Thursday. One fact I omitted: A little kid was watching, one of the smallest fans in the stadium. His little face would peer out at the field. He acted like he wanted to be there.
A Panther official saw him, and walked to the bag in which the teams keeps its footballs, picked up a ball, walked over and handed it to the kid.
I asked the official if he knew the young fan. He did not.
Nice gesture with which to end the session and begin the summer.