Well, I can see that the Bobcats are no where near as popular as the Panthers in the Huddle (or in Charlotte) from the lack of excitement, information, and positive opinions, but Tom Sorenson---even though it's his job---is feeding Bobcat fans a load of...hope for the future. In his latest piece, Sorenson says the Bobcats could be "formidable" in a couple of years.
Your probable 2013-14 Charlotte Bobcatsstarting lineup:
Point guard – Kemba Walker;
Shooting guard – Gerald Henderson (assuming he re-signs);
Center – Al Jefferson;
Power forward – Cody Zeller;
Small forward – Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
It looks like an NBA starting lineup.
Signing Jefferson gives them credibility they’ve never had. Since Bob Johnson bought the team in 2004, the Bobcats have had a reputation for being cheap, and they earned it. They didn’t spend money on free agents. They hired obscure first-year coaches such as Sam Vincent and Mike Dunlap, who probably made in a year what Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski makes in the time it took to write this sentence.
Paying Jefferson $13.5 million a season proves they’re not cheap.
The 2013-14 Bobcats won’t be as good as the 2009-10 Bobcats. Starters on the only Charlotte team to make the playoffs were Raymond Felton and Stephen Jackson at guard, Gerald Wallace and Boris Diaw at forward and Theo Ratliff at center.
But those Bobcats were veterans, and as good as they would get.
Jefferson is 28, Henderson 25, Walker 23, Zeller 22 and Kidd-Gilchrist 19.
The 2013-14 Bobcats have the potential to, season after next, be more than the best team theBobcats have had. They have the potential to make the playoffs and do something when they get there.
Looking at the possible line-up, it does bespeak of solidness and potential. If the Big Handsome (whose nickname is damn funny to me) can develop into that big time gamer, as well as Walker and MKG, then the club with its bigs can make some big noise in the East. The bigs are the very reason why the Pacers gave the champions so much trouble during the playoffs, and Jefferson and Zeller surrounded by a talented backcourt will be the very thing that will eventually get the Bobcats over the hump, provided that Jordan and Cho can keep Big Al here for awhile.