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October 30, 2009

ACC releases list of 53 alumni on opening-day NBA rosters

Players and coaches from ACC schools on opening day NBA rosters, as released by the ACC:

Boston College (3)
Jared Dudley Phoenix
Craig Smith LA Clippers
Sean Williams New Jersey

Duke (14)
Shane Battier Houston
Carlos Boozer Utah
Elton Brand Philadelphia
Luol Deng Chicago
Chris Duhon New York
Mike Dunleavy Indiana
Gerald Henderson Charlotte
Grant Hill Phoenix
Dahntay Jones Indiana
Josh McRoberts Indiana
Corey Maggette Golden State
Shavlik Randolph Miami
J.J. Redick Orlando
Shelden Williams Boston

Florida State (2)
Al Thornton LA Clippers
Toney Douglas New York

Georgia Tech (7)
Chris Bosh Toronto
Will Bynum Detroit
Javaris Crittenton Washington
Matt Harpring Utah
Jarrett Jack Toronto
Anthony Morrow Golden State
Thaddeus Young Philadelphia

Maryland (3)
Steve Blake Portland
Joe Smith Atlanta
Chris Wilcox Detroit

Miami (2)
John Salmons Chicago
James Jones Miami

North Carolina (13)
Vince Carter Orlando
Wayne Ellington Minnesota
Raymond Felton Charlotte
Danny Green Cleveland
Tyler Hansbrough Indiana
Brendan Haywood Washington
Antawn Jamison Washington
Ty Lawson Denver
Sean May Sacramento
Rasheed Wallace Boston
Jawad Williams Cleveland
Marvin Williams Atlanta
Brandan Wright Golden State

NC State (2)
J.J. Hickson Cleveland
Josh Powell LA Lakers

Virginia (1)
Roger Mason San Antonio

Wake Forest (6)
Tim Duncan San Antonio
Josh Howard Dallas
James Johnson Chicago
Chris Paul New Orleans
Darius Songaila New Orleans
Jeff Teague Atlanta

Head Coaches (6)
Rick Carlisle (UVa) Dallas
George Karl (UNC) Denver
John Kuester (UNC) Detroit
Nate McMillan (NCS) Portland
Vinny Del Negro (NCS) Chicago
Larry Brown (UNC) Charlotte

Assistants (11)
Sam Cassell (FSU) Washington
Dave Cowens (FSU) Detroit
Chip Engelland (Duke) San Antonio
Phil Ford (UNC) Charlotte
Dave Hanners (UNC) Charlotte
Marc Iavaroni (UVa) Toronto
Bob McAdoo (UNC) Miami
Pat Sullivan (UNC) Detroit
Fred Vinson (GT) LA Clippers
Phil Weber (NCS) New York
Joe Wolf (UNC) Milwaukee

Posted by Observer Sports on October 30, 2009 at 11:46 AM | Permalink | Comments (26)

Brown: Bell could play as soon as Monday

         Charlotte Bobcats coach Larry Brown says shooting guard Raja Bell could play as soon as Monday's home game against the New Jersey Nets.

        Bell has a torn ligament in his left wrist. As the days pass, he's using less and less wrapping to protect the injury. Now he's down to a neoprene strap that offers some protection but isn't as cumbersome as the heavy bandages he was using earlier in the week.

        Bell said at Friday-morning shootaround that he needs to go through a full practice, probably Sunday, to test what it will be like when his wrist is jostled while playing defense. He felt a significant twinge of pain Friday when he tried to make a reverse layup with his left hand.

       "Maybe I don't do that -- it was never my shot anyway,'' Bell joked.

       Based on what Brown said, it's likely Bell will be back before fellow guard Flip Murray, who is recovering from a stress reaction in his left shin.

Posted by Observer Sports on October 30, 2009 at 11:31 AM | Permalink | Comments (6)

Friday's Bobcats links

Charlotte Bobcats links related to tonight's home opener against the New York Knicks:

Brown, Bobcats spend two hours reviewing painful rout / Charlotte Observer

Bobcats-Knicks Gameday preview / Charlotte Observer

Scott Says: Worse opener, Panthers or Bobcats? / Charlotte Observer

Stephen Curry already a favorite at Golden State / Charlotte Observer

Lee, Knicks frustrated after opening loss to Miami / New York Daily News

Posted by Observer Sports on October 30, 2009 at 06:45 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

October 29, 2009

Thursday's Bobcats links

Thursday's Charlotte Bobcats links from around the Internet:

Bobcats exposed in opening loss to Celtics / Charlotte Observer

Observations: Capel's 'free throw school' / Charlotte Observer

Bobcats-Celtics photo gallery / Charlotte Observer

Celtics rout Bobcats with lockdown D / Charlotte Observer

Bobcats-Celtics photo gallery / Boston Globe

Bob Ryan: Guests didn't show up for opener / Boston Globe

Rasheed Wallace a good alternative (third item) / Boston Globe

Posted by Observer Sports on October 29, 2009 at 08:00 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

This was a storm on the horizon

I'd love to tell you that what I saw Wednesday in Boston was an aberration, but that would be true only by degree.

