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Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 at 10:00 am  |  24 responses

In Charlotte, Horse-Riding is More Important Than the Bobcats

by Marcel Mutoni

Team owner Bob Johnson has no qualms with letting his employees know this. And this reality drives Larry Brown crazy.

The Charlotte Bobcats have had a raw deal over the last few years with their scheduling, and this season is no different. They have Johnson’s daughter (and her horsies) to blame.

From the Charlotte Observer:

Asked Monday what he thinks of closing the regular season with four road games, Charlotte Bobcats coach Larry Brown was frank: “It’s ridiculous to end like that,” Brown said. Team President Fred Whitfield understands Brown’s concern, and hopes to improve the situation in future seasons. But Whitfield has to balance his responsibilities to the team with his obligation to manage Time Warner Cable Arena.

For the second consecutive season, the Bobcats’ schedule is heavily backloaded with road games. Last season they played 19 of their final 29 away from Charlotte. This season 24 of the final 39 are on the road.

Some of this is unavoidable. Events such as the circus in late January and college basketball tournaments in February and March have locked-in dates. The Bobcats are aggressively booking concert business to fill the arena with up to 200 events annually. And the Charlotte Jumper Classic is a pet project for majority owner Bob Johnson. It takes up the last weekend of the regular season, a factor in the Bobcats’ closing road trip to Oklahoma City, Chicago, New Jersey and Orlando. Johnson’s daughter is an equestrian, and Whitfield made it clear this event is a priority. “The horse show is something he feels very deeply about, he’s very committed to,” Whitfield said. “As long as Bob is the majority owner, that’s something we’re planning to do.”

That obviously sucks something major, but Larry Brown should be thankful they don’t host golf tourneys indoors; MJ’s requests would probably drive him to drink.

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  • slamfan4life

    you couldnt tell by the way they’re playin

  • floe

    sounds like they have something special goin on with the horses. who are we to mess with that.

  • doyouwantmore

    There should be a rule that owners have to make out of two free-throws and answer a basic basketball skill-testing question before they’re allowed to buy a team.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    !

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    yay! Road trip! But now i can feed my stallion, Gerald Wallace, a bag of oates!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com/ BETCATS

    i cant really blame Bob though. We arent making him bank, he doesnt pretend to care about how the team is playing, so why not just go out and turn the arena into a profit machine. Its a tough economy and he needs to stay in the ‘platinum’ club. Billionare Boys Club, b*tches!

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    If BETCATS is ok with this, we should all be ok with this.

  • matt the jazz fan

    as usual, a classic last line by muttoni. you gotta love it!

  • matt the jazz fan

    mutoni even

  • JoeMaMa

    Larry Brown don’t like them horses. So….Larry’s gonna leeeeeave soooon!!!!
    What a coaching slut.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Co-sign matt the jazz fan. Mutoni stays razor sharp with those one-liners!

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    CoSign, Mo. BET is Charlotte’s officail representative to the internets.

  • Cizzo

    All Horses in this race No Bobcats!

  • Lucky F. Bastard

    win more games in the beginning of the season and u won’t have those problems……if the schedule is road heavy at the end then win those home games in the beginning…excuses excuses

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Luck F. B@stard is a lucky bas@tard that he/she/it will never meet me, so i could pat he/she/it on the back and tell it how shockingly right he/she/it is.

  • PJ

    bulls have that dreaded circus trip to start the season

  • DJR

    How would you feel being one of the cats? Going on a roadie coz the boss wants to let his daughter ride ponies on your hardwood??

  • Nate James

    haha @betcats.
    atleast betcat is straight up.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    co-sign ciolkstar and Mo.

  • http://bielasiakville.blogspot.com/ Jesse Bielasiak

    Just when you thought the Bobcats were turning it around…

  • chintao

    Bob Johnson is the last of the Black cowboys.

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    Charlotte Bobcats = Circus di sold out…?

  • nashty

    I wonder what does MJ think about all this….Oh wait, never mind, he is too busy losing money in casinos….

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    My man BETCATS should change his name to BETHORSES, although in reading that it sounds more like an encouragement to gamble.

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