It's weird that the Charlotte Bobcats are good this year. Sure, you can pin it on the Eastern Conference being weak if you want to. After all, with a 24-30 record, they'd make the Playoffs by the skin of their teeth if they started today. But there is no denying that they are much, much better.
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Talent wins in the NBA. Coaching, cohesion, health, and sheer luck are instrumental to a team's fortunes,
Who you got in a slam dunk contest -- Coach Sheed, née Rasheed Wallace, or Pistons rookie Tony Mitchell?
Have you ever noticed that Detroit Pistons rookie Luigi "Gigi" Datome resembles all the pictures you've ever seen of Jesus? You know, the luscious locks, a fierce beard, a small frame and...well, that's pretty much it.
It takes guts for a group of NBA players to say, "we don't even know what you or your team are about to do, but we sure as hell don't want to find out." More importantly, it takes a player with gravitas to elicit such vulnerability.
Do we overcompensate when projecting sophomore performances? Does that make us bad thinkers? Can I think of a third question?