The Last Word With Lewis Woodard
What he said is uncontroversial, but surprising. We’ve known for a while that the organization is polling season ticket holders about a potential Bobcats-to-Hornets name change. MJ hasn’t released the results or shared the contents of his inbox so it’s hard to contest the “very mixed” comment.
But who really supports keeping the Bobcats name?
I know. I criticized Roy last week for keeping P.J. Hairston buried on the bench for far too long. I stand by that. But I also know that, in his place, I would have started P.J. Hairston instead of Dexter Strickland. And that would have been the wrong call. Starting him alongside Strickland, in a small lineup, has been the spark the Tar Heels desperately needed. Since then, they’ve won three out of four and played their best basketball of the year. For that, I give Roy credit.
Lewis Woodard chats with Ben Swanson, editor of the popular Bobcats’ blog Rufusonfire.com.
If there’s a reason he didn’t start P.J. Hairston earlier in the season, I hope it’s a good one. Hairston averaged 13.7 points per game in only 16.8 minutes over the nine ACC games he didn’t start. In the two games since he earned the starting job, he’s averaged 26 points and 7.5 rebounds per game, helping Carolina play its best basketball of the season—against Duke and Virginia, no less.
I rarely hear anyone argue for keeping the Bobcats name, but I’ve heard people sarcastically quip that the organization should focus instead on improving the product on the floor. I can’t disagree with that, and who could? But nobody believes changing the name will lead to more wins. It also misses the point. The issue is whether or not to change the name.
Why would Hornets make more sense than Bobcats?