CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Al Jefferson sits at his locker, following a surprising season-finale overtime win over the Bulls, talking about the playoffs. And you can't help but wonder what he's doing.
He's in boxer shorts and a dress shirt and already putting on high-top shoes.
"What about your pants, Al?" a reporter asks.
Big Al offers a wide, familiar smile and proceeds to explain his pants are just big enough in the leg area to get his tennis shoes through; and if he puts his pants on first, the pants will get wrinkled while he sits back down to put on shoes.
That's Big Al -- always unconventional, always seeing things before they happen, always explaining the method to his madness.
For that reason, it's fitting that he ended up in Charlotte.
In the 1980s, businessman/Hornets team owner George Shinn believed a small- to mid-market city like Charlotte could actually thrive and support its NBA team with sustainable enthusiasm.
And now, the current incarnation of NBA/Charlotte (the expansio...