Not to make anyone jealous, but I’ve been away, floating on a crystal clear lake in the Upstate of South Carolina for the past seven days. While I was gone not much happened in the world of the Charlotte Bobcats; They’re still maybe going after Carl Landry, Ramon Sessions and Brendan Haywood had their introductory press conference, and well that’s about it.
But, there was big news in the world of the NBA. The new schedule has been released, and within moments of breaking in my front door I’ve already decided the five home games citizens of the Queen City can’t miss.
First, there’s Charlotte’s first game on Nov 2! Not because it’s opening night and it also happens to be at home, but because it’s against D.J. Augustin’s new team, the Indiana Pacers.
It’s not that dramatic of a storyline… Augustin rejected a contract extension, then the Bobcats tried to trade him, then they gave him a qualifying offer, which they pulled, and he immediately signed with Indiana. Still, it’ll be interesting to watch the reception he gets when he comes off the bench and into the game and how he plays against Kemba Walker.
The next must see game is Dec. 12 against the LA Clippers. Lob City destroyed Charlotte the last time around, but that didn’t make it any less fun to watch. Now Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will get a chance to defend one of the leagues best point guards, and Bobcats fans will get a second chance to watch a live action highlight factory in action.
Then, the LA Lakers come to town on Feb. 8. These two teams have had their close, overtime laden games in the past, but the main reason to check this match up out is the fact that the Lakers didn’t travel to Charlotte last season. This year, they’ve got Steve Nash and watching him throw no look, behind the back, through the leg passes to Kobe Bryant should be TONS of fun.
On March 6, the Brooklyn Nets come to town. They didn’t get Dwight Howard (although some pre season prognosticators act like they did), but they did land Joe Johnson (and his massive, un-tradable – or so we thought – contract), keep Gerald Wallace and create some sweet new gear.
Aside from the opportunity to cheer on Wallace again, this will be a fun game to watch in person (who knows, Dwight Howard might actually be there by then).
Finally, on April 17, the Bobcats close the season out at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers. By then, both teams will be out of it and looking ahead to the draft lottery, which is why this game will be so fun to watch. Both teams could be fighting for the right to draft Cody Zeller, and by God, I’ll be damned if this game doesn’t reach an all time high for NBA tankiness.