Bobcats Look To Ride Twilight Vampire Craze

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Bobcats Looking To Sign Another Forward

The Charlotte Bobcats continue their efforts to build depth and find quality role players this summer. The Arizona Republic and The Charlotte Observer have reported that the team has been in contact with Phoenix Suns free agent Louis Amundson. If the team were successful in signing Amundson, this could signal further shifts to the Bobcats roster.

Who Is Louis Amundson?

Okay, so you look at Louis Amundson and the first thing that comes to mind is “Vampire”, right? I expected to run a Google search and find a heartwarming, local newspaper article about how he’s worked hard to overcome the bias and adversity of adjusting to the US since his arrival from Transylvania. Over the past two seasons he’s been praised for his hard work on the court with the Phoenix Suns, but his extensive efforts to wear that mouthpiece and pretend to be a normal human are never recognized.

It appears that the Bobcats may be in line to capitalize on circumstances that will follow Amundson throughout his NBA “life.” The 6’9″ forward/vampire is destined to spend his entire career on the move, hoping no one will notice that he never ages. After breaking into the NBA from the D-League, he played just one game for Utah before heading East to avoid the suspicious eye of Jazz coach Jerry Sloan (estimated to be 95 yrs old).  Amundson  spent the following two NBA seasons working to learn the intricacies of modern human life and the dynamics of a team locker room with the Philadelphia 76ers. This experience prepared him for a more productive role with the Phoenix Suns.

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After the November 2008 release of the highly anticipated first Twilight film, Amundson realized that America embraced and celebrated his kind. His new sense of comfort began to show immediately. Over the next few months, he thrived in a more vampire-appropriate pace of offense with Phoenix. It could be argued that as he got more minutes on the court, his teammates actually began to run faster on the break just to get distance from him. It’s been speculated that after his first season, the Suns were forced to trade away Shaq after coach Alvin Gentry reviewed hours of game footage and noticed the way Amundson would watch O’Neal as slow and easy prey.

Now that Louis Amundson is once again looking to relocate and avoid suspicion, Charlotte hopes that he can invigorate their front line or at least give Larry Brown the gift of immortality. In order to compete with the other teams courting Louis Amundson, the Cats could offer him on an incentive-based contract to keep the base salary numbers low, as well as encourage Amundson to avoid biting season ticket holders or Rufus, the team mascot.

Notes : Louis Amundson may not be an actual vampire. My initial guess had him as a big man from somewhere in Europe. That, too, is probably wrong. It looks like Amundson was born in California, grew up in Colorado, and went to college at UNLV.  He was not an actor in The Lost Boys. Who knew?

-Mike

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36 Responses to “Bobcats Look To Ride Twilight Vampire Craze”

  1. justin
    July 28, 2010 at 8:38 am #

    Mike, you mention if we get him, this could signal further shifts to the roster. How so??

  2. ASChin
    July 28, 2010 at 9:10 am #

    Bobcats fans-

    Expect this guy to be in the Jake Voskuhl mode. Hustle-stats galore with a penchant for mixing it up with the opposing team's elite frontcourt players. As a fan of Nash, I've watched many a game with monsignor Amundson and I've liked the output.

    Dude is the anti-Diaw. Nowhere near the skillset but his "Bojangle Hustle-Stat" factor is off the chart. Depending on the money, I'm all for this move.

    Mike-

    Fortunately Amundson doesn't make the Blue-Steel face nearly as much as Rob-sessed and isn't perpetually on the verge of vomiting like Kristen Stewart. That should bode well for him during his first season with the team.

  3. mike15
    July 28, 2010 at 9:13 am #

    Justin – I would bet that adding Amundson would give the team an overabundance at the PF / C spot.

    Mohammed

    Diop

    Thomas

    Diaw (likely to be traded)

    Dampier (likely waived)

    Najera

    McGuire

    Amundson

    It seems like everyone expects Dampier to be cut or traded and Diaw has been offered up this summer, so we could bet that one or both of those guys will be heading out of Charlotte.

