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X's Bobcats Dynasty '07/08 (NBA Live 2005)

Postby The X on Sun Nov 28, 2004 9:04 pm

ImageCHARLOTTE BOBCATS DYNASTY


Here goes my Charlotte Bobcats dynasty. Let me know what you think.

DYNASTY SETTINGS:


Season Length: 58 Games
Play Game Quarter Length: 10 minutes
Sim Quarter Length: 12 minutes
Playoff Length: 5-5-5-5
Fantasy Draft: No
Simulation Type: Intervention
Rules: NBA rules
CPU Assistance: OFF
Shot Control: User
Sliders: My Own

I will be playing 1/3 of my games, intervening in 4th quarter of 1/3 of my games, and simming the rest.


Any and all comments and suggestions are appreciated.


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Postby The X on Sun Nov 28, 2004 9:06 pm

ImageCHARLOTTE BOBCATS ROSTER

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Postby The X on Sun Nov 28, 2004 9:06 pm

ImageBOBCATS RECORD BOOK


PLAYER RECORDS:


Individual Game Records:
Points: 41 (Gilbert Arenas @ LA Clippers 30/10/2005 & Emeka Okafor vs. Golden State 11/01/2007)
Rebounds: 28 (Emeka Okafor @ New Jersey 01/02/2005)
Assists: 14 (Andrew "The X" Watson vs. Utah 02/12/2006)
Steals: 7 (Gilbert Arenas @ Houston 22/01/2007)
Blocks: 7 (Guy Dumars @ Memphis 23/04/2006)
FG Made: 18 (Emeka Okafor vs. New Jersey 27/03/2005 & @ Indiana 18/12/2005)
3Pt Made: 7 (Keith Bogans vs. San Antonio 13/03/2005 & 2 other times)
FT Made: 13 (Gilbert Arenas @ LA Clippers 30/10/2005)


All-Time Leaders:
Games Played: 170 (Emeka Okafor)
Points: 2,866 (Emeka Okafor)
Rebounds: 2,057 (Emeka Okafor)
Assists: 583 (Gilbert Arenas)
Steals: 244 (Gilbert Arenas)
Blocks: 344 (Emeka Okafor)


TEAM RECORDS:


Individual Game Records:
Points: 135 (vs. New York 28/12/2005)
Rebounds: 62 (vs. New York 28/12/2005)
Assists: 34 (vs. New York 04/02/2007)
Steals: 16 (@ Houston 22/01/2007)
Blocks: 12 (@ Memphis 23/04/2006)
FG Made: 57 (vs. Atlanta 01/04/2005 & vs. New York 04/02/2007)
3Pt Made: 12 (@ Miami 28/11/2005 & vs. Cleveland 29/01/2007)
FT Made: 35 (@ LA Clippers 30/10/2005)


All-Time Records:
Season Win/Loss: 69-117 (.371)
Playoff Win/Loss: 4-5 (.444)
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Postby The X on Sun Nov 28, 2004 9:07 pm

ImageBOBCATS HALL OF FAME


RETIRED JERSEYS:

There are currently no retired jerseys in the rafters.


PLAYER AWARDS:

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:
F/C- Emeka Okafor ('04/05)
C- Guy Dumars ('05/06)

ROOKIE OF THE MONTH:
F/C- Emeka Okafor (Jan '05, Mar '05)
C- Guy Dumars (Jan '06, Mar '06, Apr '06)

BOBBY PHILLS MEMORIAL MEDALLION:
F/C- Emeka Okafor ('04/05, '05/06, '06/07)


PLAYER ACHIEVEMENTS:

ALL-DEFENSIVE 1st TEAM:
G- Gilbert Arenas ('06/07)

ALL-ROOKIE 1st TEAM:
F/C- Emeka Okafor ('04/05)
C- Guy Dumars ('05/06)

ALL-ROOKIE 2nd TEAM:
G- Andrew Watson ('05/06)

ALL-STAR APPEARANCES:
F/C- Emeka Okafor ('04/05, '06/07)
G- Gilbert Arenas ('06/07)

ROOKIE-SOPHMORE GAME APPEARANCES:
F/C- Emeka Okafor ('04/05) [Rookie Team]
C- Guy Dumars ('05/06) [Rookie Team]
F/C- Emeka Okafor ('05/06) [Sophomore Team]
C- Guy Dumars ('06/07) [Sophomore Team]
SG- Andrew "The X" Watson [Sophomore Team]

SLAM DUNK CONTEST APPEARANCES:
F/G- Gerald Wallace ('04/05, '05/06)

3 POINT CONTEST APPEARANCES:
G- Gilbert Arenas ('05/06, '06/07)

LEAGUE LEADERS:
G- Gilbert Arenas ('06/07) [Steals - 2.43spg]


TEAM AWARDS:


The team has yet to receive any awards.
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Postby The X on Sun Nov 28, 2004 9:07 pm

BOBBY PHILLS MEMORIAL MEDALLION

In recognition of the late Bobby Phills' contribution to the game both on and off the court in Charlotte, the Bobcats have designed a new award to recognise the team's best player during the season, as voted for by the coach after each game. The best Bobcats' player on the court gets 3 points, the second best gets 2 points, and the third best player gets 1 point. The player who finishes the season with the most points, wins the Bobby Phills Memorial Medallion.

LEADERBOARD (through games to 30/11/2007):

1st = G- Joe Johnson (22pts)
2nd = F/C- Emeka Okafor (21pts)
3rd = F- Bobby Simmons (10pts)
4th = G- Gilbert Arenas (9pts)
5th = C/PF- Nene (7pts)

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Previous Winners:

2006/07: F/C- Emeka Okafor (83pts)
2005/06: F/C- Emeka Okafor (83pts)
2004/05: F/C- Emeka Okafor (115pts)
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Postby SkipToMy_Lou on Sun Nov 28, 2004 9:42 pm

Nice start (Y)

A lot of info on your webpage too, well done.
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Postby The X on Sun Nov 28, 2004 9:57 pm

cheers for that Skip....