The Bobcats are a distinctly flawed team right now. The Boston Celtics are better equipped than most to exploit that -- hence the 92-59 score -- but this was as much about what's wrong with the Bobcats as what's so right about the Celtics.

Larry Brown saw this coming after the last exhibition versus the Memphis Grizzlies: He talked about how disconcerting it is that his team had more turnovers than assists for the preseason. And he brought up the rebounding, specific to how little he's getting from Boris Diaw.

So look at Wednesday's box score: 18 turnovers to 10 assists. And Diaw had two rebounds in 25 minutes.

I'm not picking on Diaw, who pretty much remade this team last season with his passing. But until those two factors -- Assist/turnover ratio and rebounding -- improve, this team is in deep trouble. You can say the Bobcats finished with more rebounds than the Celtics (46-44), but that's skewed by how quickly this game got out of hand in the second half. The Celtics ran out of scrubs to put in the game.

The Panthers' demise was predictable from the preseason: They had fundamental problems -- blocking, turnovers, sloppy tackling -- that are hard to overcome.

I wonder if this is the same dynamic, and that would make Brown nuts. He doesn't like to lose, but he hates being fundamentally unsound.

Posted by Observer Sports on October 29, 2009 at 01:02 AM | Permalink | Comments (17)

October 28, 2009

15 stitches for Felton

That nasty cut Raymond Felton suffered in the first half took 15 stitches to close -- 10 on the outside and five more on the inside. D.J. Augustin started the second half, but Felton was expected to return to the game.

Posted by Observer Sports on October 28, 2009 at 09:04 PM | Permalink | Comments (6)

Felton needs a few stitches

Bobcats point guard Raymond Felton took  a shot to the mouth in the first half that is requiring several stitches to close up at halftime.

Posted by Observer Sports on October 28, 2009 at 08:51 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Could it start any worse?

Wow, it's like Jake Delhomme has invaded every Bobcats starter.

Just over three minutes into the season-opener, and it's Boston, 8-0. The Bobcats' offense has consisted of three misses from the field and four turnovers. Oh, and Raymond Felton -- designated foul-shooter on technicals -- missed a free throw in the game's first 19 seconds.

Posted by Observer Sports on October 28, 2009 at 07:55 PM | Permalink | Comments (17)

Wednesday's Bobcats links

Wednesday's Charlotte Bobcats links:

Larry Brown's gift: Teaching basketball / Charlotte Observer

Bobcats-Celtics gameday / Charlotte Observer

Tom Talks: Can Bobcats beat Celtics? / Charlotte Observer

Bell passes on wrist surgery for now / Charlotte Observer

Rick Bonnell's video preview of Bobcats / Charlotte Observer

Celtics beat Cavaliers to open season / Boston Globe

Celtics-Cavs photo gallery / Boston Globe

Only Game 1, but still a benchmark / Boston Globe

Posted by Observer Sports on October 28, 2009 at 07:48 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

October 27, 2009

Derrick Brown is a keeper

I think years from now we'll remember 2009 as one of the Charlotte Bobcats' better drafts.

I'm not saying Gerald Henderson and Derrick Brown are great players -- they're not. But considering where the Bobcats picked -- 12th (Henderson) and 40th (Brown) --  I see these guys as people who will be around.

You should expect that from Henderson; he's a lottery pick. Brown is a nice surprise.

The Bobcats haven't been such great drafters. Two lottery picks -- Adam Morrison and Sean May -- are gone with little or no compensation. The second-round picks have been forgettable.

When the Bobcats said Brown was on their board in the 20s, I remember struggling not to roll my eyes. How many times have we heard that line? But, ya know, the kid has a presence: Smart, savvy, effectual.

Don't make this more than what it is. He's playing behind veteran free agent Stephen Graham, and should be. But there's something to work with in Brown that you don't typically get out of a guy chosen 40th. So this could work out just fine.  

Posted by Observer Sports on October 27, 2009 at 09:51 PM | Permalink | Comments (5)