Opening Night: My View from the Cheap Seats

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As a huge fan of our Bugs, I often can be found at the Spectrum Center on game day. Sometimes I am lucky enough to sit in great seats and am glued to the action on the court in front of me. Other evenings, I opt for the cheap seats, as I did on Friday night when the Hornets hosted the Hawks for the 2017 home opener.

The upper deck is a world of its own. I wanted to share my perspective on our ’17-’18 Hornets, but also on the world that exists in the upper levels of the Hive.

  1. The Fans

As I walk up the steps to row S of section 227, I look around and notice the people around me. I see some familiar faces, most I don’t recognize. There are a few things that did become noticeable to me, however. This was Charlotte. Many of the folks that I spoke with were native Charlotteans, and life long Hornets fans. Even the occasional Raymond Felton Bobcats jersey wasn’t out of the question. Fathers and their sons, college kids rooting for their hometown team, local school field trips, kids excited for their new Buzz City Alive t-shirt that swallowed them whole, etc. The closer to the top we got, the more fun I seemed to have. These were often people who were experiencing a game in person for the first time, and the excitement was noticeable. Chants of “let’s go Hornets” and “bee-fence” erupted five minutes into the game. “Being near the action is a special opportunity, but being in the upper deck is an experience of its own. If offered a chance to sit up there, don’t be upset that you are far from the action on the court, be excited that you are around true Charlotte fans.

2. The Game

Boy, the Hornets really started slow on Saturday night. While the Hornets are in “win now” mode, the Hawks seem to be in “tank now” mode. While the absence of Nic Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Michael Carter-Williams, and Cody Zeller was well documented, the slow start was worrisome. I couldn’t help but wonder “is this what we were going to see all season?’ The turnovers continued from Wednesday night, the second unit struggled to keep up, and perimeter defense was non-existent. Clifford’s squad had no inside presence and were settling for jump shots that they didn’t hit enough of. I began to envision an 0-2 start to the season while looking ahead at a tough schedule.

Then the second half started. Whatever Steve Clifford said at halftime, show that speech to the troops, at graduations, to the Carolina Panthers. What a different second half we were treated to! The Hornets had energy that we had not seen yet in 2017. Frank Kaminsky, Kemba Walker and Dwight Howard stole the show as the Hornets out-scored Atlanta 60-35 in the second half, aided by a 24-0 run. When asked about his mentality against his former team, Howard laughed and said ”’I just wanted to go out there and dominate – and that has to be my mentality every night”. Dominate Howard did with 20 points and 15 rebounds, and a ridiculous +34 rating.

Jeremy Lamb and Treveon Graham has nice games as well with 15 and 9 points respectively. Frank Kamisky added 21 points on 50% shooting.

Kemba Walker should be an All-Star again this year, and was treated to an “MVP” chant from the crowd of 19,000. His 26 point and 9 rebound effort was a joy to watch. The largest growth in Walker’s game has been his assist numbers, which have grown steadily. For the Hornets to be successful this year, he will have to continue to get his teammates involved.

3. The Young Guys

Has this been the Hornets best draft in the past decade? While it is certainly too early to know for sure, it is hard to find another that stacks up. Dwayne Bacon has been starting in the absence of Kidd-Gilchrist, and playing nicely. He has the size defensively to guard players on the wing, and has done a marvelous job of keeping possessions alive with 11 rebounds on Friday. Look for his role to continue to grow as he becomes a more efficient shooter.

Malik Monk is going to be a star. I have no doubt that he is going to be a player that we lean on heavily for the next decade. He isn’t there yet though, as the lights appear to be too bright for him so far. Don’t expect this to continue as Monk hit two huge 3 pointers in the second half and had a confidence about him that was exciting to see. If he can become the play-maker he was in the preseason, the Hornets offense instantly becomes a lot more dynamic.

The Hornets take on Milwaukee on Monday night without five key players. Can Kemba Walker and Dwight Howard carry the load? We will find out. See you at a future Hornets game at the Hive, likely from the cheap seats.

