If you take the win % of Charlotte and add it to the % of games won by Detroit you get .997. Does that mean these two teams that will face each other tomorrow night at the Palace of Auburn Hill are polar opposites? Charlotte at .368 and Detroit at .629, ummm I’m going to have to go with yes? Is yes the right answer? Well lets look at the history: Charlotte is 4-12 all time against the Pistons, not the worst but close to it. The biggest most obvious angle is Larry Brown’s history, but that goes for about a third of the league as well. Brown had largest success in Detroit. He found a group of guys who bought into what he wanted to do: play defense, pass the ball, find the open man, don’t take stupid shots. He turned his 5 starters into All-Stars and the whole team into Champions. Larry was only there for 2 years but he came in and made it work. 54-28 both years and trips to the Finals both years…but those were not his best years, except for the one outcome in the Finals. Anyway, Larry returns to his last coaching job. What? You think I forgot one? I didn’t. The stint “under” Isiah doesn’t count. Usually Detroit jumps out to an early lead and sits on us like a mean older brother. If we fight back they start to hock loogies in our face, that loogie is usually Rasheed Wallace.
I hate you Rasheed Wallace and you know what? There were wayy, waaaayay, too many cheers out of the Charlotte crowd there. If you’re a Walmart Carolina fan and love Rasheed because of where he played his college ball, you can go ahead and shave that spot on your head just like he’s got. (No dig on Walmart or The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill or even their basketball program but blind love for a guy like Sheed makes me sick) I got no love for you, as a Bobcats’ fan, if you cheer for Rasheed. He’s a jerk and he plays for “the bad guys.” True enough when Detroit won their Championship, there was no team in Charlotte and I was rooting for them as a team who, wait for it….”played the right way.” Really, I was cheering for Larry Brown’s system. I couldn’t stand Larry at the time because of the drama that surrounded his exit from Philadelphia, How the entrance to Detroit seemed all about him and how he was the face of that franchise. I came around after watching them play and nailing that coffin on the Kobe/Shaq Lakers shut.