Once Again, Cam Newton Makes People Dumb

There is a lot of grown ass adults today refusing to look at the Cam Newton signing logically because of their feelings towards him. They don’t like the way he dresses, they hate the way his hair looks, they don’t like that he wore a towel over his head, and they let those feelings cloud their judgment.

The signing of Cam Newton makes sense both on and off the field for the following reasons.

  1. Sam Darnold is injured.
  2. PJ Walker is not a starter.
  3. We are a half game out of the playoff race.
  4. We are undefeated in the NFC South
  5. We have the 2nd best Defense in the NFL
  6. We are loaded with weapons on offense
  7. Cam Newton was the best QB option on the Free Agent Market regardless of his relationship with Panthers.
  8. Ticket sales (the avg ticket cost for Cam’s projected return has doubled within the last 24 hours).
  9. Tepper likes money.
  10. Tepper doesn’t like opposing team’s fans filling up our stands.
  11. We need a leader on offense
  12. Cam is arguably the greatest Panther of all-time (definitely top 4) and this mends the relationship.
  13. It mends the relationship with a lot of Panthers fans that didn’t like the way we treated Cam.
  14. Cam helps us establish a running identity.
  15. Cam helps take some of the pressure off terrible o-line.

Absolutely no sane person (not even Cam fans) are expecting Cam to come back and be 2015 Cam. I repeat…NO SANE PERSON. All Cam has to do is be better than Sam. Which if we are being honest aint that damn hard. Will this work? Who the hell knows but at least we are not giving up. Oh, and stop saying no one wanted Cam. Cam turned down offers from Seattle and Houston because they weren’t the right fit.

So get out of your feelings about another grown ass man, shut up and enjoy the ride!

Is Watson The Way? By Tyler Ball

BY TYLER BALL

After days of rumors swarming across social media about multiple NFL teams potentially trading for Houston Texans star QB Deshaun Watson, one surprising team atop of the prediction lists is the Carolina Panthers. The big questions at hand are does this trade make sense for a team one season after an almost complete rebuild, and at this point is another new QB the real answer to getting the Panthers back on top in the NFC South.

For this trade to be taken seriously the Panthers would need to basically demolish most of the strongest assets the team has at this time for one player. Some predictions are suggesting trading QB Teddy Bridgewater, DE Brian Burns, RB Christian McCaffrey , and LB Shaq Thompson in addition to 2021 8th 1st round draft pick, as well as up to two or three more picks in the 2022 draft. 

Whenever a team is struggling or in the middle of a rebuilding season there are three people that get blamed: the head coach, WR, and the QB. But the real thing that needs to be analyzed is why are the pieces not working. Is it really the QB or is it another part of the process that isn’t meshing as well as it could?

At this time, I think Bridgewaters stats show he can make completions, he can work the field on his feet as well as his arm. He was able to make a viable offensive threat for WR duo Robby Anderson and D.J. Moore, both of which produced over 1,000 yards this season. However, I think he can be more accurate with strong additions to the RT and O-line. Bridgewater was rushed and sacked almost more than any other QB in the NFC South this season. I think it would be ideal to attempt getting a strong TE candidate in the draft or offseason to help get relief for both blocking and converting third downs. This would allow Moore and Samuel to become more viable targets down field, presuming Bridgewater has the time to make accurate throws. Another benefit to this strategy would provide better offensive blocking for RBs. 

Honestly, I think this trade would be a mistake considering trading all aspects of leadership on offense and defense for one player. There is never any guarantee on their success with new teams and if the original problems are not addressed then can we really expect to improve with a new QB to start the season. Coach Rhule has already proved he knows how to draft strong talent, I think he deserves the chance to draft and recruit for the Offense before we throw in the towel.

Hornets Fans Buzzing with Hope!

It feels like forever since we have seen a 3-Pointer from Devonte Graham or a monster dunk from Sky Miles shake the rim. The NBA world went silent in March and when the teams began playing again this summer, the Hornets and their fans were left on the sidelines only able to watch others. Well, fear not fellow Buzzcity residents, after an exciting draft night and an interesting Free agent blitz we are less than a month away from tipping off a new season of Hornets Hoops, and although the stands may be empty at least to start the season, that will have nothing to do with a lack of interest from the fanbase.