I'll probably try to update the site every couple of days, some things like my Bobby Phills Memorial Medal, Game Recaps, etc will be updated more often. Rookie Report, maybe every couple of weeks, depending on how many games I get through and how busy I am.

Look out for the Rookie Report and a new Page 3 with J.D! in the next few days. Will get into scouting etc when time is right.

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Postby Donatello on Mon Nov 29, 2004 1:26 pm

just so you know, your geocities bandwidth will run out pretty quick if alot of people view your page....actually even if just a few view it :lol: :lol:

wow, that's a fairly straight rip from my nets dynasty up there tho :wink: actually the site's ideas are vaguely familiar.....hrm....

The X wrote:LAST WEBSITE UPDATE


I've last updated my website at:

28 November, 2004, 8.50pm (Australian ESDT)


donatelloforpres wrote:LAST WEBSITE UPDATE:

You can check here to see when the last time the league leaders and stuff on my website were updated.

This is REAL CALENDAR TIME, not the date in my dyansty.

NOVEMBER 26th, 2004, 6:10pm (USA Central Standard Time)



and...."the cats den".....COUGHcocobeeeCOUGH..........
looking okay though
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Postby The X on Mon Nov 29, 2004 5:31 pm

yeah, Donatello, I ripped yours straight up for that message, your idea for that is a good one and I didn't want to do all my updates on the forum.....

as I said I "borrowed" a few ideas.....I took a little bit from each one..... tried to add a few new things like the Rookie Report, Page 3 with J.D! and Bobby Phills Memorial Medal.....

as for copying Cocobee's Cats Den thing, I didn't even realise as I'm only 56k connection I haven't viewed his thread in ages as it takes too long to load up.....it must have been stored up there somewhere in my collective unconscious & it sounded good at the time.....I will remedy that mistake ASAP.....

as for the Geocities, thanks for the pointer, do you or anyone else know of any other free webspace that is being offered.....

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Postby cocobee on Mon Nov 29, 2004 5:38 pm

as for copying Cocobee's Cats Den thing, I didn't even realise as I'm only 56k connection I haven't viewed his thread in ages as it takes too long to load up.....it must have been stored up there somewhere in my collective unconscious & it sounded good at the time.....I will remedy that mistake ASAP.....


Keep it, don't sweat it. :wink: Nice start but geocities does suck. good luck in your dynasty and I'll be checking in. :wink:
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Postby Donatello on Mon Nov 29, 2004 5:41 pm

my 'jabs' were meant in good cheer, don't worry :wink:

try http://free.hostultra.com, that's what I use. basically it's unlimited bandwidth for free

and i do like your new ideas (Y)
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Postby The X on Mon Nov 29, 2004 5:59 pm

cheers for the pointer, I'll check it out.....

I don't take anything too seriously, and yeah, while we on the topic, you wouldn't mind if I copy your whole website template and change New Jersey with Charlotte? :wink: j/k
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Postby Donatello on Mon Nov 29, 2004 6:01 pm

heh if i hadn't actually made it myself, i'd say go for it. :wink:
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Postby The X on Sat Dec 04, 2004 2:41 pm

Hey everyone, I finally updated my website. Meant to do it about half a week ago, but work and work xmas party kept me busy :D

No new games as Bobcats had about 8 or 9 days with no games.

However:

WEBSITE UPDATE:
Cats' Corner, Transactions, League Leaders, Season Standings, Page 3 with J.D!, Oz's Rookie Watch, X's Scouting Report, and the BPMM Leaderboard.

THREAD UPDATE:
Cats Corner, Transactions, BPMM Leaderboard

Please check out Page 3 with J.D! and Oz's Rookie Watch. Tell me what you think. I'm slowly trying to upgrade the site by adding pics, etc one bit at a time.

Feedback is greatly appreciated.

I will probably have some more Bobcats' game recaps in the next few days.

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Postby The X on Sun Dec 05, 2004 2:14 pm

I have decided to start posting boxscores on the thread and the occasional article from my Dynasty Website.

Check out the Page 3 with J.D! article (ala ESPN style) below.

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PAGE 3 with J.D!

12/10/04
AM I READING CORRECTLY?
by J.D!

You've checked the standings and league leaders, and yes, you have read correctly. That IS the Seattle Supersonics leading the Western Conference with a 6-2 record. The season might only be two weeks old, but here are some more quirky trends......road teams have a winning record (44/79 or 0.557)......Austin Croshere is carrying the depleted Pacers with his 23.0ppg average, which is good for 15th in the league......the Hawks dynamic duo, Antoine Walker and Al Harrington are combining for 47.3ppg, 24.0rpg, 8.8apg, 2.84bpg & 2.66spg, and the Hawks still suck......

Who's Hot?
- Detroit Pistons (5-0) is the NBA's only undefeated team and it's average margin of victory is 15.8ppg, which included a 22 point win in San Antonio. And this has been without the services of Big Ben Wallace.
- Gary Payton (Boston) has bounced back from his LA disaster to be averaging 19.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 6.5apg & 1.75spg for the Celtics (2-2).
- Houston Rockets (3-1) are on a 3 game tear, and have been winning on the backs of duo Yao and McGrady by an average of 24.3ppg during that stretch, which included wins over Denver and Seattle.


Who's Not?
- Philadelphia 76ers (1-5) is getting beat up by an average of 15.0ppg. This included a 50 point drubbing at the hands of Dallas (see below for Mavs' boxscore).
- Amare Stoudemire (Phoenix) is averaging only 12.4ppg & 9.8rpg on 37.3% FG for the ice-cold Suns (1-4). If the Phoenix is serious about a push for the playoffs, it all starts and ends with Amare. He's need to break out of his funk quickly or the season could be in the tank.
- Charlotte Bobcats (0-3) still looking for their first win. Have lost by an average of 17.7ppg. It could be a long season in NC.


