The Bobcats played at the Charlotte Coliseum for one season before moving to the
Time Warner Cable Arena in 2005. The stadium cost $260 million to build, with a lot
of the money being recouped by Time Warner Cable's naming rights deal. The arena
can hold 19,077 fans (20,200 with expansion) and most times Charlotte Bobcats
tickets are sold out for home games. There is particular interest when major NBA
franchises come to town. The stadium has also played host to some of the biggest
names in music, such as Elton John, U2, and The Rolling Stones, making it a true hub
for entertainment in the area.
Fans of the Charlotte Bobcats have certainly been taken for a ride in the past few
years. The problem is that the highs have been a lot less frequent than the lows.
For a new team, their fan base is relatively large, with most games being sell outs.
Fans always buy Charlotte Bobcats tickets, no matter how badly the team is doing.
However, the end of last season saw a slight drop in Charlotte Bobcats tickets sales
because of the ridiculously long losing streak.
Head coach Paul Silas was replaced by Mike Dunlap in 2012. This will be Dunlap's
first major NBA job, having served as an assistant most of his coaching career.
Fans are concerned as they think there is not enough experience in the coaching
department or the management. Many are counting on Michael Jordan to help
turn the team's fortunes around by trading in some superstar names. Michael Kidd-
Gilchrist, a small forward out of Kentucky, was the second pick in the first round of
the NBA draft. The Bobcats will hope he can be a catalyst for the team showing a
huge improvement on last season. Fans who buy Charlotte Bobcats tickets will be
hoping for a winning season and even an outside chance at a playoff berth in 2012-
11-28-13: The Bobcats are sitting at 7-9 on the season and the start of the year looks eerily similar to the beginning of 2012-2013. Charlotte has lost their last three of four, but did manage to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks in that time frame. Kemba Walker has been playing well early in the season, but in Wednesday night’s loss to the Indiana Pacers he shot just 3-17 on the night and had a team worst +/- of -25. Free agent signee Al Jefferson has played in just seven of the 16 Bobcats games so far and his averages across the board are his lowest since 2005-2006. In more exciting news, Charlotte announced that once they return their nickname to the Hornets next season, they will also return to the purple and teal color scheme of yore.
11-22-13: Despite Al Jefferson being in and out of the lineup so far this year, Charlotte is starting the season very similar to last season – winning. With a 6-6 record through 12 games, the challenge for Charlotte will obviously be to maintain the consistent play they’ve displayed so far. Kemba Walker exploded for 31 points in the Bobcats win over the Nets on Wednesday night after struggling mightily against the Bulls and Heat, shooting a combined 10-32, in Charlotte’s two previous games. Five of the Bobcats next six games come against Phoenix, Milwaukee and Boston, so the opportunities for W’s will be there.
11-15-13: Charlotte started out week three of the 2013 NBA season with two straight losses, exhibiting their usual poor defense as they fell to the Knicks and Hawks. They were able to rebound in the middle of the week against the Boston Celtics, however, bringing them to a respectable 4-4 mark. Newly acquired big man Al Jefferson continues to pace the Bobcats in points and rebounds through the first three weeks. However, if Charlotte is to take a serious stab at the playoffs this year, point guard Kemba Walker will have to be much more effective going forward.
11-8-13: Through two weeks the Charlotte Bobcats are equals with the Miami Heat, using a solid 3-2 start to earn a first place tie in the Southeast division. The Bobcats are still an inconsistent team on both ends of the floor due to their youth, but that youth is the very reason Bobcats fans can finally be optimistic about a potential run at a playoff spot. Backed by impressive rookie Cody Zeller and newly added big man Al Jefferson, Charlotte has a bigger inside punch than they’ve had in years and could build positive momentum going into week three of the 2013 season.
11-1-13: The Bobcats enter their 10th season as an NBA franchise with new coach Steve Clifford as well as a new center in ‘Big’ Al Jefferson. He starts alongside power forward Josh McRoberts and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Kidd-Gilchrist is in just his second professional year of basketball, looking to improve upon his solid rookie season. Bismack Biyombo, who had great rebounding performances in the preseason, had his 2014-15 contract option picked up by the Bobcats near the start of the regular season. He will back up Jefferson at the center position as he hopes to make his third season in the NBA a great one.
