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Charlotte Bobcats: Shawn Marion & Ben Gordon In 09-10? - Bleacher Report
by Chris Ball (Contributor) Gerald Wallace (16.6), Boris Diaw (15.1), Reymond Felton (14.2) lead the Bobcats, who averaged an NBA low of 93.6PPG, in scorring. I don't think Felton will be the starter at point on opening night....
Charlotte Bobcats Just a Few Moves from the Playoffs - Bleacher Report
Felton is a restricted free agent, which gives the Bobcats the right to match any offer given to him. But my sense is that it won't come to that, and I think the Bobcats will give him a long-term deal to keep him in Charlotte and in the starting lineup...
I-SS students get pep talk from Bobcats - Mooresville Tribune
BJ Evans, director of basketball communications for the Charlotte Bobcats, brought Statesville High School girls basketball standout Kyrra Gillespie to the stage during his portion of the Dream Builders program Tuesday morning....
Bobcats Look For Forward, Depth In NBA Draft - Bleacher Report
by Tucker Warner (Contributor) Last year, the Charlotte Bobcats just missed earning their first playoff berth in the five year history of the franchise. In the upcoming NBA Draft, to be held on June 25, they will most likely look for depth and a new...
Charlotte Bobcats: 2009 NBA Draft -
Augustin said this after the Bobcats defeated the Celtics during the regular season. The C's won 60 plus games however and your Charlotte Bobcats won 35. Why not show that energy and passion every game? The Bobcats need two things....
Peterson says yes to App. St. this time -
So he's trading an appealing desk job – director of player personnel for the Charlotte Bobcats – for a second stint as Appalachian State's men's basketball coach. It took two pitches over 30 days for Appalachian State officials to woo Peterson back to...
Got tests? Don't stress (but get to bed early) -
Charlotte Bobcats mascots entertain students at Endhaven Elementary School during a pep rally last week to highlight the NC End of Grade tests, which begin this week in public schools. PHOTOS BY YALONDA M. JAMES - East...
Allen Iverson not The Answer for Charlotte Bobcats -
The former MVP recently set off the rumour mill when appearing in Charlotte on personal business unrelated to basketball. Hoop heads immediately linked the high scoring guard, who becomes an unrestricted free agent in July, to the up-and-coming Bobcats...
'One Tree Hill' Season 6 Finale Clip: Nathan's Leaving - AceShowbiz
Nathan is preparing for his departure to join NBA, playing for Charlotte Bobcats. In the official synopsis, it is said that Nathan is released from the Chiefs, and is forced to face Haley and Jamie. A story arc has been created for Nathan in the next...
SI: Grizzlies' Heisley ranks as third worst NBA owner -
Golden State Warriors owner Chris Cohan and Robert Johnson/Michael Jordan, co-owners of the Charlotte Bobcats, round out the bottom five. The report was based on factors like willingness to spend money to improve the team; stability and capabilities of...

Charlotte Bobcats

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The Charlotte Bobcats are a professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The team is part of the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association. The Bobcats were established in 2004 as an expansion team, two seasons after Charlotte's previous NBA team, the Charlotte Hornets, relocated to New Orleans and became the New Orleans Hornets. The Bobcats play their home games at Time Warner Cable Arena in uptown Charlotte.

Charlotte's NBA Development League team is the Sioux Falls Skyforce (the affiliation is shared with the Minnesota Timberwolves). The Bobcats were also the brother team of the Charlotte Sting of the WNBA before the Sting folded on January 3, 2007.

When the Charlotte Hornets relocated to New Orleans for the 2002–03 season, the NBA promised Charlotte leaders that the city would be granted an NBA expansion team for the 2004–05 season. Several ownership groups, including one led by former Boston Celtics star Larry Bird, made bids for the team. In the end, a group led by Black Entertainment Television founder Robert L. Johnson was awarded the franchise. Johnson is one of the first prominent African American owners in U.S. professional sports. On June 15, 2006 it was announced that NBA legend and North Carolina native Michael Jordan would become the second largest shareholder in the Bobcats. As part of the deal, Jordan became head of basketball operations. Another notable co-owner is the rapper Nelly.

