Last July, Charlotte fans were delighted when the NBA approved the then Bobcats’ request to change their team name back to the Hornets. The Hornets of Charlotte brought back memories of prosperity while the Bobcats that of sorrow.
The Bobcats were often the punching bag of the NBA, finishing at the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings year in, year out. However, the Cats did not instill woe into the fans’ hearts this season.
They made the postseason for the second time in the team’s ten-year history with a solid 43-39 record. It slotted them as a 7th seed in the playoffs and took on the formidable Miami Heat in the first round. Though they were pulverized by Lebron and Co. — getting swept in four games — it was very optimal for the future of the organization.
Kemba Walker is getting better every season and Al Jefferson is a premier big man in the NBA. The lengthy, tenacious rebuilding process seems to have culminated just at the right time because the Hornets, who are associated with success, will be the team in Charlotte for the foreseeable future.
- Patrick Green is the Senior Editor and Content Manager for ProSportsExtra.comĀ