Bobcats Flew Back to Charlotte to Avoid Miami Temptations

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Apparently, Miami's reputation as Vice City worried Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford just a little too much. Rather than having his team spend two free days in this tempting city of sin between playoff games, he flew his young team back to Charlotte.

Depending upon geography and the number of days between games, it's not uncommon for teams to stay in their opponent's city during a playoff series, but Clifford told the Miami Hearld that Miami's reputation for distractions played a big part in deciding to fly home.

"Let's face it -- if it were a city other than Miami, we would have been more likely to stay a couple days," Clifford said bluntly.

The Bobcats are a young team (but by no means the youngest), and the roster is largely inexperienced in the playoffs. Apparently, Clifford didn't want to risk any of his players pulling a Justin Bieber. Plus, we guess it's easier to force them all back onto a plane than trying to keep track of 15 adult men and making sure one of them doesn't sneak off to King of Diamonds or something.

This isn't the first time a coach has been publicly worried about the temptations of Miami before a big game. In 2008, the Cincinnati Bearcats were playing in the Orange Bowl and just happened to have booked rooms at the Fontainebleau for a stay that included New Year's Eve. When coaches found out that Diddy, of all people, was hosting a New Year's Eve bash at the hotel, they decided to move to a quieter inn.

The Bobcats will return to Miami this Wednesday for game two.

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23 comments
Jamie Firestone
Jamie Firestone

Grant, you see this? They don't need any Paul George situations!

Charles M. LaBow
Charles M. LaBow

They're from North Carolina. Probably not enough restaurants and hotels that allow smoking.

Alex Nra Shemin
Alex Nra Shemin

Hookers and Cocaine! That's how we convinced bird man to sign with us haha

EzƦă VɅǹ
EzƦă VɅǹ

Not everyone can roll like us and still make it to work. :)

Jeffrey Knight
Jeffrey Knight

Please! There are adult niteries in Charlotte. If you look hard enough, the city might have a district comparable to Wynwood or SoBe or Brickell...of course, if they're so tired of traveling, we're looking at another championship trophy for the Heat. ROTFLOL!

Tony Prieto
Tony Prieto

They're from the South, maybe they don't like Latinas..lol

Adam Batson
Adam Batson

Greg Delbeau Andres Ruiz hahaha they are weak

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