The Hornets added 4 young players on draft night, including maybe the guy with the highest upside in the draft with the third pick. Lamelo Ball is a highlight reel passer with athleticism and size that could make him an impact player from day 1. He will likely need to add strength and show more focus on the defensive end in order to become a true two way player, but that is a common theme among most Rookies. If he puts in the work and can find a way to become even an average outside shooter, his and the Hornets future will shine brighter than it has in some time. The team also went big in the second round, adding two young athletic centers to the mix. The center position was one of weakness last year, so Vernon Carey and Nick Richards will get an opportunity early and often to get minutes.

The Hornets made a splash in free agency as well, in a surprise move giving Gordon Hayward a massive 120 million dollar contract. Some, including myself, have questioned the move in reference to the timing, and health struggles of the 1 time all star forward who will turn 31 this season. There is no arguing the fact that if healthy he raises the talent level and floor of the team, while hopefully being a positive influence on the young players. Only time will tell if this was a smart move by the Hornets front office, but it has absolutely made the fans a lot more positive towards the teams chances in the Covid shortened 20-21 season. I put together a poll for Hornets fans on twitter (@hornetssportspot) to see how they thought they would fair in the 3 match-ups versus each East team and in their 2 match-ups versus each West team. Due to the season being shorter the NBA hasnt released a full schedule yet, but have let us know how the breakdown of match-ups will be done.

Hornets fans expect the team to beat up on the weaker teams in both conferences, sweeping the Knicks, Cavs, Pistons, Thunder and Kings for a total of 13 wins.

Fans also expect the team to struggle against the powerhouses of the western conference, being swept by the Lakers, Clippers, Nuggets and Mavericks. Yet in a suprise, have them not being swept by any teams in the east having them stealing at least one win from playoff locks like the Bucks, Heat, 76ers and Nets which seems to be a bit of a stretch.

The totals look like this:

Versus the East 25-17

Versus the West 13 -17

Final record 38-34 .528 winning percentage

While this would make for a wonderful season, I have to be honest and say I don’t see this actually becoming a reality. Fans are excited, and they should be, but a season like this would likely result in a 6 seed and would be considered one of the best single season turnarounds in recent NBA history for a team that finished last year with 4 more wins than the team with the worst record in the East. Right or wrong, we can all agree on this, it will be a great day when we FINALLY get to see our squad on the court again!

Why I like the new Hornets uniform and court

Fair warning, this is gonna read like you opened a recipe for a dish and the author spends the first 8 pages talking about how she loves casseroles because her grandmother used to make it when she was a kid and then she proceeds to tell you her life’s story while you turn to skin and bones furiously scrolling and waiting for the sweet embrace of the ingredients and directions.

We received a couple messages a month or two ago with renderings of the jersey of the new city edition uniforms. We didn’t share because we couldn’t verify the sources or the authenticity. So we sat on them to be sure.

During that time I went through a range of emotions about the jersey. Admittedly, my initial reaction was confusion. We talked about how the mint was too close to teal and how the contrast was just too confusing especially for a fanbase that already felt like the modern franchise had doctored the teal color from the old Hornets franchise (which just isn’t true, it’s just different material and ratio of colors that is playing a trick on your eyes). This is a fanbase that holds very dear it’s teal and purple and holds it’s branding in higher regards and priority than probably any other fanbase in the NBA and probably all of sports. We haven’t had much else.

Then, without reading any description aids from the Hornets I began to think about the colors, the potential meaning, the fact this was our hypothetical “City Edition” jerseys and like the Grinch’s heart my fondness for the jerseys began to grow.

We are often pegged as a place without culture, identity and history because of the rate of which this city has grown. Our history isn’t shared or taught and much of the physical evidence of it has been destroyed or lost somewhere along the journey. We often talk on our podcast about growing up in Charlotte and how we wished the city would be big and get the recognition and respect we thought it deserved. We talked about how that growth was a double edged sword. We got the nice, shiny and entertaining things but we also lost our identity and some of the institutions that made this place Charlotte.

