TONIGHT IT’S TIME TO SILENCE THE CRITICS
After all the speculation, hype, confusion, and absurd levels of anticipation, the Charlotte Bobcats season finally begins tonight! Forget the sports pundits and their pre-season analysis, because the games will now count for real. This year’s Bobcats team faces some challenges in order to reach the NBA Playoffs, but there are great signs that tonight will be their first step toward achieving that allusive goal.
Several “experts” have written editorials that the current roster would need to play flawless basketball to compete this season. Most of these writers don’t give the Bobcats the slightest chance at the 8th seed of the Eastern Conference. These stat geeks seem to all recite the same question – “Which player will score the points for this team?”. Well, it looks like these so-called basketball experts are just showing a huge lack of imagination.
The Bobcats have only one star to carry this team. Unlike most teams, he’s not covered in tattoos and he doesn’t even wear a jersey. The star of Charlotte’s roster is Coach Larry Brown and he’ll be the one to provide the offense for the Cats. With the current line-up, this team does seem to need a “go-to guy” and Larry will fill that role. It might be unconventional, but it’s going to be fun to watch. With the clock winding down in the fourth quarter, most teams hand it to their star and let them freestyle a shot attempt that has little probability of a successful outcome. For the Bobcats, they’ll simply be calling a 20 Second Time Out and getting their “go-to guy” to draw up a shot attempt that will give them a much higher probability of winning.
In the NFL, the Miami Dolphins have reshaped the way teams plan their defense by fully committing to their “Wildcat” Offense. Though they lacked a star for their offense in a true Quarterback, that football team had to create a way to stay competitive*. In a similar manner, Coach Larry Brown will innovate to create basketball offense for the Bobcats. In order to create more scoring and keep his team in contention, Brown will incorporate his knowledge as a Hall of Famer to draw up what the Cats need to fight for the Playoffs. If he’s successful, all of those unimaginative commentators will be spouting their love of the revolutionary “Bobcat” Offense.
*The “Wildcat” Offense made it’s first appearance in the NFL during a 2006 game between the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons. The Panthers had no decent QB, thus allowed offensive coordinator Dan Henning to plan a game based on direct snaps to Running Back DeAngelo Williams. A season later, Miami adopted the offensive formation.