CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Michael Jordan's Bobcats set an NBA record for futility two years ago. Now, they're talking playoffs — albeit in a watered-down Eastern Conference.
The laughingstock of the league after a 7-59 season in 2011-12, the Bobcats' culture appears to be changing behind first-year head coach Steve Clifford and 6-foot-10 low post scoring threat Al Jefferson.
The Bobcats (22-28) have already surpassed last season's win total with 32 games still remaining. They have positioned themselves as the No. 8 seed in the East with a three-game cushion in the win column over the New York Knicks and Detroit Pistons.
Clifford says the postseason is "right there" for the Bobcats.
The Bobcats have only been to the postseason once — in 2010, and were swept in four games by Orlando.