Money, Money, Money!
Ray Allen. He might not have got his contract, but if he continues this sort of product for Seattle (6-2), they are going to have no choice but to pony up. Allen has really stepped up over the first fortnight of the season, and has averaged 30.3 points, 4.3 rebounds & 6.0 assists for the surprising Sonics. This included a 41 point outburst in a 104-103 win in Memphis on 29/10/04, and an NBA season-high 44pts in the Sonics 112-98 drubbing of Phoenix on 06/11/04 at Key Arena.

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Allen (above left) shoots over Joe Johnson on his way to 44pts & Rashard Lewis (above right) holds it up in the Sonics' win over the Suns

Team on the Rise
Seattle Supersonics. The Sonics have a Conference-best record of 6-2 through the first couple of weeks of November. They have the NBA's leading scorer in Ray Allen (30.3ppg, 4.3rpg, 6.0apg & 1.75spg), and Rashard Lewis (22.5ppg, 11.1rpg, 3.8apg, 1.50spg & 1.50bpg) has been a revelation, and the rest of the crew have supported this dynamic duo well. Most people expected Sonics to be more like 2-6 at this point, so they have surprised many. Doubting Thomases don't expect Seattle to continue playing at this level. I say, stuff them, these Sonics put points on the board and are fun to watch. Let's hope this rock does not gather any moss on its journey.

E-Mail of the Week
Horaldo "Hairy" Knolls (Hokitika, New Zealand): I read that article you wrote discussing your pre-season picks. I think you were way off the base in a lot of your predictions. But how come my team, the Hawks got no love. Toine is gonna win MVP, Josh Childress Rookie of the Year, Jon Barry 6th Man of the Year, and we're gonna surprise many by making some noise in the playoffs.

J.D!: All I can say Hairy, is that you must have some good stuff down there in Hokitiga. Send some up, would ya?

Box This Up and Wrap It For Latter

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Cause: Dirk Nowitzki, Michael Finley and Jason Terry return from injury, and Stackhouse is promoted to the starting lineup.
Effect: Mavericks win by 50 points, and the Big 4 combine to score 113 points in the Mavs' thumping of the 76ers.

A Line To Die For
November 6, 2004, New Jersey at Golden State
Line: 44mins, 42pts, 17-29 FG, 7-15 3Pt, 1-1 FT, 7rebs, 6asts, 1stl, 1blk, 3TO's

This was Mike Dunleavy Jr's line in the Warriors 100-98 home win over the Nets. Dunleavy has taken a lot of heat over the past two seasons after being selected 3rd overall in the 2002 NBA Draft after leaving Duke after his junior season. This game was a breakout for Dunleavy, who leads the Warriors (4-2) in scoring (22.3ppg - 20th in NBA).

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Postby HonorGlow on Thu Dec 16, 2004 2:41 am

a little retrospect(sorry that this is a bit late as we're now at the end of the season...)

...from the annals of the 2005 Birdie Project: (info)
The X's Bobcats 2004-05 quarter-season Birdie Breakdown:

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Seems to be a trend here too, The X's Okafor is burdening the load for the new Bobcats- being the team MVP with a weighted birdie score of 16.50 and his 'reversible' Live Card Will be enabled.

Trying to keep up with the pack:
This Dynasty instance is currently ranked #12 on the 2005 Birdie Board.
(however,NO PENALTIES so that's good!)

For the complete 'Birdie Breakdown', click here.

The X: It appears that you've toned down on the updates here. But Nevertheless, please send me your action photo screenshot so I can enable your Live Card and...although you're not updating, PLEASE keep sending me your pstat files, let's see that Birdie Score crack the top 10!
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Postby The X on Fri Dec 24, 2004 6:57 pm

1st TRI-MESTER SUMMARY

I'm one-third of the way through the 2004/05 season and I've got the Bobcats at 5-14 and we are on a 4 game slide. It's been up-and-down, but team is going through learning curve. The best performer has easily been rookie Emeka Okafor, who leads the team in scoring, rebounding and blocks. Primo Brezec and Gerald Wallace are each getting between 11-12ppg and 7-8rpg, with Gerald Wallace supplying a strong defensive presence on the perimeter.

Where one of the 'Cats major problems lie are with its backcourt. No PG or SG has stepped up and secured each respective position. Jason Hart was starting to look like he had starting spot secured only to injure himself for the next 2 weeks. I think at the moment the guard position are manned by committee. Whoever is hot plays, as simple as that. The teams rely on defense to win games, as its scoring ability stinks.

It will be a long season, and whilst the playoffs remain a possibility, it's unlikely with the current core that the team can reach this lofty level. Charlotte seems to be holding out for the Draft (which is not that deep) and Free Agency to stock the team with some more talent.


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Postby The X on Fri Dec 24, 2004 7:03 pm

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Bobcats Among League Leaders

F/C- Emeka Okafor - 11.7rpg (3rd in NBA), 1.68bpg (16th in NBA)
F/C- Melvin Ely - 60.0% FG (4th in NBA)
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Postby The X on Fri Dec 24, 2004 7:12 pm

PIC OF THE 1st TRI-MESTER

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Brevin Knight knocks the ball loose from Nick Van Exel in the Bobcats' home win against the Blazers. This picture is really a true snapshot of the Bobcats' progress so far this season. Defense, hustle and a never-say-die attitute have helped to make up for the lack of talent on the roster.
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Postby The X on Fri Dec 24, 2004 7:15 pm

Although the season is still relatively young, it has not stopped the Bobcats from looking to the future as its scouts have been scouring the globe for the next big thing.

