Rick Bonnell is reporting the Bobcats could be sold as soon as today, which kind of makes every other bit of team news insignificant in comparison. Reading the tea leaves, it looks like George Postolos has the upper hand. If he does successfully buy the team, then that all but assures Michael Jordan and his poor management track record are out the door. Larry Brown has explicitly threatened to leave should MJ leave, so that would mean he's gone after the season, too. General manager Rod Higgins might be a casualty of the front office shakeup, but that's not so clear.
Either way, we know the current management wants to make the playoffs this year and next, long term development be damned. They've traded away multiple first round draft picks and have Alexis Ajinca and Tyrus Thomas to show for them. Here's hoping new ownership takes a more rational approach to building the team toward a championship, whoever's in charge.
Jazz game comments, highlights, and lowlights after the jump.
GAME THREAD COMMENTS
Aisander D -- Yes, let's bury our rookie shooting guard even more for the likes of Larry Hughes and Stephen Graham. This is turning into a "let’s sign whoever was relevant 6 years ago" thread.
Ourdaywillcome -- I’m off to drown my sorrows by taking some drugs and then planting crops on Farmville. One of these days I’m going to manage to plow in a straight line.
-- Theo Ratliff was our only true center to play, and he and Boris Diaw simply couldn't deal with Carlos Boozer, who dropped 33 and 16.
-- D.J. Augustin shot 0-5, Raymond Felton shot 2-8, and nobody could do anything to stop Deron Williams, who ended up with 20 points and 12 assists.
-- Kyle Korver (KYLE FREAKING KORVER!) scored 18 off the bench, going 5-6 from three, and even grabbed 4 rebounds. Stephen Jackson is better than that, but if there was a theme to the whole evening, it's that the team, as a whole, just didn't bring their defensive A Game. On the season, the Cats are giving up 103 points per 100 possessions, and last night they gave up 112. Not good times.
-- Gerald Wallace's step forward this season has made everything -- yes, everything -- worthwhile. Maybe I'm just starved for an All Star I can call my own and I'm bonding to him the way I've bonded to my boys Pablo Sandoval and Tim Lincecum in baseball, but the beautiful basketball he's given us has made the rest of the drama bearable. 27 points and 8 rebounds, and he made all 3 of his three point attempts.
-- Tyrus Thomas scored 20 points on 6-8 shooting and 8-9 from the line. Dude is making a hell of a first impression.