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#23 Come On Down ………………


#23 Come On Down ………………

I’m still trying to figure out where it is that the Charlotte Bobcats and their erstwhile owner Michael Jordan appear to be heading . This team has become increasingly inconsistent and I do believe that as an owner Michael Jordan is merely living in the moment. All this from a player who’s a multiple league and Finals’ MVP winner within the NBA . We know of Jordan’s legacy as a player and his feats with the Chicago Bulls . With the mantel now being passed on to Derrick Rose it remains to be seen whether or not Rose will be the heir apparent to Jordan with the Bulls and their home at the United Center in Chicago.

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Watching the Charlotte Bobcats I can’t but help feel that this team will struggle even if the happen to garner a playoff spot within the Eastern Conference . At 23-31 they currently hold the eighth and final spot in the conference but lie third within the Southeast Division headed by the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic . For his part Larry Brown having relinquished his position as head coach Jordan and the front office had to head in a new direction from a managerial standpoint. Brown’s successor is seasoned veteran NBA coach Paul Silas who has brought about something of a more of free flowing approach to the play of the team .

Jordan for his part relies heavily on the input given to him by Silas the coaching staff as well that of COO Fred Whitfield concerning personnel decisions with regard to the team. But in large part the final decision still remains his overall.

Inconsistency has been the problem for the Bobcats and even with the veteran experience of Stephen Jackson , Gerald Wallace and the supporting cast you simply get the impression that the this team is summarily going through the motions. I do feel that if the Bobcats are to prevail this season then much of what they aspire to achieve will come down to the decisions made by Jordan and the front office. I do believe that they need to make a trade by the deadline . But the troubling for the Bobcats would be who they’re prepared to give up on their roster in order to get an offensive threat in order to assist this team ? It’d be pretty safe to say that they’re out of the running in the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes. And that scenario seems to be spiraling from the sublime to the ridiculous .

I’ve long suspected the real reason why Jordan became so intent on being an owner stems from the fact that he failed miserably as a general manager when he ran the Washington Wizard’s organization while Abe Pollin was the owner of the team. His well chronicled ineptitude in acquiring Kwame Brown as the number one overall pick in the NBA Draft . What transpired thereafter was enough to show us that Jordan’s acumen when it came to assessing and making the right personnel decisions left a lot to be desired. This time around with the Bobcats he does have well trusted front office personnel who seem to have been making the right decisions , albeit with input from the owner.

The Charlotte Bobcats much like a number of teams around the league will struggle to contend with the likes of the Boston Celtics , Miami Heat , Orlando Magic and Chicago Bulls , the four teams within the Eastern Conference that many believe will be contesting the conference semi-finals. That quartet as of now seems to be the presumptive participants for the semis as things now stand.

With the NBA All Star Game and the surrounding events due to take place over this upcoming weekend at the Staples Center , Los Angeles , California . The midseason showcase event is the NBA’s time to shine with all of its perennial stars there to be seen by the fans across the globe. NBA Commissioner David Stern for his part along with the game’s hierarchy will do their utmost to make sure the event is presented in the best way possible .

And for his own part I’m sure that Commissioner Stern is happy that Michael Jordan still remains a part of the NBA fraternity. He still is the most recognized face in the game even with the advent of such stars as LeBron James , Carmelo Anthony , Dywane Wade , Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin . Michael Jordan has and always will be the face of the NBA and for years to come . Without the era of Jordan and the Bulls the NBA would still be playing second fiddle to the baseball . If anything in terms of their business template they might just be the most well ran of the four major sports . And although the league faces a stiff upcoming obstacle with regard to the existing collective bargaining agreement between themselves and the NBPA headed by their Executive Director Billy Hunter .

Thankfully the negotiations between the two parties doesn’t appear to be as acrimonious between the NFL and NFLPA . There the chasm between the two parties appears to be as cavernous and as wide as the Grand Canyon . Both Roger Goodell and his union counterpart DeMaurice Smith have a great deal to mull over before the deadline comes about before the collective bargaining agreement is no longer in existence. It seems somewhat ridiculous that both parties who claim to be acting in the game’s best interest have seen fit to only meet twice officially behind closed doors over the last three months to try and hash out their differences. But then again should we have expected anything different between the two sides.

Stern , the league hierarchy and Hunter’s office have met regularly and have discussed their differences over the existing agreement and the concessions each side are said to be looking for. David Stern for his part and the owners have unsuccessfully tried to convince the union that the league has reached a dangerous precipice from which there’s no return unless they are able to make concessions. Stern contends that the league on target to lose upwards of half a billion dollars ($500,000,000)for the 2010-11 season . But herein lies the caveat to this all, the league isn’t prepared to open their books for public scrutiny . And even if the NBA for all sense and purpose is a private business concern many of the league’s teams are in fact the beneficiaries of taxpayers’ monies by way of incentives given when many of these teams to build or renovate their venues. You rarely hear a fan counter this argument but what surprises me is the very fact that they’ll shout to the heavens when they see that their monies are being misspent by their city , county , state and federal government.

