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Charlotte Bobcats head coach Larry Brown steps down as team struggles, Michael Jordan announces. Posted by Matt Moore
UPDATE 5:03 p.m: Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that the separation was amicable, but that Jordan called Brown in this morning to inform him he and his staff would be let go. He also asked Brown for a list of candidates, but stipulated, this is to be considered an interim position. That decision will likely narrow their list of candidates. For more on possible Bobcats replacements, Ben Golliver breaks it down including a list of candidates according to Ken Berger, including Paul Silas, Patrick Ewing, and Dan Majerle.
UPDATE 4:13 p.m.: NBA FanHouse reports that the entire staff has been let go and that a new coach is expected to be installed tomorrow (which makes it sound like he's drywall).
Larry Brown has resigned as Charlotte Bobcats head coach, Bobcats Chairman and CEO Michael Jordan announced today in the following press release:
“I met with Coach Brown two weeks ago about the team’s performance and what we could do to improve it. We met again this morning after practice. The team has clearly not lived up to either of our expectations and we both agreed that a change was necessary,” Jordan said.
This marks a huge change of direction for the Bobcats, and it's unlikely that Brown himself is through coaching. He was linked to coaching vacancies in Philadelphia as recently as last summer prior to the hiring of Doug Collins. With Brown out, the Bobcats are now a sinking ship with long-term contracts and no one at the helm. Jordan just claimed majority ownership last year, and now after making the playoffs for the first time in franchise history, the team finds itself in utter disarray. How they'll get back to calmer waters is anyone's guess, but one thing is for sure. Brown will have better opportunities open to him for his next job than the Bobcats will for their next head coach.
What coach do you think should take over for the Bobcats? Vote now on CBSSports.com's Facebook page!
Posted on: December 17, 2010 1:13 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:38 pm
The Charlotte Bobcats are reportedly shopping both of their co-captains, Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson, in trade talks. Posted by Ben Golliver. The Charlotte Bobcats can be described in two words: terrible and irrelevant. at 9-16, the Bobcats are nine games behind the Miami Heat in the Southeast Division race, also rans that are closer to battling for the cellar than they are for playoff contention. That's not good enough for many NBA owners, and surely the uber-competitive, used-to-winning Bobcats owner, former Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan, is already getting sick of it. Word got out recently that Jordan chewed his team out after a recent loss, and now comes word from the Charlotte Observer that the Bobcats are peddling key players on the trade market.
The Charlotte Bobcats have been gauging the trade value of various players, including co-captains Stephen Jackson and Gerald Wallace, two NBA sources confirmed Thursday.
The two sources – executives with other NBA teams – spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject. “It would not surprise me at all’’ if the Bobcats move one of their top players, one source said. “I will say I think they’re asking for a lot.’’ Bobcats general manager Rod Higgins did not immediately return a phone message left early Thursday evening.The paper also notes that five Bobcats that were acquired over the summer became eligible to be traded on Dec. 15. Both Wallace and Jackson have been tossed out in trade rumors before, but both would be difficult to replace for the Bobcats. Wallace brings a hard-nosed, boxscore-stuffing, all-around game on a night in and night out basis, while Jackson is the team's leading scorer and, given his passion for the game, its emotional leader. The problem with trading one of both of these players is that the Bobcats are atrocious on offense, ranked No. 26 in the league in efficiency and No. 28 in points per game. Jackson, at 17.7 points per game, and Wallace, at 16.7 points per game, are the team's two leading scorers. After those guys, who can both fill it up fairly reliably, coach Larry Brown would be turning to a hodgepodge of role players like D.J. Augustin and Boris Diaw to carry the scoring load. That's clearly not a winning formula. Last weekend, the Bobcats tried to talk their way into the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes, which would certainly address their need for top-end scoring, but no one really believed they were a player, because Charlotte isn't exactly a hot destination for a superstar of Anthony's calibre, even with Jordan's universal appeal. The Bobcats are regularly active and this year will likely be no exception. Whether they are able to get commensurate value for Wallace and/or Jackson and feel comfortable pulling the trade trigger on one or both of them remains to be seen.
