I'm going to say this up-front: There were people who call themselves Charlotte Bobcats fans who were cruel to Cory Higgins.
Whatever snarky is, Cory took it: "Daddy's boy," "Nepotism child."
It wasn't his fault. Cory's dad runs the Bobcats' player-personnel department. And this idea that Cory Higgins had a job only because of the family tie is laughable.
Then-coach Paul Silas wanted a third point guard who was also long enough to occasionally be a two-guard. Cory fit the description. He played on an unguaranteed contract, just like a bunch of other wanna-be's.
The mistake was holding onto Cory from the start of last season to now. He was in over his head. If it wasn't apparent at the end of last nseason, it was obvious this preseason: There was nothing about Cory's performance or potential that would make you not give someone else a chance to see what he could do.
Sunday the Bobcats cut Cory Higgins and signed Jeff Adrien, a camp guy they kept tracking. That is clearly the right thing to do, because Cory had every opportunity as this team's third point guard.
It must have been difficult for Rod to fire his son. I cannot imagine doing the same. It was hard when my son stopped playing high school baseball, harder still when his high-school football career ended. That's recreation. This is business.
I like and respect Rod Higgins more than he probably understands. But I always thought giving Cory a look was a predictable risk.