MORE THAN ONE WAY
TO SKIN THESE CATS!
Game Time Start: 6:00 PM ET
Where: Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
Officials: Scott Foster, P. Fraher, K. Lane
Media Notes: Indiana Notes, Charlotte Notes
Local TV: FSI
Local Radio: WIBC 93.1 FM
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Season Records: (W-L)
18-12 (Home: 8-4) 4-26 (Road: 2-15)
Upcoming Games: Feb 21 Feb 22 Feb 28 Mar 03 Mar 05 vs at vs at at 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 7:00 pm 8:00 pm 8:00 pm
Projected Starting Lineup: C PF SF SG PG HIBBERT WEST GRANGER GEORGE COLLISON Projected Starting Lineup: C PF SF SG PG BIYOMBO DIAW MAGGETTE WILLIAMS AUGUSTIN
Jeff Foster, sore lower back, out
George Hill, left ankle chip fracture, out
Gerald Henderson, right hamstring strain, out
Semi-Relevant Trivia: In the eight seasons the Bobcats
franchise has been around, which
NBA team have they never beaten?
A. Boston Celtics
B. Dallas Mavericks
C. New Orleans Hornets
D. Orlando Magic
E. San Antonio Spurs
Minimally Relevant Video:
Eight Points, Nine Seconds Preview: A Few with Donahue
A Twitter-lengthed preview of tonight's game from Tim Donahue
is just what you, Ric Ocasek and Boomer needed.
FIND TIM'S PREVIEW FACT SHEETS AT 8p9s
Queen City Hoops Less is More
A revolutionary thought popped into my head the other day as I perused
the Bobcats’ future salary obligations. I felt like writing a story about the
seemingly unlimited possibilities the Bobcats have in the next two off-
seasons due to their distance under the salary cap. I typed furiously and
punched numbers until I was stopped dead in my tracks by something
quite depressing. There are two players on the Bobcats roster that have
player options for the 2012-2013 season. Matt Carrol, who’s making $3.5
million this year, is one. The other is DeSagana Diop, raking in just over
$7 million in 2012.
Which brings me to this groundbreaking idea.
Surely there is a far better way the Bobcats could have spent $10.5
million this year. I’m willing to bet they could have even spent less
money to get the same production if they really wanted to. I read a
story on ESPN.com about how baseball teams fill out their rosters by
giving less money to younger players who have the same skill sets as
older guys who demand more money. What a novel concept. Why pay
a wandering veteran $5 million on a one-year deal to bat .265 with
15 homers and 65 RBIs, when you can take a young guy out of the
minor leagues and pay him significantly less to do the same thing.
There’s really no reason NBA teams can’t do this.
To the Bobcats credit, when they got Diop, the team was trying to do
something that seems like a pipe-dream now; Charlotte traded Ryan
Hollins and none other than Matt Carroll for Diop during the 2008-09
season, in the hopes that his defense would push them over the edge,
into the eighth seed and into the playoffs. It took a year, and the ‘Cats
finished over .500 and got their first ever playoff birth in 2010. Their
run didn’t last long, and next year Charlotte traded away Gerald
Wallace, signaling the team would be in re-building mode for the
foreseeable future. The only problem was that Diop’s contract lasted
well into the future...CONTINUE READING AT QUEEN CITY HOOPS
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