Welcome, Lakers fans. This is Rufus on Fire, and we understand that, no matter what, you're going to think less of us because we're Charlotte Bobcats fans -- initally, at least -- even the most friendly among you. However, I also hope that you come to understand that we're like that bar on the edge of Panorama City you once visited, the one with just a few regulars, but they all knew each other, and once you showed you weren't some pompous ass, they welcomed you to a stool and laughed and shouted and sang over brews all night long. If you're cool, we'll be cool.
A few things you should know before the Bobcats beat the Lakers tomorrow night.
1 -- Don't get too worked up about losing to the Cats. You should be used to it by now. (See? I made a funny!) And besides, at this point, it's as if the Lakers were ahead of the curve. Charlotte is a legit playoff contender this year, and their brand of defense gives fits to even the most stalwart of offensive clubs.
2 -- We love our Cats, but we're not stupid. We know Kobe Bryant will be the best player on the floor tomorrow night. It's all a matter of degree, though. If you can't accept that Stephen Jackson and/or Gerald Wallace can give him trouble, then you're not really seeing Kobe for who he really is at this stage of his career. Remember, Wallace is the second best player in this game, right there with Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom. They're better offensively, but they don't have his defensive chops.
3 -- Shannon Brown is pretty awesome, isn't he? Also, we can share stories about how weird Vladimir Radmanovich is! And in the morning, I'm making waffles.
4 -- The rest of the RoF crew can fill you in on whatever else they want you to know here in the comments.