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October 13, 2009

Brown on whistles and his big men

 Not surprisingly, considering the potential fine from the NBA, Bobcats coach Larry Brown declined to revisit his ejection from Monday night's preseason game against the Atlanta Hawks.

The closest Brown came to critiquing the replacement refs, following practice Tuesday, was to suggest there were so many whistles Monday night that the game never achieved any sense of flow.

"There was never an up-and-back in the whole game that I could remember,'' Brown said of a game where 61 fouls were called.

"It's like summer-league games,'' Brown continued. "I've always had issues with this -- you never get to see the kids play (in summer league). There are always fouls called -- guys getting eight or nine fouls'' with no foul-out rule.

"It's the same (now). You try to get your players to adjust.''

Brown wasn't saying this is all about replacement officials. He says basketball has been evolving into a more disjointed game for years, with more whistles, more arbitrary rules and less movement. I asked him how he'd fix all that and the substance of Brown's reply will be my story in Wednesday's Observer (and later today on this web site).

Brown also addressed frustration with his team's lack of energy Monday, particularly the big men:

"I'm so disappointed in our big guys defensively and running the floor and rebounding the ball,'' Brown said. "It's just got to get better.''

Nazr Mohammed put up decent numbers versus the Hawks (eight points and nine rebounds), but Gana Diop had no points and one rebound and Alexis Ajinca fouled out with seven points and two rebounds.

The two big men best equipped to help -- projected starters Boris Diaw and Tyson Chandler -- are recovering from ankle injuries and being held out of games.

Brown said Diaw might play in the weekend games in Los Angeles but they'll still likely hold out Chandler while he continues to recover from off-season surgery. Having Chandler and Diaw participate in practice is encouraging, but it's also a tease.

"Today, having Boris and Tyson out (on the court), it looked like a whole different atmosphere,'' Brown said.

Posted by Observer Sports on October 13, 2009 at 03:37 PM | Permalink


maybe we should take a look at shawn williams from the mavericks,he's a pf that we could bring in to help down low.

Posted by: truthbtold4 | Oct 13, 2009 4:23:57 PM

shawn williams is a nightmare. He is currently suspended with pay from the Mavs for conduct detrimental to the team. Articles have said his suspension points to a lack of maturity and professionalism. For someone as athletically gifted as williams to be told to stay home (with pay!) puts him in Marbury/Tinsley-land.

No thanks. I'd rather have Stromile Swift.

Posted by: Zed | Oct 13, 2009 5:34:52 PM

...and that's saying a lot because I'm no fan of swifts

Posted by: Zed | Oct 13, 2009 5:35:27 PM

let it go....we've got more than enough depth. we benefit far more from developing ajinca than we do from signing a bum who lasted this long without signing with anybody else. not to mention derrick brown is long enough (like diaw) to match up with most nba 4's. i think we're in way better shape than we were last year even without juwan howard.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 13, 2009 6:45:14 PM

Nice to have a coach in this city that calls his team out. Fox could learn alot from Larry

Posted by: David Miller | Oct 13, 2009 7:38:29 PM

Calling your players out is not a good thing to do when you are their coach. Things like that should be kept within the organization; Embarassing the players and/or causing them to lose favor in the eyes of the public is not going to help them get better.

Posted by: J. I. | Oct 13, 2009 7:47:12 PM

Honestly, as a coach it is good to call out a group of players, but not to single them out individually. If you know a certain group isn't doing their job and earning their money then call them out. We all know the type of play that can bring and seeing the horrible numbers from them proves they aren't playing.
On the replacement officials, I have never seen such terrible officiating in my life. I know the main officials have their favorites who get away with everything, but these guys are TERRIBLE! Please let's get them signed and back to work because the replacements need to find a new line of work!

Posted by: David | Oct 13, 2009 7:53:39 PM

If the preseason games are any prediction of the actual league, I think the Cats will struggle again this season. The lack of consistency from our core players; Wallace, Augustin, Felton, Bell and Romanodvic impedes this team wining two to three games in a row. They need to sharpen their offense, shooting and rebounding. Bell has particularly struggle with shooting in these games. The coaches need to spent more time with him on his shooting abilities like Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic. If these guys will only produce each in double figures every night, this team will definitely qualify for the "Playoff."

I think that keeping chandler out for the entire preseason games will not help his recovery. However, I do understand that the coaches know what to do.

If the Bobcats will continue to be a forminable team, they need to beat the Hawks and Orlando Magic in the East.

Posted by: nunu20041 | Oct 13, 2009 7:56:55 PM

I suggest sending Diop and Bell to the Warriors for Stephen Jackson and Ronnie Turiaf. Although Stephen is a knuckle head sometimes, he can score and defend with similiar results to Joe Johnson. Turiaf is the reliable backup PF until Ajinca matures into that role.

Posted by: Larry | Oct 13, 2009 8:29:17 PM

i suggest flo pietrus !
no news about it since brown say he was interested, is that over?

i hope no...

is the right fit, have play great in eurobasket...
he is by large a good backup for boris

Posted by: greg | Oct 14, 2009 6:19:58 AM

i assume petrius has a hefty buyout rubio style or something. as for any team taking on diop's contract, we'd have to package it with somebody of major value and a draft pick of major value before anybody would even consider. that contract will haunt us for the next 3 or 4 years. and golden state isn't giving up turiaf in that deal. thats laughable. we probably can't afford the 2 contracts either.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 14, 2009 2:04:06 PM

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