Named after founder Robert "Bob" Johnson.
Time Warner Cable Arena 2005/06-
2004/05: Immediately after the Hornets left for New Orleans in 2002 the NBA granted Charlotte an expansion team to begin play in 2004. Before the team even hit the floor it made history as it would be owned by Robert Johnson the founder of Black Entertainment Television and the first Majority Black owner in Major Professional sports, as the team got its nickname from their owner. The Bobcats would get one major player to build around in the draft as with the second overall pick they would select UConn star Emeka Okafor who had just come off leading the Huskies to a National Championship. The first game for the Bobcats would come on November 4th at the Charlotte Coliseum as they waited for the completion of their new state of the art arena; the first points would be scored by Primoz Brazec, as the Bobcats lost to the Washington Wizards 103-96. The Bobcats first win would come two nights later when they beat the Orlando Magic 111-100 at home. After losing their next seven games the Bobcats stunned the defending champion Detroit Pistons 91-89, proving though an expansion team they would not be pushovers. On December 14th the Bobcats really gave their fans something to roar about beating the New Orleans Hornets 94-93 in overtime in the team's first trip to Charlotte after the move. The Bobcats would go on to post an 18-64 record finishing in 4th place, while Rookie Emeka Okafor captured Rookie of the Year honors with 15.1 ppg and 10.9 rpg.
2005/06: In the Bobcats second season there was even more excitement as they opened their new Charlotte Bobcats Arena, in addition they drafted two players off the UNC Nation Championship team Raymond Felton and Sean May. There first game at the new arena was a successful one as they beat the Boston Celtics in overtime 107-105. Through the first two months the Bobcats continued to be competitive for a second year team at 10-20. However, an ankle injury would see Emeka Okafor sidelined for the rest of the season as they struggled through a terrible 1-15 January. The Bobcats would also struggle in February and March, before finishing up with four wins in their last five games as they posted a 26-56 record. Following the season the Bobcats would get another high profile investor as Michael Jordan became a minority owner.
2006/07: With Michael Jordan now part of the franchise, many thought the Bobcats future was secure, even though on the court the team still looked like an expansion team as they got off to a slow start posting a 4-11 record in November. However, they were not a team to take lightly as they beat both the Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs, the two teams that would end up in the NBA Finals. Around the New Year the Bobcats started playing better, posting a winning record in January, as they completed an impressive season sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers, winning both games in overtime. However, the road to becoming a true contender was still a long one as the Bobcats ended the season in fourth place with a record of 33-49. As the season came to an end, it was announced that Coach Bernie Bickerstaff would be fired, as Jordan started to put his own mark on the team.
2007/08: Year four of the Bobcats began with a new coach as Sam Vincent took over from Bernie Bickerstaff. Hoping to improve the team the Bobcats acquired Jason Richardson from the Golden State Warriors in a sign and trade deal, while locking up leading scorer Gerald Wallace to a six year contract. Early on the Bobcats showed good signs as they won six of their first ten games. However, a six game losing streak would quickly erase the solid start. After a terrible December, the Bobcats started the New Year in a hole with an 11-18 record. The Bobcats would play slightly better in January posting a 7-10 record, including a road win over the Boston Celtics on January 9th, in which Jason Richardson scored 34 points. However, often cruelest month is February, and the only thing colder then the weather in Charlotte was the Bobcats who posted a 1-11 record. The Bobcats would go on to finish the season with a disappointing 32-50 record. When the dust settled Coach Sam Vincent was gone, as Hall of Famer Larry Brown, was named his replacement.
2008/09: Under new Coach Larry Brown the Bobcats continued to struggle, as they got off to a 7-18 start. Hoping to get a jump start the Bobcats engineered a deal with the Phoenix Suns to acquire Boris Diaw, Raja Bell and Sean Singletary for Jason Richardson and Jared Dudley. Shortly after the deal the Bobcats showed some signs of life by winning four of five games. However, they still entered 2009 with an 11-21 record. After posting a winning record in January, the Bobcats continued to make roster changes sending Adam Morrison to the Los Angeles Lakers for Vladimir Radmanovic. The deal was more addition by subtraction, as Morrison fell out of favor with Coach Larry Brown. At 22-35 on February 24th the playoffs were a longshot for the Bobcats, but not entirely out of reach as they went on the best run in franchise history winning 12 of their next 17 games, which concluded with a 94-84 win over the Lakers, allowing the Bobcats to earn a season sweep of the eventual NBA Champions. However, April would bring nothing but pain as the Bobcats won just one of their final eight games, finishing the season with a 35-47 record, that had them four games short of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Following the season the Bobcats continued to make changes trading Emeka Okafor to the New Orleans Hornets for Center Tyson Chandler.