The scouting trip began in:
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Postby The X on Fri Dec 24, 2004 7:23 pm

ASIA

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Whilst still not that deep, Asia still managed to provide its usual share of raw big men. However, it was a PG who has NBA scouts buzzing. His name is Julian Nwanaka.

JULIAN NWANAKA

Nwanaka is a 21 year old PG who is a lock for lottery and is expected to go anyway in the Top 10 of the 2005 draft, most likely in the top few spots. This year's draft is devoid of many quality PG's and it is for this reason that teams needing a PG will not hesitate to jump on Nwanaka if he is still on the board.

Comparisons:

Best Case Scenario: Mike Bibby
Worst Case Scenario: Maurice Williams

Most Likely Scenario: Jamaal Tinsley
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Postby The X on Fri Dec 24, 2004 7:33 pm

AFRICA

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It was basically a waste of the scout's time to head to Africa, and is rightly keep his stay short. Whilst the African players were big, they also had little to no NBA-level skills, and really could use a lot of schooling in college or in Europe. However, there is one prospect who could scrape into the bottom of the 1st Round. His name is Xavier Radwan.

XAVIER RADWAN

Radwan definately has an NBA centre's body at 7'1" and 292lbs. Radwan is a huge project, but as the old basketball adage goes, 'you can't teach height'. NBA GM's hope that Radwan can someday grow into a dependable big man who can be a force on the defensive end. I myself think they are dreaming, as he will be in 'n' out of the league without a couple of years.

Comparisons:

Best Case Scenario: Mark Blount
Worst Case Scenario: Preist Lauderdale

Most Likely Scenario: Preist Lauderdale
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Postby The X on Fri Dec 24, 2004 8:14 pm

BREAKING NEWS:

Whilst scouting young European guard Jamie Nakamura who is a bubble 1st Round pick and widely considered the next Sarunas Marcuilonis, the Bobcats GM witnessed a game of H-O-R-S-E between Nakamura and a virtual unknown, Andrew Watson (The X in NLSC). Whilst this may not seem unusual, it became apparent as Nakamura and Watson went shot-for-shot and letter-for-letter as the unknown Watson end up winning by a single letter.

After this display, the Bobcats GM checked into Watson's past, and noticed that he still had one year of college eligibility remaining, as he redshirted his senior season to concentrate on his studies. Upon learning of his eligibility for the 2005 NBA Draft, and at the urging of his young mate Nakamura, Watson has decided to declare for next season's draft.

Here is the scout's view on Watson.

ANDREW WATSON

Bio:
Andrew Watson hails from Christchurch, New Zealand where he played his high school and college ball. He now resides in Brisbane, Australia and remained virtually unknown on the basketball hemisphere until his game of H-O-R-S-E with mate Jamie Nakamura. Watson is well educated, as he holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Canterbury (NZ) and a newly completed Masters of Business from Queensland University of Technology (Australia).


Scout's Outlook:
Watson is a smart player on both ends of the court, and has a coach's understanding of the game. He is a good shooter with NBA range, however he can be streaky at times. The question is whether Watson can compete athletically with NBA SG's or has to learn the PG position. Watson has slow footspeed, but has good quickness, a good first step and a quick release on his jumpshot that might allow him to get his shot off regularly at this level. I think the thing that has impressed the Bobcats the most is that he is a team player and would make a good role model for the Charlotte community. Due to his age and athletic limitations, it is expected that Andrew Watson will go anywhere from mid to late 2nd Round to undrafted.

Comparisons:

Best Case Scenario: Jon Barry
Worst Case Scenario: Bryce Drew

Most Likely Scenario: Fred Hoiberg



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That's all folks, enjoy!

Merry Christmas :xmas: and a Happy New Years :beer: to all


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Postby The X on Sat Dec 25, 2004 1:23 am

Bobcats have dropped to 5-16, and are in desparate need of a win, but the real question is what is Vin Baker up to in the pic shown below.

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Vin Baker is:

[a]. Trying to block Emeka Okafor's dunk;
[b]. Hoping that no one will notice him getting facialised by Okafor; or
[c]. Trying to grab a :beer: off the top of the backboard?
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Postby Jing on Sat Dec 25, 2004 1:31 am

nice job so far i really like it, espically what you've done with the rookies
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Postby Jay-Peso on Sat Dec 25, 2004 3:17 am

I deleted the post you requested for.

Welcome ;)
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What you know bout that?
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Postby tc on Sat Dec 25, 2004 3:35 am

:lol: That Vin Baker pic is great
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Postby The X on Sun Dec 26, 2004 4:50 pm

cheers for the comments guys

nice job so far i really like it, espically what you've done with the rookies

yeah jxuusa, I'm glad you like it, I will probably post a few more profiles for Europe and USA once I scout the areas. I figured it's a good way for me to try and remember some of the key draftees.

That Vin Baker pic is great

Yep, it is gold, and for the record for anyone who was wondering, Okafor facialised Vinny in the worst kind of way. He got sent to the bench and was seen ducking to the locker room for that elusive :beer:

I deleted the post you requested for.

Welcome


You did? There seem to still be a couple there.
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Postby The X on Wed Dec 29, 2004 3:05 pm

JANUARY SUMMARY

January was clearly a month to forget as the Bobcats lost 9 of 10 games. At the half-way point in the season Charlotte finds themselves have lost 13 of the last 14 games, and are on a 6 game skid at present and have a overall record of 6-23 which places them last in their division and 14th in the Eastern Conference. The 'Cats playoff hopes were all but crushed in the month of January.

