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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Monday Charlotte could host a future All-Star Game. First, he said, the city must upgrade Time Warner Cable Arena, which needs $41.9 million of work, according to a list of needs compiled by the Charlotte Bobcats and the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. “I’d love to bring the All-Star Game back here,” Silver said before the Bobcats game with the Houston Rockets. “This is a wonderful community, a hotbed of basketball, not just pro but college as well.” Charlotte Observer

The league’s beefed-up revenue-sharing system will also help the bottom line. The Bobcats are expected to receive just north of $20 million in revenue-sharing payouts, the highest figure in the league, according to a half-dozen sources who reviewed a memo the league sent out recently listing revenue-sharing projections. Several other small-market teams could receive around $15 million apiece. Grantland

Hell, they’ve even found a way to sponsor the transition from the Bobcats back to the Hornets, says Pete Guelli, the team’s executive vice-president and sales chief. Mercedes-Benz paid an undisclosed sum to brand the process, and it is exactly the sort of blue-chip sponsor that wanted no part of the Bobcats when the team was in the dumps, Guelli says. “A large number of companies that just didn’t want to talk to us previously are in dialogue with us now,” he says. Grantland

The Bobcats sold about 2,000 new full season-ticket packages during each of their down years, Guelli says. That’s a solid number for a bad team. They’re going to blow that away this season, with projections of around 3,500 new packages sold for next season. Sponsorship money will be up both this season and next, and the team is working on some playoffs-only sponsorship packages for the minimum two home postseason games it will get this season. “The dialogue around all these kinds of deals is at an all-time high for us,” Guelli says. Hornets merchandise is breaking sales records, even though the team can’t yet produce Hornets T-shirts and jerseys with the names of current players. Grantland

March 24, 2014 Updates

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Monday Charlotte could host a future All-Star Game. “I’d love to bring the All-Star Game back here,” Silver said before the Bobcats game with the Houston Rockets. “This is a wonderful community, a hotbed of basketball, not just pro but college as well.” Charlotte Observer

First, he said, the city must upgrade Time Warner Cable Arena, which needs $41.9 million of work, according to a list of needs compiled by the Charlotte Bobcats and the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority. “There are some upgrades to the building that are needed. I know those discussions are underway right now. It’s part of the understanding here that the building remain state-of-the-art. Nothing dramatic is needed. But certainly an upgrade to the scoreboard, some things with the suites and the lighting.” Charlotte Observer

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Charlotte Bobcats President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins announced today that the team has signed forward DJ White to a 10-day contract. White will wear No. 8. The Bobcats roster stands at 15 players. The 6-9 White is in his sixth NBA season and has career averages of 6.0 points and 3.2 rebounds in 132 games played with the Thunder, Bobcats and Celtics. For his career, White has shot .507 from the field (348-686) and .720 from the free-throw line (113-157). NBA.com

March 20, 2014 Updates

To keep Time Warner Cable Arena among the NBA’s most modern buildings, the Charlotte Bobcats and tourism officials have submitted a $41.9 million list of improvements to the city of Charlotte. The request includes suite improvements, restaurant renovations and moving the ticket office at the 8 1/2-year-old facility. It comes less than a year after City Council voted to give $87.5 million for stadium improvements for the Carolina Panthers. Charlotte Observer

"We need to get this place jumping like it was in the LJ days, the Mourning days," says Jefferson. "It's on me to let other free agents know, 'Why not Charlotte?' " He stands on the corner of South College and East Trade streets, hooded Bobcats sweatshirt shielding him from the rain, passersby glancing curiously at the 6' 10" ray of sunshine brightening their afternoon commute. Big Al drops into a stance, extends his hulking right hand and demonstrates how to turn back the clock. SI.com

Clifford also addressed the more troublesome end of the court. "He told me I'm not the worst defender he's ever seen," recalls Jefferson, who took this as high praise and made up his mind before dessert to sign with Charlotte. He called Walker and said, "I'm not coming to lose." At that moment the Bobcats withdrew from the Andrew Wiggins/Jabari Parker/Joel Embiid derby that had been consuming every other also-ran. SI.com

March 19, 2014 Updates

The Charlotte Bobcats will bring back a familiar face when they sign power forward DJ White later this week. A source familiar with the situation told the Observer Wednesday that the Bobcats plan to sign White, a 6-foot-8 forward, as soon as FIBA clears him. The deal will be a 10-day contract. Charlotte Observer

Shams Charania: Charlotte is strongly considering forward D.J. White as possible signing, league sources tell RealGM. Bobcats worked out big men last week. Twitter @ShamsCharania

March 18, 2014 Updates

The Charlotte Bobcats are defining Matt Carroll’s role with the team and bringing Muggsy Bogues back into the fold. A couple of months ago I reported Carroll, who played 7 ½ of his 10 NBA seasons as a Bobcat, was joining the organization. The franchise didn’t initially define his role. The Bobcats are now calling Carroll a “team ambassador” with a variety of roles. He’s started doing radio color analysis on home games (long overdue Scott Lauer got someone to interact with). Carroll will also serve a variety of community-relations roles with the team. Charlotte Observer

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS
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There's no sugarcoating it: It's a bad list where star power is pretty much non-existent. Gerald Wallace, the only All-Star in franchise history, goes to No. 1.

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