The CHARLOTTE OBSERVER reports the NBA expans…

The CHARLOTTE OBSERVER reports the NBA expansion Bobcats announced a crowd of 9,123 for a game against the Blazers this week. But the Charlotte Coliseum Authority reported the actual turnstile count at a paltry 5,000. Coincidentally, Ned Barnett of the RALEIGH NEWS & OBSERVER writes the Bobcats are "getting a lukewarm, even skeptical, reception" in Charlotte, and the "early coolness of fans suggests that Charlotte has matured beyond the wide-eyed enthusiasm of having a major league sport in town."