And now for something completely different, as the comic troupe Monty Python used to say...
The Bobcats actually won a game Saturday night. I know it happened. I saw it, as did about 15,000 fans (that's just a guess, as the Bobcats announced a sellout crowd of 19,238) at Charlotte's home opener. Here's my column about the opener.
Yes, it was just the Miami Heat they beat. But Charlotte's 100-87 win was a welcome relief to a team that hadn't won a real game since April 16 in the 2007-08 season finale against Philly. Since then, Charlotte had lost eight straight preseason games and the regular-season opener at Cleveland.
Gerald Wallace (34 points) was the most athletic player on the court tonight, and note that Dwyane Wade was out there, too. Jason Richardson was very selective and smart with his shots. Emeka Okafor (18 points, 13 rebounds) also played well, as did Raymond Felton. Those are the Bobcats' Big Four, and they always need at least 3 of them playing well on any given night to have a chance at winning the game.
The Heat is close to a homecoming game for most teams -- Miami was 15-67 last season. Then again, the Bobcats are close to a homecoming game for most teams. Any win was a good one.
It was interesting, also, to see Michael Jordan sitting five feet from the Bobcats' bench -- close enough for Larry Brown to put him in the game if he hadn't been dressed in a sports coat. I think it helps both the Bobcats' team to see MJ while they're playing, and for fans to see him visibly involved. He should do more of that, and he can do it anytime he wants -- Jordan bought the seats right next to the Bobcats' bench.
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