Though difficult to comprehend now, it wasn't long ago that the Miami Heat – with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh wearing red and gold – looked lost offensively. Conventional wisdom before the 2010-2011 season was that Miami would take the league by storm, ushering in new structures of team-building both on and off the floor. Back then, it didn't seem insane when Jeff Van Gundy predicted that this new Big Three would lead the Heat to a record-breaking 73 wins – never before had skilled, smart, uber-athletes of James and Wade's caliber ran opposite wings, and Bosh was an ideal fit alongside them as rangy inside-out scorer.
The Larry O'Brien trophy isn't the only thing driving this year's playoff field. There are deeper driving forces beneath the surface, and Derek has uncovered them all just in time for tip-off.
The Bobcats are back in the playoffs and you should be happy about that.
In earnest anticipation of a five-game series.
Just like there's more than one way to skin a cat, there's more than one way to develop an NBA rookie. As long as you do it, does it really matter how it happens.
Since the franchise moved to Charlotte in 2004, the Bobcats have spent a lot of time in the deepest, darkest depths of the NBA, where rats feast on scraps, leftover food, dry blood and any small pools of beer in the hope of it bringing some sense of excitement into their lives.
The Charlotte Bobcats stopped, dropped and opened up shop and Big Al's Paint to promote Al Jefferson's candidacy for an All-NBA squad. No word on any shutdowns.
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Author's note: Since Scott and I had so much fun with our last exchange, we decided to do another one
Ed. Note: We're very pleased to have the opportunity to bring you a one-on-one interview with Chris Douglas-Roberts. Longtime friend of the site, Fred Katz, had a lengthy chat over the phone with CDR this week. We've broken it up into three parts; this is the third part.
Ed. Note: We're very pleased to have the opportunity to bring you a one-on-one interview with Chris Douglas-Roberts. Longtime friend of the site, Fred Katz, had a lengthy chat over the phone with CDR this week. We've broken it up into three parts; this is the second part.