Hornets Sunday Scouting: 10/23-10/30

Amid our busy lives, it can be difficult to find the time every Hornets game day to properly research who the Hornets will be playing, how they have been playing, and how they match up with our boys from Buzz City. Sure it’s easy to follow teams like the Cavs or the Warriors who are constantly on ESPN, but what about teams like Portland or Utah? The media never talks about them so it’s hard to keep up. But, no need to fear, because throughout the season I will be providing your weekly one-stop scouting report on all the Hornets’ upcoming opponents.

 

Full disclaimer, I am a numbers guy, so expect to see lots of stats. The hope is that when you turn on the game, you will have a better understanding of places that the Hornets should succeed against a particular opponent and places that might be a point of concern. As always, I would love to discuss your thoughts and opinions on my scouting, so hmu on Twitter @dallaswpeyton18

 

@ Milwaukee Bucks (2-1)                                                                  Monday, 10/23 at 8pm

 

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On Monday night, the Hornets will take on the Bucks for the first time this season. The two teams met 3 times last season with the Bucks taking 2 of the 3 on the year. The Hornets, coming off of 2 days of rest, will be hoping to push their record above .500 with a win. The Bucks meanwhile are coming off a 2-game home-stand that finished up Saturday night and hope to begin a push towards the top of the Eastern Conference.

 

Recent Form:

 

The Bucks have started off the season with a tough slate of games against 3 playoff teams from last year. Yet, they still find themselves at 2-1 after a nice road win over the Hayward-less Celtics and a 3-point home win over the Blazers. Their lone loss is a 19-point blowout at the hands of the Cavs.

 

Key Players and Recent Performers:

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Giannis, Giannis, and more Giannis. The Greek Freak is BALLING to start the season and is averaging 38.3 ppg, 5 apg, and 9.7 rpg in the young season. 3 games is an extremely small sample size but those numbers are still out of this world considering that he is leading the league in PER by a significant margin. Outside of that, there is not much to speak of on this roster. The Bucks have yet to have a player not named Giannis score over 20 points in a game. Malcolm Brogden is the only other player worth noting, as the second-year player out of UVA has upped his ppg by 6 points to 16 and is shooting the 3 at a 50% clip.

 

Key Team Stats:

 

One Positive for the Hornets: 24th in DEFRTG

 

The Hornets have not started the season all that well on offense, the 3rd quarter against Atlanta notwithstanding. But the Bucks will come into the matchup ranked 24th in DEFRTG which bodes well for the Hornets.

 

One Negative for the Hornets: 2 practices

Giannis is one of the toughest players in the league to defend, and the only player on the Hornets roster with the athleticism to possibly cause Giannis some trouble is MKG. The problem is that MKG has been away from the team dealing personal matters and has only practiced twice since returning on Saturday.

 

Matchups to Watch:

 

Thon Maker v. Dwight Howard. At 7-1, the Bucks are hope that the 20 year-old Maker will develop into a solid player at the NBA level. And he has done well to gain the starting role over 7-year vet Greg Monroe, but Howard has about 12 years and 30 pounds on him. The Hornets hope that Howard will be able to bully the slighter man on the inside in the same way he was able to against the Hawks. This matchup might well prove vital for either team if they are going to be successful in this game.

 

Malcolm Brogden v. Kemba Walker. We all know what Kemba can do. He was Charlotte’s first all-star since Gerald Wallace and has gotten better each and every year in the league. Brogden, on the other hand, is a lesser known commodity. At 6’5, he has quite a bit of size on the smaller Walker, but also lacks a little bit when it comes to quickness. The key here will be whether Kemba, or whoever Clifford matches up on him, will be able to keep Malcolm off the scoreboard on the other end.

 

Final Thoughts:

 

Giannis is going to get his regardless. The key to this game is whether the Hornets defense, 4th in DEFRTG, will be able to keep anyone else from helping Giannis out enough for the Bucks to win this game. Both teams are coming off at least one day of rest, so both should be well-rested for this matchup. The series might be important at the end of the season in determining seeding in a weak Eastern Conference, so the Hornets hope to start it off with a win.