And even now with the Obama —- administration , House and Senate fighting over the budget and federal deficit you can’t but help not hear the cries now coming from both the right and left of the political argument. But those very same voices when it comes to landscape of sports never question the why multi-millionaire and billionaire owners are able to circumvent the rules . But then again when you have the antitrust exemption that’s given to the major professional sports courtesy of Congress , it’s easy to understand why it is that you have corporate titans willing to pay big for a sports franchise and then use that as a major tax write off .

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Once the season resumes after the All Star Game it will be interesting to see how teams such as the Bobcats, Minnesota Timberwolves , Cleveland Cavaliers , Washington Wizards and Sacramento Kings proceed over the remainder of the season . We can all agree that the major contenders for the NBA title are all sitting comfortably at this moment in time but those on the lower rungs of the NBA ladder will no doubt have a hard time playing themselves into contention much less have a decent season by their own lofty standards.

How do you feel with regard to the Charlotte Bobcats and the direction that they’re said to be going under their owner Michael Jordan ? Do you feel quite possibly that they can contend within the Eastern Conference or are they still some years away from being legitimately considered to be contenders for an NBA title ? Also do you feel that the NBA will be able to have a working collective bargaining agreement in place before the existing one expires ? We do know that the NBPA has already considered decertifying themselves should there be a remote chance of a labor stoppage. As in doing so it would enable them (union)to press their case within the US Federal Court System in challenging the league’s right shut down the NBA’s operations .

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(1) Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson yells at the officials during the first half against the Charlotte Bobcats in an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Feb. 14, 2011. Charlotte won 109-89 . AP Photo/Bob Leverone …..

(2) Ron Artest (15) of the Los Angeles Lakers reaches for the ball against Gerald Wallace (3) of the Charlotte Bobcats during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena on February 14, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images ……..

(3) Andrew Bynum (17) of the Los Angeles Lakers tries to stop Stephen Jackson (1) of the Charlotte Bobcats during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena on February 14, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images ……

(4) Head coach Paul Silas of the Charlotte Bobcats yells to his team during their game against the New Jersey Nets at Time Warner Cable Arena on February 11, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Streeter Lecka / Getty Images ………..

(5) Seen here from left to right Dennis Rodman , Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan in their glory days with the Chicago Bulls . The three players have combined for 17 NBA titles between them . AP Photo/ Neil Crosby ……..

(6) Kwame Brown (left) is seen here with then President of Basketball Operations for the Washington Wizards Michael Jordan. The player was taken # 1 overall by the Wizards in the NBA Draft of 2001 and has struggled to acclimatize his game within the NBA over the course of his career . Jordan and the organization at the time were ridiculed for taking Brown straight out of high school when they were other more proven players within the draft of that year. Amongst the players in the draft of that year were in the top ten at the time …… Tyson Chandler , Pau Gasol , Eddie Curry , Jason Richardson , Joe Johnson , Richard Jefferson and Shane Battier . Which would lead us to conclude that the pick made by Jordan was far from being a prudent one. AP Photo / Marcus Williams ………..

(7) Charlotte Bobcats’ majority owner Robert Johnson , left and Michael Jordan, right, manager of basketball operations listen as team president and COO Fred Whitfield speaks during a news conference at the newly named Time Warner Cable Arena on Tuesday, April 8, 2008 in Charlotte, N.C. The Bobcats reached a naming rights agreement with Time Warner Cable, and a television broadcast rights deal with Fox Sports Net South. Johnson has since sold a majority stake to Jordan who’s now the majority owner of the franchise. AP Photo/Rick Havner ….

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Autopsy Of A Season ……….. The San Diego Chargers


Autopsy Of A Season ……….. The San Diego Chargers

So much was expected of the San Diego Chargers for the 2010 season but given what we know about this team and their tendency to merely play each season by their halves it wasn’t a surprise that 2010 fell apart in the way that it did. And for the tv analysts , pundits and the fans of the Chargers this has become a case of history merely repeating itself again and again ! Qualcomm Stadium has simply become a graveyard for the aspirations of this Chargers’ team . They have a Pro Bowl caliber quarterback in Philip Rivers . And an offensive unit that ranked in the upper tier of the league’s teams last season.

