Feb 28

Kinship with Fans of Another Team

By Kassandra Posted in: Blazers, Bobcats

Several teams and players are in the middle of adjusting following trades which were made just prior to the NBA trade deadline on Thursday.

We've already seen some of the new-look teams over the weekend, some having success and others ... well, not so much. Players are getting used to their new teams and teams are getting used to their new players. Of course, fans are also getting accustomed to seeing the new faces on their favorite teams and feeling the void of someone who is no longer there.

When I'd heard the Blazers had acquired Gerald Wallace from the Bobcats for Joel Pryzbilla, Dante' Cunningham, Sean Marks and a couple draft picks, there was not just a little trepidation in dealing with the trade. Gerald is a very good player and had served as the face of Charlotte's franchise.

However, I was both saddened and stunned to see our three guys sent away (please refer to my previous blog, Saying Goodbye to Some Friends). I love the Blazers and I love the contributions all of these three made while they played in a Blazers uniform.

Figuring the potential of the internet, I decided to make a concentrated effort to follow Joel, Dante' and Sean as they played in those other jerseys. I had heard others, on this site and on twitter, say pretty much the same thing.

Plans with my family prevented me from followng basketball on Sunday, and didn't free me up until it was time to get ready to watch the Blazers and Hawks game. As I watch or stream games, I commonly enjoy chatting with other fans on the blazers site.

This game was different from the others. There were some new chatters, but not Hawks fans chiding or trolling (well, there was one, but I didn't pay much attention to him!). They were Charlotte Bobcats fans, logging on to talk about Gerald's debut.

Admittedly, I was unaware of the fact that a few Blazers fans had joined Charlotte's in-game chat for the Bobcats' game against Orlando earlier in the day. From the response, I gathered blazers fans made a very good impression on them; being positive and informative regarding our friends who now don their jersey. I would call this second-hand information if that hadn't come straight from these Bobcats fans.

The same can be said of our chat friends from the other coast. They sang Gerald's praises; letting us know how fortunate we are to have him on our roster. They inquired about LaMarcus, Brandon and the rest of the Blazers players. They shared our elation and were encouraging even when things were not going well in the game itself. They were interested, inquizitive and informative.

They weren't arrogant or apethetic as you may find in some cities. They were just real people enjoying some basketball.

And of course, you could practically hear the exclamation through their words when Gerald entered the came, when he grabbed his first rebound two seconds later, and when he scored his first basket. This was an example of a fan showing love his favorite team and player -- it transcends the comfort of one's hometown uniform.

For the most part, this site is a social networking place where we all have one thing in common. We're Trail Blazers fans. Chatting with these Bobcats' faithful took that experience to another level; one that doesn't have to be contained when that player leaves.

The Bobcats fans are just like us; they said goodbye to someone too. We have something in common with them. There is a kinship there, and I hope to see them again.

~ Kassandra


  1. very well said. I was one of the blazer fans who went to the bobcat chat to see how our guys were doing. what i gained from that was a kinsmanship of knowing they are facing the same things we are. saying good bye and filling them in on who these players are...their nicknames, what they do in the game etc. it was great to see them come over and do the same thing. it was great to be welcomed with open arms by the fans in charlotte and the moderator. he gave all of us blazer fans instant comment status without knowing us. I know he trusted us because the fans of this team have a rep of being good people who are polite and knowledgeable. it was great to support the fans and their team. it was great they reciprocated. it was also great to have the chat moderator come to our chat and sing the praises of how we conducted ourselves. one thing i know us fans we are ambassadors of this team and how we conduct ourselves will help bring recogniton to our team all the more. i will do it again. it was fun and took sportsmanship to another level i had never done before. ty internet for providing that outlet. great blog as always kassandra

    by oregongal47 view (TG) on 2/28/2011 4:25 PM
  2. I was very happy, albeit surprised, to see the Bobcats fans in our game chat. They were a great addition and I hope they stay on with us for a while as we get to know Gerald.

    by sarahhecht on 2/28/2011 5:11 PM
  3. I wish I would have joined the chat last night. Even though the game wasn't that great, it would have been fun to chat with those Charlotte fans. I'm glad that this site is being used by more than just Blazers fans. I'm not only a Blazer fan, but an NBA fan, a basketball fan. If I can share that experience with someone across the United States, that is amazing. Thanks Kass!

    by CrazyRusty on 2/28/2011 6:07 PM
  4. Just thought I would quickly create an account to tell you that you did a great job writing this Kassandra. I was one of the Bobcat fans who came over to check out Gerald's debut, I enjoyed it and decided to come back for last nights game as well. Blazers have some great fans and any of you guys are welcome in the Bobcats chat anytime to cheer for your former players.(and Bobcats of course) Gerald is in Portland now and a piece of Charlotte came with him. As long as Gerald is with the Blazers I know you guys will have the support of a lot of Bobcat fans. Looking forward to Saturday for sure!

    by mega on 3/2/2011 12:48 PM
  5. I've seen the comments from the Charlotte fans when looking over your shoulder during that chat. They're very gracious to the Blazers and still very much fans of Wallace. It's great to have a connection with fans of another team in this way. Great blog, Kasey!

    by julianne on 3/3/2011 12:01 PM
  6. thanks guys, for the comments. i hope i'm not overstating this topic. charlotte's fans are really liking our guys, Joel in particular. it's great to see them discovering him. one day, Jules, we'll get you on the game chat!

    by Kassandra on 3/5/2011 10:07 PM
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