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December 08, 2010

Stray thoughts after a nice win

Well, it’s getting interesting in Bobcatsville….

-- Stephen Jackson did his best to support teammate D.J. Augustin post-game, and that’s admirable. But it got a little awkward when Jackson said they didn’t want to hear any more questions about Raymond Felton.

Actually, nobody has been peppering them with Raymond Felton questions. I asked Gerald Wallace one question, pre-game Saturday, about whether they’re missing something in Felton’s absence. Gerald said what he said: Essentially that D.J. is neither as big, nor as fierce, as Felton. That is absolutely true and I think D.J. would say as much, too. The “sin,’’ I guess, was Wallace acknowledging the obvious.

-- In case you were wondering why Tyrus Thomas didn’t play late, he suffered a left quadriceps injury that gave him a scare. But an examination suggested this is likely nothing serious.

--  Boris Diaw did a great job guarding Denver’s Carmelo Anthony. Anthony has given the Bobcats more trouble than anyone. Diaw’s size and heft mean Anthony couldn’t just throttle Diaw into the post for easy baskets or free throws. I get what’s frustrating about Diaw, but people just don’t get how valuable he is defensively.

Posted by Observer Sports on December 8, 2010 at 12:02 AM | Permalink


great effort tonight. great passion. clutch 3's from s-jax and dj. the passion may not be there from DJ, but he sure as hell can shoot the rock, doesn't have the intensity and defense felton does, but i'll take the shooting he has over felton any day.

Posted by: tank | Dec 8, 2010 1:57:38 AM

Well explain why McGuire is playing ahead of D Brown. Mcguire is absolutely the worst player on the court every single night yet he gets playing time.

As for Wallace, his sin was needing someone to lead him inorder to play hard while collecting $9m a year. Shame on him.

Posted by: crymeariver | Dec 8, 2010 1:58:55 AM

And you don't throw your teammate under the bus to excuse your own poor play.

Posted by: crymeariver | Dec 8, 2010 2:05:00 AM

Diaw is a good defender, when he chooses to be.

Posted by: Claydog | Dec 8, 2010 3:18:07 AM

I liked that there were several times that Jack just turn and ran away from an official when he didn't like the call. The couple of times he did debate, he calmly explained his view of the play and then accepted the verdict. So far so good.

Posted by: onewhowatched | Dec 8, 2010 6:05:12 AM

I agree about mcguire. he is not an nba quality player. he is horrible yet larry brown now plays him over d. brown every game. he is playing as many minutes as tyrus thomas who should be on the court atleast 25-30 minutes a night.

Posted by: mike | Dec 8, 2010 8:02:38 AM

I say Boris is a better 3 than a 4, and would play that position even better if he could keep his weight down. But for all his versatility and skill, he lacks consistency and rebounding we need from a true 4 in this league. I guess the phrase from a song that fits our situation with Diaw is ... "..Can't Find A Better Man..". I suspect LB isn't willing. Still, I like the fact that Boris is helping his trade value.

Posted by: Bassman | Dec 8, 2010 8:21:05 AM

I know Brown values experience over youth, but hey, UPS is an up and coming, valuable player. Sitting on the pine is not going to help...the 'Cats were with their highest energy level when he and Hendo were on the court together.

Posted by: eduardo | Dec 8, 2010 8:32:28 AM

Are you really using Diaw as a headline for this win? Diaw wasn't even the main guy on Melo. Do you write these articles while wearing a Diaw jersey on too? And it's good to see little mention of Tyrus and Livingston either, even though they provided quality play.

Posted by: Clyde | Dec 8, 2010 8:58:08 AM

i don't understand why d. browm is not playing, but mcguire gives you toughness and he is far from garbadge..i guess you didnt see the 15 ppg and 15 rpg he put up last week..i don't thin any reserves come close to those numbers so far this year..

Posted by: teemac1974 | Dec 8, 2010 11:13:31 AM

Diaw makes the team better when he is on the floor with Defense and ball movement.

Gerald always plays HARD. If you don't see that you are not paying attention.

Posted by: Musson | Dec 8, 2010 11:22:37 AM

Please stop covering for diaw, brown, jackson and wallace. This team should be better than it is, an the writers and fans should stop providing cover for a team and coach that does'nt play hard and compete every game.

Posted by: joe | Dec 8, 2010 11:25:36 AM

15 ppg and 15 rpg? hilarious. he had 1 game of 13 and 15. it was great. "yea that's nice......now let me see you do the same thing twice....three times four times, then a couple of more times"©nas. supposedly its the defense that gets mcguire minutes and actually he's not playing in front of brown, he's clocking almost all of his minutes at the 2. i just hope that when henderson gets back, henderson gets his minutes because mcguire shoots about as good as diop does.

tyrus thomas had a great first half but he had 2 critical turnovers late before leaving the game. meanwhile diaw hits the 2 most critical buckets of the game. it's worth mentioning. i think tonight was a perfect example of why tyrus shouldn't start. he can abuse 2nd teams and he can bring such a big lift off the bench. if he hadn't been hurt he probably would have been on the floor at the end of the game to get some more minutes in. he played outstanding sans the turnovers but the turnovers were almost back to back and they were huge.

