With the NCAA men's basketball tournament about to begin and the Butch Davis era at North Carolina finally ending, the Charlotte Bobcats won't collect much attention. But on Monday night in New Orleans they made their signature play of the season.
Here comes Trevor Ariza with a head start after a defense mix-up by Gerald Henderson. Trevor Ariza, 6-8, athletic and lean, gets a head start, goes high for the dunk and, with fewer than two seconds left, rookie Bismack Biyombo goes high to stuff him.
And Bismack does. He goes straight up to avoid a foul and stops him clean. Bismack's play was a testament to timing, athleticism and knowing what to do and how to do it.
If you want hope, the Bobcats provided it. Yes, they beat the NBA's third worst team. But it was a rookie who made the signature play, it was rookie Kemba Walker who was superb in the third and fourth quarter when Charlotte rallied, and it was Gerald Henderson who most of the evening was the best player on the court.
Whether it's the NCAA, the NIT or the NBA, it's basketball, and when it's special it's special, no matter who does it.
This was special. After Biyombo lept, I did, albeit not as high, and off the couch.