George7 wrote:I don't know If i'm going to do a third Bulls story.I want a little change of scenery,so I might select another team. Keep the suggestions and opinions coming please!
P.S. Blazers are losing some points because there are going to be several Portland stories as it seems...
mpac wrote:Choose bulls! Try playing out rose til jan or do a few tweaks and contend against the heat
September 23:Bellagio Casino - Las Vegs,Nevada - On a dark,hidden room with a single playing table, 5 of the most famous clients of the casino were in for a big game. One of them ,was the best athlete the world has ever witnessed,Michael Jordan. After an hour and about a million of dollars lost,MJ was in a point where he had to do the only thing he didn't want to:Step out of the game.
-Man,I'm out,i've lost everything here.Jordan said
-Well,let's have a last little bet between you and me then. replied one of the players in the table.A former high school rival of MJ at his days in Emsley A. Laney High School,the mysterious man was a big enemy of Jordan for a reason. Jordan's intentional in-game hit on a class between their High Schools, resulted in a severely damaged knee and foot,which ended all the hopes he had in playing basketball professionaly. Being a successful businessman now,he had all the power he could to have his own litlle vengeance and humiliate Michael where he was a legend: In the NBA.
-So what's the bet MJ asked
-On the next round,it's only you against me. You win the round, I give back to you all the money you've lost,and you won't have to step out of the table. You lose,then you're going to fire Rich Cho and let me appoint anyone I want. What do you say?
Jordan was sure that he was about to regret this word,but his issue with gambling issues outweighted his logic once more: - I'm in!
September 24, Athens,Greece. A 20 year old teen was sitting on his office,looking at the paperwork he had to do for the day,and cursing his luck. He had the smart idea of applying for the GM spot in a local division team,where he was also a player. Despite the team making it into the 3rd National division for the first time in 20 years,the loads of work he had to do was too much for him,concerning his almost non existent pay check and his university studies. He was though commited to the team,and he had to keep his word,despite the hard times.As he was getting ready to leave the office and go the university lesson he had ,leaving the paperwork for the long night that was going to follow,his phone rang.
-Εμπρος. (Hello in Greek)He answered
-Hello,you must be Mr. Koukoulis,right? said the man on the other end of the line.
-Yeah,who's there? George said.
-It's Michael Jordan...
BREAKING NEWS: Rich Cho sacked; Newcomer George Koukoulis announced as the new GM
On a surprising announcement, the Charlotte Bobcats announced that Rich Cho is fired from the General Manager position. His replacement is a total stranger to the NBA,a 20 year old youngster from Athens,George Koukoulis. Koukoulis was serving as a GM for an unknown 3rd division team from Athens. The criteria used in this desicion are unclear, though it is said that it was a personal choice by Michael Jordan himself.
Bobcats went through a tough season,finishing with the worst winning percentage ever by an NBA team,and with a record of 7 wins and 59 losses. A change is clearly needed for a fresh start,but this is a choice that surprised everyone,and reminded all of the bad decisions MJ has made as an executive all these years.
"I'm too happy to be here in the franchise."Koukoulis said " It's a dream coming true,to work for an NBA team. Though I was really surprised by this in the beggining, I'm ready to work my butt off and make something good happen. As the new General Manager of the Bobcats, I've set some targets for the season, some personal bets as you might say,in order for this team to be successful anytime soon. I can only tell that there are going to be some major shake-ups in the roster in the next few days."
Charlotte ,North Carolina -- On a quiet day for him, Jordan was again in one of his weekly golf games with friends and old teammates.
-Hole at one!! Said Jordan,whose skills have been more than impresive,after quite a few years of playing regularly golf.
-Great job Mr.Jordan ,a heck of a shot! Said his assistant,who ran to the cart in order to get MJ to the hole,where his golf ball was.
As they were heading to the hole, Jordan's cellphone rang,it was a call from Rod Higgins,the President of Basketball operations.
-Yeah Rod,I'm listening... he said. - He did WHAT?!?! His first move is bringin this dumbass to the team??? Gosh,keep track of his moves,I don't want any dumb signings like this one without informing me first at least...