Rookie Emeka Okafor still remains the core of this young team, as he leads the team in scoring (17.5ppg), rebounding (12.5rpg) and blocks (1.86bpg). As for position battles, Okafor and Gerald Wallace are the only players to have started in every game. Brevin Knight and Jason Hart continue to fight over the starting spot. Steve Smith has been a fixture in the starting lineup at SG for the last few games, but it is likely he will be dealt before the trading deadline to a contender. Melvin Ely also continues to press Primo Brezec for the other frontcourt starting spot, as he averaging a rock-solid 5.5ppg and 4.2rpg, and shown Charlotte's coaching staff that he could be a keeper.

The team owner expressed to the GM some concerns about the team's struggles and has given him the green light to make the necessary moves to improve the squad.

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I don't think this is what he had in mind:

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However, it is expected that the GM will make a few moves before the trade deadline as the team looks forward to the free agency period and the draft.


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Bobcats Among League Leaders

F/C- Emeka Okafor - 12.5rpg (2nd in NBA), 1.86bpg (7th in NBA)
F/C- Melvin Ely - 56.6% FG (7th in NBA)
C/F- Jahidi White - 53.8% FG (14th in NBA)
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Postby The X on Wed Dec 29, 2004 3:13 pm

PIC OF THE 1st HALF-SEASON

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Gerald Wallace has provided many Sportscenter highlights during the 1st half of the season. Whilst the team hasn't had too much to cheer about, you can't help but enjoy Gerald's endless array of tomahawk dunks.
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Postby The X on Wed Dec 29, 2004 3:20 pm

Bobcats' scouting staff did an extensive European scouting mission in early January, and found enough to time to scout some American college games in the Southwest, including the prospective No. 1 pick in the 2005 Draft.

These scouting reports will be released in the next day or so. Also expect the team's Birdie Score breakdown through the 1st half of the season very soon.

Keep watching....
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Postby The X on Wed Dec 29, 2004 8:30 pm

EUROPE

The scouts got over there New Year hangovers to catch up with some of Europe's top prospects. In reality, the scouts should have really just stayed in bed as this year's crop of European is probably the weakest in the last 5 years or so. There is only 4 locks for the 1st Round and 3 of them are Lurches. Let's just say this bunch of Europeans is more Frederic Weis rather than Dirk, Tony or Pau. Now that I've cleared this matter up it's time to check out the top Euro prospects for the draft.

DEMIAN REIRDEN


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Reirden is widely considered the best prospect available outside of the US. He will be selected somewhere in the middle of the lottery, and is not your typical European, as his game is more suited to the NBA than Europe. Scouts however have concerns with his body and all agree that he needs to hit the weight room to compete with bigger PF's. It is likely though that Reirden will have to spend some time at SF as he is only 6'8".

Comparisons:

Best Case Scenario: Juwan Howard
Worst Case Scenario: Alan Henderson

Most Likely Scenario: Kurt Thomas


IVAN HRKAC

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Hrkac should be snapped up somewhere from mid to late lottery as you don't find many big men with his offensive arsenal. In the right situation and with some work in the weight room, Hrkac definately has a chance to be a solid pivot in the NBA.

Comparisons:

Best Case Scenario: Brad Miller
Worst Case Scenario: Jason Collier

Most Likely Scenario: Mehmet Okur


MARK BECKER

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This 18 year old prospect has an NBA big man's body (7'0", 273lbs) and word is the kid is still growing. Becker has good potential and has shown strong improvement since beginning to play competitive basketball only 2 years ago. It must be said however that this kid is a project, but there are a handful of teams who will take a punt at him somewhere in the middle of the 1st Round.

Comparisons:

Best Case Scenario: Erick Dampier
Worst Case Scenario: Rasho Nesterovic

Most Likely Scenario: Jake Tsakalidis
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Postby The X on Wed Dec 29, 2004 9:01 pm

US SOUTHWEST

With the college conference seasons in full swing it is time to head back to the States to check into the best the country has to offer. Bobcats' scouting staff have concentrated their initial efforts in the US' Southwest. This region includes the possible No. 1 pick in next year's draft, as well as a couple of seniors to boot who figure in a surprisingly strong senior class.

PRIEST ASKINS


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This super freshman has set the country alight with his play. If he declares, as is expected, Askins is a lock for Top 3 and has a chance to go with the No. 1 pick. Askins is a nice offensive player and will help any team at the PF position right away. Many question whether he is worthy of being the top pick, as he might be a good player, he just isn't expected to be a superstar. Either way, it should be interesting to watch his journey.

Comparisons:

Best Case Scenario: Chris Webber
Worst Case Scenario: Joe Smith

Most Likely Scenario: Joe Smith


DANTE OLIVER


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Dean Oliver's younger brother Dante is having a great sophomore campaign and is expected to declare this Fall. This would be a good move for Oliver as it is a relatively weak draft devoid of stars, and his stock will not getting higher than it currently is. At present, Dante is almost assured to be a lottery pick. The only thing I could really say about Oliver's hard-nosed type of game is 'what you see is what you get'. The team that drafts him will get a solid contributor who will never develop into anything more.

Comparisons:

Best Case Scenario: Brian Grant
Worst Case Scenario: Alan Henderson

Most Likely Scenario: Mike Sweetney


KERRY McKEY


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Kerry McKey comes from strong NBA bloodlines (his uncle is former Sonics and Pacers' player Derrick McKey), and could possibly be the first senior taken in the 2005 NBA Draft. McKey is a SF who doesn't mind doing the dirty work on the defensive end. He is well-schooled and should step in and help a team right away. He is expected to go in the mid-to-late lottery.

Comparisons:

Best Case Scenario: Bobby Simmons
Worst Case Scenario: Ira Newble

Most Likely Scenario: Derrick McKey (who else?)


