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March 01, 2010

Hughes' broken finger eliminates him

-- The Charlotte Bobcats have decided not to sign Larry Hughes for the rest of the season, since his broken finger would keep him out several more weeks. That, according to Bobcats general manager Rod Higgins this morning.

Hughes is a combo guard who could have filled a role similar to how Flip Murray played for the Bobcats. He was waived by the Sacramento Kings last week,after working out a buyout with that team.

Higgins said it was unlikely the Bobcats would sign Mike James, another veteran guard who is available. But Higgins said they'd keep an open mind to adding a veteran. Any player not on another NBA roster by the end of the day today could be eligible for the Bobcats in the playoffs, should they qualify for the post-season.

.-- Michael Jordan, fresh off agreeing to buy controlling interest in the Bobcats over the weekend, was at shootaround this morning. He still hasn't spoken with media (he's told intermediaries he won't do that until the approval process is completed) but he did challenge rookie Gerald Henderson to a shooting contest.

Hendeerson became Jordan's foil just as soon as a Duke player was drafted by a former Tar Heel last June. Henderson beat Jordan in back-to-back games of HORSE, and Henderson clearly enjoyed it.

"He didn't want to play a third one,'' Henderson said, adding he hoped word of his victories get back to Durham. 

Posted by Observer Sports on March 1, 2010 at 11:48 AM | Permalink


Hey rick, any chance Nazr or Chandler can go tonight?

Posted by: d-run | Mar 1, 2010 12:25:32 PM

for all you richardson lovers. be thankful

Posted by: dougie | Mar 1, 2010 12:38:23 PM

thank god. after watching that felton kid throw up bad shot after bad shot for five years the last thing we needed to see was hughes come in here and do the same thing. it wasn't the finger that stopped them signing him. they are waiting for the seventy sixers to waive iverson so larry brown can sign him love child. the charlotte boys club will live on. you want to change the name? call the team the larry bowncats. he is the one running the show. and running the show into the ground.

Posted by: the voice | Mar 1, 2010 12:47:40 PM

While I've had my own misgivings about Felton's shooting in the past, you aren't being fair:
Over the last 39 games (that's half a season), Felton is shooting 49 percent from the field, 46 percent from 3-point range and 79 percent from the foul line.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Mar 1, 2010 1:11:25 PM

Naz wasn't at practice Sunday or shootaround Monday. Chandler made it clear Sunday that his return is not around the corner.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Mar 1, 2010 1:13:00 PM

bonnell: my wife cheated on me 4 times and I kept forgiving her. just because she tells me she loves me (in a contract year) doesn't mean she wont go back to cheating.

Posted by: the voice | Mar 1, 2010 1:30:47 PM

Hey Rick,

Any chance this team might have been in better position had they kept Okafor and drafted Brook Lopez? They still could have made a deal for Jackson and this team would be a solid 5,6,7 seed in the east this year and may have been able to next year take Atlanta out of that top 4 in the East.

Posted by: Newt | Mar 1, 2010 1:31:26 PM

rick anybody else out there that we could bring in

Posted by: truthbtold4 | Mar 1, 2010 1:32:59 PM

jason who??? that name sounds familiar... all i can see is cap'n jack though!

Posted by: tmack | Mar 1, 2010 1:33:22 PM

Feltons assists should be more concerning than his shooting

Posted by: Brett Johnson | Mar 1, 2010 1:33:37 PM

Good info Rick, keep it rollin'! I'm very curious as to which FA Vet we might sign..

Posted by: Dlpz87 | Mar 1, 2010 1:43:01 PM

Larry Brown is running this team into the ground ??? I do not understand idiots on here who do not know what the hell they are talking about. LB is the best thing to ever happen to this franchise.....Mavs on 2nd night of a back to back, Bobcats need to get their first ever victory against this team tonight !

Posted by: Elliot Motaleb | Mar 1, 2010 1:59:24 PM

Julius Hodge made some impression on them before he was drafted by Denver. Hasn't he been playing well in Australia?

Posted by: Doug Elam | Mar 1, 2010 2:06:07 PM

hey elliot motaleb: who was it that insisted we draft that augustine kid even though our guys told the lopez camp we would be drafting him? and who was it that forced the trade of okafor for chandler because he wanted someone more athletic and above the rim? and who was it that forced the trade that brough diop and his flithy contract to us? larry brown changes his mind like most people change their under garments and his flip flopping is digging the team into a hole that it will take a decade to get out of.

Posted by: the voice | Mar 1, 2010 2:08:47 PM

Yes Newt, this team would have been much better off drafting Lopez than Augustine. At least we would have a starter that is a force in the middle instead of a tiny reserve point guard who can't do much of anything and certainly can't defend anyone. Just think if this team could get an extra 20 points and 10 rebs. per game from their center. We would have also been much better off drafting Brandon Roy instead of Morrison, trading its two first round picks to draft Chris Paul, drafting anyone other than Ajinca (now in the DBL) and a host of others. This team's brass obviously cannot analyze college talent at all. They better be glad they can make trades for established players or we would be much worse than the Nets.

Posted by: SpecialK | Mar 1, 2010 2:10:04 PM

ok did I miss understand what Chandler's Doctor said about him. I thought he would be ready soon.
On your previous topic. If it is an issue to people.. Drop the Bob and it will be The Charlotte Cats or as someone said Wild Cats... Logo, colors etc. stay the same. Trying to keep it simple.

