MMPG: Team of the Week

Charlotte Bobcats

I'm trying to take you guys up there. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

At times this season, the Charlotte Bobcats have looked like a team lacking vision and direction. They seemed to make a major trade almost every month, giving up on their former leading scorer (Jason Richardson) and a former No. 3 pick (Adam Morrison) along the way. But as the season reaches its final weeks, it appears that the Bobcats were simply searching for the right players to "play the right way" for Larry Brown.

Out to restore a legacy that hit some embarrassing bumps at the 2004 Olympics and one season with the New York Knicks, the peripatetic Hall of Fame coach has the Bobcats in contention for the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. New additions such as Boris Diaw, Raja Bell and Vladimir Radmanovic have helped Charlotte win a franchise-record six games in a row. The Bobcats (28-35) beat Chicago, Atlanta and New York last week to move within one game of the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference.

Nicknamed "Turnaround Brown" for his ability to make bad teams good and good teams great, Brown is working the same magic he used at most of his many career coaching stops. Aside from his NCAA and NBA championships, guiding the Los Angeles Clippers to the postseason is one of the highlights on his resume. Taking Charlotte to the playoffs in his first season would trump that.

By Michael Lee |  March 9, 2009; 9:28 AM ET MMPG: Week 19
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The Jazz are looking like a team to be dealt with come playoff time. They're healthy and peaking at just the right point. This summer will be interesting for them, with both Millsap and (potentially) Boozer up for new deals and it being unlikely they'll be able to keep both.

Posted by: kalo_rama | March 9, 2009 3:48 PM

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