On Tuesday, October 23, your Charlotte Bobcats will come to Raleigh to play the Miami Heat in an exhibition matchup. Charlotte, coming off of the worst season in NBA history, will likely be on the way up. The team has the second overall pick in the NBA Draft on June 28, and the team is likely to make some roster moves over the summer. Additionally the team will have a new, yet-to-be-named, coach.
The Miami Heat are currently in the NBA’s Final Four, and are expecting Chris Bosh to return from injury soon. An exhibition game between the two was to occur before the current season, however all exhibition games as well as the first 16 regular season games were cancelled due to the lockout.
This should be an interesting event for many reasons. The Charlotte Bobcats are a certifiable train wreck. While owner Michael Jordan still seeks competence in something other than playing basketball, his team is is terrible shape, and a recovery any time soon is in doubt. The coaching search has become a disaster, too. So far the team has interviewed Nate McMillan, Jerry Sloan, Michael Malone, Stephen Silas, Nate Tibbetts, Dave Joerger, Mike Dunlap, and 3 other assistant coaches. An hour ago the Boston Herald posted that even Quin Snyder has been interviewed. I sent my resume to them as a joke, but now I wouldn’t be shocked if my phone rang today.
There is a terrible attitude on the team, too. After the final game of the season, cementing the team as the NBA’s Worst-Ever, Gerald Henderson was quoted as saying,”These last 10 games, we’ve really tried to get after it [and], compete.” Someone who makes over $2 million per year (with absolutely no financial investment) should work hard more than 15% of the time. This cancerous attitude will have to be addressed by the new coach.
While the team has the second overall pick, and will have to settle for someone other than Anthony Davis, the history of this team’s Draft Day decisions is laughable. Emeka Okafor, Adam Morrison, Brandan Wright, DJ Augustin…all top 10 draft picks, and none have lived up to that level of pick. Raymond Felton was a 5th overall pick, but the team let Felton go to free agency. It’s been a comedy of errors with Michael Jordan and talent scouting, and while the team is going to pick second, there is a decent chance they will botch the pick altogether. To add insult to injury, out of 60 draft picks, the Bobcats will only get to pick in the 31st slot after making the 2nd overall pick. So, the team will have to do much trading to change the tone on the bench.
Exhibition games are always a toss up. For sure the Heat will play players like LeBron James and Dwyane Wade for a little while; that is if they are still on the team. (The Heat is $8 million over the salary cap going into next season, and there has been talk of disbanding the mighty trio of James, Wade, and Bosh.)
So, it should be an interesting evening, to say the least! Tickets are in presale now. General Public sales begin tomorrow. Ticket prices range from $14 to $132.
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