In June 2003, the new team was named the Bobcats. Bobcats, along with Charlotte Flight and Charlotte Dragons were the top three choices as voted by fans. The Charlotte Regional Sports Commission aided with the "Help Name The Team" effort that drew over 1,250 suggestions. The bobcat, an expert at survival according to the North Carolina Wildlife Commission, is athletic, fierce and an indigenous predator to the Carolinas. Charlotte, already being home to the NFL's Carolina Panthers, made the cat-related name a natural choice for the area's new basketball team.

One of the ironies in the formation of the franchise was the fact that despite failed attempts at the ballot box to fully fund a new arena downtown, city politicians decided to go ahead with plans and implemented a hotel and leisure tax in Charlotte to help pay for it. George Shinn, owner of the Hornets, also wanted the city of Charlotte to pay for a new arena, and subsequently left town for New Orleans when the city failed to do so.

The Bobcats held their expansion draft on Tuesday, June 22, 2004, picking up such seasoned players as Predrag Drobnjak and talented youngsters such as Sacramento Kings forward Gerald Wallace. However, Drobnjak would never play for the team; the Bobcats traded Drobnjak to the Atlanta Hawks for a 2005 second round draft pick. They also traded with the Los Angeles Clippers to acquire the second pick in the 2004 NBA Draft, which they used to select Emeka Okafor, a center from the University of Connecticut and Mike Claxton. Okafor went on to win the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2005.

Their first game was a 103–96 loss to the Washington Wizards on November 4, 2004. They won their first game in franchise history over the Orlando Magic 111–100 on November 6. After losing their next seven games, the Bobcats stunned the defending champion Detroit Pistons 91–89. On December 14, the Bobcats really gave their fans something to roar about, beating the New Orleans Hornets 94–93 in overtime in the team's first trip to Charlotte after the move. The Bobcats would go on to post an 18–64 record finishing in 4th place in their division. After the regular season, they finished with the best record in one of the NBA's summer leagues, the Reebok Rocky Mountain Revue in Salt Lake City. In the 2005 NBA Draft, the Bobcats drafted two North Carolina players: guard Raymond Felton and forward Sean May. With these two players, in addition to Okafor, the Bobcats hoped to build a young, solid foundation for future success. The Bobcats selected Adam Morrison from Gonzaga University with the third pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. After an injury to part-time starting point guard Brevin Knight that would sideline him for at least a month, the Bobcats traded Bernard Robinson to the New Jersey Nets for point guard Jeff McInnis and cash considerations on January 3, 2007.

On March 13, 2007, part-owner Michael Jordan announced that Bobcats head coach Bernie Bickerstaff would not return to coach the 2007–08 season. Jordan stated that Bickerstaff would finish the rest of the current season and that he remained an integral part of the organization. Candidates interviewing for the head coaching position included Stan Van Gundy, Paul Silas, Herb Williams, and Mike Fratello. On May 25, 2007 the Bobcats announced that Sam Vincent, a former assistant with the Dallas Mavericks, would be the second coach in franchise history.

The front office has been a key issue for the Bobcats during the 2007 offseason. Rod Higgins was hired on May 31, 2007 as general manager, assuming the same role he had with the Golden State Warriors. Although Higgins has the title of general manager, Jordan retains full control over basketball operations.

