Want to know who's heating up for a big season on the hardwood? Insider is tapping into John Hollinger's projected player efficiency ratings to see who's trending up and down across the NBA. Ric Bucher rounds out the report by examining a pivotal player you'll want to watch as the season approaches. The series continues with the Charlotte Bobcats.
Last season didn't resurrect Larry Brown's reputation as a coach, but maybe it should have. After all, he had the Bobcats within striking distance of the playoffs with a roster devoid of a single certified All-Star or a specific strength. Now the team is suffering through tragedy and a pair of distractions. Co-owner Skipper Beck died in a plane crash. Meanwhile, the Bobcats are up for sale and team president Michael Jordan is hinting at playing again. That's a tough way to start the season.
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