Even when the rebranded (can it be a rebranding if you are only going back into an old brand? Can brands work? Someone get me a brand strategist on the phone) Charlotte Hornets aren’t anything near to title contenders, they’ll at least look great as they try to improve on the No. 7 seed that they caught as the Bobcats last season.
The new duds are slick, and Lance Stephenson will infuse the club with tons of”no, no, YES!” razzle-dazzle. Additionally, but rookie big guy Noah Vonleh is fascinating, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s jumper looks more like a shot than a contortionist routine gone horribly wrong.
There’s reason to get fired up about those Hornets. Perhaps you will say there’s a buzz in Charlotte. You would not say that, of course, because that is about as hacky since it gets.
Suffice it to state the accession of Stephenson and more moments for Kidd-Gilchrist could help the league’s sixth-ranked defense make even better this season. If the crime around focal point Al Jefferson also improves (which it might with Kemba Walker heading right into a contract year), the Bugs could surely increase the playoff ladder.
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