 

Denver Nuggets (1-1) Wednesday, 10/25 at 7pm

 

Matchup Overview:

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On Wednesday night, the Hornets will begin a 3 game home-stand with their first matchup against the Nuggets. The two teams met 2 times last season with the Hornets sweeping the season series. The Nuggets play Monday night against John Wall and the Wizards in Denver before traveling cross country for the tilt with Charlotte. Last year, the Nuggets barely missed the playoffs and are expected by many to compete for one of the last few spots in the West this upcoming season.

 

Recent Form:

The Nuggets started off the season with a double-digit loss to Utah away before picking up their first win at home against the Kings. That game against the Wizards might go a long way towards showing us what kind of team Denver is going to be this year.

 

Key Players and Recent Performers:

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Image from The Denver Post)

Summer-addition, Paul Milsap has been off to a fairly hot start in his new home with his averages sitting at around 18 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Shooting guard, Will Barton, has also gotten off the mark quickly and leads the team in scoring while still managing to keep his fg % and 3pfg % above 50%. Another unheralded player worth mentioning is Nikola Jokic who is only averaging 3 points per game but has been able to contribute with over 10 rebounds and 7 assists per game. His ability to pass out of the post has been a major factor in the Nuggets posting the 3rd highest Assist % in the league so far.

 

Key Team Stats:

 

One Positive for the Hornets: 5.5 Steals/game

 

The Hornets have been uncharacteristically bad about giving the ball away so far this season and average more turnovers than every other team except 2. The good news about this matchup is that the Nuggets are one of the worst teams in the league at taking the ball away, which might help the Hornets throw off these early season cobwebs.

 

One Negative for the Hornets: 92.5 ppg

 

The Nuggets have been one of the stingiest defenses so far this season, and have only allowed their opponents to score around 92 points a game. This is a small sample size, but could spell trouble for a Hornets squad that is near the bottom of the league in both scoring and offensive rating.

 

Matchup to Watch:

 

Paul Milsap v. Marvin Williams. Marvin Williams is typically one of the better defenders that the Hornets have to offer, but he seemed to struggle more last year then he did in the Hornets last playoff appearance in 2015-16. In this matchup, he is going against the crafty Milsap who has made a career scoring in the low post. The hope is that the presence of Howard in the middle to block shots will influence Milsap’s game on one end, and Williams ability to step out and knock down 3’s on the other end (we think?) could help space the floor.

 

Final Thoughts:

 

The Nuggets are a talented, young team that is hungry to make the playoffs after last season’s failure. But on a trip across country to face a well-organized Hornets defense who will be playing in front of their home crowd, the expectation is that the Hornets will be able to come away with the win.

 

Houston (3-0) Friday, 10/27 at 7pm

 

Matchup Overview:

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(Image from Sports Chat Place)

Unrelated, I don’t know where this picture has been my whole life, but it’s everything I could ever ask for. Anyway…on to the match up.

On Friday night, the Hornets will play game 2 of a 3-game home-stand with their first matchup against the Rockets this season. The two teams met 2 times last season with the Rockets sweeping the season series. The Rockets play twice this week against the Grizzlies on Monday and the 76ers on Wednesday before their trip to Charlotte. The Rockets were one of the top 5 teams in the league last year and appear to be just as strong, if not stronger this year. A win here is expected from the Rockets perspective, but would be a huge confidence booster for the Hornets if they manage to pull it out.

 

Recent Form:

 

The Rockets have started off red hot with a win against the defending champs in California, to go alongside wins against the Kings and the Mavericks. The game against Memphis should be fun to watch on Monday and might go a long way towards determining how the Western Standings will look early in the season. The game against Philly shouldn’t be too tough for a team with as much talent as Houston.

 

Key Players and Recent Performers:

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(Image from Forbes)

Who else can you start with besides James Harden? The bearded wonder is one of the best players in the league and has the stats to back it up. So far this season he is averaging around 28 ppg, 9 apg, and 4 rpg. These types of performances are what made him an MVP candidate last season. After Harden, the Rockets have guys like Eric Gordon (22.3 ppg) and Clint Capela (15.7 ppg 10.3 rebounds) who are more than capable of winning a game with their play.

