Tom Sorensen

Short takes: Where Charlotte goes for the Fourth; the NBA’s top awards; two TV picks

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James is the best player in the world. But the NBA likes to move the MVP award around.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James is the best player in the world. But the NBA likes to move the MVP award around. AP

The NBA’s new year begins July 1. So does free agency. …

I went to BB&T Ballpark for the first time in a month and thought, this is the perfect minor league park

When you think July 4 in Charlotte, you think the Charlotte Knights. They play at BB&T Ballpark Wednesday at 6:05 p.m. The fireworks come later. Capacity is 10,200. The Knights always attract more.

Since the Knights moved downtown in 2014, they’ve drawn on the Fourth of July 10,539 fans, 10,352 fans, 10,732 fans and, last season, 10,731 fans. When they played in Fort Mill, and their ballpark was a secret, they still filled it on July 4.

Across Mint Street from BB&T Ballpark is 5.4-acre Romare Bearden Park, and to watch the fireworks, and be part of the show, fans will fill it, too …

Ben Simmons had a first-class season for the Philadelphia 76ers, and he’ll have many more. But as good as he was, I didn’t think he was the NBA Rookie of the Year. I thought Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz was.

That has nothing to do with Simmons missing his first rookie season with injury. Mitchell’s campaign, contending through messages on clothes and trucks that Simmons was not a rookie, was silly. I simply thought that Mitchell the rookie had a better season than Simmons the rookie …

TV note: Does anybody else watch Amazon.com’s “Goliath?” Man, is Billy Bob Thornton good. My middle name is Robert, but I couldn’t pull off the Tommy Bob moniker. Thornton can pull off anything he likes. …

Is James Harden the NBA’s MVP? The league says he is. LeBron James is the best player in the world. But the league likes to move the award around, and Harden led the Houston Rockets last season to the NBA’s best regular season record …

Kemba Walker won for the second straight season the Sportsmanship Award. It means he plays ethically, with class, as a sportsman. Players vote on it. …

Bonus TV note: Have you seen IFC’s “Brockmire?” I get to the shows late, but I get to them. It’s hilarious…

Tom Sorensen is a retired Charlotte Observer columnist. Sign up for his newsletter, and follow him on Twitter: @tomsorensen

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