Let’s take a break from NC Amendment One, Josh Hamilton hitting home runs, and making fun of golfers for just a minute. There is something special going on in Charlotte and it’s not just happening at Mint & Morehead. The Charlotte Bobcats franchise could be making a turn around much like the Carolina Panthers did last year.
In 2010 the Carolina Panthers were the worst team in the NFL. They had a revolving door at quarterback with Matt Moore, Jimmy Clausen, Tony Pike, and Brian St. Pierre (none of them are good enough to be a starting quarterback in the NFL). They had injuries on the offensive line and in the defense. Throw in a lame duck coach (who hid behind his players over-achieving for years) in John Fox, and you had a 2-14 team.
The Panthers hired a new head coach and brought in a new offensive co-ordinator. They picked a franchise quarterback by selecting the Heisman-winner Cam Newton from Auburn with the #1 pick in the draft. Those simple things turned the team around and lit a fire under the seats of the football fans in Charlotte. The Panthers went 6-10 in 2011 as Cam won Rookie of the Year and broke several NFL records. With several defensive players coming back from injury, some more good draft picks in the 2012 draft, and this team is a sleeper for the playoffs.
Now, walk a couple blocks north-east to 333 E. Trade St. where you’ll find Michael Jordan planning a similar upswing for the Charlotte Bobcats in the Time Warner Cable Arena. After posting the worst record in the NBA (7-59 .106 %) Jordan not only let go of the head coach but he also has the #1 pick in this years draft (statistically speaking). The Bobcats will most likely (and should) take Kentucky freshman sensation Anthony Davis with the pick. Also holding the 31st pick could possibly land fellow Wildcat Doron Lamb or Darius Miller, two guys that could fit nicely onto this team.
So a new coach, new #1 draft pick, and rejuvenated team. Does any of this sound familiar? I will go on the record now and say the Bobcats make as big of a performance increase in 2012-2013 from ’11-’12 as the Panthers made from 2010 to 2011. That means the Bobcats should win .375 of their games, putting them at 31-51 roughly. Not bad for a team that just set the record for worst win percentage in NBA history. Then add a couple more guys in free agency and the 2013 draft, and we might have a playoff team two seasons from now.
I like what is going on with the Bobcats and I know Michael wants a winner, it’s in his blood. He is a very competitive person. What do you think the Bobcats need to do to improve? How well will they do in the 2012-2013 season?
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