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December 13, 2009

Why not send Henderson to D-League?

Crazy idea that I don't think is so crazy: Send Gerald Henderson to the D-league for a bit.

He's not playing (two DNP-coach's decisions and two appearances of four minutes or less in the past five games). And with D.J. Augustin and Flip Murray both vying for minutes, he won't play much going forward. So why not send him to Maine and see if that could push him along?

Assistant coach LaSalle Thompson is already up there, monitoring Alexis Ajinca's progress. So get Henderson some playing time and tell him what you want: A more reliable jump shot and some seasoning about defensive decision-making and judgment on what is and isn't a good shot.

I think some of you are surprised second-rounder Derrick Brown is playing and Henderson isn't. I'm not. Brown, for whatever flaws he has (Hey! Don't commit a shooting foul on Tim Thomas outside the 3-point line!'') is more polished. Also, the Bobcats' roster imbalance means Brown must play.

It would be good if the D-League became the same resource to the NBA that AAA baseball is to the Major Leagues. Henderson should go get some run -- maybe for a week, maybe for a month, maybe until someone gets hurt.

Posted by Observer Sports on December 13, 2009 at 09:07 PM | Permalink


When Henderson has played, seems like he's been more productive that DJ. What about sending DJ up there to see if he can his groove back?

Posted by: redhotdave | Dec 13, 2009 10:17:46 PM

he can work on his shot. can't get better sitting.

Posted by: joe cool | Dec 13, 2009 10:36:18 PM

Good point. However, Henderson is still a valuable player at key points in certain games when the situation dictates. If he is sent to D-league, the Bobcats will miss the option of playing him when needed. Ajinca on the other hand offers nothing of value to the Bobcats at this time. For that matter, Diop has nothing to offer. Even though Diop is a vet, maybe he should spend some time in D-league to get back in shape and relearn how to play.

Posted by: Ft. Mill Bobcat | Dec 13, 2009 10:42:20 PM

"D-league" as in "dOOkie league". What a waste of a draft choice. Oh well, he seemed to be pretty good at carrying Felton's bag around.

Posted by: musicmax | Dec 14, 2009 12:13:47 AM

i don't think diop deserves playing time in the d-league. there's nothing there to develop. hell he should just carry everybody elses bags and get his position changed to "6 million dollar towel boy". matt carroll would look so good on our bench right now next to dejaun blair or jonas jerekbo instead of diop and henderson.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 14, 2009 12:45:53 AM

Good point, I agree. I'd only add Stevie Graham as another player who can give good minutes, either at SG or SF. Henderson would benefit from a D-League stint.

Posted by: Sandy | Dec 14, 2009 12:46:44 AM

Not a bad thought, and I agree if D.J. continues at this pace, I would be tempted to send him also.

Posted by: Ari | Dec 14, 2009 1:39:40 AM

they should have drafted hansborough when they had the chance!!!!!!!! he had 21 and 19 points back to back the last 2 nights he played! just like lopez last year! and roy 4 years ago! sad what this time could have been!

Posted by: tony joe white | Dec 14, 2009 2:05:15 AM

not much point in comparing other rookies to Henderson. If they were playing for Brown, they'd probably be sitting on the bench too.

Posted by: me | Dec 14, 2009 7:34:03 AM

"hey should have drafted hansborough when they had the chance!!!!!!!! he had 21 and 19 points back to back the last 2 nights he played! just like lopez last year! and roy 4 years ago! sad what this time could have been!"

Put down the bottle or stop posting - you should not be allowed to do both. We don't need Tebow, uh, I mean Hansbeough. He won't get away with the travels or get 10 free trips to the foul line in the pros. Can you say Mark Madsen?

Posted by: Qdog112 | Dec 14, 2009 8:09:49 AM

good idea, rick. i wish we could send DJ up there, too. what is UP with that guy? all the life's gone right out of him. sad. nevertheless, i'm really excited about the Bobs right now. we may not win it all, but .500's in sight! and for us, that's exciting. Go Bobs!