-All ok Mr.Jordan? his assistant asked
-Not sure.This kid is going to humiliate me and the team...
Charlotte Bobcats active just before the tip-off: Sign Kenyon Martin, land McGee and Koufos in a two team trade
Charotte, North Carolina -- On a surprising move, newcomer GM George Koukoulis has landed three new players in Charlotte,just before the start of the new season. First it was the signing of seasoned veteran and former No1 draft pick,Kenyon Martin. Martin signed an annual contract for just 1.5 million,after rejecting offers from Greece and China,as he wanted to stay in the NBA and in the USA,where his family is.
Not an hour after this move,Bobcats announced the completion of a deal between their team and the Denver Nuggets. Charlotte will get the two seven footed giants from Denver, Javale McGee and ,another Greek along with Koukoulis in the team, Kosta Koufos. Denver will get on the other hand ,the 26 year-old PF Tyrus Thomas, Center Byron Mullens and two second round draft picks for the 2013 and 2014 NBA Drafts.
"These are my first moves as the GM of the Cats,and they're not the last" said Koukoulis. "As year on rebuilding mode, I wanted to get as many young talent as possible. Kenyon Martin might not be the youngest player in the league,but he's going to be more than valuable with his exprience,as he can really affect Biyombo and take the rook into the next level. I also aknowledge that Javale has not one of the best reputations in the league,especially concerning his basketball IQ, but I'm sure he's going to get better,and that's a big personal bet of mine" he added.
dare wrote:Nuggets got rape lol, nice one man.
Week 1[1-1]: Bobcats split back to back games,suffer huge opening day loss
What an akward opening week that was for the Charlotte Bobcats. The Cats showed two different faces in the first two games , showing that they need some time together in order to makethings work,but also that they have lots of talent and potential.
Game 1:Indiana Pacers @ Charlotte Bobcats 93-65(November 2nd)
THE FACTS:The Indiana Pacers made an outstanding performance ,shocking a sold out crowd in Charlotte,which wanted to see the fresh start of the new Bobcats. Even though the two teams were close in the whole first half,with the Pacers having just a 5 point lead after the end of the 2nd quarter,second half was a whole different story.The Pacers outclassed Charlotte in every single statistic category, scored 23 points more in the half and cruised to one of their easiest victories in the last seasons.
Paul George(23 points,4 steals) was the best player in the court ,doing literally everything on both ends of the floor,and providing us with some impressive highlights,along with fellow highflyer Gerald Green(10 points). Danny Granger (16 points,7 rebounds,4 assists) provided a well rounded game,while DJ Augusting(12 points,12 assists),a former Bobcat, was a constant threat for his old team.
On the other hand,for the Bobcats, Kemba Walker (19 points) was one of the few stand outs, with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist(16 points,6 rebounds), the No 2 pick in this year's draft ,making a pretty good debut in the NBA. Newcomer Javale McGee was the only other Bobcat with double figures in points (10 points).
HOT: The Indiana Pacers. They had some impressive % in the game,with 63% in FGs,100% in FTs and 83% in 3PTs.
NOT:Ben Gordon had 5 points with 2-12 shooting. He could do better for sure.
QUOTABLE: "It just didn't work for us. Fair and simple.We're a young team though,meaning that day by day,game by game we're going to get better"
--GM George Koukoulis
Game 2: Charlotte Bobcats @ Dallas Mavericks 81-73(November 3rd)
THE FACTS: They got blown out in their home ground,and the next day they win in one of the toughest home grounds in the league. That's the unpredictable Charlotte Bobcats. Both teams were trading buckets and trading leagues for the whole game,providing a physical ,yet impressive game of hoops. The Bobcats provided an impressive team effort ,hustling on D and sharing the ball,as no individual score more than 14 points for the Cats. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist(14 points,5 rebounds,6 assists) was the top scorer and showed some more glances of his Kentucky self,but Kemba Walker(13 points,8 assists,5 steals) was the one getting the Man of the Match honors with a well-rounded performance. Ben Gordon looked sharp,with 13 crucial points.
For the losing side,Darren Collison(18 points,7 assists) had a great game,while OJ Mayo(16 points) and Dirk Nowitzki(10 points) were the other two Mavs in double figures.