Phil Ford and Lee Rose were tapped to join Vincent's coaching staff on June 6, 2007. Buzz Peterson was hired from Coastal Carolina University, where he served as head basketball coach, to become director of player personnel on June 13, 2007. Brandan Wright was selected with the eighth pick by the Bobcats in the 2007 NBA Draft. He was subsequently traded to Golden State for swingman Jason Richardson and power forward Jermareo Davidson. Shortly after the Richardson trade, the Bobcats resigned Gerald Wallace to a reported six-year, $57 million contract. Wallace was the team's leading scorer for the 2006–2007 season, and has been with the team since the 2004 expansion draft. The Bobcats waived team veteran Brevin Knight who was formerly the starting point guard but lost the job to Raymond Felton. Since assuming the starting point guard role, Felton has led the team in assists. On December 14, 2007, the Bobcats acquired center Nazr Mohammed from the Detroit Pistons for Wálter Herrmann and Primož Brezec. January 31, 2008 saw guard Earl Boykins, the shortest player in the NBA, sign with Charlotte, as the Bobcats looked to bolster their depth at the point guard position. Only lasting a year, Sam Vincent was fired as head coach on April 26, 2008 after a disappointing season that saw the Bobcats finish with a 32–50 record.

On April 29, 2008 it was reported that the Bobcats have reached an agreement to hire Larry Brown as the third head coach in franchise history.

The 2008 NBA Draft saw the Bobcats select University of Texas Point Guard D. J. Augustin with the 9th selection of the first round, French Center Alexis Ajinca with the 20th pick (which had been acquired prior to the Draft from the Denver Nuggets in exchange for a lottery protected future first round pick), and Washington State University combination Guard Kyle Weaver.

On July 31, 2008 it was reported that the Bobcats had reached an agreement with the teams first ever draft pick, Center Emeka Okafor on a 6 year, 72 million dollar contract extension. On December 10, 2008, Bobcats guard Jason Richardson was traded to the Phoenix Suns along with Jared Dudley and a 2010 second round pick for Boris Diaw, Raja Bell and Sean Singletary. On January 16, 2009, Bobcats guard Matt Carroll and center Ryan Hollins were traded to the Dallas Mavericks for center DeSagana Diop. On February 7, 2009, Bobcats forward Adam Morrison and guard Shannon Brown were traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for forward Vladimir Radmanović.

The Charlotte Bobcats main rivals are the Atlanta Hawks, the Washington Wizards, and the New Orleans Hornets.

The Charlotte Bobcats first played their games at the Charlotte Coliseum as a new replacement, Charlotte Bobcats Arena, was being built. The city closed the Coliseum in the offseason of 2005, and opened the new arena with a Rolling Stones concert shortly before the new NBA season.

In April 2008, the Bobcats reached a naming rights deal with Time Warner Cable, the Charlotte area's largest cable television provider. In exchange for the naming rights, Time Warner agreed to tear up the cable television deal that had limited the Bobcats' exposure over the team's first four years.

The Bobcats' alternate logo features an orange bobcat head on a blue and silver basketball.

Since their creation the jerseys have donned a white home uniform reading Bobcats in orange with dark blue, light blue, and black trimming. The Bobcats' primary away jersey is orange reading "Charlotte" in white with dark blue, light blue, and black trimming.

In the 2006 off-season, the Bobcats announced a new alternate away jersey which debuted during the 2006–07 season. Bobcats president and chief operating officer Fred Whitfield told reporters that "alternate uniforms have proven to be very popular with fans across sports and we are proud to introduce our third uniform to Charlotte Bobcats fans". The new uniform will be Bobcat blue (which reads "Bobcats" in white) with black, orange, and white trimming. The blue alternates were used for 25 away games during the 2007–08 season.

For the Bobcats' first season, Johnson partnered with Time Warner to create Carolinas Sports Entertainment Television (C-SET), a regional sports network. It aired 60 Bobcats games that also aired on Comporium Cable in the South Carolina portion of the Charlotte market. However, Time Warner placed C-SET on its digital package as an incentive to try to get customers to switch to its digital service, leaving analog customers in the dark. It also refused to allow DirecTV or Dish Network to pick up the network on their local feeds. As a result, most of the western Carolinas and those without digital cable were left to rely on radio coverage.

C-SET folded on the day of the 2005 NBA Draft, and most games then moved to News 14 Carolina, a cable news channel available on Time Warner Cable's systems in Charlotte, the Triad and the Triangle. However, this left viewers in most of South Carolina (except for the South Carolina side of the Charlotte area, which saw games on Comporium) as well as eastern and western North Carolina, out in the cold. News 14 was also not available on satellite.