History, those who move here very rarely seek it out and so most believe it simply doesn’t exist. It’s not entirely their fault as we have also done a poor job of maintaining it and holding it to any level of importance.

Partially, that realization was the origin of Bring Back The Buzz. it wasn’t just an NBA team from the 80’s/90’s. It was a moniker given to us in the Revolutionary War. It was something we as a region took great pride in from naval ships to sports teams to symbols of our local government we branded ourselves a Hornets Nest and took great pride in that. We were fighters.

The two of us were lucky enough to have a mother who is a bit of a historian. She studied anthropology and thus made history a very important part of our childhood. She volunteered at the Charlotte Museum of History and worked in Special Collections at UNC Charlotte. Though she was from Pennsylvania she made sure we knew where we were from and that we knew it’s story. We were privileged that she had access to all the information that the average person in this city does not. Not much of that information is readily available to the public and so it is not celebrated.

This brings me back to the Hornets uniforms. The “City Edition” uniforms. The team that made Charlotte world famous and put the town on the map. It makes me happy to see them celebrate our culture nationally in a way that frankly we haven’t done as a city since we named the team the Hornets in ’88 or brought back in ’14.

This team gave this city’s own citizens a history lesson by simply putting Mint (Charlotte having the first US branch Mint), Gold (The Carolina Gold Rush of the 1800’s) and Granite (The State Rock) on a jersey. Then they put “Trade & Tryon” on the court, the Independence Square that is the foundation of this city and why we are even here. Within hours of the reveal people learned something about the place they call home and if that isn’t a “City Edition” jersey then I don’t know what is.

What You Need to Know About New Hornets Uniforms!

The Hornets posted a teaser on social media, an image of pinstripes last week that alluded to an impending announcement. Fans speculate that these would be new pinstripe uniforms and they were correct in their assumption.

The following day they posted a video of players reactions to what we assume are the uniforms. The very next day they posted a graphic with the date 8.27.20 and in Hornets fashion their plans were interrupted when on that date by the league players planning what some incorrectly called a “boycott”. Out of respect the Hornets announced that they would be delaying their reveal to the fans by a couple days and admitted that their speculation of new uniforms was spot on.

This delay made two things happen. gave the Hornets a little more time to talk the strategy of their announcement and which they altered by welcoming media in to a preview a couple hours before the fans AND to also to pair the unveiling of uniforms with another announcement we will be sharing soon.

The zoom unveiling allowed media to hear directly from Hornets Senior Vice President Seth Bennett on the logic behind the design and even ask some questions.

So after we share the designs of the Icon and Association jerseys with you we have jotted down some notes, thoughts and takeaways from that zoom call.

NOTES FROM MEETING

  • Always the first question. When can I buy them? The aim is for them to be available world wide by Oct. 1st
  • There is a 5 year minimum on updates for Association and Icon uniforms and this had been in the works since 2016. This is the reason we stayed with old design for so long. This also means these are our jerseys til at least 2025
  • These are basically our main jersey. replacing the ones that many deemed bland and safe
  • This was designed with Jordan brand, NBA and the same “rare design” company who designed our first uniforms all took part in this.
  • There is no maximum amount of times this uniform can be worn like there are restrictions for city and statement edition uniforms
  • The Hornets purposely tried to tie together all the different eras of Hornets uniforms into this design. you’ll even notice the double pinstripe which is an ode to the 1997-02 uniforms (Which the Hornets plan to bring back and wear for classic nights sometime in the coming years. maybe an anniversary).
  • Still working on details for this years city edition uniforms for this season
  • Statement uniforms will remain as the purple CHA’s for at least one more season
  • We speculate that the city edition will likely have pinstripes as well and will revert back to Buzz City.
  • They specifically mentioned several times that fan feedback played a huge role in their designs. They listened to fans comments on social media as well as watched fan polls. Meaning your voice was heard so don’t ever stop sharing your thoughts because you could help with the next uniform design.

 

A Thank You to the Women Behind Bring Back the Buzz

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The women behind Bring Back the Buzz. In honor of tomorrow’s Charlotte Hornets Women’s Empowerment Night we wanted to take a moment to speak on the 3 women that have been the motivation, inspiration, guidance and so many other things over the last 10 years.

