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These Cats Have Changed Their Stripes

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Bobcats took the “Bob” off their uniforms, adjusted the design and altered the team colors for 2012-13. So at least they no longer look like the franchise that posted the worst record in the history of the N.B.A.

And with a new coach and a roster stocked with new players, the Cats, as their uniforms now call them, are not the same team that was 7-59 last season, for a .106 winning percentage, the lowest in N.B.A. history. But what have they become? Even they are not quite sure just yet.

The only certainty, if the first 16 games of the season are any indication, is that the road back from oblivion will be uneven. The Bobcats opened the season a surprising 7-5, matching the previous season’s win total by Nov. 24.

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