    If Nazr can give the same kind of play that he did last season, the Cats should be okay with that. Tyrus Thomas might not start at Center, but in Larry Brown's system, it's likely he'll close games playing at that spot. Having Amundson as a backup PF and closing at that position would likely work out well for the Bobcats.

  4. RobC
    July 28, 2010 at 9:18 am #

    This kid does all the little things that are not shown in a stats sheet. He is a taller and more athletic "Jared Dudley". He is the kind of guy that is always in the right place, at the right time and takes advantage of it.

  5. RobC
    July 28, 2010 at 9:21 am #

    Hey…Gerald Wallace has been cut from Team USA.

    According to ESPN:
    http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/olybb/news/story?id

  6. ASChin
    July 28, 2010 at 9:34 am #

    RobC-

    Thank Jah for Crash being cut from Team USA. As if he didn't play enough minutes already.

  7. Tyler
    July 28, 2010 at 11:02 am #

    idk anything about this guy but i lookedup his stats and they arent impressive at all why do we want this guy so bad

  8. Leroy
    July 28, 2010 at 11:57 am #

    Tyler,

    for role players, i dont think stats say everything. If you ever saw Amundson play for the suns, his hustle plays are really really good. a really good team player, do what the coach does and hustle every minute on the court, just like our CRASH but less athletic.

  9. Brett
    July 28, 2010 at 12:18 pm #

    He hustles. He is the kinda of guy there needs to be more of in the NBA. Not the most talented but he could soak up some minutes at Center which he can also play and we need very desperately right now. He is a larry brown type of guy. Hope we get him.

  10. Tyler
    July 28, 2010 at 12:28 pm #

    thanx iv never seen him play but if he can play ball im excited

  11. Bobcats Orange?
    July 28, 2010 at 1:09 pm #

    The horse is dead. Put down the stick. Count how many vampire jokes you just made in a row.

    Najera and Amundson would have to signal the end of Borris Diaw. We still don't have a point guard. Maybe we can call Toronto back up?

  12. Jared
    July 29, 2010 at 2:55 am #

    I like the addition of Amundson, but if we do this and don't trade Diaw for a solid pg, then we've got a lot of mediocre 4 on the roster.

    BC Orange. I was initially excited about the Calderon trade, but considering how overpaid the guy is, I'm more ambivalent about the move now.

  13. RobC
    July 29, 2010 at 4:03 am #

    Calderon is not the answer. He is an average PG being paid like an All-Star. He will earn more money in the next three years than, Jameer Nelson, Rajon Rondo, Mo Williams and Monta Ellis; and he is nowhere near the quality of those guys.

    Calderon's contract has a trade kicker of 10% that he is not willing to waive. That amounts to 3Yrs/$33Millions. That is "WAY TOO MUCH MONEY".

  14. RobC
    July 29, 2010 at 6:53 am #

    Hey,

    I'm not sure how great this would be, but given this comment from ESPN (See below) and the history between GSW and CLT. Would it be possible that Monta Ellis and Andris Biedrins could be headed to the Bobcats. After all: Dampier, Diaw & Diop for Ellis and Biedrins will work perfect and will save the Warriors a ton of money, which is their main purpose.

    "(Incoming owner Joe Lacob did interviews on radio and TV on Tuesday and revealed some of his thoughts on the Warriors.

    According to Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News, Lacob said he will be very active on the basketball side of the organization. Lacob added that he liked the trade for David Lee and his $80 million contract. Futher, Lacob indicated he's not sure Don Nelson should coach the team this upcoming season, and that the club's salaries won't exceed the luxury-tax threshold.

    Kawakami wrote the following about potential trades: "Lacob sounded a lot more excited about Lee and Stephen Curry than he did about Monta Ellis and Andris Biedrins. Nothing wrong with that. I wouldn't presume that these guys will definitely be traded. But it's also something everybody in the league will be watching.")"

