We have two full off days before the next Bobcats game, so now's a good time to take stock of where we stand and what we demand of this team.
I didn't mention it in my recap of the Pacers game, but Saturday night the home crowd booed the Bobcats. Think about that. People don't boo if they're apathetic; they boo when their expectations haven't been met. That crowd--rightly--expected more from the team, and they were angry when they didn't get it.
There are a few schools of thought on booing. I won't boo my own guys unless he's a disgraceful human being who doesn't deserve to be on the court. Think Brett Myers, Philadelphia Phillies pitcher, the day after he punched his wife in the face and dragged her by her hair. I think we can all agree that's boo-worthy.
I'll boo other teams' guys if they're particularly grating. The guys who think they're better than they are, especially. Like what JJ Redick was in college.
(Redick, to be fair, is a really weird case in that he was thoroughly unlikeable when he was at Duke, but took so much nasty abuse and out and out brutality that it's difficult to justify booing him anymore. Dude's paid his debts and then some.)
But I won't boo my team's guys just for sucking that night. Once I do that, I'm admitting I don't believe they're trying, because there's no moral high ground in booing guys who simply aren't good enough. But really, can you tell when guys are trying?
We're not in a situation where we're booing management's choice to employ some bums, so we can be sure those people were booing the guys on the court. It's both encouraging that people care enough to get angry and disheartening that they're so fickle they'd turn on the guys that quickly.