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Charlotte Bobcats

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.[1] 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.[2]

Conference Division Founded History Arena City Team colors

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Franchise history
Creating a new team
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.[3] In the end, a group led by Black Entertainment Television founder Robert L. Johnson was awarded the franchise.[4] Johnson is one of the first prominent African American owners in U.S. professional sports.[5] 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.[6] Another notable co-owner is the rapper Nelly.[7] In June 2003, the new team was named the Bobcats.[8] Bobcats, along with Charlotte Flight and Charlotte Dragons were the top three choices as voted by fans.[8] 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.[8][9] Charlotte, already being home to the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, made the cat-

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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.[10][11] 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.

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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.[12] 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.[13]

2004–2006: Early years
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

2007: Sam Vincent and the Bobcats
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.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16] 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

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position.[17] 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.[18]

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Home arenas
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. • Charlotte Coliseum (2004–2005) • Time Warner Cable Arena (2008–present, known as Charlotte Bobcats Arena 2005–08) 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.[22]

2008–present: The Larry Brown Era
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.[19] 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.[20] 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.[21] The Bobcats came very close to annexing the franchise’s first playoff berth, but finished just four games out of eight place for a franchise-high 35 wins. Still, the season proved to be among the most successful, and the Bobcats are tipped to finally break through in the 2009-10 season.

In Fiction
In Season 6 of the CW hit show One Tree Hill, basketball star Nathan Scott makes it up to the NBA to play for the Charlotte Bobcats.

Current roster
Charlotte Bobcats roster Players Pos. # 5.0 C 1.5 G 1.5 G 3.5 F 4.5 F/C 1.5 G Nat. Name Ajinça, Alexis Ht. Wt. 21 FRA 84 7 ft 0 220 lb in (100 kg) (2.13 m)

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Augustin, D. J. 72 6 ft 0 180 lb in (82 kg) (1.83 m) Bell, Raja 77 6 ft 5 215 lb in (98 kg) (1.96 m) 80 6 ft 8 235 lb in (107 kg) (2.03 m) 84 7 ft 0 280 lb in (127 kg) (2.13 m) 73 6 ft 1 198 lb in (90 kg) (1.85 m)

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Season-by-season records
Rivals
The Charlotte Bobcats’ main rivals are the Atlanta Hawks, the Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers, and the New Orleans Hornets.

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Name Bernie Bickerstaff Sam Vincent Larry Brown Start October 16, 2003 May 25, 2007 April 29, 2008 End March 13, 2007 April 26, 2008 Seasons Regular season W 3 1 77 32 35 L PCT G

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Playoffs W L 0 0 0 PCT G .000 0 .000 0 .000 0

169 .313 246 0 50 47 .390 82 .427 82 0 0

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3.5 F 1.5 G 2.5 G/F 4.0 PF 5.0 C 4.5 F/C 3.5 F 1.0 PG 3.5 F

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Howard, Juwan (FA) Jefferson, Dontell Martin, Cartier (FA) May, Sean (FA) Mohammed, Nazr Okafor, Emeka Radmanović, Vladimir Singletary, Sean (FA) Wallace, Gerald (C)

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PF 81 6 ft 9 250 lb Boris Michigan in (113 kg) Diaw (2.06 m) SF Gerald 77 6 ft 5 181 lb Wallace Arkansas
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(2.01 m) Further information: For the complete list of Charlotte Bobcats players see: Charlotte Bobcats all-time roster For the players drafted by the Charlotte Bobcats see: Charlotte Bobcats draft history 2004 Charlotte Bobcats expansion draft List of transactions involving the Charlotte Bobcats

LaSalle Thompson (Texas) Strength and conditioning (82 kg) Raja Bell SG coach(es) PG Raymond • Mike Irr 220 lb Felton State Kansas (Connecticut) (100 kg) Athletic trainer(s) 266 lb North • Steve (121 kg) Carolina Charlotte Bobcats headStricker coaches (Iowa State) 2000s • Dennis 250 lb Kentucky Williams (113 kg) (Asst.) (South 255 lb Connecticut Carolina) (116 kg) Legend • Team captain Awards 234 lb Serbia • Unsigned Rookie of the Year (106 kg) • Emeka Okafor – 2005 draft pick • Free NBA All-Rookie First Team agent • 185 lb Virginia – 2005 Suspended • Emeka Okafor • Injured (84 kg)All-Rookie Second Team NBA Roster • Trans• Raymond Felton – 2006 actions 220 lb Alabama • Wálter Herrmann – 2007 Last transac(100Adam Morrison – 2007 • kg) • D. J. Augustin – 2009tion: 2009-01-16

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Franchise records and awards

Alternate logos and uniforms
Logos
The Bobcats’ alternate logo features an orange bobcat head on a blue and silver basketball. It was however changed in 2008. The new alternate features the face of the orange and blue bobcat head with part of a silver basketball on the right corner. This is currently the center court logo at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Depth chart
Pos. Starter C Emeka Okafor Bench Reserve Inactive

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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. There was also the Racing Day blue alternates used to honor Charlotte’s NASCAR fanbase.

