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June 22, 2009

On Jordan's jumper and second looks

Jordan Airball Jordan?

Bobcats managing partner Michael Jordan was in town for Monday's second workouts of Gerald Henderson and Terrence Williams. Afterward, Jordan went out on the floor and put up some shots with the players. He's obviously taken more golf shots than basketball shots lately because he was wide left on one attempt, catching nothing but the floor on a 20-footer.

To my knowledge, this is the first workout this spring that Jordan has attended. That adds to the sense that the Bobcats are focused on shooting guards Henderson and Williams for the 12th pick Thursday night. Of course a trade, or both of them being gone among the first 11 picks, could change all that.

Henderson and Williams will both be in New Jersey Tuesday to give the Nets a second look. I'm told Jonny Flynn, Tyler Hansbrough and Brandon Jennings will also be part of that workout.

I asked coach Larry Brown to contrast Henderson and Williams. I'll go into more detail in my story for the Observer (and this website), but here's the short version: Brown sees Henderson as a pure shooting guard with a lot of untapped potential. He sees Williams as a mult-position player (a little bigger and stronger, so he can play shooting guard or small forward) with the ballhandling and passing skills to be a point forward.

Brown made it clear he'd be happy to coach either one of them.

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Comments

He is so stupid! Draft Hansborough, Dancin' Danny Green and Ellington NOW!!! Go Heels!

Posted by: Ricky | Jun 22, 2009 1:06:22 PM

Give LB's response...I think our choice between the two would be for Williams. That way he could back up the SG and SF positions (remember Crash usually spends 10-15 days out of the lineup due to various injuries).

Posted by: BlockParty | Jun 22, 2009 1:21:42 PM

Give LB's response...I think our choice between the two would be for Williams. That way he could back up the SG and SF positions (remember Crash usually spends 10-15 days out of the lineup due to various injuries).

Posted by: BlockParty | Jun 22, 2009 1:21:59 PM

Rick, YOu are absolutely nuts to draft Henderson or Williams. Draft DeJuan Blair. Big guy with a 7ft wingspan that can get in there and bang!!!

Posted by: Greg | Jun 22, 2009 1:25:56 PM

any news about this trade found on draftexpress.com:

-Golden State appears to be exploring possibilities to improve on the defensive end in hopes of making a strong run to the playoffs next season. One trade that has reportedly been offered by the Charlotte Bobcats that may help on that front would involve packaging Kelenna Azubuike and Marco Belinelli in exchange for Raja Bell. The Warriors are pondering the offer, but would have to get Azubuike’s consent to make the trade unless they decided to wait until July 24th.

Posted by: A Fan | Jun 22, 2009 1:28:34 PM

Let them play 1 on 1 to decide who they are taking. Make-it take-it to 15. Winner is told they are a Bobcat if they are still available at 12. That would be entertaining to watch.

Posted by: john | Jun 22, 2009 1:31:47 PM

Uhh, Greg, I don't think Rick has any drafting power. He's a journo.

Posted by: Bro. D | Jun 22, 2009 1:38:42 PM

I'm a huge supporter of the Bobcats and pro sports in Charlotte. But I'm sorry, when stories about the Bobcats lead off noting that Bob Johnson or Michael Jordan have "come to town", it emphasizes why we need new ownership. The Bobcats need real local ownership.

Posted by: Out Of Town Owners | Jun 22, 2009 1:48:57 PM

Please don't start hating in here! Go Bobcats

Posted by: Tony | Jun 22, 2009 2:05:18 PM

i heard dean williams was in town also, or is was roy smith?

Posted by: king rice | Jun 22, 2009 2:11:03 PM

correction: i heard dean williams was in town also, or was it roy smith?

Posted by: king rice | Jun 22, 2009 2:17:03 PM

im kind of nervous of what nj will do they seem to really like twill as well,but they also want pyscho t to.

Posted by: truthbtold4 | Jun 22, 2009 2:23:41 PM

i just bought a new house off of lake wylie. now you all can stop complaining about me not being local. i'm having a big cookout this weekend and and everyone is invited!! use google for the directions...

Posted by: m"a"j | Jun 22, 2009 2:36:15 PM

Thank goodness the Charlotte Observer ran 4 UNC-CH basketball stories today. Keep up the great work!

Posted by: Bobby | Jun 22, 2009 3:19:15 PM

Rick,
Any news on the workout today? Did they matchup against each other? Which player looked the best? Any news on how serious New Jersey is about williams?

Posted by: Tony | Jun 22, 2009 3:35:15 PM

Uh, Ricky... you did notice that this article was about the Bobcats, Not UNC, didn't you?

Posted by: Dtownres | Jun 22, 2009 3:49:16 PM

the bobcats can't go wrong either way if you like look at it. if they get williams then they will have a good player in the making, if they get henderson then they will have a good player in the making with duke fans and ticket sales,..i prefer williams, but i think henderson will hold his own..

