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November 02, 2009

Bell to start tonight

Charlotte Bobcats guard Raja Bell will play and start tonight at home versus the New Jersey Nets, despite not having fully participated in a practice since tearing a ligament in his left wrist.

Coach Larry Brown said he'll start Bell, but has no expectation as to how long Bell Will play. Bell has parttially participated in practices -- mostly non-contact shooting, passing and drills. He's yet to test how he'll impede players defensively with the injury.

"It felt pretty good yesterday. We came in and worked out,'' Bell said. "I got some passes with the one hand to see if I could catch, and I threw some passes. It felt good. I said once I could do that, I'd give it a shot.''

Brown said Flip Murray (stress reaction in his left shin) is physically well enough to play tonight, but probably won't. That would give Murray a chance to practice on multiple days before the Bobcats' next game, at home against the Atlanta Hawks Friday. 

Posted by Observer Sports on November 2, 2009 at 11:35 AM | Permalink


Rick - any color as to how many mins Raja is expected to see tonight?

Posted by: Felton for Pres | Nov 2, 2009 11:52:54 AM

Bell is a tough guy. No one would blame him if he sat, but he's gutting it out and going to play. I hope the younger guys on the team are watching his example.

Posted by: G'boro Cats Fan | Nov 2, 2009 12:06:43 PM


Any chance the Bobcats will make a trade upon the full return of Bell and Murray? If we reach the point where we play Felton, Augustin, and Bell 30+ minutes a night, that leaves virtually no time for Henderson, Murray, and Graham--all players who can give a solid 10-15 minutes a night in this league.

Posted by: DeLaQuest | Nov 2, 2009 12:35:06 PM

I hate that Raja has to play hurt...And I hate that Flip might try to push it and get back to early...I have faith in the young fella's and you have to...I think we should keep rotating Stevie and Gerald...No need to have Raja out there if he can't be effective and no need to rush Flip if he is not right...Time for everybody else to step up and get it done...Bottom Line...Go Bobcats!!!....Love you guys....Die-Hard fan through thick and thin.....Feel the same way about the Panthers as well.

Posted by: MoveMe | Nov 2, 2009 12:36:31 PM

If a trade were to happen, it would logically involve either Bell's expiring contract or D.J. Augustin. When you think about it, there's not much else on this roster that could either (a.) get you a good player in return or (b.)be any sort of enticement for another team to absorb one of the Bobcats' bad contracts in a package.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Nov 2, 2009 1:15:25 PM

Mr. Bonnell. You posted earlier "The Bobcats aren't practicing Sunday" but the Bobcats website seems to indicate they did have practice. Did plans change or were you lied to?

Posted by: Yeah? | Nov 2, 2009 1:45:51 PM


Any word on what's happening with the sale of the Bobcats? The speculation I hear is that BJ and partners paid $330M and have lost about $15M/Yr. on operations and the economy has lost 20% on virtually all holdings/assets. So, he may have lost $60 million to date on operations and $66M in value just by virtue of a slumping economy. The team may now be worth $260-270M, ignoring the $60M that is sunk cost. You know that no one is going to pay close to $300M in this economic climate, so BJ&Partners would do well to get $270M. But, who's throwing that kind of money around these days?

Posted by: Randy Smythe | Nov 2, 2009 2:02:16 PM

Clearly not the Sean May approach.

Posted by: Musson | Nov 2, 2009 4:03:43 PM

Neither. Raja had an individual workout to further test his wrist. The team did not have a general practice Sunday.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Nov 2, 2009 4:24:16 PM

Wish these guys would not rush it...

Posted by: fox has to go!! | Nov 2, 2009 4:34:05 PM

big game tonight for the bobcats. it'd be nice to stay around the .500 mark for the first couple weeks until we start clicking a little better on offense

Posted by: fox is a joke | Nov 2, 2009 4:46:49 PM

Fox has to go:
I wonder if the urgency has anything to do with the upcoming schedule: Atlanta, Chicago, home-and-home with Orlando, Detroit, Portland.
This is by far the most winnable game for a while.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Nov 2, 2009 5:15:21 PM

Rick - you appear 'down' on the team.

Rather than even thinking about trading DJ, maybe the Bob's need to 'suck it up' for a few years like the Knicks are doing and let the bad contracts run out.

Posted by: bobfan1 | Nov 2, 2009 11:11:13 PM

I wasn't advocating a trade. I was answering a question from a reader.
As far as "suck it up'' Knicks-style, keep in mind they had cap room that any team in the league would have envied. They chose to use that up, and not always wisely.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Nov 3, 2009 10:49:52 AM

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