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January 07, 2010

Chandler's foot less painful

 Charlotte Bobcats center Tyson Chandler says he was able to walk Thursday without significant pain for the first time since he was diagnosed with a stress reaction in his left foot.

He's still in a walking boot, but he's cleared to work out on a stationary bike. He doesn't know when he'll be cleared to practice and play, but Chandler considered the reduction in pain a breakthrough, since he's progressed more slowly than he anticipated.

Chandler hasn't had a good season by his or anyone else's measure, but that doesn't mean he's not missed. The Bobcats aren't defending the pick-and-roll as well as they did earlier this season, and coach Larry Brown says a big factor in that is Chandler's absence.

"I know his numbers haven't been great,'' Brown said pre-game, "but when he's involved defensive it makes a huge difference, because he can get out on the floor and he's quick.''

Posted by Observer Sports on January 7, 2010 at 07:19 PM | Permalink

Comments

I know he will never be great(or as good as Okafor was here) but I would like to see him fully healthy. The Bobcats are sorta short changed right now with big men so anyone will help.

Posted by: Tyler | Jan 7, 2010 9:41:44 PM

This upcoming homestand will be huge for the Cats. They need to get AT LEAST 4 wins out of it and getting 5 or possibly even sweeping it would be completely possible and preferable to give them some cushion for their subsequent west coast trip.

Posted by: Reid | Jan 7, 2010 10:47:28 PM

I have to disagree with Tyler, I still have high hopes for Chandler. I always like Okafor but I also thought he was over rated.

I think Chandler has it in him to be a great center, he just needs to get his confidence back. You have to keep in mind he hardly played last year, only 45 games, and the Bobcats as a team are only now starting to really mesh as a team. This guy has tremendous talent, just he and the rest of the team have to figure out how to exploit it.

Posted by: redhotdave | Jan 8, 2010 9:07:22 AM

Not having Chandler should have made no difference last night. The Kincks are a typical D'Antoni team now - fast, and a bunch of weenies inside. We should have drove right through them to the basket. Only Lee would have offered any meaningful resistence.

LB needs to be better able to adapt. When we're playing a team full of wimps like NY, we should go big and run over them, and save the small ball for games against slow teams we can run around.

Posted by: J | Jan 8, 2010 2:10:10 PM

We look worn out on defense, especially against pick and rolls. LB needs to trust the bench more, even though they're awful. The only way they'll stop become less awful is through PT. He really needs to either bring Ajinca back or play Diop more because Diaw looks ragged out there as the team's only 4. How many damn pgs do we need anyway? Can we not trade one of them for a decent 4?

Posted by: Bro. D | Jan 9, 2010 12:34:33 AM

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