Posted by: teemac | Jun 22, 2009 4:05:02 PM

Any of them will be great, it's way too hard to tell which is better. If both avaliable, I might go with T. Williams.

HEY RICK, check this out:

Is there any way that we can package our two 2nd Round picks and one of our bigs or some cash to get a late first round pick. New Orleans is willing to sale their 1st Pick (#21). That could be good enough to maybe get a big guy, maybe a PF. There is a possibility that E. Clark, J, Johnson, T. Hansbrough and who knows if even D. Blair. This draft is really crazy past the 8th pick.

Posted by: RobC | Jun 22, 2009 4:15:42 PM

How gracious of him to condescend for a visit to his little pet project.

This franchise needs new ownership NOW.

Posted by: Tom | Jun 22, 2009 5:23:32 PM

Has anyone seen the video on Bobcats.com from today? Bonnell doesn't look like he enjoys his job.

Posted by: Unhappy? | Jun 22, 2009 5:30:46 PM

Is Kwame Brown available?

Posted by: Dave Hanners | Jun 22, 2009 6:46:32 PM

Stupidity is the people that think the only players in the USA worth drafting played for UNC,

Posted by: TeddyN | Jun 22, 2009 6:53:34 PM

Rick, that's a good summary of Williams and Henderson.

I say take Williams. If he pans out as a 3-position guy, he gives us the flexibility to trade a PG or a SF for some offense. The Cats need to keep adding versatile pieces.

Posted by: DeLaQuest | Jun 22, 2009 6:54:12 PM

I'm guessing it will be Williams. He sounds like the more versatile player. If they are both gone, I think it will be Blair or Hansbrough

Posted by: MajorLeague | Jun 22, 2009 7:55:55 PM

I dont know why the Bobcats are not looking at Sam Young the Forward / Shooting Guard from Pittsburgh. He is smooth with the ball, has better than average three point range, and can go to the hole and finish. Not to mention that he plays great defense coming from Pittsburgh.

Signed,
Confused

Posted by: Dnice | Jun 22, 2009 8:32:09 PM

Dnice(confused),

Rightly or not, Young is considered more of a SF/PF 'tweener than a SG. That's my guess.

Posted by: DeLaQuest | Jun 22, 2009 9:15:11 PM

Rick, have you heard about this?

any news about this trade found on draftexpress.com:

-Golden State appears to be exploring possibilities to improve on the defensive end in hopes of making a strong run to the playoffs next season. One trade that has reportedly been offered by the Charlotte Bobcats that may help on that front would involve packaging Kelenna Azubuike and Marco Belinelli in exchange for Raja Bell. The Warriors are pondering the offer, but would have to get Azubuike’s consent to make the trade unless they decided to wait until July 24th.

Felton, DJ
Azubuike, Belinelli
G Wall, VLad
Diaw, Blair?
Okafor, Diop

That's a better team, than the current one or one where henderson is the pick at 12...

Posted by: A Fan | Jun 22, 2009 9:59:56 PM

DeJuan Bliar's knees are like jello, Henderson is a thug, Hansbrough is white, take Williams

Posted by: Charere | Jun 22, 2009 10:52:20 PM

If the deal goes down with Bell going to GSW and the bobcats getting Azubuike and Bellinelli, that completely changes the complexion of this team and the bobcats draft. I'd say they go for best big available in that situation, maybe James Johnson, Dejaun Blair or dare I say his name... Tyler Hansbrough?

Posted by: David | Jun 23, 2009 12:12:29 AM

They very well might be looking at Young, but not for 12. He will be taken later and 12 is too high for him so it would be a waste to take him if they could possibly get him later by trading both 2nd rd picks for a later 1st.

Posted by: Unhappy? | Jun 23, 2009 12:30:54 AM

Drafting UNC players has crippled the Bobcats, what has Mays or Felton done? Chris Paul from Wake was the much better player, and was NBA rookie of the year. Enough with UNC if they draft Hansborough they will be repeating the same mistakes

Posted by: CharlesH | Jun 23, 2009 8:27:16 AM

I think the Bobcats should take Wayne Ellington of UNC. He's a better outside shooter than Henderson or Williams and
he plays defense. Duke players never turn out to be good PROS! but Grant Hill!!!!!!!

Posted by: wendell | Jun 23, 2009 10:01:58 AM

RobC:
I like your thinking on New Orleans and it's true they'd consider selling their pick. However, you need to understand the Hornets' motivation -- they'd want a $3 million check (the max in such a transaction) without taking on any more payroll. The Bobcats, losing tens of millions, don't sound like the logical team to buy an extra first-round pick and pay an extra salary.
If they've got that kind of cash flow, it would be better spent on a mid-level free agent who would have a quicker impact on a playoff race.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Jun 23, 2009 10:30:46 AM

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