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November 04, 2010

Catching up at the end of a long day....

A whole lot of travel hassles today, involving connecting flights and the East Coast full of rain and snow and...anyway, a couple of things you might care to know:

1. Kwame Brown (sprained left ankle) has been cleared for contact and scrimmaged at practice in the Detroit area Thursday. He appears to be close to playing. I'd think he'd certainly be activated by Saturday, when the Bobcats might need all the big-man fouls they can assemble against Dwight Howard.

2. Gerald Wallace had no after-effects from that ankle sprain Wednesday in the collision with Devin Harris.  I'm told there was no swelling, so he's certainly a go versus the Pistons.

3. Some of you have been asking about Matt Carroll not playing. I'm a fan of Matt, and I think he's doing anything and everything he can to be in Larry Brown's good favor. The reality is Larry isn't a big fan of jump-shooters, and they did use a lottery pick on Gerald Henderson, so anyone can see why they're exploring what Henderson can do.

Could Carroll potentially stretch defenses? Sure. But 12 players can't all play, and I would think once Kwame Brown is available to play, Carroll is the logical candidate to be de-activated.

Posted by Observer Sports on November 4, 2010 at 09:28 PM | Permalink


Larry Brown may have that philosophy about jump shooters, but with a game like Stephen Jackson had last night, we could desperately need his scoring ability... If Diaw hadn't had such a big game then we would've easily lost that game. Defense looked good, but offense is not quite there.

Posted by: appstategrad2008 | Nov 4, 2010 10:42:14 PM

Gerald H. needs to step up his game. He was unconvincing so far. If he will, LB will be happy to keep him as the back-up SG. If not, Matt might eventually get his chance to be the back-up. A cautionary note: past experience showed that Matt needs consistent minutes to be effective. Bringing him in the game a few minutes at a time, for a total of maybe 10-12 minutes per game, is usually a waste of time.
In other words, you give him the chance to play enough time to gain confidence and to get in a rhythm, or else you're better off with Gerald H.'s defense, even if he won't achieve a lot offensively.

Posted by: Sandy | Nov 4, 2010 11:14:20 PM

LB doesn't like jumpshooters. Grumpy ol' coach might need to loosen up a bit and adjust to the times. Does he like a one dimensional offense? The Bobcats' are 0-4 if they didn't hit those key 3 pointers at the end of the Nets' game and judging from their 3pt % that was a fluke. DJ is the only consistent shooter in the rotation and he's in a shooting slump. Diaw and Jack keep throwing them up regardless of the outcome.
This team needs shooters like Carroll more than they need another "slasher" like Hendo. I like Hendos game but this team needs help on the perimeter and Carroll is the best deep shooter on the team. Give him some PT coach!

Posted by: gradyhog | Nov 5, 2010 7:24:55 AM

Might be getting James Johnson!!!

Posted by: jeremy | Nov 5, 2010 8:14:57 AM

Im sure Hendo is running circles around Matt in practice and that is why Matt is on the bench. Hendo's athleticism is rare and needs time to develop into an asset at this level. Pounds can live with his lack of offensive production as long as he is a defensive stopper. All that being said, it would be nice to see somebody stretch the defense(DJ). Sometimes it feels like Im watching "Hoosiers" when I watch the Bobcats play. The only thing missing are the short-shorts and the high top canvas Converse.

Posted by: FuriousStyles | Nov 5, 2010 9:29:59 AM

Wow, eventhough I like James Johnson, he has improve his game and got in great shape, but his defense is shaky. Is a good thing that he's been practicing with Pippen, but where will he fit in our roster. Derrick Brown, IMO is a far better talent and a better player overall than James Johnson, I don't understand the logic in this rumors unless a 3rd team is involved.

Posted by: RobC | Nov 5, 2010 9:41:25 AM

Larry has to at least find a couple of minutes to get Carroll on the floor. We can't keep winning games scoring 85 ppg. That just won't cut it in the NBA.

Posted by: Smitty | Nov 5, 2010 9:51:54 AM

We have four slash and cut players but no knock down 3 pointers. Sorry DJ, but if you are going to be a point be the point. Great play at the end of the Nets game but Jackson is losing a step driving and getting double teamed. He needs someone to be in the corner for the knock down 3 ala Bowen and Parker for the champion teams of the Spurs. Granted Bowen was a lock down defender. All of this will losen up the middle for the pass down low and free up lanes for Jack and Wallace to drive.

Posted by: chammond | Nov 5, 2010 10:13:29 AM

unless we're moving diop or carroll or najera to get johnson, that would be retarded.

i think henderson has played very well thus far. there's not a lot of minutes to be had at the 2 anyways with jackson getting the bulk but with 10-15 minutes out there, its better to give it all to one guy and henderson has been playing solid D and he's knocked down the jumper a few times. we'll see if that stays consistent because if it does then he's going to be solid with more PT. shannon brownesque.

matt carroll doesn't bring anything to the table with this team in terms of the roles available to fill, sorry. You can score 5 points and win a game of basketball if you hold the other team to 4. The warriors score the 2nd most points in the league almost every year and they never win anything. our problem is with turnovers. if we turned the ball over half as much, we'd score atleast 10 more ppg.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 5, 2010 10:33:47 AM

So if Larry is not going to play Matt Carroll could he be used in a trade situation? I don't think there is anyone out there who will be nice enough to us to take Diop's contract off our hands.

Posted by: TheDorkLord | Nov 5, 2010 4:13:12 PM

All one can say is that at this time Larry Brown - due to his conception - will not play Matt Carroll. But, never say never. This might change in the future, under different circumstances.

Nazr was in deep freeze in the '08-'09 season, then Diop had the same fate last season - also because they didn't match Coach's conception (playing style in both cases, plus conditioning issues in Diop's case). Nazr was back to play since last season, Diop is back this season. Larry Brown didn't change his basic conception of the game, these two players are still not a perfect match for what he wants in a center, but, he was ready to make changes in the rotation - responding to changed circumstances, and also, respecting these players' positive attitude and effort to be ready.

I'm not saying that this "proves" that Matt will eventually get his chance under LB.
But I think that this just MIGHT happen, under the right circumstances.

Posted by: Sandy | Nov 5, 2010 4:50:53 PM

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