Derek James

  • joined Sep 01, 2012
  • last login Aug 21, 2014
  • posts 81
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24 years old from Minneapolis. Hoops blogger for SBN's Rufus on Fire, Hardwood Paroxysm in ESPN's TrueHoop Network, and Howlin' T-Wolf. In addition to being a lifelong Timberwolves fan, I've grown to accept the Bobcats as one of my own.

I thought I knew what I was doing, but now I don't.

A Fan Of...

  • MLB Minnesota Twins
  • NBA Minnesota Timberwolves
  • NFL Minnesota Vikings
  • NCAAF Minnesota Golden Gophers
  • NCAAB Duke Blue Devils
  • NHL Detroit Red Wings
User Blog

Where in the world is Bismack Biyombo?


Bismack Biyombo has seen his minutes fade in recent days. Is it fair or unfair?

Bobcats lose 98-91 to Suns, miss opportunity


The Bobcats couldn't stay out of their way to take advantage of a sloppy performance by the Suns and let one get away at home.

Bobcats lose steam in loss to Hawks


The Bobcats played the Hawks closely on Monday night, but unfortunately let the lead slip away in the second half.

Bobcats look to continue New York takeover


Tonight's game features one division-leading team (at the time of writing this) missing it's crucial big man, and the other is the Knicks.

Depth chart breakdown: Shooting guards


There are two types of guards on a basketball team: Those that point and those that shoot. These guys are of the latter variety.

Will Charlotte have two top-100 players in 2017?


According to the SB Nation NBA panel, the Bobcats will have three top-100 players in the league by 2017. Who made the cut? Who didn't? Where are my keys? (Never mind. Found them!)

Bobcats 2013-14 schedule highlights


The Bobcats released their schedule for the 2014 season Tuesday evening. These are some of the highlights.

Will a new role help Biyombo and the Bobcats?


Bismack Biyombo was asked to take on a larger role than ever last season but didn't shine as many expected him to. new Bobcats coach Steve Clifford's new role for Biyombo could pay dividends for...

Cody Zeller dominant in Vegas


The Bobcats' Cody Zeller has had a strong showing in summer league, which has been encouraging to many. However, Cody tells Rufus on Fire that he's not content and looking to build on his performance.

Bobcats overcome scare, seal victory


The Bobcats got out to a big lead, but nearly gave the game away due to sloppy play. Fortunately, they managed to eek out the victory.

Bobcats hang on for late win against Dallas


The Bobcats came out firing early against the Mavericks. Then when the Mavericks put on a second half rally the Bobcats stood their ground and held on to their first victory of Summer League.

How will Big Al impact the Bobcats' frontcourt?


With questions surrounding his fit and key prospects in the frontcourt, Derek takes a look at how Al Jefferson's signing could affect the team.

Cody Zeller Draft Reaction Roundup


The Bobcats caught many off-guard on draft night by selecting Indiana's Cody Zeller and many have voiced their confusion in the days sense. Here's what everyone is saying.

Should the Bobcats retain Gerald Henderson?


Gerald Henderson was the Bobcats' 12th overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft and despite showing improvement each year, he was not extended a contract offer for next season. Should the Bobcats look to...

Bobcats Targeting DeMarcus Cousins?


With a glaring need at the center position the Bobcats may be targeting the Sacramento Kings' DeMarcus Cousins.

Charlotte Bobcats Offseason Needs


As the Bobcats enter the offseason they do so with many needs. The question remaining is how they will go about filling those needs.

Player Review: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist


Michael Kidd-Gilchrist fought through an up-and-down rookie season, but finished strong. Do we know enough yet to have any idea of what he can become?

Player review: Byron Mullens


Byron Mullens was a major determinant of the Bobcats' offensive efficiency. When he did good things, so did the Bobcats. When he didn't, they sputtered? Here is how the Bobcats can get the most out...


My Red Wings Fandom Story

Note: I wrote this awhile ago, but wanted to post it on the site, especially with the playoffs coming up. Growing up in a hockey family that told you stories about the Minnesota North Stars...

Bobcats Will Seek Long-term Head Coach


After going through four coaches in five years the Bobcats will long for a long-term solution at the head coaching position that will help turn the franchise around.

Links on Fire: 4/16


Derek finds the best of what's around so you don't have to.

Bobcats look to end skid against the Pistons


The well-rested Bobcats visit Detroit tonight looking to end their losing streak and even the series at two wins a piece. Do they have what it takes?

Bobcats Look for Consistency Facing Tough Week


The Bobcats began April looking to finish the season strong, and will look to make the best of a difficult schedule in the week ahead.

Bobcats face tough challenge at home against Miami


Coming off of a victory and two-day rest, the Bobcats will take on the Heat at home on Friday night looking to steal a late-season victory. But do they stand a chance?

Links on Fire: Tuesday Edition


Scouring the interwebz to find you the best Bobcats and NBA reads so you don't have to.

Bobcats Lose Heartbreaker at Home to Pistons


The Bobcats carried a seven point lead into the 4th quarter at home, but failed to hold on as the Pistons stole one in their building, and failed to extend their winning streak.

Rookie Audit: Charlotte's Jeff Taylor


Jeff Taylor has given the Bobcats adequate production in his rookie season for a second round pick in last year's draft.

Bobcats vs Thunder preview and talking NIN


Inspired by their own industrial rock anthem, the Bobcats battle the Thunder at home looking to claim victory.


Looking Forward to This Season and Beyond

Let me tell you a story. It's a story about fandom, a coworker, and probably some other stuff that will hopefully make this worth your time. I'll start here, I guess. I work with an older...

Bobcats look to take advantage of Bulls


The Chicago Bulls come into Time Warner Cable Center on the second night of a back-to-back, and the young and rested Bobcats will look to take advantage of this opportunity on Friday night.

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