If you couln't tell by me starting a game thread a full day before the actual game is played, I'm excited for this one.
I was one of the few that didn't immediately hate the CLT-PHX trade. It wasn't because I hated Jason Richardson (quite the opposite) and it wasn't because I loved Diaw or Bell. I just knew the Bobcat's weren't winning and we acquired a guy who could play the PF position more adequetely than any one we have ever had. That was all i needed to hear. And to be quite honest I don't miss J-rich "the player" as much as I miss J-rich "the teammate".
So I'm excited to see how Richardson is adjusting to my least favorite state in the Union. I mean if your gonna be miserably hot and sticky, at least in Vegas you can gamble and look at women who aren't retired or morbidly obese. But I would be lying if I didn't admit I'm more excited about seeing The Big Aristotle. Yes, Wilt Chamberneezy is my favorite player outside of this Bobcats Universe. I still think the Diesel is the most dominant player to wear an NBA jersey, and a pretty hilarious dude to boot. Here's a youtube's to get your blood pumping.
Above all that, I'm excited to see this Bobcats team play. If you haven't seen the improvement over this season, you're either Stevie Wonder or a Time Warner Cable subsciber. But seriously, whens the last time you as a Bobcats fan could see a line up that included Shaq, Stoudemire, Hill, Richardson and Nash and honestly think we should get the win? Better passing, better defense, higher confidence and flashing an ability to close out games. Larry Brown is making a stong case for the "best thing to ever happen to this franchise" award. Before I go crowning us champions, lets take a look at the lineups:
It's a tough matchup no doubt especially in the front court, but I'd take Larry Brown over Terry Porter any day of the week. We have won our last 4 of 5 contests, and they have lost their last 4 of 5. I really would like to see Dude get some playing time. Sadly, it's not likely. Jared has averaged 4 minutes over the last 5 games and thats including two DNP's. Hopefully Porter won't be a dick and lets Dude get some burn against his former mates. Maybe Bell and Diaw come out sending a message to the PHX front office. Here's hoping.
I leave you with more from the one and only... Shaqovic. CAN YOU DIG IT!!!!!