 

Key Team Stats:

 

One Positive for the Hornets: 4 Weeks

 

Luckily for the Hornets, this matchup comes during a stretch when 9-time NBA All-star Chris Paul is more than likely going to be sidelined. Paul, acquired from the Clippers over the summer, is dealing with a left knee injury and is expected to miss up to 4 weeks.

 

One Negative for the Hornets: 111.3 ppg

The Rockets have one of the highest scoring offenses in the league and will look to get it going against the Hornets on Friday.  They are currently averaging 111 points per game which is in the top 10 in the NBA so far this season.

 

Matchup to Watch:

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James Harden v. Jeremy Lamb/Kemba Walker/ Whoever ends up with this assignment. This matchup will hinge almost entirely on the defensive side of the ball for the Hornets. Harden is not known for his defense, so whoever ends up drawing him on the offensive end should look to take advantage matchup for the Hornets. On the other side, the question is who will be able to slow down the Beard. With Paul out, Harden is in the top 10 in the league in usage percentage meaning that whoever is guarding him is going to be have to be turned on throughout the entire possession. If they can force the ball out of his hands, or force him to take bad shots, they might have a chance at the upset.

 

Final Thoughts:

 

The Rockets are deep and experienced and will provide a major measuring stick of where the Hornets are at this point in the season. Realistically and statistically, it will appear that the Hornets should be happy if they can merely manage to keep the game close, but I believe this Hornets team could be something special, and this game is one of their first chances to prove that.

 

Orlando (2-1) Sunday, 10/29 at 6pm

 

Matchup Overview:

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On Sunday night, the Hornets will play host to the Orlando Magic for their first meeting of the season. The game will be the last of a 3 game home series for the Hornets and the first night of a dreaded home and away back-to-back. Meanwhile the Magic have a home game against the Nets on Tuesday and the Spurs on Friday before this meeting in the Queen City. The teams met 4 times last year with the Hornets managing to take all 4 meetings.

 

Recent Form:

 

The Magic are one of the most surprising teams at the beginning of this NBA season. They have knocked off the Heat at home and the Cavs in Cleveland with their lone loss coming against the Brooklyn Nets. It is hard to figure out what to make of them because the win against the Cavs is very impressive but the loss to the Nets is a bad loss. The two games leading up to this matchup should give a better idea of what the Hornets should expect.

 

Key Players and Recent Performers:

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(Image from Orlando Magic Daily)

Vucevic has been by far their best player so far, posting a line of 27.7 ppg, 10.7 rebounds, 3 apg, and 1.67 bpg all while shooting nearly 70% from the floor. The 26-year-old from Switzerland has been a force to be reckoned with and looks to continue his hot run. Behind him, Aaron Gordan and Evan Fournier are both scoring the ball at high rates while also contributing rebounds and assists. Overall, the Magic seem to have a roster full of guys who are contributing to team success, like Elfrid Payton, DJ Augustine, and Terrance Ross. At some point, you would expect these stats to begin to regress closer to career averages, but for now it is working for Orlando.

 

Key Team Stats:

 

One Positive for the Hornets: 26.3 FT attempted

 

The Hornets are in the top 6 in the league in FT attempted, while the Magic are in the bottom 10 teams in the league in terms of allowing the opponent to get to the FT line. The Magic are currently allowing their opponents to shoot over 26 free throws per game, meaning that the Hornets might be able to take advantage of this to get some free points.

 

One Negative for the Hornets: 48.3% 3-point fg %

 

The Magic are shooting the ball lights out right now and have one of the best offenses in the league to show for it. They are 5th in the league in ppg at 117, 6th in fg % at 47.6% and 2nd in 3 pfg % at 48.6%. One thing is for sure, they can score the ball efficiently and in bunches.

 

 

Matchup to Watch:

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Vucevic v. Dwight Howard. This one will feature an old Magic center versus the new face of their franchise in a game that could showcase an important battle in the paint. The Hornets will hope that Howard will regain some of his DPOY form and will be able to keep Vucevic from getting the easy looks that he has managed to find so far this season. If Howard can successfully make him a jump shooter then the team will be better positioned to be successful because they can minimize the effectiveness of the Magic’s inside out game. On the other end, the key for the Hornets in this match up will be to effective use pick and roll to get Vucevic away from the basketball and into foul trouble. If they can do these things, the Hornets should be able to do enough against a mediocre Orlando defense to get a win at home.