TURNING POINT:With 2:30 minutes remaining,and the game tied at 66 apiece ,the Bobcats scored 10 quick unanswered points ,bringing the game beyond reach,with Ben Gordon,Javale McGee and Bismak Biyombo(11 pts) being the main motors of the run,and those who secured the huge W on the road.
QUOTABLE:"We're a tough team. We're not going to score a lot of points,maybe due to our lack of experience,but we're going to make sure that our opponents are going to score even less. We're hustling,we're running and that's exactly what we did today. You're going to see more of this in the next games."
NIGHTLY NOTABLE:Bismak Biyombo looked as mature as possible on the court. He stepped into the court in the last crucial minutes,and he surely delivered,with crucial baskets and blocks. He formed along with McGee an impervious obstacle for the opposition.
vig32 wrote:Good win in that second game, I like you getting Javale McGee he is a freak athletically. I also thought Biyombo was in his second year,but I'm not sure really. I like using him a lot though, he is a beast defensively!
vig32 wrote:In one game I had on my association (also with the Bobcats) Biyombo had a block that I swear was a volleyball spike into the ground, it was the sweetest block i've seen on the game so far. I really love the picture for your association, I'm a big Uconn fan so seeing Kemba and Ben Gordon was nice. Two guards that helped lead us to national championships
George7 wrote:vig32 wrote:In one game I had on my association (also with the Bobcats) Biyombo had a block that I swear was a volleyball spike into the ground, it was the sweetest block i've seen on the game so far. I really love the picture for your association, I'm a big Uconn fan so seeing Kemba and Ben Gordon was nice. Two guards that helped lead us to national championships
Kemba and BG are two of my favorites in Charlotte. Spoiler alert,but the next game I'm going to recap was for sure the most amazing game I had in 2k13 thus far and it involves a lot about the two ex-Huskies! Recap coming up in the next few hours!
rise wrote:Charlotte's in North Carolina btw.
Even though I'm super high on Mullens, I love the trade. Keep up the great work!
Sit wrote:I like your recap style. Nice choice with Bobcats - make Walker a star.
rise wrote:Charlotte's in North Carolina btw.
Even though I'm super high on Mullens, I love the trade. Keep up the great work!
THE FACTS: With the Suns establishing a small lead in the start of the 4th,no one thought that the talented ,but arguably weaker , Charlotte side could turn things around. But no one had in mind what the two former Huskies, Ben Gordon(29 points,4 rebounds,6 assists,3 steals) and Kemba Walker (24 points,3 rebounds,7 assists),had in store for the end. Gordon went onions in the 4th quarter ,and scored basket after basket after basket finishing with 15 points in the quarter,in order to keep Charlotte in close with the red hot Suns. Walker was a constant threat in the first 3 quarters,as he was the main reason the Bobcats weren't blown out in the first half.
THE MOMENT:With 30 seconds remaining and the Suns up by 1, Walker turned the ball over twice,giving the Suns the chance to end the game. They managed to score 2 points,and with 7 seconds in the clock Charlotte had the inbound in the centre of the court. Walker got the ball ,penetrated and kicked out to Ben Gordon, who momentarily lost his handle,and with a 1.2 seconds in the clock launched a hail Mary three,which was good, senting the game to Overtime and driving everyone in the Time Warner Cable Arena crazy.
THE FACTS II:Gordon's buzzer was all the push the Bobcats needed,and with rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist(18 points) showing up in the extra period, Charlotte sealed this one with ease.
For the losing side,Shannon Brown(28 points) was having a huge game,but wasn't enough in the end. Michael Beasley(17 points),who's having at last that fresh start he wanted was red hot from the mid-range area.
QUOTABLE:That's the first time I'm telling it to the press, but Ben [Gordon] was ,and is, one of my personal favorites in the league,especially back in his Bulls days. Performances like this one are those who define the great scorer and BG is for sure one.
--GM George Koukoulis
QUOTABLE II:It felt great,being red hot again,after having some bad shooting nights in the first two games. We keep playing like we did in the last quarter ,more games are there to be won. We'll try our best to make last season a bad memory.
