:tears: You are DAMNED right we are New Orleans Hornets fans, just like you were on day 1 during that 40 point loss. You guys seem to think you are the only ones that exist. Sure you can be bitter, but take it elsewhere. We heard enough of that crap during the relocation efforts when you guys trashed us and told us there was no way an NBA team would relocate to New Orleans!:mad:
Originally posted by Charlotte-Jason
What did they win? Like I said the only banners hanging from the rafters belong to me and the rest of the 24,000 that packed the house to see those "winning" teams. Those banners belong to the fans that gave the standing ovation after the 40 point loss on opening night. If your happy with a team that constantly wins 50% of their games but never goes that extra mile to sign(or resign in the Hornets case) that one player that would make the difference from being a pretender to a contender than you be forever happy with the performance of your team.
I'm the type of fan that will give a team my heart and I would proudly cheer for an owner that for 15 years put a team on the floor that only could win 25% of the games as long as I know that the team was trying its hardest to improve. I didn't get that feeling from the Hornets- I felt like the owners driving force was to spend enough money to put a mediocre team on the floor at as cheap a price as possible and to pocket the rest of the money.
I've been through everything with this team- I've seen everything happen first hand. I watched Rex Chapman become the first Draft pick. I was 12 years old and laid in my grandmothers living room and watched the Cavs destroy "MY" Hornets in the first game. I watched Kurt Rambis tip in the buzzer beater that beat Michael Jordan and the Bulls. I watched Larry Johnson go one on one with Larry Legend in his first game. I watched the Draft lotterywith my fingers crossed when we got the 2nd pick and got to draft Zo! I watched Zo beat the Celtics with that last second jumper to win our first playoff series. Since then I've watched the demise of "MY" team. I've seen George Shinn demand a new building and threaten to leave if he didn't get it(that was in the middle of the 300 games sell-out streak, I've watched botched dealings with players, and I've watched sabotaged negotiations with the City and the team. I watched Bobby Phills die in a car wreck and I watched as his # was retired. I've earned the right to *****, moan, gripe and be bitter!
You guys call yourselves Hornets fans when you really don't have any connection to them except that they are gonna play there next season. I'm a Hornets fan because I've lived it. They were a part of my life for 14 years, over half of my life I've only loved one team. So yeah I might be a little bitter about the whole situation.
In the long run, I'm sure that I'll be happier with the team that we are probally gonna get but, the hurt of losing the Hornets is still fresh, so you guys be patient with us Charlotte folk-We are still grieving.
They say the harder you love, the harder you hurt. It's true so pardon me if vision of the team isn't the same as yours- My Rose colored glasses were crushed on by a monster named "Shinnridge".