 

Final Thoughts:

 

The Magic are a young team with many different pieces on the roster that have the potential to be good players in this league. That being said, I don’t expect Vucevic to continue to perform at an MVP level and I also expect some of the other players to regress some as well. But, they still have the potential to snatch a game from the Hornets if they are not careful, so hopefully the Hornets will be up for this one in front of their home crowd.

 

 

Predictions for the Week:

 

This can be tough to predict games that won’t take place for a week, but I will give it my best shot.

 

L @ Milwaukee: I think Giannis will be too much to handle and the Hornets will fall in this one.

 

W v. Denver: Howard will dominate the paint and the Hornets will take this one at home.

 

L v. Houston: Houston is one of the best teams in the league and I think they will show it in this one.

 

W v. Magic: Orlando has some good pieces but I think Charlotte’s defense might give them some trouble and the Hornets will finish their home-stand 2-1

 

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(From BBTB)

 

Meet The “Bring Back the Buzz”Blog Team

The 2017-18 Season for the Charlotte Hornets is under way and it is time to introduce the starting lineup so far for the Bring Back The Buzz Blog!

Landon White (Bee-lieve This!)

I’m a native North Carolinian – Chapel Hill born and raised – who has been down with the Hornets from day one. After high school, I headed up to VA and attended Virginia Tech. I graduated and spent a few years in Virginia, and then packed up and moved down to Charlotte where I lived for ten years. Now I’m back in the Triangle still pulling hard for my Hornets (along with the Panthers, Hurricanes, and Hokies). Twitter (haven’t used it much in a while): @landonvt


Dallas Peyton (Bee Prepared)

Hey Hornets fans! My name is Dallas Peyton and I am a senior Sport Management and Business Student at Liberty University in Virginia. Born and raised in NC, I grew up going to Panthers and Bobcats games from an early age, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I was absolutely ecstatic when I heard that Hornets were coming home where they belong, and I can’t wait to spend this season talking Buzz City Basketball with you guys! Hit me up on Twitter at @Dallaswpeyton18

And as always….Let’s go Hornets!!


KYLE FLOYD (Hive Above)

Hey everyone, my name is Kyle Floyd. I am a proud lifelong fan of the Charlotte Hornets, along with other North Carolina based teams. While I am only a Junior in high school I always make time to watch every Hornets game, and enjoy having conversations about the team. You can find me on Instagram @Jonathan9Kyle or on Twitter @TarHeelBlood9 

RICH DEVITA (Rich’s Reaction)

I am a Charlotte native with a passion for this city and our teams. As an 80’s baby, I grew up with the Hornets. I am excited to share my thoughts on our Bugs. An alumni of East Carolina and married to Haley since 2012.

FOLLOW ON TWITTER: @QCsportsreport


BUZZ BROTHERS

(Left to Right: Scotty & Evan Kent)

(Left to Right: Scotty & Evan Kent)

Scotty and Evan started Bring Back The Buzz back in 2010. Scotty is the Director of Marketing at The Unknown Brewing Company here in Charlotte that is based in South End and Evan is the Director of Social Media for Brixx Wood Fired Pizza.

Follow us on twitter @BringBacktheBuz

Uncle Jut Visual Journey: Hornets Open Practice

Saturday, Sept. 30 at noon at Spectrum Center we were invited to cover the Hornets Open Practice. We decided to take advantage of the opportunity and invite our friend Uncle Jut and his camera to orchestrate his sorcery. We were hoping this would help convey the scene to those who could not attend in person. Without further further ado….. Feast your eyes.

You can follow Uncle Jut and his journeys around CLT at the link we provided above. Really hope we get to work with him again soon.

ALSO

You can watch the Interviews we did with Players and Coaches and more videos around the event HERE.

HORNETS REVEAL: New Jordan Brand Uniforms

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So yea… We’ve got Jordan Brand uniforms and we’re the only ones! First professional team in the U.S. to do so and still no word on the sponsorship spot after the Hornets hired Excel Sports Management to shop the spot.