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Thank you mom. When we decided we wanted to fight to bring the Hornets name back 10 years ago the first person we called was you. Your response…“if WE are going to do this, WE are going to go all in and give it all we’ve got”. You have always been a member of BBTB. When so many people thought it would never happen and didn’t believe in the movement, there was never a doubt in your mind. So when our confidence wavered you provided a much needed foundation. Countless phone calls discussing ideas. Countless nights sacrificed attending our events. Countless articles proofread. Countless texts telling us “you may have gone too far with that tweet, which one of you tweeted that?”. Once again thank you for everything you have done and thank you for always supporting us.

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Thank you Jax (Scotty’s Wife). We had just gotten married and lived in Greensboro when the movement started to pick up. There were many weeknights I wasn’t home because I was driving to and from Charlotte to do interviews with the news about Bring Back the Buzz. You never complained because you believed in us. You came to every single one of our events and for the first time in your life became a sports fan. Whether it was designing our logo, doing a photoshoot to promote our merch, leaving work early to attend our events, or just simply being the person to tell us “no that’s a stupid idea…don’t do that”…you have been there every step of the way and for that we thank you.

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Thank you Cassidy (Scotty’s Daughter). When we started Bring Back the Buzz it was our memories as kids attending the games that provided us with the motivation to fight to bring the name back. Now being able to create those memories with you is motivation enough. I would say thank you for letting me raise you as  a Hornets fan but you really don’t have a choice lol.

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As a thank you for everything you guys have done and continue to do we have decided to take you guys to a game and we figured tomorrow’s night made the most sense. A huge thank you to the Charlotte Hornets for providing the tickets

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Hornets Attendance Is Tanking, Leaving Season Ticket Holders Feeling the Sting.

We all saw this coming, and it totally makes sense. The Hornet attendance numbers are dropping quicker than Devonte Graham three pointers, and it was most evident last night. I was watching on TV in rainy Seattle and it was very obvious that the stands were empty. No one blames the fans for not rushing to the arena on a Tuesday night to watch two bad teams battle it out for the crown of most mediocre. I am surprised at the rate the attendance numbers have dropped already, less than 1/3 of a season into the rebuild that the front office refuses to call a rebuild. When Jordan and Mitch made the call to not pay Kemba Walker market value, they knew they were going to take a loss at the gate, but I would love to talk to them after a few shots of Jordan’s new tequila and ask them if the realized how ugly it would get this fast.

THE NUMBERS

2018-2019  16,501  86.5% of capacity   23rd in NBA

2019-2020  15,054  78.9% of capacity   29th in NBA

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

Now at first glance some might say, “That doesn’t seem so bad” but after hearing how the numbers got here you might see my point. I have been watching the numbers since the season started, and 5 home games in they were only down about 450 fans per night but in the next nine they have dropped another 1000. The team got a boost from Opening night and Kemba’s return game, but since then they are dropping quick. We all know the attendance numbers are tickets paid for, not butts in seats, and by my math we are going to see the numbers continue to trend downward. When teams like the Lakers and 76ers come in the arena, it will look better, but the reality is there will be far more midweek games vs. the Magic and Knicks that will continue to drag that number way down.

THE NEGATIVE SIDE EFFECTS

While the lack of interest is hurting the Hornets bottom line for sure, the innocent bystanders taking the brunt of the burden is the Season Ticket holders who were forced to make a decision on keeping their tickets before the team decided to re-set the roster. These folks are not only having to watch a team with no chance of the play-offs and them getting crushed by the better teams in the league but the re-sale market is absolutely non existent. Many season ticket holders lay out big bucks every year to keep supporting their team, and re-coup some of that investment on games that they can’t make it to. Many of these fans CAN’T EVEN GIVE THEM AWAY. I have talked to multiple fans on social media who have good Lower Bowl seats that can,t sell them for 25% of face value. For the Wizards game yesterday there were Lower Bowl seats that went unsold that were 15 bucks….are you kidding me….FIFTEEN DOLLARS! This makes me wonder how many of these fans will continue to shell out 5 to 8 grand for season tickets next season, which Jordan and Co. in the front office should be very worried about, because once those fans leave the overall numbers could get VERY ugly next year and beyond.

