Congratulations to the Charlotte Bobcats for making the playoffs. Their success is a testament to the men who acquired the players, the men who coach the players and to the players themselves. There's nobody in the NBA who plays the way Gerald Wallace does. His style is his; nobody else uses it. And Stephen Jackson is the best player the Bobcats have ever had and one of the best Charlotte has had.
Those of us who were in the gym when the Charlotte Hornets first made the playoffs will never forget the experience. I remember Larry Johnson talking about Kevin McHale of the Boston Celtics, saying that he and his friends would watch McHale on TV and promise each other that those long-armed moves would never work against them. They worked against the Hornets, Johnson admitted, laughing.
I wont compare the experience that awaits the Bobcats with the experience of the Hornets. Before the Carolina Panthers, there were the Hornets, and a thing is new only once.
But the NBA playoffs are new for the Bobcats, and I think Charlotte will respond.