Hornets unveiled new uniforms Monday morning to mixed reviews. Some felt like they were a little “sharkweeked” referencing all the hype behind Michael Phelps racing a shark only to be let down by a lackluster conclusion. Some were just happy that the teal looked a little more… teal? And some were confused as to why “Charlotte” was taken off the teal uniforms.

Let’s break it down real quick.

Nike made some statements back in mid July that basically said that they were moving away from the traditional “home” and “away” uniforms and not forcing the home team to wear white uniforms. Rather they are giving the teams two primary uniforms, an “Association” uniform and a “icon” uniform. This will give the home team more freedom to choose each game what they want to wear. This sheds light onto why they took “Charlotte” off the teal uniforms and we will likely see it on the other uniforms.

“The “Association Edition” will be the team’s traditional white uniform, while what was formerly the road uniform will now be designated as the “Icon Edition.” The two remaining editions will be revealed later this fall.”- NBA.com

NOW THE MOMENT WE’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR

The Classics?

A lot of people freaked out when the reveal showed no sign of the classic uniform with the pinstripes and were ready to march on Jordan/Nike headquarters. PUMP THE BRAKES. 

8 teams will be awarded “classic” uniforms that will nod to some of the team’s more iconic looks. These will be available in the fall. Soooooooooo

Patience Buzz City. This image gives me a warm fuzzy that Jordan is taking care of us 😉 Just take a moment to appreciate that it looks like MKG has been hitting the gym!

BUT, what do you think?

P.S. Hornets hope to have the uniforms available and have the official unveiling Sept. 29th with the opening of the team store after renovations.

 

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GETTLEMAN GONE: PICKING UP THE PIECES by Austin Stallings

By Austin Stallings

Carolina’s latest front office shuffle sent its most successful GM in franchise history packing. As disgruntled former players weigh in, it’s become apparent the Panthers are valuing their founder’s core convictions over direct success. Now he just needs to come out and say it.

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock or partaking in an offseason media cleanse, you’ve no doubt heard this week’s big ticket news item that cued a shockwave across the NFL world.

Panthers Owner/Founder Jerry Richardson announced on Monday that Dave Gettleman, one of the most successful GM’s of the past decade (and 2015 NFL Executive of the Year), was being relieved of his duties after 4 seasons with Carolina. Eight days before the start of the team’s training camp in Spartanburg.

You’ve also since heard that former Panthers GM Marty Hurney (one of only three men to hold the position) was quickly selected to head up the operation once again in the interim.

In the days after, countless articles have cluttered the echo chamber that is internet-age sports media, as analysts and bloggers alike have attempted to make sense of the Panthers’ latest front office shuffle. All gasping for air in a crowded space, these mostly-clumsy articles have tried to convince you exactly why the abrupt decision was made, and even more that the intuitive writer has seen it coming for quite some time. But really, nobody did.

 

 

Alas — The undying need to be “the” analyst who was ahead of the curve, and the phenomena known as groupthink — work together in unison to fuel this collection of “finger on the pulse” media members who rush to justify a move that truly nobody saw coming. Oddly enough, the past year has brought us exactly zero stories about tension in the Panthers front office.

What has become apparent though — now more than ever — is that, in what may be Jerry Richardson’s final years, the franchise founder is returning to his core principles of business, which have always been to create a family atmosphere around his team.

Bringing Gettleman to Charlotte for the implicit purpose of offering a more analytical approach to the front office, and later dismissing him for seemingly the same reason — suggests that Richardson has undergone a second change of heart, and that at some point he was no longer able to stomach Gettleman’s rigid management style that landed him the job in the first place.

Not much else, short of a closed-door altercation, could explain his abrupt decision to dismiss easily his most successful GM in franchise history. One who immediately navigated his team from the doldrums of salary cap hell, straight to the height of it’s existence as a franchise — changing the city’s culture in the process.

That Jerry Richardson is exercising his right to operate his business in line with his core convictions, is admirable no doubt. But so too is the fact that Dave Gettleman was ushered out the same way he was brought in, doing it his way — and being good at it.

