Before the Charlotte Bobcats closed the book on the ninth chapter in franchise history, we learned that for their 10th season, the team will remain the Charlotte Bobcats. NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver informed the media this past week that a name change for a franchise takes a minimum of 18 months. If the process were to start now, that would mean a name change would take place officially for the 2014-15.
But as we wrote, it’s possible that the process could have already started. Rumors continue to circulate of a possible change back to the Charlotte Hornets, and we wondered whether a name change would represent an official reset of the franchise or a marketing tactic to get more fans. If the Hornets is a marketing ploy, then how long will it be before fans turn on the Charlotte franchise?
After struggling through most of the regular season, the Bobcats finished on a three-game win streak. Monday, the Bobcats defeated the New York Knicks, who were resting key players for the postseason. Kemba Walker had 23 points and a career high 13 assists, while Gerald Henderson had 27 points.
Wednesday, the Bobcats played their season finale against Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Bobcats beat Cleveland, in what ended up being Byron Scott’s last game as the head coach of the Cavaliers. The win helped the Bobcats avoid having the league’s worst record for the second consecutive season. Instead, that honor belongs to the Orlando Magic.
Though the Bobcats won’t be taking part in the postseason for the eighth time in nine seasons, we decided to check up on some former Bobcat players looking to help their team make a long postseason run.
We also started our first Season in Review series here on Roberto Gato. Our writers will be reviewing the season of the Bobcats players and giving an outlook on them going into the offseason. This week our writers gave their thoughts on the season of the unpredictable and athletic, Tyrus Thomas. Thomas could have just played his last season in a Charlotte Bobcats uniform.
However, we gave you our view on which Bobcats players should be brought back in the offseason. Right now, McRoberts Fever is spreading through the Bobcats fanbase, and players, fans and coaches would love to see him brought back along with the improved Gerald Henderson. It was a busy week here on Roberto Gato with the end of the regular season, and we have every angle of the upcoming offseason, draft, and potential name changes covered here.
We would like to extend a special thanks to 610 AM WFNZ The Fan in Charlotte for allowing me to appear on Bustin’ Loose with Frank Garcia to discuss the Charlotte Bobcats this past week.