Posted on: December 12, 2010 2:27 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:32 pm
The Charlotte Bobcats are reportedly interested in trading for Denver Nuggets all star forward Carmelo Anthony. Posted by Ben Golliver. It's open season on Carmelo Anthony rumors, once again, after CBSSports.com Ken Berger reported earlier this week that the Denver Nuggets have come to terms with the fact that they need to trade Anthony. While Berger also reported this weekend that Anthony is considering an extension with the team, that feels like a polite way for Anthony to show respect to his bosses, who are obviously in a difficult position, looking to maximize the return on their franchise player leaving town. This weekend comes news that a new player may be interested in talking Anthony trades with the Nuggets. ESPN.com reports that the Charlotte Bobcats are interested in trading for Anthony.
But the Knicks are not the only team trying to acquire Anthony, as noted by the source who said the Bobcats are trying to trade for him (the source did not reveal exactly what Charlotte was offering).HoopsWorld takes a crack at guessing which Bobcats might be involved in this rumored trade.
There are no solid details about what the Bobcats might give up, and ESPN is running little more than a blurb in their news stream about the rumored trade, but given what the Bobcats have been willing to offer up in the past it's logical to think they would part with Gerald Wallace and Boris Diaw, two pieces that would help the Nuggets.The Bobcats were a player in Anthony rumors earlier this fall, when a four-team blockbuster trade was floated that involved the Denver Nuggets, Charlotte Bobcats, New Jersey Nets and Utah Jazz. In that scenario, Anthony was to land in New Jersey rather than Charlotte. A trade with the Bobcats doesn't make nearly as much sense as a trade with the Nets for the Nuggets, but it's not the worst idea in the world. Wallace would plug in nicely to fill the huge minutes gap that Anthony's departure would create. He would provide an upgrade defensively while still being able to provide some scoring. The Nuggets would be downgrading overall by going from Anthony to Wallace, but it could be significantly worse. The major issue here: What else do the Bobcats have that would be attractive to the Nuggets? Denver, as we've written before, needs to acquire young talent, salary cap flexibility and future assets, and Charlotte is pretty much barren when it comes to desirable young talent and attractive draft picks. Wallace and junk won't get this done. And even if the Nuggets could talk themselves into a Wallace-centered package, why in the world would Anthony want to play for the Bobcats? The lure of Michael Jordan's ownership sounds good on paper, but one look at the team's roster, recent history, lack of media profile is all it would take for Anthony to forget about inking an extension with Charlotte. Not to mention that Bobcats coach Larry Brown is reportedly struggling to get through to his team. Anthony wants to win and play in a high-profile media market; Charlotte is years (decades?) away from seriously contending and is one of the most invisible franchises in the NBA. As for the Bobcats, just like anyone else, they are not going to trade one of their best players for a half-season of Anthony and a hope at re-signing him this summer. That's simply too much risk, even for a mediocre team that's treading water. Add it all up, and this rumor doesn't make much sense.
Posted on: December 3, 2010 3:33 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2010 3:37 pm
Posted by Royce Young
Remember how everyone jumped all over the Free Kevin Love bandwagon? Remember how outraged people were when they'd look at a box score and see 24 minutes next to Love name, along with 19 points, 14 rebounds? Remember how when he got his chance at consistent playing time, he joined a list that had Moses Malone on it with a 31-point, 31-rebound performance?
Well, where's the outrage for Tyrus Thomas?
The Charlotte Bobcats forward is averaging just 21.3 minutes a night, yet putting up career-best numbers in points per game, field goal percentage and free throw percentage. His blocks and rebounds are just barely off his career-highs. And yet, Larry Brown continues to give Thomas erratic playing time, despite the fact that the pillowy Boris Diaw and Nazr Mohammed are the Bobcats starting frontcourt.