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Norv Turner and his coaching staff have a team that was thought to be the equal of many within the AFC West if not better and most certainly viewed as one of the prohibitive favorites for Superbowl 45 (SBXLV). Certainly within the AFC as a whole the Chargers were viewed as one of the better teams . Nonetheless, Turner struggled to get this team to play with a level of consistency throughout much of the season. Even with the advent of injuries to players throughout much of the season you simply knew that this team just didn’t have what it would take to even mount a serious challenge to many of the opponents they’d face .

And while many viewed the Chargers as the team that’d go on to win the AFC West that privilege went to the Kansas City Chiefs under their sophomore coach Todd Haley . What might be even more unbelievable was the continued meltdown once again of the Oakland Raiders which ultimately led to a parting of the ways between incumbent coach Tom Cable and team owner Al Davis who would replace Cable with Hue Jackson . I won’t bother to repeat my thoughts as to the mindset of Al Davis as I believe that he’s way past his sell by date ! I’ll say this for the Raiders , they certainly have found ever increasing ways to implode their season without the help of anyone else . Not only that but they decided to cut their Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha merely because he simply didn’t meet the incentives in his contract.

Certainly this team of its own volition won’t be recapturing the form that many of their fans believe that they’re capable of. Especially given the fact that consistency has never been their strong point . And that was self evident throughout much of the Raiders’ season . They were able to win three consecutive games in a season for the first time in over two and a half years. That’s not the sort of record you’d come to expect a team with aspirations of winning a Superbowl . But then again these are the Oakland Raiders that we’re talking about ………. and where the sublime and the ridiculous seems to be representative of the continued madness within the organization .

Not to be outdone in all of this was the fate of the Denver Broncos and where their wunderkind coach Josh McDaniel’s tenure came and went in the blink of an eye. Team owner Pat Bowlen had all that he could withstand with his coach and that of Spygate II courtesy of McDaniels and the team’s videographer. With McDaniel’s firing after their Broncos’ disastrous season the team hired former Broncos’ great and two time Superbowl winner John Elway to be the Broncos’ Head of Operations . Elway’s first task in the postseason was to hire a successor to McDaniels and that would come courtesy of Jon Fox who left the Carolina Panthers in the offseason being one of a number NFL coaching casualties in 2010 .

The Chargers for their part will either have to do a number of things if they’re to remain credible as a contender within the NFL. First and foremost Turner and his staff need to be reminded that a season is one of 16 games and not eight or nine as the case maybe . First and foremost they need to strengthen their roster through the NFL Draft and simply reassessing the strengths and weaknesses on the current roster . Team GM A J Smith and owner Dean Spanos clearly know that this may well be their window of opportunity this upcoming season to finally prove the naysayers were wrong about the San Diego Chargers . If they’re not able to do that then I do firmly believe that Turner and his coaching staff ought to be relieved of their duties . They’ve taken this team as far as they possibly can and it’s my belief that Turner is still riding on the coat-tails of his mentor and friend Jimmy Johnson . How else can you explain the fact that he’s repeatedly been a retread around the NFL as a coach ? It’s certainly not been because of his abilities as a coach that’s for sure ! In reality Norv Turner is a very good offensive coordinator and a marginal head coach at best. His overall record may not actually bear that out but if you look closely, it’s not as impressive as some might have you believe.

This much I do know as prolific an offense as this team is , its Achilles’ heel has been its defense and the lack of a pass rush and run defense . And that most certainly will be something that Turner and his staff must look to improve for next season or whenever the NFL chooses to resume play. And bearing in mind the turmoil that this offseason appears to be bringing by way of the chasm and intransigence being shown between the NFL and NFLPA as it relates to their on or off again labor negotiation talks . It has to be said that a the labor stoppage would do irreparable damage to the San Diego Chargers and numerous other teams around the league. If economic estimates are anything to go by then the impact within each of the NFL’s team markets will cost the teams and businesses on average in excess of $10-$15 million each week of the regular season . Add that all up and you’re talking about a potential revenue setback of countless billions of dollars to the NFL and the encompassing businesses that count on the league’s regular season schedule as a way and means of surviving .

The San Diego Chargers themselves are by no means a financial behemoth when it comes to the NFL as a business concern. Dean Spanos in order to seek some cash infusion had sold a minority stake in the team to wealthy business entrepreneur and entertainment mogul Philip Anschutz a minority stake owner of the Los Angeles Lakers , the owner of the Staples Center , Nokia Theater and of course entertainment giant AEG Entertainment Inc. . And with the constant rumblings of the city of Los Angeles’ wish to have an NFL franchise within its midst , it’s widely been rumored that the Chargers would be a viable candidate to relocate within the greater Los Angeles area. This much we do know the city’s mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has made it one of prescient tasks of bringing a franchise to the city but at the same time I’d ask this of the mayor …… what about the city’s enormous budget deficit and the fact that’s he’s now said to be cutting many much needed services to the city’s residents as well as laying off city employees ? Never mind the fact that there’s still the uncertainty of the financing of either a new stadium complex and whether or not this will be a public and private partnership in the venture.