DEAN FRIEDMAN


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This draft is stocked with PF's and C's, so it is only fair that we highlight one of the top SG prospects. Dean Friedman is the top senior SG prospect in the draft, and is quick, athletic and wouldn't look out of place in an And_1 Mix Tape with his strong ball handling skills. Friedman has still not develop a consistent jumpshot, and that might scare away a few potential suitors. But armed with an NBA SG's body, I really can't see him falling below the 20th slot, and more likely with good workouts he could sneak up into the lottery.

Comparisons:

Best Case Scenario: Michael Finley
Worst Case Scenario: Courtney Alexander

Most Likely Scenario: DeShawn Stevenson


That is all for now on the scouting front, there should be more to come before the season's done.
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Postby HonorGlow on Thu Dec 30, 2004 3:39 am

Hey hey thanks for the encouragement. Yeh, I encourage anybody who plays Dynasty mode to be part of the Birdie Board.

The X, I should have your results by tomorrow...just send me that action shot :D
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Postby The X on Thu Dec 30, 2004 11:36 am

OTHER TIDBITS FROM JANUARY

Emeka Okafor had a superb month of January and was named the Eastern Conference's Rookie of the Month for January. Okafor has been a rock for the struggling Bobcats, and is a lock to start for the Rookies in the Rookie-Sophomore Game at All-Star Weekend. He is starting to also push Andre Iguodala and Ben Gordon for Rookie of the Year honours.

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And something tells me that the team needs to start winning a few more games:

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As for trading activity, the Bobcats are looking at unloading veterans Steve Smith &/or Jahidi White in deals for 2nd Round draft picks as they hope to land a mid to late 2nd Round pick to draft undersized SG Andrew Watson.
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Postby The X on Thu Dec 30, 2004 11:49 am

Looking at the draft strength (Average) and the fact that I'm gonna have a Top 4 pick, I'm considering trading my pick down the order. What do you guys think? The draft is strong in undersized PF's and stiff C's with little to no potential. What I need is PG's and SG's. There is only one top PG (Asian guy Julian Nwanaka) who could turn out alright. There are a couple of SG's available but the ones that I like will go somewhere in the 10-15 range. It's a shame that you can't trade draft picks after the trade deadline, as this would be handy to trade picks prior to the draft.

Any suggestions guys? I need backcourt help. Should I take a punt on the little Asian flyer or trade down and grab a solid SG who may develop.

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Postby The X on Sat Jan 01, 2005 7:32 pm

:roll: arghhh! I can't delete that bloody poll.....would a moderator do me a favour and delete it for me as well as the 2 other messages....

in other news, half year birdie score should be posted by HonorGlow in the next day or two, and All-Star announcements are below and maybe some All-Star coverage to come.

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Postby The X on Sat Jan 01, 2005 7:40 pm

ALL-STAR UPDATE

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The Diesel is certainly impressing the fans with his play in Miami, as is Bron Bron in Ohio. Toine Walker has really been a huge asset for the surprising Hawks, and Carter has returned to all-star form, and always remains a crowd favourite and big vote-getter. The surprise of the bunch was choirboy Kirk Hinrich beating out the likes of Allen Iverson. This voting is indicative of the effects of the fight, as Jermaine O'Neal, Ben Wallace, Ron Artest and Stephen Jackson have already missed half the season due to suspension. Jason Kidd also just recently returned back from injury.

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In a huge shocker, Brad Miller edged out Yao for the starting spot at centre. In another shock, Rashard Lewis joined his teammate Ray Allen in the starting lineup, beating out Tim Duncan. Steve Nash rounds out the starting 5 with his strong play for the Suns.
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Postby The X on Sat Jan 01, 2005 8:13 pm

BOBCATS TO PARTICIPATE IN ASW


EMEKA OKAFOR NAMED TO ROOKIE TEAM


Despite owning a league-worst record of 6-29 there is still reason for Bobcats' fans to celebrate. Firstly it was no surprise that Emeka Okafor was picked for the Rookie-Sophomore clash as he leads all rookies in rebounds and blocks, and is 2nd among all rookies in scoring.

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Here are the rest of the starters in this showcase event:

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David Harrison has stepped in admirably in place of Jermaine O'Neal and with the injuries to Jeff Foster and Scot Pollard as he averages a double-double.

Emeka Okafor has been everything the expansion Bobcats hoped for when they traded up to pick him.

Andre Iguodala has been a surprise, not for his defense which was expected, but for his scoring and the fact he's beat out the Big Dog for the starting SF spot.

Ben Gordon has made the Bulls more enjoyable to watch with his slashing ways. He's a future star in the making.

Jameer Nelson beats out the injured Devin Harris for the PG spot as he continues his solid play behind Stevie Franchise.

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Chris Kaman is steadily improving his game as he continues to put up solid numbers off the bench for the Clippers.

More was expected from Bosh this season but he hasn't really delivered yet. Expect him to excel in the next season or two.

Carmelo Anthony has stayed out of trouble long enough to continue posting nice numbers for the Nuggets.

Lebron is great, nothing more and nothing less from this prodigy.

Hinrich and Lebron will be starting 2 games together in the backcourt this weekend and neither one is complaining.


EMEKA OKAFOR NAMED TO ALL-STAR TEAM


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With the East team lacking size, coaches have added Emeka Okafor as a reserve for the 2005 All-Star Game. This is a huge step for the rookie out of Connecticut who is quietly doing his business for Charlotte. Upon hearing the news yesterday Okafor could not wipe the smile off his face as he said, "it's an honour, an absolute honour to be picked to my first All-Star game. I will cherish every minute of it and hopefully can make many more over my career".



GERALD WALLACE TO COMPETE IN SLAM DUNK CONTEST


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It came as no surprise to Gerald Wallace when the league office came knocking down his door to compete in the 2005 Slam Dunk Contest. "I've been dunking since I was 12," Wallace said, "you guys ain't seen nothing yet. I've got a few new dunks I've been working on that are gonna get the crowd going crazy." Asked what they will be, Gerald responded "The Colonel doesn't give his secrets away, why should I? Come along on the night like every other cat and dog and you'll see." Gerald Wallace has never been short of confidence, and vows to win. "Perfect 50 every dunk. These dunks are more like 60 or 70 dunks, who knows, they might have to implement a new scoring system just for me".

