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The outfield also added a supporting cast, including Ben Revere and the much more questionable pickup of Delmon Young. Revere brings a terrific glove to center and Delmon Young is a wild card out in right.
The Bullpen also got a face lift by adding Mike Adams, who was brought in to help the back end of the bullpen. They also brought back Chad Durbin on a one-year deal.
Now on to the See YA's!!!!!!!!!!!
So you were booted out of Philly??, if that was the case if probably took place during the 2012 season. The Phils kicked Hunter Pence, Shane Victorino, and Joe Blanton to the curb. Pence went to the San Francisco Giants, while Victorino and Blanton were shipped to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Now That's logistics!!! If you are keeping track at home you can count, Vance Worley as a rejection, as he was sent to the Minnesota Twins as part of the trade that brought Ben Revere to Philadelphia.
In any case whether you are new to the team or just glad to be gone. Facts are Facts are my opinions. As the Phillies will be awful in 2013!!!
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Not too many 3 letter words I can use out loud to describe how I was feeling going into tonight’s game. The first half was amazing for FSU. Quarterback EJ Manuel passed the 3000 yard mark on the year in passing. Only the 7th QB in FSU history to make that happen. On the rushing side of the ball FSU was able to pass 2500 yards making them only the 2nd team in school history to accomplish both 2500 on the ground and 3000 through the air. Pretty nice considering the other team was the 1993 National Championship team.
Also, FSU was able to put up 3 touchdowns as GA-tech could only manage to find the field goal post, twice. Entering half FSU had a nice lead with 21-6 over GA-Tech here in the Queen City.
FSU in my opinion continued the 2nd half with dominance, even though they didn’t score a touchdown or any points at all, they held GA-Tech to only 1 field goal in the 3rd. GA-Tech was unable to capitalize on FSU’s major turnover issues and lack luster defense they were playing.
The 4th Quarter was a little different. GA-Tech began to make a real game out of it. Some were pretty convinced (JT) that they could pull off the comeback. Not so fast, a late interception by Karlos Williams sealed the deal for the Seminoles. Orange Bowl here they (we) come.
Oh side note, shout out to all freshman!
5 Weak Focuses of The Charlotte Bobcats-Spotlight on the Center position
Now we get to last, but certainly not least important position on this team. The Bobcats in my opinion have struggled for some time at the center position and hopefully with the addition of Brendan Haywood everything will get better.
Haywood joins the Bobcats after spending 9 seasons with the Washington Wizards and 3 on/off seasons with the Dallas Mavericks. He is about as solid and overall good player as you can get at the center position. If you take a minute to look at his stats, you might say I’m crazy and that he has no real added value to make this team better. But, you should take into consideration that he barely averages 20 minutes a game over his career, which will obviously change here in Charlotte.
Haywood, besides talent also brings something else special to the Bobcats, fans to the games. Haywood is kind of a big deal locally, considering he went to school at UNC. I get what Jordan is trying to do. If you can’t win games on the court, you might as well win fans in the stands. Good thing for Jordan he has that UNC connection, and he might be set for life.
Now the Charlotte Bobcat season tips, Friday night and yet I still have come across another position that doesn’t have a clear cut starter.
The Power Forward position is another spot that has been unclear to even the players playing it.
I start with Tyrus Thomas. Oh look another Chicago Bull, who somehow convinced the Bobcats to take the slack that they did not want. Since joining the Bobcats in 2009, his stats have significantly dropped. He went from being arguably a solid sixth man to being just another bench player on any other NBA team. Not to mention recovering from an injury and constantly being rumored on the trading block, makes it clear there is no room for him in the opening player announcements.
Now for the guy who the Bobcats traded, Shaun Livingston and Stephen Jackson for Bismack Biyombo who was the 7th overall pick by the Sacramento Kings, but was subsequently traded to the Charlotte Bobcats.
Last season he started 41 games and averaged 5.2 points per game. He averaged 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. Biyombo has the potential to be a monster on the boards in the NBA. The Catch with Biyombo will be time and confidence.
Clearly the Bobcats have confidence in him, but will the team and more importantly the city give him the time it takes to grow. We shall see, but till then, lower your head, high five your teammates and waive to the crowd, because they just called your name Biyombo.
Now with the small forward position.
