As one of the youngest franchises in the NBA, the Charlotte Bobcats finally managed to reach the playoffs this season under head coach Larry Brown.
Led by the attacks of Stephen Jackson, Gerald Wallace, and Raymond Felton, Charlotte managed to make the postseason and make a difference.
This isn't your normal fail-to-make-the-postseason Bobcats we've seen for the past few seasons. This is a totally new team. A young team. A great team. Just recently, former NBA champion Michael Jordan finally became the owner of this fine, young franchise.
Jordan, who is probably a young owner himself, looks to improve this team immensely. Jordan showed up for mostly every game Charlotte played in. And as one of the icons in North Carolina, he makes a great fit for the team.
Larry Brown is a Hall-of-Fame coach, no doubt. He's a fantastic coach and worked hard to get this team from down in the dumps to a serious NBA squad. The 'Cats played hard throughout the season.
With getting it paid off with a playoff-berth, Charlotte had to face one of the toughest teams in the East: The Orlando Magic. The Bobcats couldn't manage to do anything. They came close in the last two games of the sweep, but got shut out and the Magic rolled, 4-0.
They're many reasons for this. First of all, this is the first time this team has made the postseason. Larry Brown is a great coach and stupendous mentor, but this Orlando squad was just too good; led by Dwight Howard, Vince Carter, and Jameer Nelson.
Seemed like hell to Charlotte in this series.
But what happened has happened. They just have to live with it and watch the rest of the playoffs at home. Study what other teams do and see if they can top it for next year. The Bobcats look to make good decisions in the off-season and look to make smart moves while drafting.
Larry Brown is weighing down the decision if he wants to come back to coaching the team or not. This is going to be big for the franchise but I think Jordan can convince him to come back. Brown has to come back anyways after a successful year.
It could just get nothing but better for the next season. 2010-11 season is far away from now, but Charlotte has their eyes on it. Well, at least they should have. Felton will most likely be gone and D.J. Augustin will have to step up.
Charlotte also needs a quality center. Things are going to change. We'll see.