I don’t know. I’ll be the first to tell you, I don’t know. Whether the Bobcats are good, bad, lucky, suckering teams, winning close ones early in the year only to lose them later, a fluke or on to something real and sustainable. I don’t know. All those adjectives or suspicions have definite truths to them. That’s easy to say though. Like I’m standing up on the street corner saying “God exists! Maybe! Repent! Or do whatever you want! He’s coming soon! Or he’s not coming at all! Maybe he’s coming later!” Nothing too bold about saying “I don’t know.”
Just the not knowing, this year is a big deal though. Last year the team was awful. The whole way around, we know that. So, just thinking “Hey, this is great!” is an incredible feeling. My mind is still of the pre-OKC beatdown however. Those were the Bobcats I expected to see. Not the ones who beat Dallas for the first time and were 7-5 until that horrible, worst ever loss to the Thunder. Actually, I can say now, I didn’t know what to expect.
New coach, new players, new jerseys, new floor, new year. I was hoping for 20 wins. Seriously, that was around what I really thought was possible. Being a third of the way there, less than a seventh of the way through the season was very surprising but when you see how it was done, it’s somewhat comforting.
Shocking the NBA by having a winning record early in the year isn’t the trick. The trick is sustaining that progress, that evidences itself in wins, throughout the full 82 game slate and on into the future. I’m realizing that after every statement about the Bobcats you can and should read into it “after the single worst season in NBA history, based on winning percentages.” That cloud hangs still, and it casts a shadow, but far from an all encompassing one.