By Wesley Robinson
September 30, 2013
Bobcats Media Day on September 30 at Time Warner Cable Arena was full of good-spirited fun for the players and fans as the team eagerly anticipates the start of the 2013-14 season.
Many players wore their excitement for this year’s season on their faces when entering the gym, and you could tell in the framing of questions in each interview breakout that the players were ecstatic to discuss their plans and expectations for this season. With many reporters, television cameras, scribes, bloggers, radio personalities and others from the Charlotte sports coverage area, the Cats got the chance to hone their interview skills and give the media their first look at how this season might shake out.
But it was more than just answering questions for players like Bismack Biyombo, who couldn’t keep himself from smiling in most of his media sessions. During one of Biyombo's picture segments, one of the photographers asked him to dribble the ball like he was guard. While taking pictures, Biyombo would yell, "I'm a guard and the camera can't hold me!" repeatedly during the session. When asked about his exciting energy, Biyombo stated with a smile, "Life is too short."
Even rookie Cody Zeller decided to show off some his excitement. Zeller took one of the television camera’s microphones and went to interview some his new teammates, including Biyombo and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Before answering Zeller's question, Gilchrist decided to put on a show for the surrounding cameras, yelling out, "What's up rook? This is my rook right here!"
Through out the day it showed that Charlotte’s players are more than just skillful competitors, but guys who enjoy what they take pride in. Brendan Haywood may be seven feet tall, weigh 263 pounds and be perceived as angry and aggressive on the court, but off the court, he is a humorous guy who enjoys his job.
While many in the local and national media look at Charlotte as one of the NBA's rebuilding projects, the Cats aren’t exactly taking that route. This is a team that can’t worry about the past and has to start looking ahead to the future and build off last season’s record behind NBA veteran leader Al Jefferson. But it’s been his teammates who have impressed the nine-year veteran the most, as almost the entire team has been hitting the Novant Health Training Center court since voluntary workouts began back on September 5.
"It was the most amazing thing I've seen in my career," said Jefferson. “It's great to see every guy in here who doesn't have to be here. It shows we are on the same page and we all want to get better."
The Bobcats are now in Asheville, NC as they open Training Camp presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina and will be preparing for their first preseason matchup on October 8 against the Atlanta Hawks.