2009/10: In their sixth season the Bobcats would get a new owner as Michael Jordan officially took over from Bob Johnson. Changes were made on the floor as well as the Bobcats sent Emeka Okafor to the New Orleans Hornets for Tyson Chandler. Shortly after the season began the Bobcats were dealing again acquiring Stephen Jackson along with Acie Law from the Golden State Warriors for Raja Bell and Vladimir Radmanovic on November 16th. When the deal was made the Bobcats were struggling with a record of 3-7. However, after losing their first two games with Jackson they soon began to show signs of improvement by winning six of eight, highlighted by a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Despite entering the New Year with a record of 12-18 there were signs the Bobcats were about to turn things around. As January arrived so did the Bobcats as they won nine of their first ten games in 2010, including a road win over the Cavs, while Stephen Jackson scored a career high 43 points against the Houston Rockets on January 12th. Meanwhile Gerald Wallace who averaged 18.2 points and 10 rebounds per game was became the first Bobcat to make the All-Star team. The win streak enabled the Bobcats to climb over .500 as they entered February with a 24-22 record. In February the Bobcats to a step back and fell below .500 by losing seven of ten games. Hoping to get things back in the right direction the Bobcats were busy at the trade deadline; landing Theo Ratliff from the San Antonio Spurs and Tyrus Thomas from the Chicago Bulls. The deals would be just the spark the Bobcats needed as they finished the season strong and nabbed their first playoff berth with a record of 44-38 as the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. In the playoffs the Bobcats would face the Orlando Magic. Unfortunately it would not go well as they would be swept in four straight games as their offense sputtered throughout, while they were unable to contain Magic Guard Jameer Nelson who twice scored 32 points. Following the season the Bobcats would suffer to losses to free agency as PG Raymond Felton signed with the New York Knicks, while Theo Raliff signed with the Los Angeles Lakers. They would also deal away Tyson Chandler to the Dallas Mavericks.
2010/11: After their all too brief playoff appearance the Bobcats looked to take another step forward, in Michael Jordan's first full season as the team's owner. The Bobcats would get off to a sluggish start, dropping six of their first seven games. Early in the season Stephen Jackson would make team history, as he recorded the Bobcats first triple double in a 123-105 win over the Phoenix Suns on November 20th. However, the struggles continued as the Bobcats held a 9-19 record on December 22nd, when Coach Larry Brown announced his resignation. Paul Silas would take over and lead the Bobcats to a 105-100 win over the Detroit Pistons in his first game on the bench. The coaching change seemed to spark the Bobcats, as they won six of their first eight games with Silas, including a solid 96-91 win over the Chicago Bulls. However, it would not last as the Bobcats were still out of the playoff race by the All-Star Break, with a record of 24-32. At the trade deadline, the Bobcats would begin focusing on the future as Gerald Wallace was dealt to the Portland Trail Blazers for Dante Cunningham, Joel Przybilla and Sean Marks and two first round draft picks. The Bobcats would remain on the fringe of the playoff race all season, as they ended the year with a disappointing record of 34-48.
2011/12: Draft day saw a flurry of activity for the Bobcats, who under new General Manager Rich Cho began remaking the team with the hopes of finally becoming a competitive force in the NBA. In the draft, the Bobcats selected Kemba Walker and acquired Bismack Biyombo in a three team draft day deal that also saw the Bobcats acquire Corey Maggette, while Stephen Jackson and Shaun Livingston went to the Milwaukee Bucks in return. Other players who left included Kwame Brown and Joel Przybilla, while Reggie Williams and Ben Uzoh were among the free agents who signed in Charlotte. To say the Bobcats struggled would be an understatement, though they did manage to start the season after a two month lockout with a 96-95 win against the Milwaukee Bucks, as D.J. Augustine had a game high 19 points. The Bobcats would not have many wins after that as they won just twice on January and once in February as they went into the All-Star Break with a miserable record of 4-28 enduring a 16 game losing streak along the way. The struggles were all around the club, as there were rumors that Michael Jordan would sell the team as his management style came under fire. With rookie Kemba Walker, who scored 12.1 ppg and Bismack Biyombo with a team high 5.8 rebounds per game, the Bobcats played better at the start of March, getting the third win of the month on March 17th against the Toronto Raptors. However, that would be all she wrote for the Bobcats, because it would mark their final win of the season as they lost their final 23 games to finish the season with an embarrassing record of 7-59. There winning percentage of .106 was the worst in NBA history, as just two of their seven wins came against teams that made the playoffs. On bright spot was the play of Gerald Henderson who had a breakout season, leading the team with 15.1 ppg. However, only Corey Maggette also topped 15.0 ppg as the Bobcats were just miserable all around. Following the season Paul Silas would be relived of his coaching duties, as the Bobcats only could take solace in the fact there was only one place to go and that was up.
First Game Played November 4, 2004
333 East Trade Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone: (704) 424-4120
Charlotte Coliseum 2004/05
Time Warner Cable Arena 2005-P
*-Known as Charlotte Bobcats Arena 2005-2008
Playoff Appeaerences: (1)
Hall of Famers: (1)
Larry Brown 2008-2011
All-Star Games Hosted:
All-Star Game MVP:
Coach of the Year:
Most Improved Player:
Rookie of the Year: (1)
2005 Emeka Okafor F
Deffensive Player of the Year:
NBA Finals MVP:
Bernie Bickerstaff 2004/05-2006/07
Sam Vincent 2007/08
Larry Brown 2008/09-2010/11
Paul Silas 2010/11-2011/12
Mike Dunlap 2012/13
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