Actually, this might make even less sense than sitting Kevin Love.
So of course if Thomas is sitting, it must be defense, right? Brown coaches defense and that's what the Bobcats do so well. But Brett Hainline of Queen City Hoops had a great look at it:
If it is defense that is forcing Larry’s hand – my numbers can’t find it. With Tyrus on the court this year, the Bobcats have allowed an efficiency of 104.0 and it goes to 106.5 with him off the court. Looks solid for him. Ok – how about individually? Tyrus is among the team leader’s in slowing down his opponent, allowing 1.8 fewer points per 100 possessions to his man than expected. Nazr and Derrick Brown bring up the rear on this at 6.7 and 5.1 more per 100, and Kwame is only slightly in front of Tyrus at -2.4. For allowed PER, Tyrus has surrendered a PER of 1.2 points below expected, with Nazr at 6.75 above, Derrick at 5.19 above and Kwame at 0.59 below.The most minutes Thomas has seen this season is 34. His numbers that night: 26 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and four blocks. In games where Thomas has seen over 25 minutes (four games), he's averaging 22.5 ppg, 8.3 rpg and 2.0 bpg. Thomas has a PER of 23.56, which ranks him 11th in the entire league. And third among power forwards.
Yet he's only getting 22 minutes a game and on some nights, as low as 14? How in the world does this make any sense for a team that's 6-12 and is desperately looking for an offense spark anywhere it can find it?
Thomas is only 24 years old and could realistically be a centerpiece in Charlotte's future. His game is still raw, but clearly he's developing. Despite seeing the most erratic playing time of his career, he's producing his best season yet.
Larry Brown is considered one of the great coaches in the NBA, but this almost just seems like some kind of power play with Thomas. It's like Brown has his rotation set and that's what he's going with. He will not be persuaded by some young player that's putting up a nice season. Boris Diaw and his doughy body must play!
For comparison's sake, Diaw is getting 35.6 minutes a game and averaging 12.6 points and 4.8 rebounds a night. So it's not like Diaw is simply playing so awesome that Thomas can't find the floor. Again, Charlotte's interior is made up of Diaw, Mohammed, Derrick Brown, DeSagana Diop and Kwame Brown. How is Tyrus Thomas having trouble finding the floor with that group around him?
And it's not like the Bobcats are an especially exciting team either. Nobody on that roster really fires up the fanbase. I don't think anyone is flooding the gates to see Eduardo Najera take a charge. Thomas, along with Gerald Wallace, are the two most athletic, talented and exciting players on the team. If anything else, people might enjoy watching Thomas swat a few shots or dunk over someone. Forget the fact that he's playing the best basketball of his young career. He's at least something to watch!
It's one thing when you're winning. It's another when you're losing and not playing your most talented players. Maybe Thomas is in Brown's doghouse for some reason. Maybe this is some kind of player development tactic. Or maybe it's just stupidity.
Posted on: December 3, 2010 2:41 pm
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Charlotte Bobcats forward Stephen Jackson wrote an apology letter to fans for all of his technical fouls. Posted by Ben Golliver. Earlier this week, Charlotte Bobcats forward Stephen Jackson was suspended for a game without pay after getting ejected from a game against the Milwaukee Bucks over the weekend and disputing the ejection with the referees. On Friday, Jackson, who has received seven technical fouls in 17 games so far this season (third most in the NBA), issued a public letter of apology on Bobcats.com. Addressed to "Bobcats Fans" and signed "Sincerely, Stephen" the four-paragraph letter includes an admission of wrongdoing in Milwaukee and offers a blanket respect for NBA officials. Jackson also explains that he plays basketball "with all the passion, love and respect of those who came before me" and that he looks forward to returning from his suspension Friday night against the New Jersey Nets.
