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Rick Bonnell: Here are five thoughts on the Charlotte Hornets and the NBA, with just over a week before the start of the regular season.

ORLANDO, Fla. Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford talks frequently about Chris Douglas-Roberts’ constant readiness: How the shooting guard/small forward is the same reliable guy as a starter or reserve, playing six minutes or 35.

The Charlotte Bobcats have been the best in the NBA as far as fouls and turnovers, and that’s the only way they can succeed.

The reaction of Carolina Panthers fans to Steve Smith’s release reminded me of how Charlotte Bobcats fans felt betrayed when Gerald Wallace was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers.

Small-market teams and their fans don’t want to hear this, but it’s bad business for the NBA when the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers are bad.

Ben Gordon’s expiring contract is the biggest potential trade chip for the Charlotte Bobcats.

Opinion and five thoughts on the NBA from Bobcats beat writer Rick Bonnell

These were Carl Scheer’s “outlaw” days. It was the 1970s and he was running the Denver Nuggets in the American Basketball Association. The goal was to force the NBA into merger talks.

David Stern just held his last major news conference as NBA commissioner, coinciding with the league holding a regular-season game between the Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets in London. Stern acknowledged, somewhat grudgingly it sounded, the draft-lottery system might need some “tinkering.”

Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford is far from infallible. The fact he so readily admits that is part of the reason I think he’ll succeed.

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Rick Bonnell
Rick Bonnell covers the Charlotte Hornets and the NBA for the Charlotte Observer. You can reach him by email.
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