I think the Bobcats did a good thing. They went out and drafted a stud from college basketball and a guy who they can build a team around. You ask who? None other than former Kentucky Wildcat Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. There is something to be said about a player you take in the top 5 picks in the NBA, that saying is we are going to build a team around you.
Now, Kidd-Glichrist has been struggling a lot through preseason. He has played less than 20 minutes a game and has only scored 13 points so far. But, the Bobcats are positive he will come around. Last season when they shipped Gerald Wallace out, they had a plan. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is that plan. There are many similarities in his game to Wallace; each is a lockdown defender, both have big-time motors, have rebounding skills and can finish at the rim.
Long term the Bobcats hope he will develop a good mid-range jumper and eventually be an NBA all-star. He’s going to struggle and make mistakes, but on a roster filled with flaws he will have plenty of opportunity to develop.
Michael needs to remember, just because you were drafted #2, by the Bobcats, doesn’t mean you can"t play like the #1 draft pick.
I continue on this adventure, that some in the NBA call a starting lineup and move ahead to the Shooting Guard position. This is also a position, here in Charlotte that could easily be started by a couple different players. I will however narrow down the debate to Ben Gordon and Gerald Henderson.
Gordon is what I like to call a Christmas present to the Charlotte Bobcats. He might not be exactly what you asked for, but at the end of the day you really can’t complain, because it might just be better than what you had. Gordon has spent eight years in the NBA with 3 different teams. Now you can make an argument that Gordon peaked during the 08-09 season, in which he averaged 20.7 points a game and went 86 percent from the free throw line or you can think like myself and realize that is about the time Derrick Rose took over. Either way he lost a step and hopefully he can gain two back here in Charlotte.
Let’s Move on to Gerald Henderson. A fan favorite, and even funnier a veteran here in Charlotte. He has been in the league for three years, which qualifies him as a veteran as long as he has a Bobcat uniform on. Henderson is a fighting guard, capable of making impressive drives to the rim for short range jump shots or dunks. He also has a solid mid-range jump shot, but is not a very good and I repeat not very good from behind the arc. Henderson shoots 21 percent from the three point line, which is bad compared to Gordon’s 40 percent. So if you’re looking for three’s, you won’t find them realistically from either of these guys. Henderson is a runner up to Gordon is almost every stat category, so you ask why the debate on who should start. One word: Respect.
Henderson has already earned the respect of his teammates and like I mentioned earlier is a fan favorite. I’m sure Gordon is already respected, but he will need to show the team and the fans that he can make an improvement to this team and there record. I expect that these two will continue to battle as preseason goes on. My suggestion to the Bobcats would be this, whoever they choose to start at the two guard, make sure they remain your starter all season. Rotating and sharing time in the NBA does not work. Just like my son in preschool, NBA players are not always good at sharing.
That was not a misspelling in the Headline, the Bobcats are weak and I will use the next couple of weeks to expose them. We are officially 5 weeks away from the start of the 2012-2013 NBA season and I want to zone in on the potential starting lineup for this season.
Over the next 5 weeks in this blog I will break down 1 player a week, from the starting 5 until tip off on November 2nd.
My first victim will be the Point Guard position. A position that we know has not been a strong spot for the Bobcats since Raymond Felton made his exit. Now whatever player I put here you could easily make and argument for why the other should be the starter, this being the hardest position to fill. As easy as it is for me and everyone else in the NBA world to put DJ Augustin in this spot, the reality is I don’t see him being on this team when tip off rolls around, even if he stayed at some point he would be injured, so exit stage left Augustin, enter through the curtains Kemba Walker.
As a rookie Kemba averaged 16.1 PPG, 4.7 RPG, and 5.8 APG per 36 minutes, those are not terrible stats, but for a starting point guard in this league, he had a lot to learn. If Kemba is able to step into his role as the starter both mentally and physically, I believe he will have much success.
Kemba must use this pre-season to polish his passing abilities, so he can create opportunities for himself and his teammates. Perfecting his pass will allow his assist numbers to rise greatly, but more importantly it will allow him to get open to get better looks at shots. Kemba has no problem putting the ball into the net, but last season he took way to many uncontrolled shots.
This is a pass first, shoot second league and for a guy the size of Kemba Walker the sooner he realizes that the quicker he will be a star.