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Posted on: December 31, 2010 1:13 pm
Edited on: December 31, 2010 9:18 pm
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Ewing may be in talks for Bobcats coaching gig

Patrick Ewing hints at talks for Bobcats coaching gig.
Posted by Matt Moore


Patrick Ewing has hinted at discussions with Bobcats chairman and CEO Michael Jordan regarding the head coaching job. Interim coach Paul Silas is 2-0 since taking over the job, but there's an "interim" tag firmly attached to his title. Meanwhile, the New York Post asked Ewing if he had talked to Jordan about the gig.

Asked if Charlotte had called him, Ewing smiled and said, "They might have."
When pressed, Ewing said, "He might have been. I talk to Michael all the time. There definitely was a phone call. It depends on what we talked about."
via Ewing in mix to be Bobcats head coach - NYPOST.com .

Ewing has interviewed for several gigs but has never gotten far. There are a number of questions, not the least of which is why he has been unable to coach Dwight Howard into having the kind of post-game befitting a superstar of his stature.  Ewing's relationship with Jordan (the two are close friends despite the hurting Jordan routinely put on the Big Fella in the playoffs) may be what he needs to get a foot in the door. 

If I'm Ewing however, I'm thinking more about trying to aim for a gig that isn't loaded with huge longterm contracts on declining players, a poor history of drafting, no discernible superstar and a limited budget due to market restraints. But then I'm picky like that. 
Posted on: December 23, 2010 4:59 pm
 

Bobcats talking to Blazers about Miller, Camby?

Posted by Royce Young

It's pretty clear that Michael Jordan is making some phone calls right now. On the heels of reports that Charlotte is interesting in trading for Baron Davis, there's another rumor via FanHouse that Jordan has discussed a trade with Portland sending Gerald Wallace, DeSagana Diop and D.J. Augustin to the Blazers for Andre Miller and Marcus Camby.

The Davis trade had a strong smell of desperation to it, but the possible deal with Portland makes a bit more sense. The Bobcats give up a lot more, but they don't jeopardize any long-term financial flexibility with the deal. Camby's contract is up after this season and Miller has a team option on his contract next season.

Obviously Jordan is interested in acquiring a more play-making oriented point guard. The Bobcats lost that when Raymond Felton went to New York over the summer. Most felt like Augustin might be able to handle that responsibility, but it hasn't worked out well. Plus, who knew the Bobcats would also miss the inside presence of Tyson Chandler. Camby would certainly be a solid addition in that sense.

But the Bobcats would lose a core piece in Wallace to get two veteran players. Much like the Davis deal, it's a bit of a now-or-never move, but the good news to this one is that it doesn't put a bunch of cash on the books for the next few years. Giving away Wallace hurts but if the Bobcats are considering a blow-up of the roster, this deal makes a lot more sense than the one with the Clippers. There's a chance the team could win with Miller and Camby (especially in the weak bottom half of the East), plus the Bobcats open up a number of new roster options with the new financial flexibilty.

The Blazers would certainly be interested in this deal as Brandon Roy has publicly voiced some issues he has playing with Miller in the backcourt. Plus there are reports Roy has even asked for either he or Miller to be moved because he doesn't feel they can co-exist in Portland's backcourt. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported last week that Portland is considering going young and trading Camby and Miller. Maybe this is a suitable deal for Rich Cho and company.

Wallace was an All-Star last season and one of the premier small forward defenders in the league. While he's a really good player, he's also under contract through 2012 with a player option in 2013 at around $9.5 million a year. Not a massive financial committment, but depending on where Portland is at, it's something long-term.

Portland isn't extremely strong at small forward with Nicolas Batum, but I'm not sure Wallace is that big of an upgrade. Batum has shown flashes of being a good scorer in addition to a premier defender. So what's better to do, cut into Batum's minutes but get Gerald Wallace or go with Batum as the future at small forward?