Home jersey

Away jersey Alternate jersey Racing Day Alternate jersey

Alternate logo (2004–07)

Media coverage
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

Current alternate logo

Jerseys
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.[23] 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

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believed to be the first simultaneous naming rights/broadcast rights deal in the history of North American professional sports.[24] 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 nonsports 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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http://www.nba.com/bobcats/news/ nelly_release_040719.html. [8] ^ Charlotte Bobcats (2003-06-11). "NBA Expansion Franchise To Be Named Charlotte Bobcats". Bobcats.com. http://www.nba.com/bobcats/news/ charlottebobcats_061103.html. [9] Charlotte Bobcats (2003-06-11). "The Bobcat: Athletic, Fierce, & Hardworking". Bobcats.com. http://www.nba.com/bobcats/news/ bobcat_fierce.html. [10] Laura Williams-Tracy (2002-08-09). "Arena bounces back". Charlotte Business Journal. http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/ stories/2002/08/12/focus1.html. [11] Erik Spanberg (2002-12-27). "With new plan and new NBA team, arena project finally heads uptown". Charlotte Business Journal. http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/ stories/2002/12/30/newscolumn1.html. [12] ESPN (2007-03-14). "Jordan: Bickerstaff won’t return as coach". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/ story?id=2797095. [13] Charlotte Bobcats (2007-05-25). "Bobcats New Era Begins With Vincent". Bobcats.com. http://www.nba.com/ bobcats/vincent_coach_070525.html. [14] Charlotte Bobcats (2007-05-31). "Rod Higgins Named Bobcats General Manager". Bobcats.com. http://www.nba.com/bobcats/ higgins_gm_070531.html. [15] Charlotte Bobcats (2007-06-07). "Bobcats Announce Portion Of Coaching Staff". Bobcats.com. http://www.nba.com/bobcats/ bobcats_coaches_070607.html. [16] Charlotte Bobcats (2007-06-18). "More Members Added To Basketball Operations Staff". Bobcats.com. http://www.nba.com/bobcats/ bobcats_coaches_070618.html. [17] Charlotte Bobcats (2008-01-31). "Bobcats Sign Veteran Guard Earl Boykins". Bobcats.com. http://www.nba.com/bobcats/ sign_boykins.html. [18] Charlotte Bobcats (2008-04-26). "Sam Vincent Relieved of Head Coaching Duties". Bobcats.com. http://www.nba.com/bobcats/ release_vincent_relieved_080426.html.

Notes
[1] Mary Foster (2002-05-10). "Owners approve Hornet’s move to New Orleans". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/ sports/nba/hornets/2002-05-10-ownersrelocation.htm. [2] Mike Cranston (2007-01-03). "WNBA Franchise Charlotte Sting Folds". Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/ content/article/2007/01/03/ AR2007010301203.html. [3] Associated Press (2002-05-23). "Bird, Carr thinking pro hoops in Charlotte?". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/ sports/nba/stories/2002-05-20-bird-carrcharlotte.htm. [4] Michael Hiestand (2002-12-19). "Winning NBA bid just the start for Johnson". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/sports/ basketball/nba/2002-12-18-coverjohnson_x.htm. [5] ESPN (2002-12-17). "Johnson will be NBA’s first black majority owner". ESPN.com. http://static.espn.go.com/ nba/news/2002/1217/1478643.html. [6] Charlotte Bobcats (2006-06-15). "Michael Jordan to Become Part Owner of the Charlotte Bobcats". Bobcats.com. http://www.nba.com/bobcats/ release_jordan_060615.html. [7] Charlotte Bobcats (2004-07-19). "Robert L. Johnson Adds Nelly To Bobcats Ownership Team". Bobcats.com.

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[19] Associated Press (2008-04-29). "Jordan Associated Press. http://www.wcnc.com/ reportedly bringing in Brown as next news/topstories/stories/ Cats coach". ESPN.com. wcnc-040708-mwhttp://www.nba.com/bobcats/ bobcatsname.40c2805b.html. sign_boykins.html. [23] Charlotte Bobcats (2004-08-21). [20] Charlotte Bobcats (2008-07-31). "Bobcats Unveil New Team Uniforms". "Bobcats Re-Sign Emeka Okafor". Bobcats.com. http://www.nba.com/ Bobcats.com. http://www.nba.com/ bobcats/news/ bobcats/sign_okafor_080731.html. uniforms_release_040821.html. [21] "Bobcats send Morrison to Lakers for [24] Bobcats press release on the arena/TV Radmanovic". Associated Press. rights deal 2009-02-07. http://www.google.com/ hostednews/ap/article/ ALeqM5gh1ebljNKfaG338Szd3k_GckBL4wD966UR180. • Charlotte Bobcats Official Website Retrieved on 2009-02-07. • Charlotte Region Sports Website [22] Mike Cranston (2008-04-07). "Warner gets naming rights for Bobcats Arena".

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