On Tuesday night the Hornets found themselves in the loss column for the third time this year. I’m not here to tell you what to think, but I personally believe there are many reasons for optimism. Im fact I never read much into how a team starts. For example take the 7-59 Bobcats won several of their first games, only to go on and claim the worst record (by percentage) in league history. Or the 2013 Carolina Panthers who started off 1-3 only to finish 12-4. But let’s focus on the Hornets. A team that gave us many reasons to smile in the offseason is now causing quite the inverse. Let’s take a look at why we must not panic:
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist - Most of you probably know how important MKG is to the Hornets defense. He’s basically not been active for the Hornets during the past two games. At times the defense looks lost without Kidd-Gilchrist. Heck, it looks lost a lot of times with Kidd-Gilchrist. The point is MKG will be back and he will only help.
Lance Stephenson - I think we can all agree the Stephenson era is off to a very rocky start. On the bright side, things can only get better. No one expected Born Ready to look this poor, but you have to believe he improved. Remember, Stephenson signed a shorter contract betting on himself. Lance wants the big money in three years and he’s won’t get it playing like this. That’s good enough evidence for me that he will turn it around.
The Bench Brigade - The Hornets have seen good play from Gary Neal and Cody Zeller. These are two guys who are going to be crucial to the Hornets success this season. I’ve also liked what I’ve seen from Jason Maxiell. While I know a lot of you are big Biyombo fans, it’s time to realize Maxiell is giving the team the best look. Don’t expect the playing time for Biz to change anytime soon.
Steve Clifford - One things for sure and that’s that Steve Clifford has not been happy with the Hornets play so far this year. You know Clifford is disgusted with the teams play, so expect him to get that corrected.
What’s Up Next:
We know the Hornets have had a pretty tough schedule to start out. It doesn't get any easier later this month. After coming home to face the Heat and the Hawks, the Hornets will set out on the road. They’re six day road trip will see them play the likes of Los Angeles, Portland, Phoenix, and Golden State. Follow that up with a matchup with the Mavs and you’ve got yourself a pretty tough schedule. If the Hornets aren’t able to get things turned around, they could find themselves in a deep hole to start the year.
Lead Hornets Writer: Jonathon Hoppe