Shawty had them Apple Bottom jeans, boots with the furrrr!! What an opening night to the season! The last time the Bobcats won an opening night game so thrillingly was last year, so this is clearly a sign of great things to come. What can you say about this effort? If you’re David West, you can say that the Bobcats “junked up” the game with their zone defense. If you’re coach Mike Dunlap, you can say that you just slaughtered an elephant. But if you’re just a simple fan, like me, you can say farewell to a losing streak that’s longer than Morgan Freeman’s IMDB profile.
Of course the big hero was Kemba Walker, who hit 10-of-21 from the field and 9-out-of-10 free throws. He style of play wasn’t much different than what he did last year, and in fact he almost submarined the whole thing by tossing up a horrid, Nate Robinsonian 20-footer with 16 seconds to play. But the big difference was that this time his attempts in the key were either on target or drew fouls—or, at the very least, didn’t lead to turnovers. Full credit goes to him and his mentor, coach Dunlap. I have to admit that I was not feeling encouraged about this relationship, especially when just last week, Dunlap called Walker “an unusual player who can do some things very special.” It honestly sounded like a parent awkwardly describing a child with severe autism. But perhaps there has been real improvement.