You’ve now seen the flurry of articles this week about Jerry Richardson bringing back that warm family feeling to his organization, echoed by the satisfied cheers of several former players whom were all shown the door by Gettleman.

While many fans immediately took to social media to back the elation of their past heroes, I’d ask if they truly believe this latest move was made in their best interest. After all, Richardson’s own handwritten message (outwardly posted in every corner of the stadium), contends that the “fan is the most valuable member of his team.”

After firing the GM who brought a feeling of stability to his franchise that it’s never seen before, that’s a harder to convince me of than ever. The fact that the move was made two months after letting former assistant GM Brandon Beane leave to take the head job in Buffalo, only adds to the frustration.

Yes, Jerry Richardson is the man responsible for bringing the NFL to the Carolinas in the first place, and should be afforded every right to operate his franchise in line with the family-first convictions that he identifies with. In fact, he should be respected for it. But today as he sits in his office on Mint Street, overlooking the stadium that his fans funded, he owes it to those very same fans to come out and say that.

While Dave Gettleman’s management style has been in question all week, he did provide those fans with the most memorable four year stretch in franchise history, and it’s not even really close. Only four teams — the New England Patriots, Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos, and Green Bay Packers accumulated more playoff wins during his tenure — bringing the oft-forgotten Panthers to the forefront of becoming an internationally recognized brand.

 

If you want to debate if Gettleman was the right man for the job, for this city, and for this organization — I’ll have that conversation with you. But do you know who is absolutely not fit to run a complex NFL organization? Josh Norman, DeAngelo Williams, Steve Smith, and Mike Tolbert, to start.

 

Its okay Dave I know how you feel! #agent89🕵🏼 #stevesmithsr

A post shared by Ace and SmittySr (@aceandsmitty) on Jul 17, 2017 at 10:20am PDT

 

In the coming months, interim GM Marty Hurney will be tasked with shuffling the roster all throughout training camp, staring down the barrel of impending major contracts such as Thomas Davis and Greg Olsen, and governing the many roster moves that take shape during regular season play — which Gettleman proved to have great success with. I’m sure Hurney is not the same man he was five years ago when he was shown the door after several ill-advised contracts, but he’ll have his hands full as he attempts to return a 6-win team to Super Bowl glory.

Is Eastland Mall Location Really No Good for MLS or Is This The Return of The East Charlotte Boogiemonster?

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*Deep Breath* OK, so you don’t want the former Eastland Mall location to become the home of a MLS stadium. let’s call this like it is. You don’t want the stadium to be in East Charlotte and you want to have it in Elizabeth neighborhood because you are scared of the boogieman that writers and news stations in this city created.

Sure, I get it. Put it at Memorial Stadium and you’ve got some pretty skyline pictures for Instagram but you are effectively cutting off the largest potential market for this team in Charlotte. You will get the rich kids from south Charlotte and their families who pump thousands of dollars a year into their kids club teams BUT you will make it practically inaccessible to some of the largest soccer fans in this city.

I love this city but people need to get over the fear of leaving their own zip codes. I fell in love with soccer playing in the parks of north and east Charlotte. In no part of this city will you find more people playing the beautiful game. One of us was a teacher and soccer coach for a school in East Charlotte and let me tell you that the love for soccer in that area puts our love for Hornets and Panthers to shame. This boogieman that was created destroyed not only Eastland Mall but stunted the growth of that entire part of the city and for years the city and media has done nothing to rectify that.

Here is your chance to make amends and bring life back to a very under appreciated location. 10-15 minutes from uptown, smack dab in the middle between north and south Charlotte, lots and and lots of space to make it happen, a strip that already has the foundation for business and a place that everyone has been watching and waiting for years to see what the city was gonna do with it.

Yea the MLS may want a stadium uptown but we all know that is not the right location for it and if you put the stadium in Elizabeth you may as well call it the South Charlotte MLS team. It’s time to put some money in other parts of the city that we have been grossly neglecting for years. As far as Memorial Stadium I think we have done our fair share of tearing down historical locations in this city, it is time to pump the breaks for a decade.