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Posted on: December 22, 2010 4:09 pm
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Larry Brown steps down as Bobcats coach

Charlotte Bobcats head coach Larry Brown steps down as team struggles, Michael Jordan announces. michael-jordan-larry-brown 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 was a difficult decision for both of us, but one that needed to be made. I want to thank Larry for everything he has done for our team. He has played a key role in this organization’s development including coaching us to our first-ever playoff appearance last season. Larry will continue to be a valuable advisor to me regarding the team. The search for a successor will begin immediately.”

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. 


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Posted on: December 17, 2010 1:13 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:38 pm

Report: Bobcats shopping Wallace, Jackson

The Charlotte Bobcats are reportedly shopping both of their co-captains, Gerald Wallace and Stephen Jackson, in trade talks. Posted by Ben Gollivergerald-wallace-stephen-jackson 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

Rumor: Carmelo Anthony to the Charlotte Bobcats?

The Charlotte Bobcats are reportedly interested in trading for Denver Nuggets all star forward Carmelo Anthony. Posted by Ben Gollivercarmelo-anthony 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

It's about time to free Tyrus Thomas too

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: November 30, 2010 3:22 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:09 pm

Stephen Jackson suspended after arguing ejection

Charlotte Bobcats forward Stephen Jackson has been suspended by the NBA for one game after arguing his ejection from a Saturday game against the stephen-jacksonMilwaukee 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: October 8, 2010 10:10 am

Shootaround 10.8.10: Denver scouting Favors?

Posted by Royce Young
  • Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel: "I watched in open-mouth amazement after Thursday's practice as Howard drained bank-shot after bank-shot, then made some turnaround jumpers. He worked for about 20 minutes with assistant coach Patrick Ewing and center Daniel Orton, catching and shooting. I'm not crazy about his turnaround J. But anything that doesn't make him as predictable as he has been in the crowded paint and draws in defenders can't be all bad."
  • Jeff Pendergraph had a pretty nasty injury last night and today he tweets: "Thanks for the well wishes everyone. Gonna b heading back to Portland tomorrow to get checked out by doc but so far word is nothing major... Keep praying y'all. We will get through this. God doesn't put you through anything he knows you can't handle."
  • Blazersedge looks at Portland's options: "Another option would be to grant Rudy Fernandez's release request, which Cho has repeatedly said he will not do.  He could also release another player. Rookie Armon Johnson, picked in the second round and earning just $473,604 this season, would be the cheapest player to release, but this would be extremely unlikely to happen given how high the team's brass is on Johnson's future and how well he has looked during training camp."
  • Larry Brown on OKC: "I look at him and some of our young guys in the NBA and I think our league's in pretty good shape," Brown started. "And this team (the Thunder) probably is a testimony to that. Look at their young kids. Their not only terrific talents, they're better kids. They've done the greatest job of bringing in good kids that represent the league well. When they're talking about respect for the game, that team's a poster child for that. So the West better watch out."
  • Brian Robb of CelticsHub: "Luke Harangody has yet to show me something besides hustle. We should have just kept Scal if we needed that." Ah, missing Brian Scalabrine. What are the chances you thought you'd see someone say that?
  • What will the Hornets rotation look like? Ryan Schwan of Hornets24/7 says Willie Green has the edge to back up CP3: "It appears Willie Green has locked up the backup position at the point.  Color me surprised.  Every statement out of training camp has indicated he is leading the charge as the backup point guard and relegated DJ Strawberry and Mustafa Shakur to purely end-of-the-bench roles.  I won’t lie.  I worry about Green being able to pull this off.  He’s been a swingman for 95% of his career."
Posted on: September 20, 2010 5:14 pm
Edited on: September 20, 2010 5:15 pm

Javaris Crittenton looking at NBA training camps

Former Wizards guard suspended in Arenas gun altercation exploring options for NBA training camp, including Charlotte Bobcats. Posted by Matt Moore

The agent for Javaris Crittenton says the former Wizards guard is exploring several options for NBA training camps to attend, including the Charlotte Bobcats. Crittenton, the 6-5, 200 lb. guard out of Georgia Tech is best known at this point as being the other party in the altercation with Gilbert Arenas involving firearms in the Wizards locker room. But before that he was a promising prospect that wound up buried on the Lakers' bench, then traded to Memphis in the Pau Gasol steal. He found out quickly that the NBA is a business

Crittenton was suspended for the remainder of last year and plead guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge because of the incident. He was given one year's probation.  It was Arenas that allegedly starting the argument that lead to the altercation, refusing to pay his share of a gambling debt he and Crittenton incurred in a card game. 

Crittenton's agent Mark Bartelstein told CBSSports.com that Crittenton has several options for NBA training camps to attend, specifically mentioning Charlotte as an option. Charlotte would make sense, as they are extremely light in the back court after the departure of Raymond Felton in free agency. Larry Brown has a history of working with players coming from bad circumstances with other teams, including Rasheed Wallace, Stephen Jackson, and Tyrus Thomas. Brown treats the players as professionals, and that approach seems to get through. If Crittenton does attend camp, it could be an opportunity to get his career back on track. Bartelstein says Crittenton is in "great condition" and ready to put the events of last year behind him and focus on this season. 

Maybe a second chance for Crittenton is in the cards this time. 

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