    That will also feel a need for the Bobcats and we can sign "The Vampire" as a 2nd/3rd Center with Nazr. I don't love this trade, but I don't hate it either. I believe Ellis defense is underrated and that he can be a pretty good PG. Biedrins is an Int'l guy (LB Type) almost 7-foot that can defend and put up 10/8ppg-10/8rpg-2bpg with the Bobcats defensive system.

    Ellis/DJ

    Jackson/Henderson/Livingston

    Wallace/Brown/Carroll

    Thomas/Najera/McGuire

    Biedrins/Nazr/Amoundson

    That would make the Bobcats 3-4 deep in almost every position, it will improve their offense "SIGNIFICANTLY" and I don't think it would hurt the defense much. That roster can be a Top 5 in Defense and Top 12 in Offense (again, it reminds me of the 2004-2005 Detroit Pistons). And if there is a coach that can make that work, is Larry Brown!

  15. Tyler
    July 29, 2010 at 7:20 am #

    i like it

  16. justin
    July 29, 2010 at 7:27 am #

    I still want Paul, but I'm thinking more and more it's not happening. So with that said, I'd be happy with this trade. I think it fills two big needs for us, with two very capable players. But would that make us the GS Warriors of the east?? (Ellis, Biedrins and JAX starting) :)

  17. justin
    July 29, 2010 at 7:32 am #

    Unfortunately the more I think about it, you'd have to include DJ in the trade to GS.

  18. Tyler
    July 29, 2010 at 8:39 am #

    hey does anybody know how a trade for Mo Williams and Anderson Varajao would work?

  19. justin
    July 29, 2010 at 9:54 am #

    If you think we'd get Jamison with Mo Will and Varejao, you're friggin out of your mind…Mo and V is all we'd get. I like that trade but I'd love to see the Warriors trade if CP3 can't be pulled off. But I gotta say this guys…I was exchanging emails with Bonnell earlier today…he thinks it's likely this team stays pat until after the season starts. I think it's ridiculous to think the season starts with the roster in place now, but I can also see it happening. Still feel like MJ is positioning for something, but it remains to be seen.

  20. Ben
    July 29, 2010 at 2:22 pm #

    EmeGuys, Shaun Livingston is not a SG. He’s 6’7″, but his game is that of a PG. He has excellent court vision and distributor.
    Adding Amundson doesn’t do anything. He’s essentially the same player as Eduardo Najera, and we don’t need that.
    Trading Dampier, Diaw, and others for Mo Williams, Varejao, and Jamison makes great sense. They save a ton of money plus get a valuable forward in Diaw. I like Arenas/McGee/Blatche, CP3/Emeka/Posey or Monta Ellis rumors too.

  21. Tyler
    July 29, 2010 at 3:14 pm #

    when i tried the Mo and Varajao trade it wouldnt works

  22. jeremy
    July 30, 2010 at 4:59 am #

    Michael Jordan may be the smartest owner alive

    Latest buzz: Shaq, T-Mac, more – Truehoop Blog – ESPN

    Brown's price tag

    Question: Why did all the rumblings about Larry Brown wanting to leave the Bobcats to coach the Sixers or Clippers instead, so prevalent in May and June, quietly fade away?

    One answer: NBA coaching sources say that Bobcats owner Michael Jordan made it clear to Brown and any interested team that the Bobcats would insist on compensation — presumably draft considerations — to let Brown out of his contract.

  23. Tyler
    July 30, 2010 at 6:20 pm #

    realgm is saying tht Shaq is looking for a sign and trade from Cleveland ik he would make mre money but maybe we can trade for Mo williams too

  24. Jarrod
    August 1, 2010 at 2:43 am #

    Are they clearing out high payed players so they can get a big name player or what?

