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October 15, 2008

Bobcats sign big man Justin Williams

The Charlotte Bobcats are signing big man Justin Williams to an unguaranteed contract after they worked him out late Wednesday afternoon.

Williams was recently waived by the Golden State Warriors after playing the previous two season with the Sacramento Kings.“He’s a young, live, active kid. So we’ll give him a chance,’’ said coach Larry Brown. “It will take a little time because he probably doesn’t know what we’re doing right now.’’

Bobcats advance scout Brendan O’Connor recommended Williams after coaching him on the Sacramento staff.

A 6-10 power forward center, Williams played his college ball at Wyoming.

Posted by Observer Sports on October 15, 2008 at 07:21 PM | Permalink


Thanks for the info Bonnell.
Procton, there's the type of news that I'm looking for.

Posted by: Caleb | Oct 15, 2008 7:42:08 PM

I like the movie tron...alot

Posted by: tron trontronnahan | Oct 15, 2008 8:42:28 PM

WOW, Caleb! So if there's no news to report, (and as of about 7:00, there sure wasn't...this signing hasn't even been reported by ESPN, Sportsline, or rotoworld) what's he supposed to do? Make something up to make you happy?

Posted by: Michael Procton | Oct 15, 2008 9:44:15 PM

As for the move itself...he's shown flashes of being a decent player, but I don't think he's got enough time left to make the roster and make an impact. Personally, I'd rather have him on the roster over either Hollins or Davidson, but I doubt RobertCat will be willing to cut his monetary losses on either of those projects.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Oct 15, 2008 9:48:31 PM

I understand your misgivings about the Bobcats spending money. But if Williams can help (and that's NO GIVEN), there won't be any problem keeping him on the roster

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Oct 15, 2008 10:35:02 PM

OK...well then if you're sure they'd eat the $700K on Davidson's contract: without worrying about Williams' ability (although his 5-4 on 61% shooting in 10 MPG in his first year is better than Davidson showed), have you seen anything that shows you Davidson will ever be a good NBA contributor? I don't think he has any above-average quality as his player other than his athleticism, which is hardly a quantifiable basketball skill. He was decent in summer league, but hasn't even picked up a single rebound so far in preseason action. Just frustrating to see another 2nd-rounder down the tubes.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Oct 15, 2008 11:25:46 PM

Mikey -- Chill Out.
They're exploring options. If they weren't doing that, considering their plight, then you should be worried. Yes, money is tight, but if this guy shows promise, they'd find a spot for him. You're apparently assuming that because Shannon Brown survived the first cut, he's on the regular-season roster. I do not. Beyond that, guarantees for Ryan Hollins and Jermareo Davidson are not so large that they'd keep either one if this guy is better. But who's to say this guy is better? As I said, chill -- these things take time, and a 2-hour workout proves nothing.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Oct 15, 2008 11:44:04 PM

Save your breath Rick, Procton understands nothing but inane statistics and we love him for it.

Posted by: Bro d | Oct 15, 2008 11:54:59 PM

Oh, and any way we can trick NJ by pulling a switch-a-roo with this guy for Sean Williams?

Posted by: Bro d | Oct 15, 2008 11:56:45 PM

I know, RB...since you've probably gotten a lot more face time with Davidson on the court this offseason, I figured I'd ask you about him. You're right that Brown is no lock to make the roster, but I viewed his size/skillset as less redundant than Davidson/Hollins with 1st-round money invested in Ajinca. Also, I see Brown as a more legit #3 PG than Richardson given Richardson's mildly prominent role as a starter.

And yeah, Bd...sure would be nice to go back and grab Williams to fill that void at the 4, and not just because we could finally dump Sean May's training table bill on somebody else. Lawrence Frank called Williams the best player in Nets camp about a week ago, and he's got JUST the skillset (at least on the defensive end) to complement Okafor. He's got the strength and length to rack up blocks in the post, and he's got the athleticism and lateral movement to shut down rangy forwards. For example, see the a 1-13 performance he held Michael Beasley to in Summer League this year.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Oct 16, 2008 1:09:23 AM

Hey, at least the coaching staff is recognizing needs and trying to do something about it, unlike last year.

Posted by: apauldds | Oct 16, 2008 8:22:32 AM

I'm confused, ap. They "tried" to do it last year with the acquisition of Nazr Mohammed, who we blew our load (and tons of cap space) for. They also "tried" to fix our PG problem with the Boykins signing. The problem is less recognizing needs than it is knowing how to do it. Like when you have a team that's desperate to gain the support of a waning fanbase and needs to be competitive for a playoff spot after the first slack in performance following a trend towards competitive improvement, you DON'T take a "project" Frenchman in the first round whom none of your fanbase has ever heard of and will take YEARS to become a good NBA player, if he ever does. Nobody on this team's staff has had any idea how to build a winner for some time, much less how to energize the city.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Oct 16, 2008 8:44:56 AM

I'm talking post-draft here Procton.

Posted by: apauldds | Oct 16, 2008 9:59:14 AM

Umm...so the Mohammed and Boykins signings happened before the draft last year, or...

Posted by: Michael Procton | Oct 16, 2008 11:27:23 AM

Williams had character issues and problems that in my opinion the Bobcats didn't want any part of. When the team was established, Johnson said that he didn't want people that the team couldn't support due to getting into trouble.

Posted by: Yeah? | Oct 17, 2008 2:18:50 PM

Rick, don't give Procton the satisfaction that you give a rat's ass bout what he thinks.

Posted by: jason | Oct 18, 2008 7:43:23 PM

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