Tag:Charlotte Bobcats
Posted on: January 24, 2012 6:15 pm

Bobcats G D.J. Augustin (foot) to miss 4 games

Posted by Ben Golliver

D.J. Augustin will miss 4 games. (Getty Images)
Charlotte Bobcats starting point guard D.J. Augustin found out this week that he will have to wait for his next pay day. He'll have to wait nearly a week until he can return to the court, too.

InsideHoops.com has the details on a foot injury that is expected to sideline Augustin for Charlotte's next four games.
Bobcats guard D.J. Augustin was seen by Charlotte orthopedist Dr. Bob Anderson today and the diagnosis confirmed an inflammatory condition of the sesmoid bones that lie in the flexor tendons on his right big toe.

Augustin re-aggravated the injury, which had bothered him previously, during to the first quarter of the Bobcats’ Jan. 22, matchup at New Jersey. Augustin is expected to miss the team’s next four games (five days total).
A report surfaced recently indicating that Augustin would not be receiving a contract extension from the Bobcats in advance of Wednedsay's deadline. Instead, he is on track to become a restricted free agent during the summer of 2012.

The Bobcats host the New York Knicks on Tuesday, visit the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, travel to Philadelphia to face the 76ers on Friday and host the Wizards on Saturday. They are currently 3-14 on the season.

Look for rookie guard Kemba Walker to carry more of the load for the Bobcats in Augustin's absence. Walker has started alongside Augustin for Charlotte's last five games.

Augustin, 24, is averaging 13.6 points, 6.6 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game this season.
Posted on: January 20, 2012 7:10 pm

Report: Bobcats won't extend Augustin, White

Posted by Ben Golliver d-j-augustin

The Charlotte Bobcats will keep their option open.

The Charlotte Observer reports that the Bobcats will not offer contract extensions to point guard D.J. Augustin or shooting guard D.J. prior to the upcoming January 25th deadline.

Augustin, 24, was a 2008 lottery pick and has been the team's starting point guard since the beginning of the 2010-2011 season. This year, he's putting up 15.3 points and 7.2 assists per game, a career-year.

White, 25, was also a 2008 first round pick, taken No. 29 overall by the Detroit Pistons. He too is in the midst of putting up career-best numbers, averaging 10.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.

This decision has far less to do with the play of Augustin and White and far more to do with the direction of the Bobcats. Following the trades of Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson, plus the addition of new GM Rich Cho, it was clear the Bobcats were undergoing a massive rebuilding effort.

Early extensions are generally handed out to players who performed spectacularly on their rookie deals or those who are deemed indispensable. When the Bobcats drafted Kemba Walker with a 2011 lottery pick, Augustin no longer qualified as indispensable and he's been solid, but never close to spectacular, in his four seasons in Charlotte. He currently grades out as the No. 22 point guard in the NBA when it comes to player efficiency. White is a nice piece but far from a building block.

Letting both players hit restricted free agency next summer comes relatively risk-free. The Bobcats have Walker waiting to take over if necessary and plenty of youth and talent in their front line. They can choose to retain Augustin and/or White with their matching rights next summer. Or, if the price is too high, they can simply move on in their plans to build around Walker, Bismack Biyombo and their 2012 draft picks. Either way, there simply is no impetus for making an immediate financial commitment to either player for a team that is currently 3-12 and destined for a high lottery pick.
Posted on: January 4, 2012 3:53 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2012 4:00 pm

Paper reports Baron Davis has 'herniated d*ck'

Posted by Ben Golliverbaron-davis-pain

It's enough to make you squirm.

SBNation.com notes that the Charlotte Observer made an embarrasing typographical error in its Wednesday morning edition, writing: "Ex-Charlotte Hornet Baron Davis signed with the Knicks after being cut by Cleveland under the amnesty clause. Davis is recovering from a herniated d*ck."

The Cleveland Cavaliers had hosted the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday night.

According to WebMD.com, a "herniated disc" is a damaged bone in your spine that bulges or breaks open, causing back pain or numbness. That doesn't sound like too much fun. But a "herniated d*ck"? That sounds significantly, terrifyingly worse.

"Thanks Charlotte Observer for announcing my new injury," Davis joked on Twitter. "Still able to workout with it."

Davis then added: "That was a joke people. Excuse the person from the Observer who made a Typo... I was Just having fun. My Goldmember is not herniated."

Journalism site Poynter.org reports that the error was made during the editorial process.
Mike Persinger, the paper’s executive sports editor, explained the origin of the error in a blog post today. He said the writer first described the injury as a “herniated disc.” That made it past the first editor, but a second editor realized that isn’t the way the paper spells this injury. So the editor attempted to change it to “herniated disk.” Needless to say, things didn’t work out that way.

There was no third editor in the process to catch the typo.
Here's an image of the newspaper's error.