Are the Hornets really Better than We Thought, Or is Something Weird going On?

22 games into the Hornets season and many fans have expressed surprise about the team getting 8 early season wins thus far. I was one of many that expected this team to be bad, I mean real bad, like 20 wins bad. This got me thinking, was I this far off with my estimate as they are currently on a 31 win pace? Are they actually a more talented roster that we all thought? I decided to look at some numbers and really break down what we have been witnessing thus far this season. I think what I have found is quite interesting, and also troubling for those of us who hope to grab a high pick this year.

 

ARE THE HORNETS BAD?

Short answer, YES. The stats are horrendous folks. While we have seen Devonte Graham break out as one of the leaders for Most Improved Player, and P.J. Washington open many eyes with his break out start to his NBA career, the team as a whole is putting up terrible stats. Some of the Lowlights include.

  • 22nd in Offensive Rating   105.7
  • 29th in Defensive Rating  114.1
  • 27th in Net Rating  -8.4
  • 27th in Rebounding
  • 23rd in Turnovers
  • 25th in Pace
  • 30th in Opponents Field Goal %

In any other season those stats would make more sense if paired with a team struggling to win any games at all, not one currently in 9th in the East and 1.5 games out of the playoffs. The Hornets have more wins than 10 teams in the league and are tied with 5 other teams at 8! This team against current play-off teams has been horrible, thus far they are 1-10 and are losing by an average of 18 points. Their lone win was a tight home win against the Pacers, who were missing 3 starters. Clearly this team is what I thought they would be, a young team who would struggle to defend and go through droughts on the offensive end. So why are they looking like they will end up with the 11th pick again?

The reason the Hornets look a bit better in the standings then they do statistically is simple, the league is littered with REALLY, REALLY BAD TEAMS. We all knew the Knicks were gonna be a train wreck and that the young Grizzlies would struggle. There is always a small group of bottom dwellers that are in the 18-22 win range. I went back over the last 6 seasons to illustrate my point. And I understand we are only 22 games in, but the trend is alarming, especially for a team hunting for a top 5 pick. I broke teams into 3 levels.

  • Play-off teams .500 and above
  • play-off hopefuls  (37 wins)
  • Bad teams below (29 wins and below)

The averages for the last 6 years give us a good idea how the league usually breaks down.

  • 17 playoff teams
  • 21 playoff hopefuls
  • 6 bad teams

Currently in the NBA it breaks down like this

  • 14 playoff teams
  • 15 playoff hopefuls
  • 10 bad teams

So many teams are bad this year that only half the league is on pace for more than 37 wins, the previous low in the last six seasons is 19. Those extra 4 teams create the massive group of mediocre to bad teams that the Hornets are a part of right now. No one saw the Warriors only having 4 wins so far this season, but it is teams like the Blazers and Spurs that have really struggled early, and young teams like the Hawks and Kings  that have not taken that next step that we thought they would, that have thrown the balance out of whack. As a Hornets fan the idea of this weird season leading to this really bad team getting a pick outside of the top 5 is not ideal, but unless some of these teams start stacking up some wins its a very real possibility.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Last CHA: Playing it Safe With an Iconic Brand

I know some people don’t care about branding and a lot of people don’t care about about it as much as the bitching and moaning Buzz Brothers. People say things like “who cares about the logo? let’s just win basketball games.” and I understand that sentiment for sure but I can care about both. They aren’t mutually exclusive.

I can be excited about Graham’s start to this season and how he’s expanded his game with Kemba’s departure and hate the CHA abbreviation. I can be pissed about our lack of defense, Batum taking time from Cody, etc. and want a good brand.

