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March 24, 2009

Ford on Felton

0324raymondfelton    I thought Bobcats assistant Phil Ford made a point worth expanding on beyond the profile I did of Raymond Felton:

      The issue with Felton was never whether he had it, but rather how to use it.

      Felton can pass. Felton can score. Felton can drive. And he can definitely defend (113 steals and 29 blocks demonstrate that). The challenge was understanding how best to use that scramble of skills to impact the Bobcats’ victory total.

      That word – impact – is key. Felton’s stats might not have changed much, but he and Gerald Wallace impact this team’s record more than in past seasons. For Felton, that’s about judgment.

     “He’s getting his teammates involved more, not forcing the issue as much as he has in the past,’’ said Ford. “That just comes with maturity and recognition – having confidence in your teammates, understanding and reading situations better.’’

     Sean May says part of the issue with Felton was that he’s such a pleaser, and he’s been asked to please five different coaches in seven college and pro seasons.

     “That’s tough on anybody, and especially so when you’re told, ‘Run this team!’ Fans don’t understand that when coaches change everything changes,’’ May said. "Most of the sets in the NBA are run pretty much the same team-to-team. But philosophies change, options change. That’s tough on a point guard.

     “With Bernie (Bickerstaff, the Bobcats’ first coach), we didn’t run many complex things. It was basic stuff. With Coach (Larry Brown) it’s 60 different plays and names, and we change them and change them back on the fly. He expects Raymond to know all these things.’’

     Brown can be pretty harsh on point guards, but he respects Felton’s intentions, so he’s patient these days.

     “There are some games where he’s got to go out and score the ball, and others games he’s going to have to make sure, playing with Vlade (Radmanovic) and Raja (Bell) and Boris (Diaw), that they get their shots. But that’s what learning is.’’

Posted by Observer Sports on March 24, 2009 at 08:54 AM | Permalink


Get us some good backups in the draft, resign felton and may, 50 wins next season.

Posted by: tattoo | Mar 24, 2009 9:13:38 AM

I am about 90 percent sure the Bobcats will re-sign Felton and I agree with the decision to do so. I am well aware of the tomfoolery he occasionally pulls, but he is still one of the best PGs in the league. There are 30 teams in the NBA and Felton is better than the starting PG on AT LEAST 16 other teams.

Posted by: Token | Mar 24, 2009 9:31:59 AM

Re-sign Felton to a long-term deal maybe five years-35 million sounds reasonable. Let Sean May go unless you sign him for the league minimum. Get lucky in the draft and land a top 8 pick and even if we only pick up one solid free agent we will be in tremendous shape heading into next season...42-47 wins would be a real possibility !!! Lets go CATS !!! FINISH STRONG !!! We need 9-3 to make the playoffs !!!!!!!

Posted by: Elliot | Mar 24, 2009 9:40:50 AM

Let May go and go after DeJuan Blair in the draft. He is tenacious on the glass, good hands and plays with a lot of heart. He' a monster!

Posted by: prettymuch | Mar 24, 2009 10:19:55 AM

all i ever hear is excuses for this loser. now his fat friend is making them. 5 coaches in 7 years. so what. all players going from college face new coaches and systems. unless you play for the jazz you are going to have different head coaches. jason richardson had a lot more head coaches in the nba and it did't effect his game. this loser just cant adapt. funny that his 3 coaches in the nba all think that he is a combo and not a point. larry brown too now. thats because thats what he is. a shot hungry combo who doesnt make his team better but makes it worse.

Posted by: excuses, excuses | Mar 24, 2009 10:32:08 AM

If this team can trade Nazr and Singletary, for a decent PF that can do the same Juwan and May are doing and a 3rd PG go for it. Then try to use that money on signing Anthony Parker (2-3yrs@$11-$16M) from Toronto and resigning Felton (3-4yrs@$18-$25M). Bring Ajinca and maybe resign Cartier Martin and Juwan for the minimum as insurance, unless we can draft 1 or 2 guys that can get that job done.

Roster will be:
PG: Felton/DJ/3rdPG
SG: Bell/Parker/Martin*
SF: Wallace/Radmanovic
PF: Diaw/2ndPF/Juwan*
C: Okafor/Diop/Ajinca

And we will have 1 open spot to make moves during the year if necessary. *Also the signing of MArtin and Juwan depends on what heppens in the draft.

Posted by: RobC | Mar 24, 2009 10:47:40 AM

Rick, did you ask Lasalle Thompson what he thinks about Felton? That would be interesting because he seems to have disappeared. No where to be seen.

If an assistant coach disappears and nobody notices or cares - did he ever really exist?

Is he in legal trouble?

Posted by: AmericasMostWanted | Mar 24, 2009 1:19:31 PM

Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Lasalle Thompson go to the D-league with Ajinca and Singletary to keep an eye on them? I think everything disappears in Sioux Falls...

Posted by: Eric | Mar 24, 2009 1:24:04 PM


Posted by: Eric | Mar 24, 2009 1:27:49 PM

No comments from Procton yet? Hopefully he'll boycott this one.

Posted by: Bobby | Mar 24, 2009 2:43:42 PM

Yes. I wrote that LaSalle Thompson was overseeing Ajinca and Singletary in the story saying those two were going to the D-League.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Mar 24, 2009 3:20:31 PM

I think a .500 record and 7-8 seed in the east is a reasonable expectation if you bring everyone back. Team still lacks a star player to take them to the next level, and stars are hard to come by. Never forget that other teams are getting better too when looking to the future (pacers, knicks, nets).

Posted by: David | Mar 24, 2009 3:33:16 PM

Dont see the big deal Felton's a great ballplayer. He's going to do just fine.

The real story is the rumor that Sean "Big Boy" May is going to compete in a slam dunk eating contest at half time of our last home game. Two laudible points here: 1. It will be the most time May has spent of the court during a regular season game in nearly 3 years and 2. It could also be our last chance to SEE Sean on the court of ANY regular season NBA game. Get your drinks early and hit the bathrooms in the 2nd quarter...this will be a halftime to remember ! Brought to you as another BET investment by Bob Johnson Enterprises.

Posted by: Mike | Mar 24, 2009 5:45:04 PM

Felton is the same mediocre player he's always been. Terrible shooter (to go along with his terrible shot selection) who makes poor decisions. He's fast and he has passing ability, but doesn't have the mental game to take advantage of those skills. He will always be talked up by the tools in the Columbia blue sweater vests (eg. Brown, Ford, and the majority of the 8K fans who show up at the games) in spite of the fact that he'll never hit 45% of his shots or 35% of his threes or learn that the role of a POINT GUARD is to set up his teammates and make them better, NOT to jack up a bunch of shots so he can put up good numbers in his obligatory 44 MPG.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Mar 24, 2009 7:32:41 PM

Rick is at it again. Every time a players contract is about to come up he lets their agent use him to over price their client.

And after all the hype, it would interesting to see by how many games this team will be better than last year's team.

Posted by: afan | Mar 25, 2009 2:09:50 AM

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