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Bobcats have two possible playoff opponents with a lot riding on Wednesday night

At 33, in his 11th NBA season, Luke Ridnour is the Charlotte Bobcats point guard who is counted on for reliability, not speed. But with starter Kemba Walker out for the past two games with a sore right groin and possibly limited or out once again Monday for a road game against Atlanta, Ridnour’s role has suddenly increased.

You have probably never heard of Cat Whitfield, but in 1980 he beat out future baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken for the Charlotte Orioles starting shortstop job.

When you hold a housewarming party for 10,231 people, you worry about everything. The Charlotte Knights did that Friday night, opening BB&T BallPark in uptown Charlotte for a sold-out crowd revved up for minor-league baseball’s return after a quarter-century absence from the city limits.

Anthony Tolliver is the Charlotte Bobcat with the long resumé, the high socks and the gaudy 3-point percentage. But that’s not all there is to him.

Four professional teams -- the Carolina Panthers, Charlotte Bobcats, Charlotte Knights and Charlotte Checkers -- are now clustered within a few blocks of each other uptown. It is Charlotte’s own personal sports smorgasbord.

When you are a good basketball team, you punish bad teams. That is what the Charlotte Bobcats did Friday night in a 91-80 win againstthe Orlando Magic, exactly a week after the Bobcats didn’t do it to the same team.

Panthers, Bobcats, NASCAR, Kobe Bryant, Cam Newton – on the occasion of his 20th anniversary at The Observer, Scott Fowler picks 20 of his most memorable sports moments of the past two decades.

Kemba Walker, 23, has the Charlotte Bobcats on the cusp of what will be only their second NBA playoff berth.

A month ago, Tennessee was far away from the Sweet 16 berth it qualified for Sunday night with an 83-63 whipping of Mercer.

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Scott Fowler is a national award-winning sports columnist for The Charlotte Observer.