Just another rumored deal that probably isn't that close to getting anywhere near done, but it's clear that Jordan is on the move with his roster. And Portland makes a good candidate to play with.
Posted on: December 23, 2010 1:53 pm
 

Report: Bobcats making run at Baron Davis

Posted by Royce Young

Things are getting moved around in Charlotte right now. First it was Michael Jordan assuming ownership of the team last year. Then it was Larry Brown being shown the door. Next was Paul Silas taking Brown's place with Charles Oakley joining the staff.

But all of that doesn't directly affect the personell on the floor. Well, the Bobcats are maybe getting to that.

There has been some chatter about Charlotte blowing the whole thing up and starting over by sending Stephen Jackson and Gerald Wallace elsewhere. As mentioned in today's Shootaround, according to Yahoo! Sports, Jordan and the Bobcats might go a different direction. Reportedly, Jordan is considering sending D.J. Augustin, DeSagana Diop and Matt Carroll to the Clippers for Baron Davis.

The trade works in terms of salaries, but I'm sure Neil Olshey and the Clippers front office feels like it can do better than that. Reality is, they probably can't. Davis is still owed over $40 million through 2013 and isn't exactly playing great basketball. It would be a cost-cutting move for the Clippers and a major play towards a full-on youth movement. It makes complete sense for the Clips. Hand the reins to Eric Bledsoe and Augustin, let them lob to Blake Griffin and get out of the way.

But why would Charlotte do this? Jordan is likely banking on a new scene giving Davis a kick in the pants to start playing how he's capable. Davis first played for Paul Silas in 1999 when Silas was the head coach of the Charlotte Hornets who drafted Davis fourth overall. Davis played his first five seasons with the Charlotte Hornets so maybe a little nostalgia and reunion will bring back the talented Baron Davis.

It's a long shot and reeks of desperation if it happens. Baron Davis can certainly still play, but that's a lot of money to take on for a player that may or may not help you. You're not sending off too much in Augustin, Diop and Carroll, but you lose some flexibility and now have a big contract on the books for three years. That's risky.

But Jordan may feel like he has to take this shot before he blows it up. He still has Jackson and Wallace so maybe he's thinking he's got to at least try to do something. Remember, this was a playoff team last season. The loss of Raymond Felton proved to be far bigger than anyone could see coming, so Jordan is trying to find an apt replacement. Problem is, that replacement is going to cost.
Posted on: December 23, 2010 12:40 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:47 pm
 

Jordan's Bobcats add Charles Oakley as assistant

The Charlotte Bobcats have added owner Michael Jordan's long-time friend, Charles Oakley, as an assistant coach. Posted by Ben Golliver jordan-oakley

Michael Jordan and Charles Oakley go back a long time. Before getting traded to the New York Knicks, Oakley was famously Young Jordan's basketball bodyguard, an enforcer tasked with protecting the high-flying star from nightly drubbings. The pair teamed up briefly again during Jordan's comeback with the Washington Wizards, and they've long been known for their hard-partying off-court exploits.  On Thursday, Yahoo! Sports reports that Jordan has tabbed Oakley as one of the assistants to join interim head coach Paul Silas, on a staff which will reportedly also include Stephen Silas and Ralph Lewis.

At first glance, this looks like an uber-rich friend doing a favor for his rich friend, but this might not be the worst idea in the world. With former head coach Larry Brown departing so quickly after making comments about problems in the locker room, it's difficult to think of a better head-cracking enforcer than Oakley. If getting young players to behave and play harder is what's needed, nobody can scare some sense into them quite like Oakley, who made his reputation as a physical rebounder on the tough-as-nails Knicks teams of the 1990s.  I always thought Oakley could wind up as the single best high school security officer of all time, and that's pretty much what he'll be asked to do with the Bobcats, so this feels like a natural fit. To be honest, I'm sitting here at my desk, 3,000 miles away from Charlotte, afraid to cross the line on any more quips, lest Oakley hunt me down. If I was sitting next to him on the bench, or having him glower at me during practices, I would be giving 100 percent, no questions asked. Surely the Bobcats will fall in line. For Oakley, the position will require that he exercise a bit more prudence in his public comments. Earlier this week, in an interview with Miami radio station WQAM, for example, he referred to TNT commentator Charles Barkley as a "***hole" and cursed repeatedly, according to a transcript posted on SportsRadioInterviews.com.  That kind of thing will get you fined right out of the league by NBA Commissioner David Stern. Charlotte isn't going anywhere anyway, so this move rates an A+ based on the potential entertainment factor alone.
Posted on: December 23, 2010 8:11 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:46 pm
 

