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October 19, 2010

Najera cleared to practice, play

 Some small good news on the Charlotte Bobcats' injury front: Forward Eduardo Najera (sports hernia) was cleared to fully practice. He could play in Wednesday's exhibition against the New Orleans Hornets.

Also, Shaun Livingston (sore left knee) is participating more in practice, though he still hasn't been cleared to scrimmage. Livingston had an injection to address that pain, and said it would take several days for the medication to take full effect.

Gerald Wallace (back spasms) didn't practice and I'd guess it's unlikely he'll play against the Hornets.

Posted by Observer Sports on October 19, 2010 at 03:25 PM | Permalink


I don't anticipate Najera playing any significant role with this team. However, the silver lining with him returning and D. Brown playing so well, is that it should clear the way to cut Miles. Miles just doesn't seem to have the bball IQ to compensate for his post-injury loss of athleticism. He certainly tries out there, and his preseason stats show that he's active, but unless we're planning on buying out Najera (which I doubt), he and Matt Rogers should be easy cuts.

Posted by: Zed | Oct 19, 2010 4:27:52 PM

Rick, could you address Larry Brown's statement in the postgame interview about being disappointed in the centers last night?

Posted by: altheus | Oct 19, 2010 6:54:37 PM

First off, when Larry said "the centers'' I think he was referring to Naz and Diop (since Matt Rogers didn't get in until late). I also think Larry was referring to the first three quarters, before both teams, for the most part, pulled their starters:
Entering the fourth quarter, the Bobcats were behind by eight, and that was primarily because the Heat was constantly extending possessions with offensive rebounds (the Heat led 14-6 in offensive boards through three quarters).
Naz and Gana totalled seven rebounds through those three quarters. I think Larry was saying he needs more from his two centers in the way of rebounding.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Oct 19, 2010 7:14:30 PM

would have been down by a lot more after the first quarter if it wasnt for the work that mohammed did on both ends. this team needs more out of larry brown. this najera fellow now playing will mean less court time for that kid out of xaiver who is playing well because larry brown will play najera in front of him because larry brown does things like that.

Posted by: thevoice | Oct 19, 2010 8:11:52 PM

I don't see Najera playing in front of Derrick Brown.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Oct 19, 2010 10:05:21 PM

Seems like Derrick Brown's play has been the biggest positive of the pre-season. You can only hope Henderson can step up his game as well.

Posted by: Ari | Oct 20, 2010 12:11:23 AM

so as I watch the game again, and, unfortunately, again I'm noticing that the offensive boards were to the fault of each front court guy being in the vicinity yet being outhustled.

on the topic of contesting calls, a player's complaint is a conduit of the fans' passion. The players are the avatars for those in the stands, at the bar, on the couch. Every sport, even tennis, gives the stars of the game the right to challenge for replay or contest a call. I'm not suggesting we slow the game down that way but it should be realized this is a robbery of the freedom of speech, regardless of the NBA's supposed corporate protection.

If the argument is it's bad for a family atmosphere and it's unbecoming of role models, who's been to a Checkers or Hurricanes game lately? The evident difference isnt just the temperature in the arena.

Posted by: altheus | Oct 20, 2010 1:36:19 AM

Derrick Brown will be the first or second guy off the bench this season. He play has been stellar this preseason, he was also great in the summer league. He does not have to worry about playing time.

Posted by: Truth_cuts | Oct 20, 2010 8:14:22 AM

not to nitpick but he'll be more like 3rd-5th off the bench but hopefull he can carve out a great role as a go-to second unit guy. he's a legit starter/rotation guy in this league but he's behind the face of the franchise on the depth chart at the 3. and he's behind boris AND the 40 million dollar man at the 4.

as much as i am a HUGE fan of his game, we might be able to use his strong play to move diop or carroll's contract and get an asset in return. sorry i forgot for a second we don't have a real front office so they would never do such a thing. they'll wait till he's a free agent and let him go wes matthews style.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 20, 2010 11:58:42 AM

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