ROOKIE WATCH: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had a quiet night,until emerging in the extra period,scoring 7 points out of Charlotte's 10.
HOT: Ben Gordon was 12/18 for the field scoring 4 threes with 6 attempts.Walker was 10-14 with 2 threes,and Michael Beasley was 8-11 from the field in the game.
NOT:Ramon Sessions ended the game without a point,shooting 0-5 from the field.
THE STAT: The Suns shooted 75% from the three point land.
Moments of the night
Ben Gordon for the tie... YOU BETCHA!!!
Kemba bringin down the thunder,in a rare dunk!
Valor wrote:Don't like the trade but good start man, BG7 FTW
vig32 wrote:The former Huskies stepped up big!! Love that he went "onions" awesome recap man.
Valdis wrote:JaVale in Charlotte? Shaqtin' a fool will be epic this year then.
Perfect week for Charlotte,as Gordon shines bright
Game 1:Phoenix Suns @ Charlotte Bobcats 95-100
Detailed analysis here
Game 2: Charlotte Bobcats @ New Orleans Hornets 73 - 67
THE FACTS:A close contest through out its whole duration, the game was judged by some mistakes and some bright moments in the final minute. The New Orleans Hornet was a slender lead in the first half,which was vanished by the end of the 3rd quarter ,after a 14-3 rally from the Bobcats. The final minutes were dramatic ,with the Hornets leading up again by 6,but Bobcats lead by Ben Gordon ,who had a bad first half,but got fire in the 4th quarter with 10 points,tied again the game and even got in front by 1 point,68-67 with 50 seconds in the clock,after a dunk by JaVale McGee.A huge defensive effort on the next play gave Charlotte the opportunity to seal the deal,but McGee missed a wide open dunk ,giving possesion to the Hornets and frustrating his teammates and coach. Hornets spoiled another chance to get in front though, Kemba Walker scored a breakaway lay up and gave Cats a 3 point lead,with 7.7 remaining. After the time out, Eric Gordon missed a wide open three,Henderson got the rebound,went perfect from the foul line ,and the Bobcats escaped with a huge win in a tight contest.
For the winning side,Ben Gordon(17 points) was again the top scorer, but Kemba Walker(11 points,7 assists) was the one getting the MVP honors. Javale McGee(12 points,10 rebounds) and Bismack Biyombo(12 points,5 rebounds) had a great collaboration in the paint,while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist(12 points,7 assists) was the 5th piece of a mature,yet young,line up.
For the Hornets, Eric Gordon had 22 points,4 rebounds and 5 assists,but missed the crucial,wide open ,three pointer ,which would tie the game.Anthony Davis(13 points,11 rebounds) was the only other Hornet in double figures.
TURNING POINT: The 6-0 run by the Bobcats in the last two minutes gave them the lead (68-67) and the momentum they needed in order to win the game.
HOT:Gordon is the surname,you pick the name. Both Ben and Eric Gordon were red hot. Eric had 22 points with 50% shooting,while Ben had 17 with 7 made shots out of 11 attempts, and 3-4 from the three point land.
ROOKIE WATCH: No 1 vs No 2 pick: Anthony Davis vs Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Both had some good performances,but with the spotlights all on them,we would expect something better for the two top picks in the 2012 NBA Draft.
Game 3:Dallas Mavericks @ Charlotte Bobcats 85-86 (Simulated Game)
The Bobcats faced yet another team with a below .500 record (DAL:2-4, NOLA:1-4,PHX:2-4) and won yet another game,making it 4 in a row. The way is the same as the other 2 games of the week. Last minute thriller.Bobcats lead for three quarters,but Mavericks almost got the win in the end,falling up short eventually.
TOP PERFORMERS:Ben Gordon was again sensational. 28 points for the shooting guard out of UConn,who had a very productive week. JaVale McGee had his best game as a Bobcat,with 20 points,7 rebounds and 4 blocks. Kemba Walker and Kidd-Gilchrist had mediocre performances,with 6 and 2 points respectively.