Keep viewing to see how Meka does in his first all-star game, and whether Gerald Wallace can keep up with his mouth.
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Postby The X on Sat Jan 01, 2005 8:20 pm

Oh yeah, as for trading activity it's looking unlikely that a deal will be done before the deadline.....

I will keep my high 1st Rounder, although I might trade the pick after the draft if I don't think the player can help me....I'm still trying to get another 2nd Rounder to pick Watson but we'll see about that....

any suggestions, let me know

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Postby Jing on Sat Jan 01, 2005 11:17 pm

wow great job man, so much in depth scouting and reports.
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Postby The X on Sat Jan 01, 2005 11:56 pm

jxuusa wrote:wow great job man, so much in depth scouting and reports.


(Y) for the compliment....and the vote....

yeah, I prefer the scouting and GM side of dynasty mode....I don't really have time or desire to recap my games like most other dynasty posters do (I play 1/3, 4th quarter intervene 1/3 and sim the other 1/3).....

hopefully by the end of the season I should have scouted every 1st Rounder and any 2nd Rounders that I might draft....probably do a Mock Draft or something....hopefully it allows me to remember other team's draftees this time as in Live '04 when I was 10 years into my Nuggets dynasty, couldn't really remember any of them.....so it's partly for reference I guess.....

at the moment I'm leaning towards drafting that Asian rookie Julian Iwanaka....hopefully he is more Mike Bibby than Jamaal Tinsley....

that reminds me that I need to do a little bit more dbf editing on player salaries to bring them into line as of now, ie. AK47, Tony Parker, Zach Randolph all getting extensions....
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Postby The X on Sun Jan 02, 2005 6:59 pm

ALL-STAR FESTIVITIES LIGHT UP DENVER

The Bobcats had 2 players representing them in 3 out of the 4 main All-Star events. Emeka Okafor gets it started on the Friday night as he starts at PF for the Rookie Stars in the Rookie-Sophomore clash. Gerald Wallace will try to live up to his motor mouth in the Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday night. Finally, Emeka Okafor will come off the bench for the Eastern Conference All-Stars on Sunday afternoon.


ROOKIE-SOPHOMORE GAME


This was a tightly contested game with the favoured Sophomore Stars holding on to defeat the Rookie Stars 109-103. The game provided free-flowing basketball and many high-flying dunks. However, there was a scary moment for Orlando fans as rookie Dwight Howard took a hard knock and limped off in the 3rd. Howard did return and his injury is considered that serious. Chris Bosh ended up taking MVP honours as he chalked up 17pts, 8rebs and 5blks. Emeka Okafor led all scorers with 21pts and 10rebs.

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Okafor gets a strong applause from the Denver crowd.

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Dwight Howard puts a scare through Magic fans as he limps off, supported by fellow rookies Okafor (left) and Nocioni (right).


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No one can wipe the cheesy grin off Chris Bosh's face as earns more silverware for the cabinet as he tries to overcome a disappointing sophomore season in Toronto.


SLAM DUNK CONTEST


Gerald Wallace promised to surprise the world with his slam dunk brilliance in the Dunk Contest. Gerald Wallace couldn't match his words as he failed to complete one successful dunk.

CONTESTANTS

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In what is considered one of the weaker fields in slam dunk contest history, the favourites for this event are Steve Francis and Gerald Wallace.

FIRST ROUND

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Gerald Wallace stepped up to the plate first and failed at his attempt to do a double between the legs. He only scored a 25 for his efforts.

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Steve Francis put up a solid tomahawk dunk with a twist and scored a respectable 41. Al Harrington tossed one off the shot clock that got him a 50. With his first dunk Quentin Richardson scored a strong 47 as he tossed the ball to himself and finished it with style.

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Realising it would probably be his last dunk of the contest after the blown first dunk, Wallace tried to do something special. Wallace started at half court, threw a long lob which bounced off the backboard, and whilst the ball was in the air, Wallace started to do a couple of cartwheels and go up for the finisher. THe nearly impossible dunk did not pull off due to bad timing. Wallace had about 10 seconds to get off a successful dunk, so he re-tried his first dunk, but it clanged off the ring, and Wallace hung his head in shame as he will never live this contest down. The judges took pity again as they handed out another score of 25.

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The contest had hit its lowest point, but it all changed next dunk when Stevie Franchise put up a perfect 50, followed by Al Harrington doing the same. That left Q needing a 45 to move through to the final round to face Al. Q lobbed the ball, went up, got it and threw down a hard jam, and hung from his elbow. One of the best dunks you'll ever see as it combined a few different dunks from previous contests. Richardson scored a perfect 50 for this dunk and moved on to the final round.

The first round ended like this:

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FINAL ROUND

In an unbelievable display, both Quentin Richardson and Al Harrington put up perfect 50s with BOTH of their final round dunks. This led to an unbelievable situation where a tiebreaker dunk would decide the 2005 Slam Dunk Champion.

Quentin Richardson went first, proceeded to the free throw line, and stopped. He turned around to face the opposing basket, and bounced the ball backwards between his legs. He spun around, caught the ball and threw down a solid dunk. Nothing special like the 7 previous dunks that the crowd had seen, but solid nonetheless. This dunk score Q a 43.

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With the way he had been dunking (4 straight perfect 50s), a 44 should have been pretty simple for the Hawks star. However, the pressure got to him. He failed to catch a ball toss in his first try at the dunk. In desperation, and seemingly out of fresh ideas, he did the unthinkable. He copied Q's between the legs bounce and dunk. The dunk was slightly different, and probably as good as Richardson's. However, it was unoriginal, and he only scored a 40 on it.

