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March 16, 2014 Updates

Jefferson played two seasons in Utah and became an unrestricted free agent last summer, five years after the Wolves acquired him as the centerpiece in the Kevin Garnett trade and signed Jefferson to a $65 million contract. He thought the apparently unthinkable and signed last summer to play in Charlotte, a team so like some of the lousy teams he played on but in a place not all that different from where he grew up in Mississippi. “This probably feels more like home than any other city I’ve played in,” said Jefferson, who counts Boston, Minneapolis and Salt Lake City as his three NBA homes. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Somebody asked Bobcats coach Steve Clifford what he thought about raising the age limit for entry into the NBA draft. Clifford said most players can only benefit from another season at a program like Duke or North Carolina. But he stopped short of saying that’s reason to change the rule, and I know why: Clifford saw how impactful LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony were long before they would have completed a sophomore season in college. There are always exceptions. Charlotte Observer

March 15, 2014 Updates

Former Wolves guard Luke Ridnour played 14 minutes off the bench in his first game against his old mates since the Bobcats acquired him and his expiring contract from the woeful Bucks at the trade deadline. “I was glad to get out of Milwaukee,” said Ridnour, who played three seasons for the Wolves before he was traded to the Bucks last July. “It’s a good situation here. I’ve only played five, six games here so I’m trying to get used to it. It’s a good city and I’ve been in the playoffs before and just to be back in the hunt where every game is big, it’s just a lot different feeling. . ... This has been fun.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

For Sessions, who had a prominent role in Bobcats’ nightly rotation, news of the deal completely blindsided the veteran who fully believed he was safe in Charlotte. “To be honest the trade was kind of last minute,” Sessions told Basketball Insiders on being dealt to Milwaukee. “I didn’t really hear too much coming up to the trade deadline but as we got closer I started getting calls from my agent and hearing certain things were happening behind the scenes. But it’s one of those things in the league that when it happens, you got to pack up and be ready to move on to another team.” Basketball Insiders

March 14, 2014 Updates

One of the last deals to be announced, at the deadline, was the Charlotte Bobcats’ decision to send guard Ramon Sessions and forward Jeff Adrien to the Milwaukee Bucks in exchange for guards Gary Neal and Luke Ridnour. For Sessions, who had a prominent role in Bobcats’ nightly rotation, news of the deal completely blindsided the veteran who fully believed he was safe in Charlotte. “To be honest the trade was kind of last minute,” Sessions told Basketball Insiders on being dealt to Milwaukee. “I didn’t really hear too much coming up to the trade deadline but as we got closer I started getting calls from my agent and hearing certain things were happening behind the scenes. But it’s one of those things in the league that when it happens, you got to pack up and be ready to move on to another team.” Basketball Insiders

March 13, 2014 Updates

The Charlotte Bobcats announced today a new multi-year partnership with GovX, the leading website and e-commerce network devoted to serving verified U.S. Armed Forces personnel and government first responders. GovX offers privileged pricing on events, tickets and 20,000+ premium products. As part of this partnership, GovX will sponsor the color guard presentation prior to each Bobcats home game. GovX will have a special section on Bobcats.com as the two parties have partnered for special ticket pricing for military and first responders. NBA.com

March 12, 2014 Updates

Neither the Charlotte Bobcats nor shooting guard Gary Neal discussed specifics on why Neal was held out of Wednesday’s 98-85 victory over the Washington Wizards. But it was behavioral, rather than medical, and Neal said he made amends. “I made a mistake,” Neal told the Observer post-game. ‘Me and coach talked about it and we’ll move forward from there.” Coach Steve Clifford called this an “internal team matter.” He said it was over after the game and Neal’s minutes won’t be affected when the Bobcats play the Minnesota Timberwolves at home Friday. Charlotte Observer

51-year-old Michael Jordan could still DESTROY some NBA players ... despite the fact he hasn't played in the league in more than a decade ... so says Charlotte Bobcats big man Al Jefferson. Now that Al Jefferson plays for MJ's team ... we had to ask if he's ever challenged his boss to a little 1-on-1 when no one was looking. "Nah, he might beat me ... embarrass me man ... hurt my confidence!" Al could have a point -- after all, MJ was seen DUNKING at a shoot-around session a couple of months ago. TMZ.com

March 11, 2014 Updates

Charlotte Bobcats shooting guard Gerald Henderson practiced Tuesday after missing the past five games with a strained right calf. He believes he’ll be fine to play Wednesday against the Washington Wizards. “I feel good,” Henderson said after a post-practice game of one-on-one against Jannero Pargo. “It’s tough having to be out in that stretch. But I wanted to get myself back to 100 percent and not have that calf bother me the rest of the season. Charlotte Observer

March 5, 2014 Updates
March 4, 2014 Updates

So do you think defense in the NBA is not what it used to be? DA: It's a joke nowadays. That's why Ray Allen is still playing. You can't touch him! If Michael Jordan had these rules, he would average 40 points a game, he would have a bunch of 60-point games... It would be crazy. It was a real man's game back then, not a bunch of summer league games. HoopsHype

Charlotte Bobcats President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins announced today that the team has signed center Justin Hamilton to a 10-day contract. Hamilton joins the Bobcats from the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA D-League, becoming the 29th Gatorade Call-Up this season. He will wear No. 41. The Bobcats roster now stands at 15 players. NBA.com

James and Cavs fans? That relationship is a bit strained. But there is a good chance they'll all be reunited on Saturday at The Q. The Cavs will retire Ilgauskas' No. 11 on Saturday, and James is expected to attend the ceremony. (By the way, James scored a career-high 61 points Monday night in the Heat's 124-107 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.) "I talk to Z very often, probably once or twice a month,'' James told The Plain Dealer. "He meant everything to me. When you come in as a rookie you try to find a leader, that veteran, that guy who's been around to learn the ropes from. He taught me how to be a professional on and off the floor. That's something you cannot ever take for granted. He was everything to me. From Day One, I knew he was going to be a guy I would always be with.'' Cleveland Plain Dealer

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS
IN BOBCATS HISTORY
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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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