Posted by: Bob-bob-bob Bob-bob-ra Anne | Dec 14, 2009 8:57:56 AM

one other thing: musicmax; go away. your negativity is very unpleasant. grab your buddy Procton, go somewhere far away, and depress each other with your bad attitudes.

Go Bobs!

Posted by: Bob-bob-bob Bob-bob-ra Anne | Dec 14, 2009 9:00:02 AM

Rick, I think that's an awful idea. Here's the real question: What does Stephen Graham do that either Brown or Henderson can't do? Furthermore, even if you think Graham is better right now than either of those guys at the 2 and 3 (I don't), does that present-day production outweigh the benefits of giving the rookies real NBA minutes? He may be a great guy, but he's not a good basketball player, and he has no future on the Bobcats, so why is LB messing around playing him more minutes than the guys who ostensibly do have a future with this team?

Posted by: David A. | Dec 14, 2009 9:06:17 AM

rookies don't play under brown? kinda like augustin last year and derrick brown this year.

for the hansbrough haters that say "he's never gonna _______" and "he's never gonna _______" wake up....he's already doing it.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 14, 2009 10:01:14 AM

I don't understand Larry Brown's affection for Stephen Graham. I'm sure Graham is a good guy and good teammate, but he's a marginal NBA player.

I'd rather see Henderson get those minutes. Even if he struggles now, he's got more potential to be a contributor and how will he ever develop if he never plays?

Posted by: G'boro Cats Fan | Dec 14, 2009 10:13:20 AM

Anyone pulling for Henderson is a Dook fan. Just show your bias, I was always far more on May's side bc I appreciated the beast he was in 05.

Terrible drafters in this program. We need a PF for years, and they draft DJ and Frenchie one year, and follow that up with Henderson and Brown (really a SF). Add in the Morrison pick instead of Roy and you have a real disaster.

And really the thought was probably, hey we may still need a PF, but we really need an SG, which they did, but they needed an SG that could spread the floor. Henderson drives well and plays ok defense and he filled this need how?

Posted by: A Fan | Dec 14, 2009 10:28:02 AM

Why is the D-League affiliate so far away?! That doesn't make any sense.

Posted by: Onandonandon | Dec 14, 2009 10:32:16 AM

Anyone who thinks Henderson is worth anything really is lying to themselves, why not package DJ, Diaw, Henderson, Diop, future draft picks, or anything else in order to get some size down low? Dampier absolutely manhandled us on the boards because tyson chandler looks like he is 7 feet 185 lbs

Posted by: Drew B | Dec 14, 2009 12:59:48 PM

Anyone pulling for Henderson is a Dook fan.


Uh, no. We're Bobcats fans.

Posted by: G'boro Cats Fan | Dec 14, 2009 1:18:30 PM

Terrible drafts both years. Brown is a legendary coach but maybe they need to lock him out of the draft decision meetings so we don't end up with another shooting guard who can't shoot next year!

Posted by: ghusketh | Dec 14, 2009 1:59:01 PM

I saw a report that Marcus Camby was being involved in some heavy trade rumors, though no teams were mentioned. What is the possibility that the Bobcats are the link?

Posted by: caleb | Dec 14, 2009 2:15:45 PM

While in Maine, he'd be greeted with a younger, hungrier and possibly better group of swingmen than he has with the Bobcats. Billy Thomas, Billy Walker, Mario West and Trey Gilder all have NBA talent and all are working hard to get back to the NBA - yes, they all have been in the NBA within the past year. Seems that he may be able to improve by being pushed by those teammates every day just so he can say he didn't have to come off of the bench in the D-League.

Posted by: Scott | Dec 14, 2009 2:22:01 PM

Qdog, Tyler is a star. He will be an All-Star in this league in two years. This one pick will cost us for many years. Quit hating. Go Bobcats and Heels!!