For the Mavs,Dirk Nowitzki and O.J. Mayo had 16 points and 5 rebounds each,while Chris Kaman added 13 and 7
JaVale Moment of the Week
vig32 wrote:That picture made me laugh really hard, good week for your Bobcats, hope they can keep it up.
rise wrote:ahahahaha Jafail McGee strikes again.
Bad stretch for the Cats,fall to .500 record
Game 1:Washington Wizards @ Charlotte Bobcats 84-76 (simulated Game)
The Charlotte Bobcats spoiled their first game after a four game winning streak,after losing to the Washington Wizards ,in Charlotte. The Bobcats had almost no player standing up as a leader on the court ,as Kidd-Gilchrist and Walker,who were the top scorers for the Cats, had 13 points each. Javale McGee had a solid game with 12 points and 15 rebounds,while Ramon Sessions dropped a dozen points as well.
For the Wizards,Trevor Ariza had almost a double double with 22 points and 9 assists,while John Wall had a mature performance ,adding 16 points,4 rebounds and 6 assists.
Game 2:Charlotte Bobcats @ Minnesota Timberwolves 82-97
THE FACTS: It was a bad first half for the Charlotte Bobcats,that doomed them and cost them the entire game. Charlotte was outscored by 13 points in the first half by the Wolves ,who dominated in all aspects of their game,building a strong lead which was more than enough to earn them the W.After a rather balanced third quarter though ,Charlotte tried an 11th hour comeback ,in which they scored 7 consecutive three pointers. But the Wolves had answers for all of these,letting the Bobcats cut the lead to 5 points,and then make a little run which took again the difference up to 15 points.
For the Bobcats ,Kemba Walker (23 points,8 assists,3 rebounds,3 steals,4 three pointers) and Ben Gordon(16 points,3/4 3pts, 14 points in the 4th quarter) where the two players that motored the unsuccessful attempt for a comeback. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist(13 points,6 rebounds,7 assists) added a nice all around performance as well.
While for the winning side,Nicola Pekovic (19 points,5 rebounds) was the leading scorer for his team, but superstar Kevin Love (18 points,15 rebounds) was arguably the MVP of the game,scoring some huge three pointers in the last quarter,which sealed the deal for the Wolves. Brandon Roy(12 points) had positive performance,showing glances of his old self and Spaniard Ricky Rubio(12 points,10 assists) finished with the double double.
THE STAT:The Timberwolves had 37 rebounds,while the Bobcats only 18.
HOT:Nikola Pekovic had 8-9 FG in the game ,and Kevin Love was 7-13 from the field with an impressive 4 three pointers in 5 attempts.
QUOTABLE:We spoiled an entire half in today's game,we clearly didn't deserve the win here,and we should learn from our mistakes.
--Bobcats' Kemba Walker
Game 3:Memphis Grizzlies @ Charlotte Bobcats 79-70
THE FACTS: It was a Hardwood Classics night in Charlotte,as the "Carolina Cougars" faced of the "Memphis Tams" ,in Charlotte. The retro atmosphere was everywhere in the packed Time Warner Cable Arena,and the two teams didn't fail to dissapoint their crowd. It was a nailbitter,despite what the score indicates,as the two teams were going head to head for 42 minutes. It was only then that the Memphis Grizzlies managed to build a small lead that they were able to hold until the very end.
Rudy Gay (20 points) lead the way for the Grizzlies with a solid performance which gave him the MVP honors as well,but the big surprise was another one. Terrico White(15 points,7-7 FG),the rookie out of Mississippi was the one giving the much needed spark from the bench ,leading the way for Memphis to build the much needed lead.
Charlotte had its big 3 of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (18 points,4 rebounds),Kemba Walker(16 points,6 assists,2 steals) and Ben Gordon(16 points) leading the way,but the rest of the team failed to deliver,as no other player scored more than 4 points in the game,on a poor scoring night.
THE STAT:Memphis Grizzlies had no three point attempts in the whole game!
TURNING POINT:Subbing in Terrico White in the 2nd half. He scored 15 points and played big part on Memphis' run that gave them a bigger lead.
ROOKIE WATCH:Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had a mature performance with 18 points,but Terrico White with his perfect 7-7 shooting was the catalyst in the game.
