The feeling of missing out is not lost on just the Charlotte Hornets. Another 7 teams also fell short on being called back to basketball when the NBA resumes later in the month at the Disney World bubble in Orlando.
The Charlotte Hornets should consider that missing out on playing in the bubble in the NBA’s return could be a catalyst for the team especially the young core of Miles Bridges, Terry Rozier, P.J. Washington, and Most Improved candidate, Devonte’ Graham.
The NBA going to Orlando this summer to finish the season may seem like unusual circumstances, however, it may also be an indication of how future seasons are finished, especially if the number of Covid-19 cases continues to rise or if there are second waves further down the line.
With that in mind should the Hornets’ stars take it personally that they don’t get an invite to the party? For the sake of the future of the franchise, fans should hope that the answer is a resounding yes.
From his time in Boston, we know that Terry Rozier is a competitive talent and out of all the young Hornets he will certainly be looking to make sure the purple and teal take a step towards the playoffs next season.
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Could missing out on playing in the bubble serve as increased motivation for the Charlotte Hornets going into next season?
Missing out on the bubble and not being recognized as a team with playoff aspirations should serve as a catalyst for the Hornets next season and the team should look forward to facing those 22 teams down the road to show that they can play with anybody.
Certainly, towards the end of the active season prior to the lockdown, the Hornets grabbed some key victories against the Miami Heat and Houston Rockets showing that Head Coach James Borrego’s development of the ball club is taking shape.
Players are invested and it certainly seems as the team has great chemistry. So, the next step is going to be making sure that if the league ever makes a cut again the Hornets are not a team on the outside looking in.
There are talks of a smaller bubble in Chicago and could hopefully present itself as an opportunity that the Hornets can grab as precious development time that will be critical to the team’s success next season.
As the Hornets wrapped up playing in early March the team looked like they were starting to click and hopefully taking this summer personally and getting back to work will serve as a rocket strapped to the teams back as they take another step forward next season.