Bobcats officially miss the playoffs; Labor strife looming

The Bobcats were officially knocked out of playoff contention on Wednesday after losing to the Orlando Magic 111-102 in overtime.

The Bobcats did receive some good news on Wednesday, however, learning that the New Orleans Hornets officially clinched a playoff berth, meaning the Bobcats will have two first round picks in the 2011 NBA Draft.

So they got that going for them.

The Bobcats will have to find some inside help either in free agency or the draft. They went through most of the season with Kwame Brown as their starting center, and it was evident that while Brown made improvements personally, he’s not going to get the Bobcats to the playoffs.

And with an NBA lockout looming in the offseason, it’s not looking like a great time to have two first round picks.

Many collegiate and foreign players are considering either staying in school or finding other means of employment for the upcoming season. Players like Harrison Barnes, Derrick Williams may elect to return to school, while Euro sensations like Jonas Valanciunas and Donatas Motiejunas could stay another year in Europe.

With the talent pool watered-down, the Bobcats could ultimately have given Gerald Wallace up for what would otherwise be second round talent.

However, you can get two season tickets free with the purchase of two season tickets from Bobcats.com. It’s a great deal, provided there is someone playing for them worth watching and that there are actual games taking place next season.