Posted by: fox has to go!! | Mar 1, 2010 2:13:18 PM

It is so interesting to hear everybody always talking about What Felton isn't doing or that he needs to go. 1st of All I'm Season Ticket Holder which I doubt many of you are When did winning or losing start depending on Felton. Part of the Problem is Larry doesn't expolit matchups with the other team. He will go small and match the other team . Then they have to settle for jumpshots and no PG assist go up with teammates relying on jumpshots. Say what u Wanna. He is the one player they can not lose to injury. Everybody needs to focus on the team as a whole. Not players

Posted by: BCat | Mar 1, 2010 2:17:03 PM

Your wife cheated on you four times and you kept taking her back? And you still trust your judgment?

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Mar 1, 2010 2:39:17 PM

was not signing larry hughes a money play? i trhought kobe has the same injury and he is playing....

Posted by: Scott | Mar 1, 2010 2:42:15 PM

Machael Finley is about to get relesed. Is he a possibility?

Posted by: Saint Mac | Mar 1, 2010 2:47:23 PM

felton is a bum and i am a season ticket holder too.. but look on the bright side, dj is no better, let jax handle the ball in the playoffs or we will regret when the defense tightens, and it will.. i know one thing a new pg is needed in the off season..felton or dj (don't matter), chandler,diop has to go...the main core should be gerald, jax, thomas,nazr or diaw, keep one of them.. everybody else is tradeable..

Posted by: tim | Mar 1, 2010 2:47:47 PM

I agree with Saint Mac. Michael Finley would be a great addition in my opinion. He may be old, but he can still play a little bit, and at worst he's still a great shooter. He'd be a great veteran presence in the locker room, and he shouldn't be that expensive, right? Any word on this, Rick?

Posted by: Drew | Mar 1, 2010 3:07:59 PM

If Michael Finley gets released he'd be great. Ricky Davis is a FA too.

Posted by: Jon | Mar 1, 2010 3:08:28 PM

voice is clearly misguided......the only definitive bad move brown influenced was the diop trade. and at the time nazr was NOT playing like he has this year so he somewhat gets a pass but realistically that trade was worse than anything else in bobcats history. worse than kareem rush.

i like the mention of julius hodge......he would be outstanding to add since we want a ballhandler but no nba team is ever gonna give him a chance and without merit. he never even got a chance, he got shot or something as a rookie and shortly after he didn't get his contract renewed and was on his way. he'll continue to dominate ever where else but here.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 1, 2010 3:18:30 PM

Julius Hodge is not a good choice. Brown would never give him a shot, we need a proven vet, otherwise he won't play. The guy shouldn't have to be able to handle the ball. Jack and Diaw can both handle the ball as good as Murray and we didn't use him much in that role anyways.

Voice may be a bit misguided, but how on earth could you argue that insisting we draft DJ over Lopez wasn't a terrible move. In fact, not only was it obviously the dumb choice at the time and looks dumber everyday, but it caused the trade for Diop. With Lopez on the roster there's no way that would have happened.

Posted by: Jon | Mar 1, 2010 4:02:21 PM

how can you say if we had lopez that we wouldn't have traded for diop? brown clearly stated while making that trade that he wanted a veteran big man because nazr wasn't playing like he was capable last year. while lopez is a SOLID post player...how can yall salivate about how good he is when his team has won 6 games this year 2 of which we gifted to them? shaq didn't have any years like that. dwight howard never. timmy d never. even okafor with a bunch of clowns year 1 won more games than that.

put that into perspective. he's the big fish in a small pond. augustin played great last year and this year he's played horrible at times and great at times. but the team is winning. and he's in year 2. show some patience.

if we drafted lopez instead of augustin...we would have made a horrible trade for a backup pg all the same as we made a horrible trade for diop.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 1, 2010 4:15:55 PM

Any word on other free agents out there? There is Julius Hodge, Michael Finley, Ricky Davis, Rashad McCants...any of these potentially a Bobcat or anyone else? We need scoring off the bench BADLY now that Flip is gone...

Posted by: bobcatfan4life | Mar 1, 2010 4:39:35 PM

From minute-one I was disgusted with passing over Lopez, but Larry Brown has this team hovering around .500. Looking at our roster 2 years ago, that's pretty miraculous. We've added a lot of nice, versatile components.

Posted by: DeLaQuest | Mar 1, 2010 5:21:55 PM

If Iverson gets released then I'd say jump on it! Finley would not be bad either if he can still fill a role and provide 10-12 solid minutes a game. I think that Ajinca's drafting is second worst to Adam Morrison's. Still hard to believe, Adam Morrison has a championship ring?!? Where's mine? I did just as much in the NBA as he has! LOL

Posted by: Doctor | Mar 1, 2010 5:29:00 PM

Umm...Finley is no point guard, and he can't even shoot that well anymore (38% from the field this season.) Davis is a much better option if we're looking for a guy who can handle the ball and score off the bench.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Mar 1, 2010 5:42:59 PM

Michael Finley just got released from San Antonio, he might be an option.

Posted by: Linwood | Mar 1, 2010 5:52:35 PM

dam i wish we had lopez, instead of dj, but then again i wish we had kept kobe bryant back in days, let see how that work out for th elakers, drafts are about miss chances, but you have to mkae do with what you got and we have a decent team to get into the playoffs. let go cats, felton stop making so many stupid mistakes, bonehead..

Posted by: tim | Mar 1, 2010 6:30:54 PM

Julius Hodge is a name I hadn't thought of. But some quick research shows that he has played very well in Australia. He might not be a bad guy to bring in as some short-term, low-cost insurance.

Posted by: Gboro cats fan | Mar 2, 2010 12:55:45 PM

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