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The Return Of The Bobcats

By: Bruce Wilson
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Photo by: Kent Smith/Getty Images

Photo by: Kent Smith/Getty Images

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The NBA is back after missing the first portion of the season due to a lockout however the city of Charlotte is excited for the return of the new-look Bobcats. After trading star players Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson, and missing the playoffs last season, the Bobcats are expected to be one of the worst teams in the league.

Much like how Cam Newton has energized the Panthers, Kemba Walker is energizing the Bobcats. There is a small, growing buzz in this city surrounding this team and I believe Michael Jordan thinks he has the right pieces of the puzzle in place. With rookies Walker and Bizmack Biyombo, the core players of the Bobcats are Gerald Henderson, DJ Augustin, Boris Diaw (who was 1 point and 1 assist shy of a triple double in the season opening win against Milwaukee), Corey Maggette, and Tyrus Thomas. In a shorter season the youth of this team may help outlast some of the older teams and gain valuable experience at the same time. Considering there are a lot of teams in the league that are just average, the Bobcats may have a shot a making something out of this season like the Panthers are doing in the NFL.

Fans in this town have longed for a return to prominence in professional basketball since the days of the Charlotte Hornets. With a competitive owner, young exciting players, and support from the community (including Cam Newton who was court side for the season opener), this city may get their wish and have both the Bobcats and the Panthers turn this place into ‘TitleTown of the South’.

Heck, even I might support this team if they continue to show improvement and a committment to win.

You can follow me on Twitter @BruceRWilson

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