Villaraigosa and the proponents of such a deal haven’t exactly told the public how this all would be facilitated. And at the same time Commissioner Roger Goodell though steadfast in his belief that there’s a necessity to have a NFL franchise in the country’s second largest ad market, hasn’t at all said whether or not the NFL itself would in part finance the building of a new venue or in part fund any refurbishment of an existing stadium using the league’s funding specifically that of its account that covers the financial assistance given to teams around the NFL. What a great many of the teams within the NFL tend to do , is to seek out assistance from local municipalities where they in part foot the greater part of the financing with the owners putting little funding if any at all for such a proposal , at the same time this all adds and to the tax burden of the local residents directly and indirectly. But that’s simply another a dirty little secret that the local politicians and the NFL would rather not let the fans tend to know about right off the bat. Moreover , you tend to be told that this is something that will ultimately be of benefit to the local community by bringing jobs and adding the economic standing of that community by enlarge. That may well be the case but rarely does it work out the way that the NFL explains it, as can be seen by the overtures they’re now said to be making by seeking concessions from the NFLPA (union) in order to cover their excessive spending and not reining in costs in terms of expenditure.

Simply put the NFL not unlike the present administration , Congress and the Senate simply no longer can practice what it preaches and that’s prudent fiscal policy ! Certainly the conservatives within Congress and the Senate may well think of themselves as being that way, as being fiscally responsible but I’d dare say that the vast majority of them wouldn’t know the difference between a balance sheet and a baking sheet ! And that now encompasses the idiocy we’re seeing from the NFL hierarchy and that of the NFLPA led by DeMaurice Smith and its President Kevin Mawae .

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As to what the future now holds for the San Diego Chargers that remains to be seen but this much is certain, the team can ill afford to think that they can simply play half a season within the regular season schedule in thinking that they can still hit pay-dirt. It hasn’t helped them yet and it certainly won’t help them in the future . As bad as the AFC West is known to be , surely it cannot continue to remain that way ? Over time I expect the teams there to improve and that’s something that the Chargers’ fans and the staff there ought to expect rather than simply resting on their laurels and thinking that it’s business as usual . That’s the sort of complacency that has derailed the Chargers’ efforts in recent years and will continue to do so if they simply don’t change their mindset ! What thoughts if any do you have on the Chargers and their 2010 season ? And do you believe that they will ultimately improve and be a viable contender in the NFL in the coming years ? Simply chime in with your thoughts on this matter anything else as it pertains to the AFC West or for that matter the NFL as a whole .

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(1) Quarterback Tim Tebow (15) of the Denver Broncos runs for a first down past linebacker Antwan Applewhite (90) of the San Diego Chargers as guard Zane Beadles (68) trails the play during the fourth quarter at INVESCO Field at Mile High on January 2, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images ……

(2) Quarterback Philip Rivers (17) of the San Diego Chargers takes the snap from center Nick Hardwick (61) of the San Diego Chargers during the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Field at Mile High on January 2, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images ……

(3) Cornerback Andre’ Goodman (21) of the Denver Broncos breaks up a pass in the end zone intended for wide receiver Malcom Floyd (80) of the San Diego Chargers during the third quarter at INVESCO Field at Mile High on January 2, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The San Diego Chargers defeated the Denver Broncos 33-28 . Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images ……

(4) Defensive tackle Antonio Garay (71) and linebacker Antwan Applewhite (90) of the San Diego Chargers talk to quarterback Tim Tebow (15) of the Denver Broncos following the Chargers 33-28 win at INVESCO Field at Mile High on January 2, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The San Diego Chargers defeated the Denver Broncos 33-28. Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images ……

(5) Head coach Norv Turner of the San Diego Chargers leads his team against the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Field at Mile High on January 2, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Chargers defeated the Broncos 33-28. Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images ……

(6) Head coach Norv Turner talks with quarterback Philip Rivers (17) of the San Diego Chargers as they face the Denver Broncos at INVESCO Field at Mile High on January 2, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The Chargers defeated the Broncos 33-28 . Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images ……..

(7) San Diego Chargers’ first-round draft pick Larry English , second from right, holds up his new jersey as, from left to right, general manager A.J. Smith, president-CEO Dean Spanos and head coach Norv Turner look on during a news conference Sunday, April 26, 2009, in San Diego. English, a linebacker, is from Northern Illinois. AP Photo/Jack Smith …….

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