The thing is the only time in recent history I have felt like we have done a decent jersey for the brand were the first 2 Buzz City jerseys. Beyond that we have been very bland and safe with a brand that was iconic for being bold and original. Our brand is very much a part of who we are as a culture and I’ve felt like we’ve come up short recently and it especially ticks me off when it’s bland on something we call our “city edition uniforms”

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Flashback a couple months and the Hornets unveiled the purple CHA jerseys to a very “wtf” reaction. The almost unanimous reaction inside the city of Charlotte was “Who the hell is CHA?”. “Chattanooga?”. “Uhhh We are CLT not CHA.” and they were even made fun of by people who live in the city who aren’t even fans of the team.

Did the Hornets take note? Did they go back like the producers of the Sonic the Hedgehog movie and think “hmm maybe the fans know what they want better than we do?” No. They doubled down on the asinine, laughable abbreviation of our city name. Cus they think they know better and fans are gonna have to drag them kicking and screaming to make the right decision and honestly make them money like we did with the Hornets name. The point of the city edition jerseys is to draw inspiration from the city or region you are located in. What design elements here tell the story of our region? The only part is CHA and it ignores what the city has been using for over 50 years. And why is the Jordan logo a part of the city edition explanation? Here’s their breakdown…

“BUt guyS It’S beCAusE tHe bRoADcaSt aBBreViATiOn Is CHA”

This lie that we somehow have to use that abbreviation because it’s our broadcast abbreviation is complete BS. Somehow we played Brooklyn the other night and look at what these rebels managed to sneak on the floor wearing..

How about Minnesota?

The 76ers?

I mean this can go on and on.

The real reason we are wearing CHA is simply because of some Jordan shoes that came out in 2016…

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We are wearing this abbreviation because of Jordan brand knowing that they could make money of the teal and purple brand just took the broadcast abbreviation instead of doing 10 seconds of research and realizing we go by CLT. So in the Hornets organization’s infinite wisdom they felt like they could make CHA a thing and stuck with it.

Wouldn’t be the first time we used somebody on our brand who didn’t take the time to appreciate the importance and didn’t take the time to do the research. In 2014-15 Jordan Brand approached a graphic designer on behalf of the Hornets to carry out the design of the new logo. On this person’s website once they had completed the project had our Bring Back The Buzz concept hornet logo (below) listed as the “Before” hornets logo. .

We didn’t care about our logo being on his website but it was the lack of research and to put the rebrand in the hands of a designer who didn’t know the difference that is clear to any slightly competent Hornets fan. This designer worked in collaboration with a company called Rare Design who is still involved with our team’s branding to this day. On the left is our jersey concept that our designer made. On the right is the wordmark they created.

The following year this company went down to Atlanta… The closest NBA city, our 85 rivalry and literally copied their own homework.

Jordan brand is the one approaching these designers on behalf of the Hornets and they took an iconic and bold brand that was known for being progressive and that took risks and created these bland jerseys with a quote from the designer saying

“I created a range of hornet icons which strived to balance an approachable, team-sports look with the simplicity and fierce aura of the Jordan Brand aesthetic”

We are basing the Hornets brand off the Jordan brand?! WHY?!?!

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One often gets the feeling that the Hornets brand is becoming second fiddle to the Jordan brand as each announcement, advertisement or co-branded release comes out the Jordan logo gets bigger and bigger and sometimes comically larger than the Hornets logo who is supposedly the headliner.

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I just feel like we are playing it safe in order to appease Jordan Brand and Nike rather than being the trendsetters we became known as across the world.

I don’t even hate the gray. I hate the tone deaf CHA and the uninspired design. I hate this assumption that it’s just about teal and purple and we’ll buy it. I hate that we took something beloved and cherished by the fans and turned it into something as mediocre as the play has been on the court for the last 15 years.

The Shocking, Not So Shocking Truth

When Bleacher Report wrote their article on the Hornets recently signed PG Terry Rozier they probably intended the reader to leave with a greater and deeper understanding of “Scary Terry’s” demeanor, how his upbringing created someone with a drive and attitude that made them a believer in themselves so much so that they gambled on themselves in NBA free agency.

They probably intended for the reader to be shocked by the behind the scenes and honest look at how Terry turned down the Knicks and the Suns and agreed to a deal with the Hornets at a three-year, $58 Million deal.

