I was at Time-Warner Cable Arena Monday afternoon. I was walking down a hallway and thought I was heading into the concourse but walked into the office of Michael Jordan instead. I put on my hand on the door to pull it open before I realized where I was.
This would be a better blog if I had walked in. Mike, what's up? Is there anybody you forgot to thank in your induction speech? Let me know, I'll tell them.
I respect private property, however, and even though I have a little reporter's notebook and a press pass, I've never been able to justify trespassing. So I adjusted my course and kept on walking until I was outside.
Monday was a beautiful afternoon. Yet Michael was in his office. We have a phrase in the newspaper business for such discoveries: The Observer learned.
In other media day developments, I asked Gerald Wallace how he plays in pick-up games. Wallace is a kamikaze basketball player, willingly giving up his body for steals, rebounds and unclaimed basketballs. Does he do this in pick-up ball, too?
"I see the ball rolling," says Wallace. "And I say, 'Somebody going to get that?' "
Somebody might. But it won't be him.
I don't know how good the Bobcats will be. I don't know if they're a playoff team or a .500 team or if a .500 team is a playoff team. But the advantage they have this season that they lacked last season is continuity. They no longer require name tags. They know each other. They also have one of the best coaches in the sport.
And if the Panthers continue to lose, they have an opportunity. Some fans would rather complain about the local NFL team than support the local NBA team.
But fans who don't enjoy wallowing in their misery and who appreciate good basketball will give the Bobcats a chance.
If they begin this season the way they finished the last, that's all they need.