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March 21, 2009

Brown: Okafor well enough to play

 Some pre-game updates, via Bobcats coach Larry Brown's media availability:

 -- He says center Emeka Okafor appears to be fine to play tonight versus the Indiana Pacers, after being ill most of Friday. Okafor played 20 minutes versus the Raptors, the fewest minutes he's played in 26 games.

 -- Brown anticipates the Bobcats signing point guard Dontell Jefferson to a second 10-day contract, despite Jefferson not being active for his first five games with Charlotte. Brown said there's no rush to bring Alexis Ajinca and Sean Singletary back from D-league assignment with the Sioux Falls (S.D.) Skyforce.

Ajinca (finger) and Singletary (hip) both have nagging injuries, according to Brown.

 -- Brown said he needs to use his bench more, particularly in the backcourt. That seemingly means more minutes for D.J. Augustin, and maybe Cartier Martin. Bell is in a brutal shooting slump of late: 11-of-37 from the field in his last three games.

Posted by Observer Sports on March 21, 2009 at 05:45 PM | Permalink

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Mr. Bonnell

Whats the word on why May doesnt get any minutes? Is he still out of shape? I know he gets hated on sometimes...ok all the time, but lets not forget when he was playing and in shape he was a beast.

Posted by: Matt | Mar 21, 2009 6:52:04 PM

Matt:
I've been accused on this forum of being too nice to Sean, so I should be credible in saying May has never been an NBA beast. He had a nice game against Orlando. He has a lot of NBA-quality skill. I'd keep an open mind to him. But I'd also be playing Juwan Howard over him right now.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Mar 21, 2009 11:41:18 PM

Rick I totally agree, and having spoken with Juwan at the Kings game he has every intention of staying with the Cats (as he said "in any capacity they desire" take that for what you will). I still think they will probably qualify May, but they may also decide to give him 2 years near league minimum and a 3rd team option year, but that doesn't give them the option of moving him as an expiring which qualifying does. I've seen May progress quite a bit this season, and I didn't care for him much at the beginning, but he's got it in him, unhealthy and not 'fit to play' he pulled a double double from OKC (yeah I know its OKC but still). See ya at a game sometime, I'm the fan with the bobcats tattoo, hard to miss :)

Posted by: tattoo | Mar 22, 2009 12:07:22 AM

tatoo - either the Bob's offer Sean the Qualifying amount or he is a unrestricted free agent.

The days of offering extra money under the false notion that it makes a player more tradeable are over; money is money, liabilities are liabilites, and in this economony everyone will hoard cash and try to eliminate liabilities

Posted by: bobfan1 | Mar 22, 2009 7:28:56 AM

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