CHARLOTTE, NC --- One of the brilliant decisions new Charlotte Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap made in the offseason was to not let the franchise run from its record-setting season of futility from a year ago.
Dunlap wanted them to own it. He personally embraced it, adopting all of its warts because he knew the only way to truly move on was for everyone to understand the steps required to cut that cord.
Moments following the Bobcats thrilling 90-89 victory over the Indiana Pacers on opening night Friday here at Time Warner Arena, Dunlap laid it right out there:
"The most important thing was to kill the elephant," he said.
The elephant was the team's 23-game losing streak to end last season, which concluded with a 7-59 mark, good for the worst winning percentage in NBA history.
Charlotte slayed the psychological beast Friday while taking a healthy step in the right direction. It's just one game, but this is a different team, and in many respects it's a different franchise with own...