People do not like to admit they are wrong, but my actions in Milwaukee last week resulted in an ejection and ultimately an NBA suspension for the next game. As a result, I let myself, my teammates and my coaches down, but more importantly, I let our fans down. In my heart, I know I have to adjust my emotions on the floor and I vow to work harder than ever to not put myself or this team in that situation again.
I understand the rules that the NBA has established to govern players’ behavior on the floor and I respect the job the officials have each night. NBA players are bigger, faster and more athletic than ever, so being able to call a perfect game each night and see every foul is tough, and I have to take that into consideration.
Given LeBron James' much-ballyhooed refusal to apologize for The Decision this week, we shouldn't downplay or overlook Jackson's decision to discuss his own faults publicly. That's not easy for anyone, in any walk of life, so kudos to him.
It's a nice gesture, an olive branch to fans when they need it most. At 6-12, the Bobcats are looking like they will take a step back and out of the playoff picture this year. Surely, Bobcats fans, care far more about the losing than the technicals. A good first step in righting the ship, I'm sure everyone can agree, is keeping Jackson on the court.
Posted on: November 30, 2010 3:22 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:09 pm
Charlotte Bobcats forward Stephen Jackson has been suspended by the NBA for one game after arguing his ejection from a Saturday game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Posted by Ben Golliver. Bobcats forward Stephen Jackson was ejected just five minutes into the first quarter of Charlotte's 104-101 loss on Saturday to the Milwaukee Bucks. Jackson thought he was fouled on a drive to the hoop and, when no whistle was forthcoming, he began berating one of the officials on his way back down the court. In a blink of an eye, Jackson was teed up and tossed, much to the surprise of Jackson and Bobcats coach Larry Brown. You can watch video of the exchange right here. Jackson went on to protest the quick hook, obviously, but to no avail. The NBA announced Tuesday that Jackson has been assessed a one-game suspension without pay for "verbal abuse of a game official and failing to leave the court in a timely manner" for arguing the decision after he was ejected. The Bobcats, who are 6-11 on the season, travel to New Orleans to face the Hornets on Wednesday. Jackson will serve his suspension then. Jackson is averaging a team-leading 18.1 points as well as 4.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 17 games so far this season. Wednesday's game will be the first that Jackson has missed during the 2010-2011 season.
Posted on: November 14, 2010 12:51 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:43 pm
The Utah Jazz completed five straight double-digit come-from-behind victories in one week. Posted by Ben Golliver.
It's been one heck of a week for the Utah Jazz, who played five games in seven days and managed to win every single one of them. A 5-0 week is always special, but you won't find many like this in the NBA. Let's break it down for a minute. The Jazz defeated the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Atlanta Hawks and Charlotte Bobcats. The Jazz defeated the Clippers at home and then reeled off four straight road victories. In the Heat, Magic and Hawks you have three surefire playoff teams, and the Bobcats should be in contention as well when all is said and done. Adding a degree of difficulty, the wins over Miami and Orlando came on a back-to-back, as did the victories over Atlanta and Charlotte. Ridiculous. To make the feat even more impressive, none of the five games was a runaway victory that would have allowed the Jazz some time to rest their key players. On the contrary, the Jazz edged the Clippers by two points in double-overtime, squeaked past the Heat by two points in overtime, pulled away from the Magic at the end for a 10 point win, slipped past the Hawks by four points and topped the Bobcats by a single point. Add it all up and that's a average margin of victory of just 3.8 points. But, wait, there's more. All five victories came in come-from-behind fashion. Double-digit come-from-behind fashion.
And Utah’s confidence is so high after five consecutive comebacks that Williams answered the first question during his postgame interview by joking about his team’s recent penchant for late-game heroics after climbing out of deep, early holes.
“It’s just what we like to do. It’s our plan,” Williams said. “Just let teams get up us on 20 and then come back on ‘em.”Yuk away, Deron. You earned it with that week. To celebrate, the Jazz get a single day off on Sunday before hosting MVP candidate Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder, winners of three of their last four, in Utah on Monday night.