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February 25, 2010

Chandler in NYC to consult with specialist

Charlotte Bobcats center Tyson Chandler flew to New York Thursday to consult with the foot specialist who operated on him last spring to address ankle and toe injuries.

Chandler has missed the last four games with additional pain in his foot and ankle. He's missed 26 of the last 29 games, after being diagnosed with a stress reaction in that foot in late December.

The Bobcats, in a three-game losing streak, have several injured centers: Nazr Mohammed missed the past two games with back spasms and Gana Diop is out with a knee sprain. Mohammed was up and around in practice Thursday in Memphis, so there's some chance he'd play against the Grizzlies Friday.

The Bobcats have been starting recently-acquired Theo Ratliff in Mohammed's absence.

Posted by Observer Sports on February 25, 2010 at 06:10 PM | Permalink


Tyson's like Samuel Jackson in that movie where he was basically made outta glass and so delicate that he fractured everything. In retrospect, this trade sucks. Bet they have to shut him down again.

Posted by: Percy | Feb 25, 2010 6:40:01 PM

Consulting his Surgeon... I'm assuming not ready to go in the near future. Should I even be asking about Ajinca.. I don't know if I have missed any info. since his surgery. Is it a possibility if Chandler can't go in the near future, Ajinca can?

Posted by: fox has to go!! | Feb 25, 2010 6:46:31 PM

Ajinca? Nope -- several weeks before you could even think about that.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Feb 25, 2010 6:54:03 PM

Any word on the Bobcats' sale? Is Bob Johnson waiting on someone's check to clear? The last thing we need is an additional distraction. Sure hope Tyson's foot is okay. Our medical folks should have called OKC before we let Emeka go (kidding, of course - but still . . .). Not sure how it saves money to have our highest paid player in a tie for every game - especially if the loss of that player ends up deep-sixing our playoff run.

Posted by: Jiff | Feb 25, 2010 7:15:51 PM

Both Jordan (along with Front Office) and Coach Brown are working hard to make the team better, but bad decisions in the past regarding draft picks and trading has hurt this team greatly. Adam Morrison and Tyson Chandler, for instance are those decisions that has hurt this team. I have serious doubt that the cats will qualified for the playoffs considering the games coming up and the recent streak of lost to New Jersey (Nets), Bucks, Clippers and the Utah Jazz. They played greatly in January, but it seems that they've lost the mojo.

Hopefully, whoever the new ownership to take over this team will re-evaluate these decisions and make better judgments for the future. You have guys on the team making million of dollars, and practically contributing nothing and as the result, the fans aren't happy......of course, you know when they're not happy, the tickets sale will dropped. Who want to be part of a losing team? Five years since the debut of the cats, every season has seen the team running to make the playoff, but to no avail. This year is no difference though the team has made great strides. Where are we headed?

Posted by: nunu | Feb 25, 2010 7:42:43 PM

Wishing Tyson the best for a healthy recovery. Must be extremely frustrating to suffer all the injuries he's be struggling with.

Posted by: HAve2650 | Feb 25, 2010 8:02:37 PM

Tyson Chandler wasn't the bad decision. the bad decision was giving Omeka a 6 year deal and then 12 months later deciding that created too much long term debt for a company trying to sell itself.

THAT is what led to the Tyson trade - the ability to spend $25mm over two years (Tyson's contract) to get rid of $40mm of liabilites (Omeka's contract over and above Tyson's) over the following 3 years

sounds like taking a 38% haircut to sell a bond ($25mm/$65mm) Wall Street does it all the time.

Posted by: bobfan1 | Feb 25, 2010 8:41:51 PM

if Okafor is on this team (Jax, Thomas, and the rejuvenated Nazr), then we are a top 5 team in the East.

Posted by: reggie Gallant | Feb 25, 2010 8:42:23 PM

Both Bobfans and Reggie's (2 previous) points have merit. The question is what is the value after this season - what will the Cats do with the extra salary space? That's when we learn if it was the right decision

Posted by: HAve2650 | Feb 25, 2010 9:56:38 PM

just curious rick....is there an nba rule against players playing with a cast? i know the nfl allows it, they just have to be checked prior to game time.

for the 1,000,001th time reggie......we couldn't afford to have both jack and okafor. this year yes.....for all of the years they are under contract for...no. chandler comes off the books next year and more than likely will became the mythical creature that is an nba injured players' expiring contract a la raef lafrentz the other year. insurance money for him and gana would be dope instead of them wasting air.

everyone 2nd guessing the tyson chandler trade let's think about how awesome it would be to take back gana diop for matt carroll and ryan hollins. 2 birds 1 gana.

Posted by: charlottean | Feb 25, 2010 10:40:14 PM

WE WOULD HAVE TO START DIAW AT CENTER ...God 4 bid if he got hurt ...then put GERALD AT CENTER ...WOW ..just saying ..

Posted by: Donovan Watson | Feb 25, 2010 11:33:52 PM

Chandler has been a waste of skin this year...... At least he didn't have a reputation for being super soft before we traded for him.

Posted by: SMF | Feb 26, 2010 8:34:32 AM

Chandler - what a waste. Does the Okafor trade really save us that much when what we got in return was a hobbled player?

Okafor = more contract money but this was in exchange for more playing time and a better record for the team. At the end of the day this means more wins and more a55es in the seats. Given that, how does Chandler save us money? He doesn't.

Posted by: sascol | Feb 26, 2010 10:41:53 AM

chandler saves us money long term. chandler comes off the books next year. okafor has an additional 3 years afterwards if i'm not mistaken. we couldn't have paid jackson his extension if okafor was still around. not with diaw and wallace and resigning raymond and now tyrus thomas. i know several will disagree but the upside of tyrus thomas and ajinca is wayyyyyyyy higher than the 14 and 10 okafor will forever be consistent to give. the idea is to bail on overpaying a consistent starter and try to find an all-star big man.

while okafor would have been a huge help this year, we would be screwed cap wise going forward and wouldn't have any room for improvement. okafor's already at his ceiling.

Posted by: charlottean | Feb 26, 2010 10:47:31 AM

Rick - can you comment on chartlottean's theory? I have said this before, but not basing it on anything more than common sense. I could not have seen the bobs trading for jackson if they hadn't gotten rid of mek's future money...

Posted by: HJ | Feb 26, 2010 11:57:22 AM

larry hughes or mike james, plese sign scoring for our bench b-cat johnson and staff

Posted by: brendan | Feb 26, 2010 12:00:44 PM

Charlottean, hit the nail on the head. That trade was not about what Chandler could do. It was about dumping Oakafer overpaid bad contract, for some future cap relief and also don't forget next yr, NBA teams will be looking for salary cap relief also for 2011, so Chandler could be a good trade chip.

Posted by: Deon | Feb 26, 2010 12:06:05 PM

Chandler has ALWAYS been soft. Okafor, on the other hand, has played in over 220 consecutive games. Whoops.

And charlottean, Ajinca will never be a 14-10 player in the D-League, much less the NBA!

Posted by: Michael Procton | Feb 27, 2010 2:49:34 PM

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