May 30, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat forward LeBron James (left) stands next to Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (right) during the first half in game six of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Lance Stephenson puts Charlotte back on the map

Lance Stephenson recently signed a 3 year, $27 million dollar contract with the Charlotte Hornets, which has everyone in the Queen City excited for the upcoming season.

The people of Indiana aren’t as excited…they are disappointed, and some were shocked to see Lance Stephenson leave the Pacers.

Lance will be bringing a lot to the table for the Hornets when it comes to basketball, but that is not the only thing he can contribute to the team…

Charlotte is back on the map of the NBA, thanks to Lance Stephenson

The Charlotte Bobcats (except for the last few years) were the laughing stock of the NBA. They were one of the worst teams in the league year in and year out, and could never put a good team together. It was news whenever they actually won a game, and you never ever saw them playing on national TV except they were in the NBA playoffs (which only happened twice). The Bobcats were not on “the map” of the NBA to say the least.

When it was announced that the Charlotte Bobcats were changing their name to the Charlotte Hornets again, that got everyone excited. It got more people in Charlotte excited about the return of the Hornets, but that excitement can only take you so far. Once that ball is tipped off on opening night, it doesn’t matter what your team mascot is. That won’t win you ball games.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m just as excited as anyone for the return of the Hornets, but it’s not like Alonzo Mourning and Muggsy Bogues are walking through that door. It’s the same team as the Bobcats had last year.

Ok, it’s not the same exact team, in fact, the team will almost be twice as good as last year with the addition of Lance Stephenson, Marvin Williams, Noah Vonleh, and P.J. Hairston.

Even if Charlotte never signed Lance Stephenson, they would still probably be a playoff team, but we all know that isn’t good enough. We want, and expect more.

Not only does Lance make the Hornets a legitimate contender in the East, but he puts them on the national radar, and the map of the NBA.

Lance Stephenson is what I like to call a “Sports Center” player. He’s the player you hear about on TV all the time, and on the internet. He has a strong personality to say the least, which some people don’t like for some reason. Yes, Lance has had some off-the-court issues in the past, but I think he will be loved in Charlotte.

The Bobcats always struggled to get any national attention. Much of that is because they never had a successful and winning team, or had any star players.

The Charlotte Hornets won’t have to worry about that, Lance will give them plenty of national attention, whether it be good or bad. Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker are star players, but they don’t have the strong personality that Lance Stephenson has.

If all goes well and according to plan, the Hornets will be a Top 5 team in the Eastern Conference, and in position to win a playoff series.

Watching the Hornets play next year will be very entertaining. They will be a young team, and it will be fun to see them grow.

Thanks to Lance Stephenson (and the name change back to the Hornets), Charlotte’s professional basketball franchise is back on the map. You can expect the Hornets to be playing on National TV at least a few times next year!

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