Message From Michael Jordan
December 12, 2011
Dear Charlotte Bobcats Fans:
Throughout my basketball career, I don’t think there has ever been a time when I have been more excited to get a season started. This was a challenging offseason for our franchise and the NBA. There is simply no denying it. A work stoppage during the process of improving the NBA’s business model was not something that anyone involved in the game enjoyed. However, the goal was to end up with a system that gives all teams in our league an opportunity to be competitive. I think everyone realizes that this is particularly important for a small market like ours.
As I stated when I purchased the Bobcats a little over a year ago, owning this franchise is my number one priority. I continue to be committed to developing a team that can legitimately compete in the Eastern Conference. My hope is that under this new system we will be able to more quickly reach the goal of providing our fans and the Carolinas with a team they can be proud of.
We have spent a great deal of time and effort over the last year trying to improve every aspect of our organization. We have been able to assemble a young and talented nucleus of players. We maneuvered to add two top ten picks to our team from this past year’s draft. We also have a coaching staff in place that did an incredible job of developing our players last season. Most importantly we have achieved this while creating the type of flexibility needed to continue the process of improving our team.
There is a lot to look forward to as we get ready to take the court and we would like nothing more than for you to be a part of it. As a thank you for your support, we have a number of fan appreciation events that will be taking place. It all starts on December 17th when you can get your first look at our team during a free scrimmage at Time Warner Cable Arena. Then at our preseason game on December 19th against the Atlanta Hawks, all kids 14 and under can attend for free. Opening night is always a special game and on December 26th we would like to offer 50% off concessions for everyone in attendance. As another thank you, for our first 3 games in January, every ticket in the upper level will be only $5.
You are an important part of everything we do and I wanted to thank you again for all of your support. I hope you will come out and see your Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena this season. While you are here, I think you’ll see something special developing.