Davis has not yet suited up for the Knicks this season because of a back injury.
Posted on: December 29, 2011 5:20 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2011 7:22 pm

Wade: Superman act was 'respect' for Cam Newton

Posted by Ben Golliver


Miami Heat All-Star guard Dwyane Wade hit a game-winner against the Bobcats on Wednesday night, and he wasted no time sending a message to Charlotte's most prominent professional athlete, Panthers rookie quarterback Cam Newton.

After banking in a leaner in the closing seconds to give Miami its 96-95 winning margin, Wade turned to Newton, who was seated courtside, and emulated the quarterback's patented "Superman" celebration. Wade and All-Star forward LeBron James both mimicked ripping open their suits to reveal the Superman outfit, just as Newton does when celebrating touchdowns, while staring right at the 2011 NFL Draft's No. 1 pick.

The Charlotte Observer reports that Wade says he was not mocking Newton but was instead simply tipping his cap to the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback out of Auburn.
"That was a show of respect to him," Wade said. "Not showing nobody up."

"First of all, the guy is huge," Wade said of Newton. "... I've seen him play a lot. He's entertaining. He had one of the best rookie years of any player to ever play the game."
This seems plausible. Wade and James are both noted NFL fans. Wade, a Chicago native, roots for the Bears; James cheers for the Dallas Cowboys. Star athletes across sports are part of an elite fraternity and this can certainly be read as an homage to Newton's greatness.

But the play, the celebration and, really, the start to Miami's season combine to send a greater message. Not just to Newton but to all basketball observers. These guys look eager to create their own lasting, memorable, trend-setting greatness this year.

Hat tip: HoopsHype.com

Image via YouTube
Posted on: December 29, 2011 2:12 pm
Edited on: December 29, 2011 2:28 pm

Michael Jordan is engaged to Yvette Prieto

Posted by Ben Gollivermichael-jordan-girlfriend

Get ready to enjoy a hard-line prenuptial agreement negotiation.

NBA legend and Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan reportedly proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Cuban-born model Yvette Prieto.

Charlotte television station WCNC reports the details.
Charlotte Bobcats majority owner and NBA legend Michael Jordan got engaged over the Christmas holiday, a Jordan spokeswoman first confirmed to WCNC Thursday afternoon. Several celebrity gossip websites reported MJ proposed to longtime girlfriend Yvette Prieto recently.

Jordan was spotted courtside at the Bobcats game against the Bucks on Monday with friend and New York Yankees baseball star Derek Jeter. One website is reporting the couple is celebrating on a private yacht overseas.
Jordan is 48-years-old. Prieto is 32. The couple has reportedly been dating since 2008 and bought a house in Miami in 2009.

Jordan divorced wife, Juanita, in 2006 after 17 years of marriage. The Jordans have three children: Jeffrey, Marcus and Jasmine. Jeffrey, a senior, and Marcus, a junior, currently play basketball for the University of Central Florida.

Hat tip: SlamOnline.com.
Posted on: December 29, 2011 10:59 am
Edited on: December 29, 2011 6:06 pm

Video: Did Wade travel on game-winner?

By Matt Moore and Ben Golliver.

The Heat narrowly squeaked by a surprisingly feisty Charlote Bobcats team Wednesday night 96-95. In the course of that game, the Heat were cost two points on account of a missed goaltending call that went against them where LeBron dunked on Gerald Henderson's head, and the ball bounced back out though the net. So that was weird. But Dwyane Wade hit a jump stop floater to win the game. Over at Hardwood Paroxysm, Rob Mahoney examines whether or not Wade traveled on the final possession. Turns out ... it looks an awful lot like he did.

Update: The NBA issued a statement on Thursday, validating the legality of Wade's bucket.

"The Dwyane Wade basket shown in the below video is a legal basketball move," the statement read. "Wade gathered the ball with his right foot on the floor: his first step is when both feet touch the floor simultaneously and his second is when he steps forward with his right foot."

Dos this even out with the goaltending call? We're not sure, but it's an interesing video nonetheless. Take a look.

(Note: Matt Moore, the author of this post, is the editor of Hardwood Paroxysm.)
Posted on: December 28, 2011 9:36 pm
Edited on: December 28, 2011 9:43 pm
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Posted on: December 28, 2011 9:36 pm
Edited on: December 28, 2011 10:25 pm

LeBron James dunk blocked by opponent's head

Posted by Ben Golliver

Go ahead and book it: this is the greatest blocked shot you will see during the 2011-2012 NBA season.

Miami Heat All-Star forward LeBron James threw down a vicious one-hand dunk during the fourth quarter of a Tuesday night game against the Charlotte Bobcats. One problem, though. As the ball went through the rim cleanly, Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson flew underneath the basket in a failed attempt to contest the play. James' dunk bounced off of Henderson's head and back through the rim, richocheting out clear to midcourt.

The officials apparently thought James' dunk either clanged off the bang rim or was blocked by Henderson and let play continue without counting the basket. James protested mightily, to no avail.

The Heat went on to beat the Bobcats, 96-95, at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte. 

Here's the ridiculous video of LeBron James dunking the ball off of Gerald Henderson's head, only to have the basket not count.

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