The lockout expected to delay the NBA season might not be the worst thing for the Bobcats, considering their various injury problems.
They have no healthy center under contract for next season, power forward Tyrus Thomas finished the season with continuing knee soreness following surgery and now shooting guard Gerald Henderson is out up to six months following hip surgery.
Henderson had surgery in Colorado on his hip after doctors diagnosed that misalignment was causing chronic tendonitis in his knee. Doctors told the Bobcats they're confident this procedure will solve Henderson's problem.
However, the recovery time is long. Henderson will be on crutches for eight weeks and won't be playing for four to six months. That would still have him ready for the scheduled start of training camp in October, but a lockout pushing back camp would give Henderson some latitude to heal.
Henderson is coming off a breakthrough couple of months in which he jumped into the starting lineup after Gerald Wallace was traded to Portland. Henderson strung together about 18 double-figure games, and team owner Michael Jordan said he wouldn't be surprised if Henderson is an All-Star in the next three years.
The Bobcats had some very good moments -- beating the Lakers by 20 at home and winning at Boston the night after losing a key game to Indiana. But the night in Atlanta when Stephen Jackson hit that buzzer-beater was as exhilarating as it gets.
Once they traded away Gerald Wallace, the margin for error to make the playoffs became tiny. So when Stephen Jackson's hamstring started fraying, it was too much to overcome, particularly on offense.
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