Charlotte Bobcats: First NBA Summer League Game Extremely Encouraging

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Charlotte Bobcats: First NBA Summer League Game Extremely Encouraging
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I can't believe what I'm about to say...

After Friday night, I am actually proud to be a Charlotte Bobcats fan. Seriously proud. Proud to the point where I am almost giddy with excitement at what I just watched.

Yes, I know it was a summer league game. Yes, I know it was against the Sacramento Kings and a bunch of guys who won't be on their roster. And yes, I know the NBA season is still three months away and a lot can change.

But boy oh boy, did the Bobcats impress me Friday.

In a 40-minute game (eight short of a regulation game), the Bobcats managed to score an astounding 121 points. They kept the Kings completely out of sync, forced a ton of turnovers and for the first time in, well, several years, looked like a good basketball team.

Let's take a look at some of what we can take out of this first game.

(Note: I know the summer league is relatively inconsequential, and it is entirely too early to call the Bobcats a good team. This slideshow is merely to look at some things we can take away from their first game, from some rookie debuts and from Mike Dunlap's new coaching scheme.)

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