  25. Tyler
    August 1, 2010 at 1:30 pm #

    sorry i didnt finish tht u also in the Posey trade give up Diop and we get Stojakavich

  26. Tyler
    August 1, 2010 at 6:27 pm #

    i think i figured out a trade tht would work
    we trade Erik Dampier for Darren Collinson and Emeka Okafor and then in a seperate trade to help NO more we give DJ and Boris for Posey

  27. Tyler
    August 1, 2010 at 6:28 pm #

    but it would only work if they knew CP was staying long term

  28. Brett
    August 2, 2010 at 7:38 am #

    I didn't want to say anything, but all these ludicrous suggestions have forced my hand.

    1. Understand you fools, that a team will ALMOST NEVER trade away a young talent with a bright future on a cheap contract. So that should end the absurd speculation that we might get Javale McGee to go along with Gil. Also Darren Collison? no way the hornets give him up to us. As for the CP3 rumors, realize that Portland offered Brandon Roy and some pieces for CP3. They declined. What could we possibly give NOH for Paul? Wallace is getting older and people like Diop and Dampier have little to no value evidenced by the fact that the Mavs couldn't land the star they wanted with Dampiers waive clause. Diop is a black hole of a contract no one wants him. Also Mo Williams and Varejo ot us? No Way in hell we could pull that off. Keep the trade talk realistic. The trades in this league must be close to fair in order to actually take place. THese unrealistic scenarios simply can not happen.

  29. Tyler
    August 2, 2010 at 7:45 am #

    listen up buddy u have no right to call anybody a fool u have no freaking idea wat the Wizards or Hornets will trade so listen up FOOL u arent a NBA genius u dnt kno wat any teams are thinking express ur opinion without makeing a jerk out of urself

  30. Tyler
    August 2, 2010 at 7:46 am #

    since ur obviosly perfect why dont u tell us ur ideas einstein

  31. RobC
    August 2, 2010 at 10:22 am #

    Brett –

    I understand that getting that many of these trades are not realistic (1.e. CP3). However, you are actually making a fool of your self with your comments. Also, remember that this is a blog where everyone express their opinions without disrespecting others.

    On the other hand, your assumption about a trade for CP3 or Collison might be right, but you are "DEAD WRONG" with your assumption about McGee. Why?

    During the last 2 seasons, Washington have been trying (almost beggin) for some one to take Gilbert Arenas contrat (almost 4 Years/$80 Millions) and nobody is willing to do so. At this point, they are in rebuilding mode, which makes it almost an obligation to get rid of such an expensive player, who has been injured and whom they DON'T NEED AT ALL. That means Washington will be forced to either give up a little something (i.e. McGee or Blatche, 1 of the 2) or take an equally horrible contract, or a mix of both. If you listen to any NBA news, at least once a month, you would know that Blatche is te most likely candidate to be sent out (Flip Saunders don't like him) and McGee is the only other player teams could be interested in. Meaning that any team including the Bobcats could use that risky opportunity (getting Arenas is a risk), to get a guy like Blatche or McGuee, while unloading Diops contract as well (Diops contract eventhough is horrible, is a fraction of Arenas contract); and just FYI, Arenas will be as useless for Washington, as Diop is for any team, so is a savings opportunity for Washington, plus Diop's contract ends a year earlier. Washington will save over $65M in a deal like that, Mr. Genius; and remember that they are under new management.

  32. RobC
    August 2, 2010 at 10:23 am #

    Sorry, the first "…that getting…" in my prior comment should be ignored.

  33. RobC
    August 2, 2010 at 10:55 am #

    Oh, and by the way…it is very possible that the Bobcats might need to include DJ in any trade scenario.

  34. Tyler
    August 2, 2010 at 11:07 am #

    i agree all of the scenerios mentioned in here are possible

  35. Air Rift
    August 13, 2010 at 3:36 am #

    listen up buddy u have no right to call anybody a fool u have no freaking idea wat the Wizards or Hornets will trade so listen up FOOL u arent a NBA genius u dnt kno wat any teams are thinking express ur opinion without makeing a jerk out of urself

  36. Tyler
    August 14, 2010 at 6:17 pm #

    are you trying to make fun of me or something?

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