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December 02, 2007

For Bobcats, it's post time in playoff chase

If the Charlotte Bobcats really are intent on contending for the playoffs - and not just going through the motions - they better sign another big man soon.

        Coach Sam Vincent saw the hole in his roster in September, and things have only grown worse since then. Sean May is out for the season. Othella Harrington?s knee is still at least a month away from strong. Ryan Hollins is day-to-day with a bad shoulder. Primoz Brezec has regressed. Jermareo Davidson is a kid in need of muscle.

        I ask Vincent constantly about this and get the same company line: He's confident his bosses are looking, he's confident if someone is worth signing, they'll do so, blah-blah-blah.

Sam's a good soldier. And perhaps there really isn't a free agent good enough to justify a contract, plus cutting a player with a guarantee (Harrington or Derek Anderson?) to open a roster spot.

I do know this: The Bobcats have about a $51 million payroll, at the bottom of the NBA, and the lack of depth inside is bordering on the absurd.

Vincent tried going small in Chicago, leaning on perimeter players Matt Carroll, Jeff McInnis and Anderson. The idea was to make the bigger, deeper Bulls chase, and it worked for a couple of quarters.

Ultimately, it was an act of desperation that allowed the Bulls to out-rebound the Bobcats 48-24.

You can argue Vincent should have played Walter Herrmann or Jared Dudley more, and I don't disagree. But playing those two small forwards isn't going to solve the problem in the post.

They need help, and quick.

Posted by rbonnell on December 2, 2007 at 12:25 PM | Permalink


Bernie come back!

Posted by: Will | Dec 2, 2007 12:57:06 PM

No way, Will. Bernie was a horrible coach who only improved the team's finish every year with INSANELY limited resources coming from the front office to spend money and acquire talent.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Dec 2, 2007 8:26:52 PM

The goal is to win, but not compromise your future flexibility. We will get back to first round role palyeras and add soem talent in the draft. With salary cap flex. Jordan will know what to do in the off season. No need to be rash. WE need bigs, but not at teh xpense of next years goals. WE will be close to thte playoffs and really deep next year with the ability to make moves. I say see what Sam can do and get these guys to gell some the come strong !!

Posted by: Local | Dec 2, 2007 8:56:52 PM

Right, why spent another dollar on this team? With the fans not really supporting the Bobcats, why invest another dime? This is just entertainment and an excuse to drink beer, isn't it? It's not about competition and trying to get better. The NBA is about Tocado Tac Toe and dancing girls with 10 (generally) sweaty, but (generally) half playing and half interested black men interspersed. Do we really think BJ cares? Has anybody seen Michael yet? Look, just when this team is on the verge of winning back a few fans, they go cheap....which will always be the case. They've hacked the staff and allowed the team's talent to stay mediocre. Maybe the cheerleaders will get better and the beer will be colder, but this team is going nowhere....

Posted by: Harry Peters | Dec 2, 2007 9:42:15 PM

Mr.Bonell with all due respect to your work, i just can't get your bolgs sometimes. In my opinion lots of poeple that are writing here have very poor knowledege of basketball game.How do you expect this team to get better when only few players are playing and there is no passing? This game should be played by five players not only three.Do you even pay attetion when watching the game? And one man can not win the game. Bobcats sure doesn't have a player that can do it himself. It should be a team work!Basketball is a team game that requires all five players to be involved. And until only three players will be playing, there will be no winning for Bobcats. This team needs to start playing like a team not like a bunch of individuals!

Posted by: BobcatFan | Dec 2, 2007 10:16:57 PM

So wait...how will cutting dead weight (Harrington) and signing a vet to a one-year minimum deal hurt our flexibility for the future?

Posted by: Michael Procton | Dec 3, 2007 12:36:03 AM

Mr. Bonnell comments are valid. Bobcats need a quality big to compete for game wins. Otherwise the roster as is only good for 2 to 3.5 quarters which would only provide an occasional win. Mr. Peters comments are on target too. After 3 years I realized the Bcats are just entertainment, close but no cigar bballin'. After a recent visit confirmed this concept, the focus was on everything but the team and game was a sidelight. Glad I dumped my season tics.

Posted by: mij | Dec 3, 2007 8:53:34 AM

I agree with Procton on this one. The question is who would we be able to sign? I think the only way to get QUALITY at a big position is through a trade. And I don't see that happening unless we're in position for the playoffs as the trade deadline approaches. But if we are, we could make a trade that doesn't mortgage our future AND brings in a qualtiy big to help Emeka down low.