As part of the Time Warner Cable Arena deal, the Bobcats signed over broadcasting rights to Fox Sports Net South. The last five games of the 2007–08 season, and 70 games during the 2008–09 season, will be shown on FSN South and sister network SportSouth in North and South Carolina. The deal is believed to be the first simultaneous naming rights/broadcast rights deal in the history of North American professional sports.

Select games also air on a network of over-the-air stations across North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, fronted by WMYT-TV in Charlotte.

The flagship station for radio coverage is WOLS, a Charlotte-based station whose frequency is 106.1 FM. WOLS switched its non-sports programming from Oldies to Spanish language on January 1, 2009, making Bobcats and Duke basketball the station's only non-Spanish language programming. This also makes it likely that at the end of the 2008-2009 season, another station will serve as the Bobcats flagship station for radio coverage of its games.

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2008–09 Charlotte Bobcats season

The 2008–09 Charlotte Bobcats season will be the 5th season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA) since becoming an expansion team in 2004.

The previous season, Charlotte finished 32–50 under coach Sam Vincent, and did not qualify for the playoffs. In response to the dismal season, co-owner Michael Jordan fired Vincent and brought in veteran coach Larry Brown.

Michael Jordan fired coach Sam Vincent on April 27, 2008 and subsequently signed legendary coach Larry Brown 2 days later.

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Charlotte Bobcats draft history

In the 2004 NBA Draft, Emeka Okafor became the Bobcats' first ever draft pick.

This is a list of the Charlotte Bobcats' NBA Draft selections. The Charlotte Bobcats were established in 2004 as an expansion team, becoming the NBA's 30th team, only two seasons after Charlotte's previous NBA team, the Charlotte Hornets, relocated to New Orleans and became the New Orleans Hornets. The Bobcats first participated in the NBA draft in 2004, two days after their expansion draft was held.

In 1989, the NBA agreed with the National Basketball Players' Association to limit drafts to two rounds, an arrangement that has remained the same up the present time. Before each draft, an NBA Draft Lottery determines the first round selection order for the teams that missed the playoffs during the prior season. Teams can also trade their picks, which means that in some drafts teams may have more or less than two draft picks, although they must have at least one first-round pick every other year.

Although none of the players that the Bobcats have drafted have been voted All-Stars, Emeka Okafor was named the 2004–05 Rookie Of The Year and was voted to the All-Rookie First Team, and both Raymond Felton and Adam Morrison were named to the All-Rookie Second Team in the their rookie years. In 2008, Alexis Ajinça became the first foreign-born player to be drafted by the Bobcats.

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List of Charlotte Bobcats head coaches

The Bobcats has been playing their home games in the Time Warner Cable Arena since 2005.

The Charlotte Bobcats are an American professional basketball team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Bobcats play in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The team began playing in 2004 as an expansion team. The Bobcats play their home games at the Time Warner Cable Arena, formerly known as the Charlotte Bobcats Arena, since 2005. The Bobcats are the youngest team in the NBA. The Bobcats are owned by Robert L. Johnson, Michael Jordan, and Cornell Haynes, with Rod Higgins is their general manager.

There have been three head coaches for the Bobcats franchise. The franchise's first head coach was Bernie Bickerstaff, who coached for three complete seasons. Bickerstaff is the franchise's all-time leader for the most regular season games coached (246), and the most regular season game wins (77); Sam Vincent, the franchise's second head coach, is the franchise's all-time leader for the highest winning percentage with .391. In the Bobcats' franchise history, they have never advanced into the playoffs. Larry Brown is the only Bobcats' coach to be elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach. Vincent have spent his entire NBA coaching career with the Bobcats. Brown has been the head coach of the Bobcats since the 2008–09 season.

Note: Statistics are correct through the end of the 2007–08 season.

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