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Here you go folks, please give it up for your 2005 Slam Dunk Champion, Quentin Richardson :applaud:

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ALL-STAR GAME


EASTERN CONFERENCE SQUAD

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This is quite an inexperienced team with six of the them making their first All-Star appearance (James, Hinrich, Okafor, Harrington, Davis & Hamilton). Shaq returns to the East All-Star team for the first time since he left for the Lakers, and Vince Carter continues to start every year.

WESTERN CONFERENCE SQUAD

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As with the East's squad, this team has many first timers as well (Lewis, Boozer, Anthony, Miller & Gasol). Garnett and Duncan once again make the team, but this time Duncan has to come off the bench.

GAME RECAP

This game was blow-out city baby. The Western Conference once again proved they are the best as they easily beat the Eastern Conference 132-100. Emeka Okafor played 8 minutes and had 4 points and 3 rebounds. Like Howard did on Friday night, Okafor tweaked his ankle in the third quarter. However, Bobcats' medical staff reveal that it was only a minor tweak, and Okafor will not miss any games.

TOP PERFORMERS

Kevin Garnett (West) 24pts, 15rebs, 6blks (MVP)
Shaquille O'Neal (East) 16pts, 12rebs, 5blks
Lebron James (East) 17pts, 6rebs, 6asts
Ray Allen (West) 27pts

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This has to be a scary moment for any Bobcats' fan as Okafor hobbles off the court.

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Kevin Garnett and the West were simply too much on the day for the East


I hope you all enjoyed the All-Star coverage.....
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Postby HonorGlow on Wed Jan 05, 2005 3:08 am

...from the annals of the 2005 Birdie Project: (info)
The X's Bobcats 2004-05 mid-season Birdie Breakdown:

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Okafor just get's stronger and stronger as the season progresses, as he improves his weighted Birdie score to 18.72- again taking Team MVP honors and his second 'reversible' Live Card is now enabled.

Okafor's Live Card preview:

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Another improving dynasty:
This Dynasty instance is currently ranked #14 on the 2005 Birdie Board
(and no penalties again!)

Complete 'Birdie Breakdown' coverage AND to see Okafor's ' reversible' Live Card click here.

The X: Keep up the good work, and I'll be keeping my eye out on your dynasty. I hope your upcoming offseason is promising so hopefully you can crack the TOP TEN of the Birdie board. But send me your end of season stats so we can see how the Bobcats improved!
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Postby The X on Wed Jan 05, 2005 7:09 pm

yep, cheers for the update....did ya get the Okafor pic I sent you as Okafor seems to have a black face :?

as for Okafor, he made the All-Star team!!! It surprised me a bit, but I guess he's putting up nice numbers and East is weak, especially with J. O'Neal and B. Wallace still on IR in my dynasty.....

I'm actually starting to get use to my team a little more and have won 2 out of the last 3 games....I'll prolly update this thread in the next few days, and I've only about a half dozen games away from the 3/4 point, so expect same more pstats :wink:

I'm expecting a little improvement from Brevin Knight who now has secured starting PG spot, and I'm trying a few different strategies that are helping....I expect my Birdie Score in next instalment to rise a little more.....

also, Honor Glow, can you read post I left on LiveDynasty Forums as I want to discuss dynasty sypnosis idea....

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Postby HonorGlow on Thu Jan 06, 2005 8:07 am

Hey the X...I replied...darn those ghost posts!
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Postby The X on Thu Jan 06, 2005 9:14 pm

2nd TRI-MESTER SUMMARY

I'm two-thirds of the way through the 2004/05 season and the Bobcats are 8-31, having gone a very dissappointing 3-17 over the past tri-mester. That could have been even worse had the Bobcats not put together a 2 game winning streak at the end of February. In the last week of February there was an apparant difference in the team's play. The team has been a lot more competitive of late and coach Bickerstaff is pleased that the hard work is finally starting to pay off.

The month of February has just finished and All-Star Weekend has come and gone, with the Bobcats represented well in 3 of the 4 major events. Emeka Okafor is no longer considered a rookie anymore, as his All-Star selection illustrated that Okafor has quickly developed into one of the premier PF's in the NBA. Gerald Wallace and Primo Brezec both continue their steady development at the other frontcourt positions, whilst Brevin Knight and Keith Bogans appear to have finally locked up the backcourt spots, at least till the end of the season.

There was only one major transaction in the 2nd tri-mester was the waiving of Tamar Slay and the free agent signing of Fresno State alum Courtney Alexander. Whilst he has shown flashes of his old self, he has not secured a spot in the team's rotation. Charlotte tried to unload veterans Steve Smith and Jahidi White for 2nd Round draft picks to no avail, so the GM decided to stick with the team through until the end of the season. Talking about the off-season, the Bobcats will likely pick no later than 4th overall, and should be able to pick a talented player to the roster.
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Bobcats Among League Leaders

F/C- Emeka Okafor - 12.6rpg (2nd in NBA), 2.00bpg (5th in NBA)
F/C- Melvin Ely - 58.6% FG (2nd in NBA)
C/F- Jahidi White - 53.6% FG (12th in NBA)
G/F- Steve Smith - 90.5% FT (11th in NBA)
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Postby The X on Thu Jan 06, 2005 9:27 pm

PIC OF THE 2nd TRI-MESTER

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So it's not really a pic but the story is worth taking the spot. Poor old Grant Hill just has no luck as he is having more problems with his troublesome ankle. Fortunately for Grant and the Magic it was only a sprain, however it is enough to put renewed concerns in all basketball fans. Here's hoping that Hill can put the worst of his injury problems behind him and have a safe and happy time in the twilight of his career.
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