Shootaround 12.23.10: McGrady calls out Bosh

Tracy McGrady calls out Chris Bosh, the Bobcats look to deal for a veteran point guard, Chris Webber asks questions about Brandon Roy, the Kings look to build a new home and Landry Fields continues to get a lot of love in NYC. Posted by Ben Golliver  shootaround
  • Tracy McGrady returned to Toronto Wednesday night and was booed by Raptors fans, years after he departed the city for Orlando. McGrady's response, via the Vancouver Sun. "“Keep booing me. I love it. It really doesn’t bother me at all,” said McGrady, who at one point even talked back at a heckling fan after hitting a shot. “It’s not like I was like Chris Bosh and selling out the city like the city was horrible or something, making crazy comments about the city.”
  • The Bulls destroyed the Sixers the other day, and Tom Haberstroh notes that center Joakim Noah's absence couldn't come at a better time for Chicago, given their easy schedule over the next six weeks.
  • Houston Rockets guard Kevin Martin tells NBA Fanhouse he's not too thrilled about the idea of rebuilding in Yao Ming's absence. "Rebuilding is definitely not something I want to go through again," said Martin, whose contract runs through 2013 and has a combined $24 million remaining after this season. "Daryl thinks I'm an important member of this team, especially on the offensive end, for many years to come. But this being the business, you just never know." 
  • Speaking of Fields, the Knicks defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night, causing PostingandToasting.com to get pretty excited about life. "Landry Fields. Oh, Landry Landry Landry boy. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love when you get a hand on a rebound, helping the Knicks regain possession without ever personally securing the ball. I love when you cut baseline for easy backdoor buckets. I love when you make slick passes in transition. I love when you nail open threes, ugly as your form may be. I love when you poach passing lanes so expertly that it looks like the pass was intended for you. I love you when you bum rush the offensive glass for tip-ins. I love when you block the shots of guys who tower over you. I love when you throw outlet passes right on the money. I love when you claw over screens to draw charges. I love when you laugh, because I laugh too. I love when we sing to each other. I love when we frolic and pick wild berries together. You complete me, Landry Fields."
Posted on: December 22, 2010 6:33 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:46 pm
 

Jordan, Bobcats name Paul Silas interim coach

The Charlotte Bobcats have named Paul Silas as their interim head coach, replacing former head coach Larry Brown. Posted by Ben Golliverpaul-silas Earlier today, the Charlotte Bobcats and owner Michael Jordan announced that head coach Larry Brown was leaving the franchise . Shortly thereafter, we asked who might be tabbed as Brown's replacement? Within a few hours, we have our answer to that question. The Bobcats have announced that Paul Silas will step in as the team's interim coach.
Charlotte Bobcats Chairman and CEO Michael Jordan today named Paul Silas interim head coach of the team, effective immediately.
In 10 seasons as an NBA head coach, Silas has a career record of 355-400 with the Clippers (1980-83), Hornets (1999-2003) and Cavaliers (2003-05)   He has also spent 11 seasons as an assistant coach for the Hornets, Knicks, Nets and Suns.
During his four-plus seasons as head coach of the Hornets, Silas compiled a 208-155 (.573) record and led the team to the playoffs in each of his four full seasons.  He remains the team’s all-time leader in coaching wins and ranks second in winning percentage.  Silas was named interim head coach of the Hornets on March 7, 1999, and led the team to a 22-13 record over the final 35 games of the 1998-99 season after replacing Dave Cowens. A 16-year NBA veteran, Silas averaged 9.4 points and 9.9 rebounds in 1,254 career games for the Hawks, Suns, Celtics, Nuggets and SuperSonics.  He was a two-time All-Star (1972 and 1975) and won three NBA Championships (1974 and 1976 with Boston and 1979 with Seattle).  Silas currently ranks 19th on the NBA’s career lists for rebounds (12,357) and games played (1,254).
As we noted earlier, Silas emerged almost immediately as the front runner. An NBA lifer and Charlotte-area resident, Silas was LeBron James' first coach in Cleveland. Back in April 2008, before Brown was hired, Silas called the Bobcats head coaching position a "dream job." Our partner in crime, CBSSports.com's NBA Blogger Matt Moore, provides a rundown of the busy day in Charlotte on video. Have a look.
Posted on: December 22, 2010 4:52 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:46 pm
 