“I’d be a fool if I was to go anywhere else or turn down that,” -Terry Rozier

Terry came into Charlotte not really understanding the dynamics or the tense atmosphere that is currently surround this team and the executives… and that’s not his fault.

Terry has a swagger and confidence that isn’t like Kemba. What makes him different from Kemba is that he’s about Terry, not the team to the degree Kemba was (that’s damn near impossible to find in the league), BUT he will still compete and fight his ass off to show that he earned that money and that he is worth every penny (which will be very hard)… and that’s okay.

He’s not going to be another Kemba and the fanbase shouldn’t expect him to “fill those shoes”.

BUT what Hornets fans should be talking about is not whether or not Terry is worth the deal. The fanbase has already had that discussion. We may be uncomfortable with the amount of money we spent on him but that speaks to a greater concern we have with management, we do not hold that against him nor do we hold the Kemba debacle against him.

We shouldn’t be talking on if it was the right decisions but more so on the unintended revelation that came from Terry, it’s the message that came between the lines that Hornets fans and the rest of the NBA world should be talking about…

“I look at it as just a team, organization believing in me. Knowing that I want to prove myself in this league and giving me that chance is bigger than anything and [their willingness] to pay me a right amount of money, it was just big and the guy that was behind all that was Michael Jordan. It’s still surreal to me.” -Terry Rozier

It was the line “the guy that was behind all that was Michael Jordan. It’s still surreal to me.”that will make Hornets fans cringe and throw up their hands in disbelief or  exclaim an “AHA I knew it!”

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Terry was well on his way to signing with Phoenix when JORDAN intervened in a basketball operations decision….

“Mike was overseas, and I can just picture him probably having a cigar in his mouth and the words he told Mitch [Kupchak], the GM, was like: ‘Get him over here. Do what you need to do to get him over here.'” – Terry Rozier

This isn’t about whether or not Terry is a bad signing or whether or not Jordan should have stepped in during these negotiations.

This is bigger. This is proof that he is STILL meddling in basketball operations and has never stopped.

HES IS JUST AS CULPABLE AS MITCH AND CHO.

While I believe most Hornets fans have known of Jordan’s involvement in basketball operations… there have still been some in denial and giving him the benefit of the doubt by saying there is no proof.

He didn’t just take a break and decide to step in here. He’s BEEN involved and will continue to be involved and will be his own worst enemy and have the final say.

You may say “he’s the owner, it’s his team and his money”… fine… then it’s also his fault.

Jordan can say that he took a step back with Cho and let him take control but the evidence is stacking up to the contrary. He can’t help but involve himself in personnel/talent decisions. He can’t help but tell his GM to ‘go after X player” or “draft X player” or in this instance “get him over here.”

Jordan has been involved in exactly where he shouldn’t be and isn’t involved where he should be.  

Even if this works out and Terry balls out, this doesn’t exactly give Jordan any credibility because he’s been wrong so many times before. He’s still got a ways to go.

No fan wants him to be involved in talent evaluation OR in the decision making BUT we would be happy if he was just Michael Jordan to the free agents that our GM is chasing. Just be the legend that gives them the phone call to say “hi” and make them say “oh shit it’s MJ”.

AND if you insist on being involved in personnel decisions and are present in the “war room” on draft night then your ass needs to be there at these press conferences. Your ass needs to get in front of a microphone and camera and tell us what the plan is next to Mitch and explain to us why we lost Kemba. If you won’t even do that then get out of your own way.

I want him to treat the Hornet s like he does Jordan Brand. Jordan is not in there designing these shoes (we’ve all seen how he dresses) and he’s not making the business decisions… that man just signs the checks, receives the checks and makes a public appearance when it necessary. That may not seem fun to him BUT so far it’s the only thing he hasn’t tried and his way hasn’t worked. If he wants to do something then work on marketing and work on the brand.

Here’s the thing.. Jordan will get the credit when things go well. We know that. If Terry pans out he will get credit. He will be there holding the trophy if we win a championship and rightfully so BUT we cant absolve him when things go wrong because he went to UNC and you like that school, he’s the GOAT and you grew up loving him, etc.

AND quit defending him. quit moving the goal post and changing the issue with Jordan. There it is. he’s involved. Just own it.