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February 06, 2009

Sean May might play tonight vs. Hawks

The news off pre-game morning shootarounds:

  • There’s a good chance Sean May will be active tonight – and might play – against the Atlanta Hawks.  Juwan Howard is out with an inflamed toe, so the Bobcats are shorthanded at power forward. This could be the night coach Larry Brown puts May in a game. He hasn’t played in 26 games – since a Dec. 11 loss in Dallas. The Bobcats were shorthanded that night, too, after making the trade with the Phoenix Suns. May said Thursday he’s had a lot of sleepless nights lately, wondering about his career as a Bobcat. He’s about six pounds short of his weight goal of 260, after weighing as much as 291 entering training camp.
  • Atlanta Hawks All-Star guard Joe Johnson, with a bad case of the flu, didn’t meet the team in Charlotte, so count him out for tonight’s game. Johnson has been one of the hardest matchups for the Bobcats. Also, the Hawks are a dramatically different team on the road (10-15 this season, versus 18-5 in Atlanta).
  • Former D-Leaguer Cartier Martin gets at least another paycheck. Brown told me after shootaround that they’ll sign Martin to another 10-day contract after the current one expires Saturday. Under NBA rules, that’s the last 10-day Martin can sign with the Bobcats. After that, they’d have to either release him or sign him through the end of the season. No NBA team has used more players than the Bobcats this season. Martin made it 22.

Posted by Observer Sports on February 6, 2009 at 11:35 AM | Permalink


Sean May has been "about six pounds short of his weight goal of 260" for "about" 3 weeks now.

How long does it take to lose "about" 6lbs?

Posted by: Fatty | Feb 6, 2009 12:11:21 PM

I agree.


That should be his name.

Posted by: Steve | Feb 6, 2009 1:03:23 PM

Joe Johnson's out, that more than outweighs Howard being out. I'd vote for playing Ajinca whatever minutes are necessary before putting May on the floor. It undermines Brown's authority and weakens his word to the players.

Posted by: BlockParty | Feb 6, 2009 1:03:23 PM

Desperate times call for desperate measures. I wouldn't be surprised to see May play, but I don't think he deserves the PT. He needs a dietitian and some self-control. Hopefully, his sleepless nights are filled with some hardcore self-reflection.

The Bobcats' should be able to beat a Johnson-less Hawk team. If Augustin plays, the Bobcats should be able to win at least 3 of the next 4.

Posted by: Token | Feb 6, 2009 1:23:45 PM

Isn't it funny that Howard's only been on the team for a few weeks and it's already a huge loss if he misses a game? Without Wallace and Howard, the Bobs are incredibly thin at forward--maybe they'll have to trade Felton after all, just to get a warm body at forward.

Posted by: Deuce | Feb 6, 2009 1:24:10 PM

Poor sleep hinders weight loss. It's a vicious cycle for Sean. I'd like to think that he was worrying about his career as a Bobcat LONG before recently. Oh well, maybe not.

Posted by: DeLaQuest | Feb 6, 2009 1:26:27 PM

I would welcome May back into the rotation. I think LB has made his point sitting him for so long. If he is available to play and can help the team make a run at the 8 seed you have to put him in.

Also, if they want to shop May around for a trade, they have to show off his abilities on the court to entice possible suiters.

Posted by: Tim | Feb 6, 2009 2:05:00 PM

How are 6 pounds going to make a difference in Sean May's playing abilities? Let him play and see if he can show any signs of his old self at Carolina. I would much rather see him on the floor than 52 year old Juwan Howard.

Posted by: Jake | Feb 6, 2009 2:30:06 PM

Wow, Larry...way to stick to your word. I wonder if he'd be playing if he wore a different jersey a few years back.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Feb 6, 2009 3:17:51 PM

Also, Joe Johnson is OFFICIALLY out tonight, per the AJC.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Feb 6, 2009 3:19:17 PM

Maybe he can eat Speedy Claxton tonight.

Posted by: I sit near Buzz | Feb 6, 2009 4:01:42 PM

"Wow, Larry...way to stick to your word. I wonder if he'd be playing if he wore a different jersey a few years back."

Procton, just shut up. Larry hasn't gone back on his word. May has yet to play and hasn't said he will. Bonnell is simply speculating that the circumstances may dictate that he play. If May can help the team facing a deficiency & winning is the goal, then Larry has to put other things aside, and maybe also explain to May that he won't play again until he is at 260 once Howard is healthy.

Posted by: Shutup | Feb 6, 2009 6:11:31 PM

Can May find away to give that last 6 pounds to Ajinca?

Posted by: Bro. D. | Feb 6, 2009 6:46:35 PM

or a way rather

Posted by: Bro. D. | Feb 6, 2009 6:46:54 PM

Wow Procton,

I wonder if your opinion of Larry and Sean would be different if they had worn a darker shade of blue?

The answer is yes. You're very silent on these boards when the cats are winning. Do you just love to hate the team? Are you that upset that LB is actually making the team better? Are you that upset that Raymond is playing better?

Self loathing jerk

Posted by: Bobby | Feb 6, 2009 8:21:59 PM

I don't care to personally attack anybody as some like Bobby do. However, some facts should be noted.

The Bobcats are playing better? They're 19-29. After 48 games last year, they were 18-30. Is a single game really worth a near complete roster overhaul and paying two coaches?

Felton is playing better? He's got the lowest scoring and assist rates of his career, and he's still shooting barely 40% from the field and 30% from three-point range.

Feel free to try and justify your statements, but it seems to me you're wrong.

(Not going to list my name so you can call names.)

Posted by: Not Procton | Feb 6, 2009 8:42:54 PM

I am disappointed shawn may is not playing tonite ahead of Diop. Yeay yeah I know all there is to know on his progress to date but he is among the best 5 players on the roster. He has alot more talent than Diop. It is frustrating watchin his minutes go to an inferior player. I am mad at May for not loosing the lbs and at coach brown for not playing one of his best players. Its time to use may and then let him earn another bobcat contract or cut the cats losses wih him....For Diop to have 18 min with 8 to go in the 4th and may 0 is a big concern. And the cats loosing a 17 pt lead...come on////

Posted by: bobcat n nevada | Feb 6, 2009 9:26:01 PM

hey, i can dream right?http://games.espn.go.com/nba/features/traderesult?players=3447~1727~2776~568~2399&teams=30~30~21~21~21&te=&cash=

this way sean may would become about .01% useful and our lineup would look sooooo great like this:
felton, bell, wallace, diaw, amere.

AND wed get an all star/ticket seller.

Posted by: reggie | Feb 6, 2009 11:23:48 PM

Ok Bobby, Felton playing better how? Like still 13.5 ppg, 6.6 apg on .401 shooting better? And like 1/9 on game winning or tying shots? Oh yeah, ok.

Posted by: Nick | Feb 7, 2009 12:13:49 AM

"How are 6 pounds going to make a difference in Sean May's playing abilities?"

It's about discipline. When you give someone an ultimatum, you don't give in when they fall short. What does that teach him? You don't really have to reach a goal and I'll still reward you? The guy has needed to lose six pounds for the last month or more. That's on him - if he can't do it, he doesn't deserve to play.

Posted by: C | Feb 7, 2009 1:10:21 PM

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