Posted by: GO_CATS | Dec 14, 2009 2:41:42 PM

To follow up on an earlier post, while I'd rather see Henderson get more minutes with the Bobcats, if that isn't going to happen, sending him to the D-League isn't a bad idea. I'm very much of the opinion that no matter how much practice time you put in, you can't improve much if you aren't playing in real games. Rick is correct - Henderson would be better off geting minutes in Maine than sitting in Charlotte.

Posted by: G'boro Cats Fan | Dec 14, 2009 2:57:13 PM

I think the most pathetic part of the situation is that the logic going into the draft was NEED-based, meaning the cats were going to select a wing player. Now the excuse for why he isn't playing is because the cats are overloaded at the wing position?

I have no beef with the Henderson pick, just the logic (or lack thereof) behind it. Poor management, poor organization. Can we get an update on the sale of the team?

Posted by: David | Dec 14, 2009 3:15:56 PM

What a waste of a draft pick and i totally agree with the Steve-G comments i mean we draft a 2 guard,we sign a free agent 2 guard and then go on to sign another free agent 2 guard.Why is Steven G even playing how can Hendo possibly develop sitting on the bench or coming on in 4-5 miute stints.And for the fulla who said that those supporting Hendo are Duke fans.......pull your head out mate........ we're Bobcats fans brotha.

Posted by: RufusDufus | Dec 14, 2009 4:27:24 PM

meanwhile since ajinca is playing so bad in d-league...let's talk about 12 points and 5 blocks in 22 minutes. i know 3 fouls shows he's still struggling to defend but the 5 blocks are showing some sort of improvement.

the guy is raw talent. anybody that doesn't see that doesn't know what the eff it means to have THAT skilled of a 7 footer with that kinda youth on him. him being in the d-league is perfect. pay him 2 mil a year and give him 2 solid d-league years and watch the dude go nuts once he gets a 250 pound frame on him.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 14, 2009 4:41:00 PM

Why not send him to the D-League? How about because he's the second-best SG on the roster and he should be playing 10-15 minutes a night HERE? Graham wouldn't be the best player at a YMCA game, and Flip Murray has about one decent game in ten.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Dec 14, 2009 6:04:08 PM

Happened to find this link and couldn't resist adding to the comments about Tyler H. Don't believe the statistics, watch a few Pacers games on NBA season pass and tell me he's going to be a star. For one thing he has to find a jump shot, so far he's shooting 29% from jump shot range. For someone of his size, that won't cut it. He's a liability on the defensive end, too. My opinion: he will be a nice role player and #8 or #9 on the bench.

Posted by: mike w | Dec 14, 2009 6:15:34 PM

yep, you could had hansbrough

Posted by: shots956 | Dec 14, 2009 10:07:30 PM

quit playing flip murray. augustine is the one you drafted brown. man you know how to screw up a team

Posted by: shots956 | Dec 14, 2009 10:08:37 PM

quit playing flip murray. augustine is the one you drafted brown. man you know how to screw up a team

Posted by: shots956 | Dec 14, 2009 10:08:38 PM

couldn't have worded it better david.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 15, 2009 4:52:48 PM

Henderson should be getting minutes, but they should be on the Bobcats not the Red Claws. I'm up here in Maine and we'd love to see him, but from what I've seen the Bobcats need him more than we do. Your team STINKS. I've seen them play the Celtics twice, and I thought maybe Charlotte was a D-League team.

Posted by: Freddy | Dec 15, 2009 7:24:27 PM

Some of these comments are crazy sending Henderson and DJ to the d-league is stupid if the Bobcats dont want them send them to teams that do, cause there are teams that want them. i think it is selfish to hold these guys down and make them sit night after night on the bench. Brown and the Bobcats are losing because Brown is oldfashion and does not like rookies. Felton and Wallace are his babies and no rookie will ever get to shine under him.

Posted by: was a Bobcat fan | Dec 16, 2009 8:56:24 AM

Typical dook player. They do zilch in the NBA.

Posted by: j. | Dec 16, 2009 9:21:39 AM

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