10-18-13: The Charlotte Bobcats have not had the best record in their short history in the NBA but have made some good draft picks and are steadily getting better to the point where in a few seasons they should be on the verge of making the playoffs. They have won their last three preseason games to bring them to a record of 3-2 as they round out the preseason with games:
- October 19 vs Dallas
- October 24 vs Cleveland
- October 25 @ New York
8-23-13: As the Bobcats continue their rebuilding process, their fans can take comfort in knowing that their beloved Hornets name will soon return. The on-court product should be much improved this season as well, as Charlotte made serious strides in beefing up their frontcourt. The Bobcats selected uber-athletic 7-footer Cody Zeller with the 4th overall pick and he will man the PF position this year. Charlotte also made their first major free agent signing in years, luring Al Jefferson from the Jazz with a 3-year, $40.5M deal.
Charlotte opens their home schedule on Friday, November 1st against the Cleveland Cavaliers. LeBron James and the Miami Heat will visit Charlotte twice, first on Saturday, November 16th and for the final time on Saturday, January 18th. Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder will come to town on Friday, December 27th.
Key Home Games:
- November 1st – Cleveland Cavaliers
- December 14th – L.A. Lakers
- January 14th – New York Knicks
- January 22nd – L.A. Clippers
- January 25th – Chicago Bulls
8-8-13: The Bobcats have signed free agent guard Jannero Pargo to a one-year, $1.4 million deal.
7-1-13: The Charlotte bobcats drafted Cody Zeller out of Indiana with the fourth overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft. As an athletic seven footer Zeller will certainly make an impact on the bobcats roster. Zeller played two years at Indiana and Last year the average 16 points and eight rebounds per game. Cody is the second Zeller to make the NBA the last two years, As he is the younger brother of Cavs' center Tyler Zeller. The bobcats and their owner Michael Jordan continue to rebuild with young talent and their lottery draft picks. Zeller will compete with Byron Mullins for the starting center position In Charlotte. On a young roster that only won 21 games last season Cody should certainly see a bulk of minutes in Charlotte. In college Cody was an efficient scorer who could run the floor and play with his back to the basket. Bobcats tickets averaged $127 at home last season. It is no guarantee that the addition of Cody will change the bobcats position in the standings but average ticket prices should remain about the same.
2013 Bobcats Draft Summary:
Round 1, Pick 4: PF Cody Zeller, Indiana.
6-12-13: Toward the bottom of the standing is where you usually will find the Bobcats. This season was no different. Rookie head coach Mike Dunlap was unable to get the Cats out of the cellar and will not be given a second chance to do so. He was fired and replaced by Steve Clifford. Not all is bleak on the horizon for the Michael Jordan ran organization. With some nice young pieces and a strong position in this year’s draft, the Bobcats can continue to rebuild and possibly lure some free agents in the near future. Charlotte only won 6 games away from home this year. Kemba Walker led the team in scoring averaging 17 points per game. The Bobcats have the 4th overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft.
2-25-13: At 13-43, the Bobcats are in bottom basement of the Eastern Conference and going nowhere fast. With some good young talent and a rookie head coach it will be interesting to see how legendary owner Michael Jordan tries to right this ship. With tough matchups coming up against the Clippers and Jazz, it seems more losses are in the near future. Hopefully for the Bobcats, Kemba Walker can continue to grow into the all-star point guard he has the potential to be. The ‘Cats also saw some positive contributions from rookie swingman Jeffrey Taylor who is out of Vanderbilt. The 23 year old rookie has shown the ability to defend and finish strong around the rim at the NBA level. The Bobcats will need to buckle down and focus more on defense currently allowing over 100 points per game ranking 28th in the league.
11-26-12: The Bobcats have been a pleasant surprise for their fans. Not rolling into this season with a boatload of talent, they have competed hard and and currently boast a winning record of 7-5. Not even a month of the season is complete and already the Bobcats have matched their entire win total from last year when they set an all-time low in winning percentage (.106). With inspired play from young guard Kemba Walker and a full commitment from owner Michael Jordan, the Bobcats seem to be headed in a positive direction. With games coming up against the Thunder and division rival Hawks, it will be interesting to see if this team can remain above the .500 mark.