When the season finally got started a lot of the talk surrounding the Charlotte Bobcats was not all too positive to say the least. For the most part the team is pretty young; there is not a lot of experience on it; there really isn’t a go-to player in the group.
While I understand the logic behind what most people think, I have to say that three games in I have a lot of hope for these guys still. A recent quote by head coach Paul Silas is exactly why:
“This is probably the first team I’ve had where everybody was so on the same page. You don’t have to point your finger at somebody, saying, ‘you’re not getting…”
What this tells me is that the team is doing the best thing it could do without having a marquee, go-to player on the roster. They are actually playing a team game.
It’s a crazy notion; I know. In a day and age when the game has become more and more about one guy being the offensive focal point–like LeBron James during his time with the Cleveland Cavaliers; like Dwight Howard with the Orlando Magic—the concept of playing a team oriented sport like an actual complete team has become foreign.
Of course some super stars have been forced to come to the stark realization that they alone cannot win championships. This has forced them to team up with other so-called superstars in order to create a supposed dream team of sorts, i.e. those guys from South Beach.
If the Miami heat showed us anything last year, they showed us that teamwork does matter (because they had none at the start of last season when they got off to such a slow start) and while talent can take you a long way if you can’t work together—I’m talking all five guys on the court, not just the Big Three—titles will be hard to come by.
Now I am definitely not trying to say that I think the Bobcats are on the same plane as the Miami Heat. What I am saying is that these guys have the capability of playing some real good basketball when they are able to make things click. That was evident Wednesday night when they lost by one, 95-96, to the Heat thanks to a Dwyane Wade 10-footer with three seconds left.
At the same time, when they aren’t clicking we’ll see games like the one they put up Friday night against the Orlando Magic, a 79-100 defeat.
As the season progresses we may get quite a few stinkers like Friday’s game, but I’m pretty hopeful that we’ll get a few more like Wednesday’s. If Paul Silas can keep these guys playing like a team that just might happen– of course, with the Bobcats coming out on the right side of the scoreboard!