Posted by: BustaCat | Dec 3, 2007 11:45:21 AM

Now the Bobcat haters can come out of the wood works again now that we have lost 4 or 5 games in a row. Where were you when the Panthers were losing all their homes games..and when the Panthers hadn't made a playoff run since the steroid ridden team in 04...nothing much has been said about that subject. Now we have a legitimate NBA team in our midst and we hate them. I don't understand you all. The Cats will be straight once Sam finally figures out who can play what. If I'm not mistaken we do have like 70 more games to go before the end of the season. I enjoy watching the Bobcats play, so for all you liars out there that said that you all gave away your season tickets, I will gladly take those off your hands...email me at JCHANDL@NCAT.EDU and lets work something out. For all yall that say that the Cats are cheap..how would you run the team? Who would be on your roster and how would you make it work being a new franchise team? Shit just doesnt happen overnite..it takes time, as all you TRUE Entrepreneurs know. Imma leave you haters with one word...ELEVATE!!!

Posted by: Chan | Dec 3, 2007 12:55:15 PM

im in indiana well trade u j.o for hollins and morrison get that rumor started so we can get this deal done soon we both need help but we wont get it till next year so this deal is better 4 u guys so get this rumor buzzing

Posted by: bpedrey | Dec 3, 2007 1:43:50 PM

Varejao anyone?

He probably needs to be talked down a bit from his current price. But he's available, young, and full of energy.

Of course, the cavs would match. But they are even more averse to signing quality than the bobcats.

Posted by: Alex | Dec 3, 2007 2:39:02 PM

You can't complain about the lack of passing and teamwork because with no low post offense, your halfcourt set is dead before the game even starts. You can't go inside out because Emeka can't post up and score. He has to rely on his teammates to set him up to score. With May out, there isn't a single low post threat who has the ability to score on his own with any regularity, which makes things very difficult for the wing players. Right now, the Bobs live and die by the jumpshot and they don't have much of a choice.
All I can say is that they better not give Emeka the contract he wants, or even what they offered him earlier. He's a great role player, but if you can't put the ball in the basket then we have to save that money for a big who can. He wants superstar pay, but he isn't a superstar. When put beside comparable bids, I'd say he's worth 9-11 mil per year, not the 16 he wants, or the 13 we offered.
*Varejao won't help out much, because he isn't the offensive threat we're lacking either.
*If Indiana would actually do something crazy like trade J.O. for Morrison and Hollins than I would be thrilled. Unfortunately I think we'd have to part with one of our higher paid guys to make that happen. His huge contract might be too much to take on since Felton and Okafor are going to have to be resigned.

Posted by: Bill | Dec 3, 2007 5:36:02 PM

What about Chris Webber? Shouldnt we at least inquire and see if he is interested?

Posted by: Brad | Dec 3, 2007 6:49:32 PM

Jake Voskuhl and Mevin Ely both were let go when there was a log jam at power forward and center. Now with May out for the season I would kill to have one those inside. I am watching the Raptors game and we are getting killed on the boards. If this team really wants to make a playoff run then they will have to make a deal to get a center. I feel like I am wasting my money on season tickets because now I am not sure if this team wants to fix all the problems. It one thing to go out and spend the money and it just doesn't work out. It is quite another if you are just plain cheap.

Posted by: William L | Dec 3, 2007 8:53:01 PM

Bandwagon (LOCAL) fans rule!!!!!! I love it how you guys talk constantly about how bad the Bobcats are, but you still faithfully read the stories on the team. If you hate the product so much, please stay home. You'd be one less person in front of me at the concession line. Stick to Duke vs Carolina and leave NBA biz to those who understand and appreciate the game.

Posted by: Rufus | Dec 4, 2007 12:27:17 PM

Wow, Rufus...you have problems in the concession line? Imagine if they actually got 10,000 people in there.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Dec 4, 2007 3:39:57 PM

Why hasn't Herrmann been given a decent crack at it?? It drives me nuts to now see the team finally rotate around and open up the PF/SF position and him not get an opportunity.

Anyone recall the Bobcats record when he started last season???

Posted by: Simon | Dec 6, 2007 7:09:20 AM

Yes, they are unbalanced, I don't think anyone argues that. But when I watch them I see talent... and I think they don't leverage each players talent as a team, each player on the court is not fully aware how to leverage another players talent in any given situation. They are getting better at setting up the plays, Felton is doing a great job in directing the team in the plays, and many times they execute the plays well... its when the other team puts pressure on them, they aren't as flexible under that pressure as they need to be. They focus almost too much on trying to match muscle for muscle, which just won't work. I have no doubt that Jordan will find the players that will make very good not only statistical group of players, but build a good team. Its Vincents job to match that team and direct them against the opponents. But when it comes down to straight playing, its down to the players leaning on each other.

Posted by: Michael Krumpe | Dec 7, 2007 8:59:15 AM

What is with Sam Vincent NOT playing Walter Hermann? IF he were to go back and view the last 10 games that they won last year, he would see the big contribution Hermann made to those games. Walter has the ability to frustrate players he guards, and they make mistakes. WHY HASN't VINCENT DONE THIS?
Look at when they played Miami last year, Phoenix, the Lakers, Golden State! He frustrated Dwayne Wade so bad that Wade swatted at him a couple of times when Hermann tried to help him up.
WAKE UP VINCENT and get Hermann in the line up earlier and let him play.

Posted by: Wanda | Dec 12, 2007 11:08:37 AM

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