Who will Michael Jordan pick to replace Brown?

Charlotte Bobcats head coach Larry Brown has resigned and his staff has reportedly been fired. Bobcats owner Michael Jordan is reportedly set topaul-silasname Brown's replacement on Thursday. Who will it be? Posted by Ben Golliver

Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan is obviously frustrated with the direction of his team, which is currently in fourth place in the Southeast Division with a record of 9-19. Jordan has been shopping his two co-captains, Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson, and earlier today we noted that Bobcats head coach Larry Brown resigned, and his entire coacing staff is reportedly departing along with him. So who will Jordan tab as Brown's replacement? Here's a look at seven possibilities, some more serious candidates than others. Paul Silas: Both Yahoo! Sports and CBSSports.com's Ken Berger report that Silas is the early favorite to take the job, and he's an NBA lifer. Silas was LeBron James's first coach in Cleveland, and was also the head coach of the New Orleans Hornets.  Back in April 2008, before Brown was hired, Silas called the Bobcats head coaching position a "dream job." According to the report, he lives in North Carolina. His career coaching record is 355-400. Mike Woodson: Again, according to CBSSports.com and Yahoo!, Woodson is another strong possibility. He coached the Hawks from 2004-2010, before departing after a disappointing playoff exit last Spring. Under his guidance, the Hawks made the playoffs each of the last three seasons. His career coaching record is 206-286. Darrell Walker: The former head coach of the Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards, Berger reports that Walker is close to Jordan. His career record as a head coach is 56-113, and he is currently an assistant coach with the Detroit Pistons. Walker played in the NBA for 11 seasons, and was briefly a teammate of Jordan's in 1992-1993 with the Chicago Bulls. Patrick Ewing: A rival of Jordan's both in college, at Georgetown and in the pros, as a Hall of Fame center for the New York Knicks, Ewing brings no head coaching experience to the table. However, he's served as an assistant coach with the Orlando Magic for a number of seasons. His hiring would be quite surprising, however Jordan is known to surround himself with people he trusts, and his relationship with Ewing spans three decades. Yahoo! lists Ewing as "under consideration," while Berger says he is "in the mix." Jeff Van Gundy: Ewing's former coach, who also coached the Houston Rockets, is a regular in NBA coaching carousel chatter. Currently an analyst for ESPN. He's the brother of Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy, and boasts a career record of 430-318. He's been rumored to be linked to jobs in the past, and was even rumored to be a potential replacement for Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra if their season continued to go poorly, but he hasn't coached in the NBA since 2006-2007. Mark Jackson: Another former Jordan rival on the court, Jackson is widely considered the best former player who has yet to be given an NBA head coaching job. A point guard for multiple teams, including the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers, Jackson is No. 3 on the NBA's all time assists leaderboard, trailing only John Stockton and Jason Kidd. Jackson is Van Gundy's broadcasting partner on ESPN and is known for coining really annoying phrases such as, "Mama, there goes that man!" and "Hand down, man down!" He's also been linked to multiple jobs, but has never taken the bait. Mike Brown: The former coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers was let go earlier this summer when Cavs owner Dan Gilbert was trying to do everything possible to retain free agent forward LeBron James. He might be the most talented coach available, but is known for his slow-down style on offense. His career record is 272-138, and he won 50 or more games in four out of his five seasons in Cleveland, including 60+ wins twice. Berger says Brown is not under consideration. Who do you think should be the next coach of the Bobcats? Weigh in on Facebook right now.
Posted on: December 22, 2010 4:51 pm
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