Double-header today. The Charlotte Bobcats play their first exhibition at 1 p.m. in the arena and the Panthers play Seattle about three hours later in the stadium.
I'll miss the usual pre-Panther banter but nobody said it would be easy. Probably somebody did. But he or she was lying.
Panthers have to win. I tire of people calling games a must win, because most aren't. This is. You don't come back from 1-4, not with the schedule Carolina has. Also, confidence has to be earned. How do you earn it? Just win.
Bobcats, meanwhile, have been retooled, reshaped. They've changed their court and uniforms. More importantly, they've stuck talent into those uniforms. I like their rookies, kind of like their free-agents. Curious about what the season will bring.