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December 13, 2010

Henderson might do a D-League stint

From my colleague,  Ron Green Jr., who covered Bobcats practice today while I was off:

The Bobcats might send Gerald Henderson for a brief stint with their Development League affiliate, the Maine Red Claws, in something similar to a baseball rehab assignment.

Henderson has been out about a month with tendonitis in his left knee. Coach Larry Brown said If Henderson went to Maine later this week, he could play three games in four nights, to get back his game-conditioning.

"The thing we want him to understand is it's not a demotion,'' Brown said after practice Monday, the first one Henderson has fully participated in in weeks. With the Bobcats playing games three of the next four nights, there isn't much opportunity for Henderson to practice.

The Bobcats already sent rookie point guard Sherron Collins for a stint in Maine. Brown hinted last week that Collins might not be the only Bobcat in Maine.

And before anyone asks (I always get this question when a Bobcat is sent to the D-League) that doesn't open a roster spot. Players on D-League assignment still count against the 15-man roster maximum.

Posted by Observer Sports on December 13, 2010 at 05:22 PM | Permalink


How bout we send Larry Brown to the D-League for a few weeks and see how we do with Hanners as coach

Posted by: BRONSYN | Dec 13, 2010 5:57:57 PM

Seriously. I can't wait till Henderson gets away from this joke of a franchise to a team that will utilize him. Brown is such a hypocrite. If you're on his good list, you can do no wrong and if you're on his bad list, you can do no right. Henderson is too good to be squandered by this clown.

Posted by: HornetzFan | Dec 13, 2010 7:02:48 PM

Brown was quoted earlier saying that the 2nd unit beats out the 1st in practice. Yet, most times, aside from Tyrus, the unit is Hef limp in terms of offense. But the energy is there. True passion lacks in both.

Posted by: altheus | Dec 13, 2010 7:28:25 PM

i think this is the right thing to do. let the kid get 3 or 4 games in, get his rythem back, come back to the bigs and take on a bigger role for the better of the future of the franchise.

don't forget the kid hasn't played in like a month and missed all of preseason too. but there's no question he and brown deserve bigger roles on this team. in brown's situation i'd be more patient because he doesn't have the 1st round scale contract, so we need to extend him before he starts playing 25+ mpg.

let's rebuild it. this would be the year where we could move a wallace or a jackson, attach a bad contract with them and STILL make the 8th seed in the playoffs and have a brighter future.

all i can say is look at okc and atlanta and utah and indiana and milwaukee and even portland as injury ravaged as they have been. we need a real gm and we need a long term plan. we're going nowhere fast with 3 30 somethings in the starting lineup and we're struggling to make the playoffs and get swept.

what's the goal here?

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 13, 2010 8:25:20 PM

Funny thing is, all summer, the teams around us getting better were talked about here, abroad, and most memorably by Larry Brown. I think the improvement we hoped would propel the post season success was the improved bench, as it seemed we had in summer league. Unfortunately, LB doesn't play those guys. The question, aside from guys having offensively off nights, is all about the x-factor. I say that because with so many single digit losses, a few better possessions would change the games and likely our record. That happens with a team having a killer instinct and a true closer. Sadly, it seems our All Star spent the summer showing what he can do instead of learning to do something new. BobcatsBreak shows stats indicating that when our guards score, we win. I'd argue their threes go up and the post players reap the benefits of post spacing. I'm more a believer in hendo than ever and I can't wait for Collins and Hendo to come back in better shape. That will be that xfactor, imho. In short, the rest of the season says improve some possessions and not blow it up. The Celtics always depress here, but not deflate.

Posted by: altheus | Dec 13, 2010 9:49:31 PM

Why did we pick up all these extra guys knowing they would on have at most 2-3 decent games? McGuire, K Brown, sherron collins. the only one that we picked up that performs is Livingston. with the we needed a pg but some one thats already proven and give guys that we know are good more chances so they can bloom such as henderson, D Brown

Posted by: chooks | Dec 13, 2010 9:56:05 PM

i have always loved gw, but it might be time to trade him for cap room (straight up for billups (goes off the book earlier than Wallace and would happen after mello gets traded), a young player (OJ Mayo, Kevin Love in a package, Jeff Green, and Eric Gordan with some draft picks. His value may not get higher from this point forward, and the teams mentioned either make sense for wallace (OKC) or have a GM that is down to do weird things (Kahn).

rick, gw popped up in the carmello trade rumors on espn, when jordan (clearly unsuccessfully) was trying to recruit carmello to come to charlotte. i find it interesting that the next day, the statements about him wanting to go to only ny popped up. In any event, I would love to see a column that raises the question of trading a gw, looking at this as a business. Any other thoughts on this?

Posted by: HJ | Dec 14, 2010 12:27:40 AM

one trade that works in the espn trade machine is with memphis, who is trying to trade OJ has us getting Mayo and Thabeet for GW.

Posted by: HJ | Dec 14, 2010 12:34:53 AM

Here's a thought, and I apologize if someone has already suggested this, but here goes. It looks like a foregone conclusiong that Carmelo will end up with the Knicks eventually, right? I say the Bobcats beat the Knicks to the trade with the Nuggets, possible if Denver would prefer a package of Bobcat players, say a package of Wallace, Diaw, etc. Once you acquire Anthony, it's pretty much written in stone that he won't sign an extension, unless MJ has some magic left in him. OK, so from here hopefully you could package him to the Knicks directly this season, maybe snare a player like Gallinari or Chandler, or better yet both (I wish). This is assuming the Knicks get itchy and can't wait for Anthony until next season. Worst case scenario, the Knicks play hardball and you are stuck with Anthony until he walks for nothing in the summer, but then, if I'm not mistaken in my salary cap jargon, you would have the cap space coming off the books from both Anthony and the players we would have traded to Denver, leaving you in position to sign a marquis free agent or two, both this coming summer and in 2012 when a few more salaries come off the books. This is the kind of forward thinking you have to hope for from the front office. It beats trying to turn chicken**** in to chicken salad, as some of you seemingly expect from this roster, which is still very lean in overall talent when compared to most other NBA teams.

By the way, in regards to Henderson, I'm hoping he can step up and contribute when he returns fully healthy and is given some significant minutes. Still, I'm tempering my optimism a bit. Let's not turn him into a star just yet. I'm sick and tired of hyping up guys until I see them prove it on the court.

Posted by: Ari | Dec 14, 2010 4:50:38 AM

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