Most of what goes on this week in Charlotte will be either the exaltation of Barack Obama or poorly-worded insults aimed at [random Republican]. For us hoops fans, the story is both a little more complicated and a little more infuriating:
The cherry on top of this lottery-bound mess is the decision to allow the Democratic National Convention to take over the Bobcats home at exactly the same time that teams are beginning their training camps. Instead of practicing in an NBA-appropriate facility, the Bobcats will spend the majority of September with two-hour-a-day access to the Johnson and Wales University gym. To rephrase: an NBA franchise will be practicing for most of September in a gym belonging to a 2,500 student college.
On the upside, the ‘Cats can’t finish 7-59 again, if only because there’s a full slate of 82 games this year.