Though the transition back to being the Charlotte Hornets in the 2014-15 season is purely superficial, it still leaves this year’s Bobcats in a strange situation. On one hand, the best thing the Bobcats can do to usher in this new era is suck. Selecting one of the many potential stars at the top of the upcoming draft is exactly what the team needs to complete its makeover. It helps that Charlotte could potentially have three first-round picks in 2014 — Portland’s top-12-protected pick, Detroit’s top-eight-protected pick, and its own first-rounder, which goes to Chicago if the Bobcats fall out of the top-10 range. On the other hand — and maybe this is a bit too romantic a notion — wouldn’t it be neat if the Bobcats’ last hurrah led them into the postseason? For the first time in nearly four years, it’s a possibility. The East is in ruin. Why not try giving this novel “winning season” concept a shot?
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Let's forget for a second that though the Knicks were playing on the road in Charlotte, the noise in the building was mostly for them. Let's put aside that the Bobcats were losers of four in a row going into the game, that they had a charming if overmatched lineup (Kemba, MKG, Bismack, Gerald Henderson, former Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill and the robot from Short Circuit) on the court, and that they were playing like a bunch of Treadstone/Blackbriar agents trying to viral off their blues (BOURNE LEGACY JOKES, GUYS. AMIRITE?). Let's forget all that. You say caveat, I say cave-J.R.-SMITH-HEROBALLLLLLLL!
Why is it that as soon as I saw this NBA "Gameface" T-shirt, featuring Chicago Bulls point guard and groin-injury-sufferer Derrick Rose, I immediately thought of the "NOT THE BEES!" scene from Wicker Man? Maybe it's just my particular worldview, but there is something disturbing about this motif, this mating of man and mascot. Other horrifying entries include LeBron James/FACE ON FIRE, Zach Randolph/Grizzlyman, Brandon Jennings with ANTLERS and, most disturbingly, Kemba Walker/CAT-FACE. (Because how, in the name of all that is just, did Kemba Walker get his own T-shirt?)