WE'RE GOING TO OVERTIME!©steve martin. classic.
"3 by billings"

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 8, 2010 11:52:21 AM

Bonnell I think that what was actually said was taken out of contents by you. I saw a couple of articles not written by you, where Jackson clearly stated that the media was makin it seem like they didnt have Augustin's back. Man its obvious you got a problem with the new point guard and you obviously loved Felton. You need to get over it and write about the present Felton is gone! State the facts not your opinion!Why even ask if something is missing in Felton's absence if you werent trying to start something. Man I feel like I am reading a gossip website when I see yo stuff you so negative. This team needs to be united if they are going to progress. Go Cats!

Posted by: Kevin | Dec 8, 2010 12:30:24 PM

Rick, I'm disappointed in your journalism. We know that both Gerald and Jack went to DJ after last nights game and told him you took their comments out of context. Grow up. We know you like Raymond, but this team likes DJ.

Posted by: onewhoknows | Dec 8, 2010 1:02:24 PM

I am wit Jack I don't want to any more about Ray. It is dumb to keep talking about somebody after you should be moving on with the team you got. Pick ups to DJ he needs to shoot more. I still question LB on putting Dom Mac in the game before D Brown. That is when the team gets in these really slow half court sets. But oh well good game so......need to continue this Friday. I don't know which game is Boston but I know we need to get one of the two game on Saturday,because Boston 9/10 times may beat us. Good win.

Posted by: tbird | Dec 8, 2010 1:23:11 PM

Bonnel stop half telling what is said in interviews. Where is the integrity? If you love Felton so much go start a personal blog. People please read below and take note of the omissions.


Posted by: Cat_Dog | Dec 8, 2010 1:35:39 PM

again, he's not playing mcguire over brown, he's playing mcguire at the 2 in place of henderson. he's spreading the minutes he was giving to brown over boris, tyrus and kwame brown. it has way more to do with kwame being healthy than it does anything else.

and mcguire doesn't slow the offense up, he's actually been one of the few that has run the floor, problem is....he's not a reliable shooter. i will be happy to see henderson get back and hopefully he will be given the minutes he was seeing at the beginning of the year. there's nothing mcguire can do henderson can't except maybe the size difference. but henderson more than makes up for that in offensive skill in comparison.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 8, 2010 2:34:12 PM

I said this before about Bonnell. He's got man crushes coming out his ears. It must be an old people thing.

Posted by: I'm A Hole | Dec 8, 2010 2:42:02 PM

I think that Rick and LB know a good deal more about basketball that most of their detractors. Teams hated coming to play in Charlotte last year because of our top rated defense. That defense was effective because Felton (usually) applied so much on-the-ball pressure that opposing point guards had a much more difficult time getting their team into an offensive rythm. This made defense much easier for everyone else. If you simply look at the numbers you will see Felton right up there with the elite point guards this year. In fact, I would not be surprised to see him starting PG for the east in the all-star game. DJ can not be Felton and he brings a different set of skills to the table. He is our point guard and I love his offense. The pressure put on opposing point guards is where we, and our defense, miss Raymond the most.

Posted by: murrell | Dec 8, 2010 11:22:24 PM

OMG I will ROTFL if Felton make the starting point for Allstar. That is a joke. LB might know more about basketball, but Rick does not have a clue!! Trust me .Come on now if Ray was so good then the Bobcats would have paid him what he wanted. Your right everbody brings something different to the table, but I will not miss seeing the missed shots over and over or the bad passes, or the faked injuries when he couldn't defend another guard. Out with the old in with the new, play the young guys you got sitting on the bench. Raymond didnt start doing anything until he thought his position was in jeapordy. We need to make the play offs with a young group of guys willing to run the floor and pass the ball around. We dont need clicks(Felton & Wallace) or clickers who want to give the ball to certain people so that they can look good on camera.

Posted by: Kevin | Dec 9, 2010 8:52:36 AM

i love how everybody is bigging up raymond's defense like he didn't get absolutely drilled by jameer nelson last year. is dj small? absolutely. is defense his strongsuit? no i wouldn't say that. does that make raymond felton all nba defender? last i checked, no.

people are incredibile.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 9, 2010 9:36:59 PM

Kevin, every player gets drilled occasionally. You may want to watch some re-runs of some of our games last year to see how much much better our defense was when there was pressure on the opposing point guard. Wallace, Jax and others may appreciate this more than fans who think that basketball is all about shooting. You may also find it informative to check the numbers on ALL point guards in the east so far. Raymond is gone and I'm pleased with the offensive production of DJ and love the Cats. You may LYAO but the fans in NY may laugh longer.

Posted by: murrell | Dec 9, 2010 11:17:31 PM

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