QUOTABLE I:That was my break out game.I am really happy about my performance,and I hope this will be the first of several performances like this one. Great night for me tonight for both my performance and the W.
--Grizzlies Terrico White
QUOTABLE II:We must not get dissapointed from this losing streak. Just remember last year everyone. We have almost as many Ws in those three weeks as the team had in a whole season! The team is playing really good,and as we get better and better,more wins are going to come.There's some nice job done in this organization.
--Bobcats' Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Valor wrote:Some good defensive games there, tough luck with the losses though
Milwaukee Bucks @ Charlotte Bobcats 88-101
THE FACTS:It was an easy night for the Bobcats,and it looked like one from the very beggining. With the Milwaukee Bucks having a rough start in the season,despite the phenomenal backcourt duo of Ellis and Jennings,and the Charlotte Bobcats not looking that consistent ,after dropping three straight after a four-game winning streak,most of us would expect a nailbitter. But it was far from one. Charlotte took the lead just after the tip-off and never looked back. With the phenomenal play of rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (29 points,7 steals.4 rebouns,3 assists) and with Kemba Walker(20 points,5 assists,4 steals) keeping the great performances game after game,Bobcats managed to take a 10 point lead in the 1st quarter and maintain it for the rest of the game.
Excluding the two youngsters,who have been top performers for the Bobcats those first weeks,it was the contribution of Kenyon Martin, Ramon Sessions and Ben Gordon that made this an easy night for the Cats. The former no1 pick out Cincinnati scored 16 points,and added 4 rebounds and 4 assists,while the two guards almost recorded double-doubles,as Sessions had 12 points and 7 assists,with Gordon adding 10 and 7 on those two categories.
For the Bucks,it was all about Monta. Monta Ellis scored an impressive 33 points in the game,while Brandon Jennings almost had a double double(15 points,9 assists, but with 9 turnovers). Turkish international,Ersan Ilyasova (10 points,10 rebounds) had a solid double double performance as well.
THE STAT: The Bobcats literally stole the show,as they recorded 23 steals in the game,oppossed to 13 by the Bucks
HOT:Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. The 2nd pick in the 2012 NBA Draft was almost excellent in his shooting with 14-19 from the field.
NOT:JaVale McGee has one of the most dominating bodies in the league,but the center failed to make an impression today,despite his good start in the season.He had only 6 points,with 3-8 shooting and only 5 rebounds.
QUOTABLE:He's going to be the leader of this team.This performance was just a glance of what MKG has in store for the rest of the season.
--Bobcats' Head Coach,Mike Dunlap
New York City, NY A man was sitting on his office,looking at his NBA Fantasy League team ,while drinking slowly his hot coffee.It was his little morning ritual ,from the moment he stepped up as the head of this company,and had a little more flexible working schedule.Every day, he wanted to have at his office,only two things in order to start his day.A hot,double espresso and the "Wall Street Journal" newspaper. He would read the newspaper and then take a look at his fantasy league team,one of his biggest passions,besides his work,while drinking his coffee. After this was over,he would start taking care of his workload. That's why he wanted no one to interrupt him,and his secretary knew that better than anyone.
"-Sir,you have a call on line 2 ". Despite his order not to be disturbed,his secretary was on the line
-"Oh,come on Suzan..." The man said dissappointed and a little frustrated. "What have I told you about my personal time? You know I don't like to get disturbed ,unless it's an emergency."
-"I'm sorry sir,but Mr.Jordan insisted on talking to you."she replied.
-"Who?" The hearing of this name spoiled his entire monring. He hated him. "Oh,but tell him to be quick"
-"Hello Chris. I just wanted to call you and thank you about the guy you brought in the team. I love this kid's passion and knowledge ,he's a true gem. Thanks for that." Jordan said the last two words, with a clear sarcastic tone,hanging up the phone laughing,which infuriated Chris more than ever.
-"I'm going to avenge this moron,even if some one else has to pay for this!" He said. And being a rich and powerfull person with some serious personal issues with MJ,he was ready to do everything he could to humiliate the man he hated that much...
rise wrote:I love seeing MKG and Kemba tearing it up on the court.
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