I apologize if this has been talked about already. ESPN has predicted the standings in next year's Eastern Conference with the Bobcats in 13th place just ahead of the Knicks and the Nets. Predicted W-L is 32-50. With 50% of SportsNation saying that record is "On The Money"
Predictions:Which Larry Brown did Michael Jordan hire: The one who has turned around many a young team in his Hall of Fame career, or the one who led the Knicks so badly that many accused him of sabotaging the season? Another question: What does the (nearly) 68-year-old coach have left?
14. New York
15. New Jersey
Last edited by SWedd523; 08-30-2008 at 11:58 AM.
Seriously, they don't have a clue. We'll shed the "lowly, celar dweller" monaker this year. we were 32-50 last year with no offensive scheme at all and a coach that everyone hated. We were 32-50 with Jeff McInnis as our starting PG. I say LB gives us 7-10 wins this year over SV last year. DJ and Felton at PG give us about 3-5 extra wins. I'm saying on the short side we'd be 40-42 putting us 8th. If McMay and Ammo come back heathy and strong that might be another 4-7 wins, making us 44-38, above their guess for Washington. It'd just be nice if they'd put a little research into it. ESPN, you dont know the Bobcats, haters.
I read that checklist on another site and I'm glad ya'll have the same reaction I did. This was the stupidest thing I've seen this week outside of the Presidential campaign.
The bobcats won 32 games last year with two big names hurt, Other brands names knocked out for multiple games. Horrible coaching,lack of attendance by fans, piss poor team management and sub-par back ups at key roles.
We have controlled the bleeding somewhat, this is the most promising season in our short history. Barring serious injury or a Katrina like event, the team as it is today should win 40+ games and make the playoffs.
In my mind we should make it to atleast the second rnd depanding on how high or low we are ranked.
The thing that freaks me out the most is that Milwaukee, Chicago, and mostly ATLANTA are ahead of us. We're realistically looking for a 6-7-8 spot, but we're still definitely better than 13th and 32 wins?
Nobody gives us any credit. We have 2 (should be) all-stars in Swish and Crash. We have a top 10 point guard in Felts, and we have a pretty solid big man in Okafor.
Boston's big 33 are there. Detroit is there even with their age and roster questions. Cleveland didn't really do much even if they did add Mo but are still there. Toronto... we'll see with O'Neal. Orlando and Philly are there. Washington, if healthy, are there. Thats 7
Leaving us, Miami, and Chicago battling it out for that 8th. We'll be somewhere in one of those 6th, 7th, and 8th spots.
It's time to pull a John Fox and say "it is what it is." Predictions are just that: predictions. Outside of Vegas, the only reason people make them is as a diversion during the off-season.
Now, I think most all of you are right for being upset at being picked 13. Most everyone across the country is ignorant of the Bobcats, ESPN obviously included, so I figure they think this is a safe place to put an unknown like the Bobcats. Depending on diffierent variables, I think they can finish as high as 6 and as low as 12. One thing they HAVE to do is beat the teams they should beat; there can't be anymore losses like last years game at Memphis. Also, they have to win at home, no matter the opponent. Also, and I think this is where coach will help out most, they have to finally learn how to close out games. They showed some signs last year, but still get very shaky holding onto a lead.
If they can do some of these things, they should be able to contend through the last couple weeks, AND be fun to watch, and I'll take that even if they fall short of the playoffs.
"The Charlotte Hornets name has been a mainstay throughout the region for many years, and we are excited to announce our intention to re-establish this historic brand. We believe that its return will galvanize our fan base by unifying our loyal Bobcats fans with those who have strong memories of our city's NBA predecessor." MJ, 5-21-13
When you get used to losing, you get used to laying down and not giving it all. When you win a few games and start building up that confidence then you really start to get better and learn how to compete day in and day out. (Last years Portland).
If we can get off to a good start and win a couple close ones then we're in for a great season. If we start off shaky then we're going to have to work really hard to expect .500 ball or better
fans outside of cha. fans are dumb,just like every column you read about predictions on jake dellhomme, although we see him do great in the pre season, they don't,thats y they predict the panthers to suck
just like on hoopshype they say we have hole at SG...........we have a scorer and a shooter there,and one is the most valueble person on the team
until they watch............they'll never know