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January 17, 2011

Silas: Thomas needs to learn from this

Charlotte Bobcats coach Paul Silas wasn’t particularly surprised the NBA chose to suspend power forward Tyrus Thomas for today’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers.

          Thomas caught New Orleans Hornets center Emeka Okafor in the face with an elbow late in Saturday’s loss. He was assessed a flagrant foul, penalty two (the harsher penalty) and was ejected from the game.

“It’s unfortunate he’s not going to be here, but he has to learn from it,’’ said Silas, who lost his top reserve. “If he does that, then it’s all worthwhile.’’

This is the second time this season the NBA has suspended a Bobcat. Stephen Jackson missed the game in New Orleans in December for berating referees following a road game against the Detroit Pistons.

 Silas said he anticipates filling Thomas’ minutes with Dominic McGuire and Eduardo Najera (who Silas has wanted to play after Najera played well in Minnesota).

Part of the problem is that under NBA rules, you don’t just lose Thomas, you lose a roster spot. Thomas must count against the 12 active roster spots today.

Posted by Observer Sports on January 17, 2011 at 12:43 PM | Permalink


Derrick Brown and Sherron Collins (and obviously Diop) are inactive today.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Jan 17, 2011 1:11:52 PM

Rick, what is it about Derrick Brown that Silas doesn't like? He is giving Henderson & Diop (before the injury) way more playing time than LB ever did, but it seems like Brown is DNP-CD every game now!

Posted by: tom P | Jan 17, 2011 1:35:08 PM

I think there are misgivings about Derrick Brown's defense. He's not as good a defender as McGuire, nor as good a shooter as Carroll. So for now, he's the odd man out on a roster with too many 2-3s.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Jan 17, 2011 1:38:32 PM

Cosign RBs comments. On MLK weekend, of all times, Tyrus!

Posted by: altheus | Jan 17, 2011 2:07:51 PM

Rick: what are you hearing about the trade talks involving the Cavs and Gerald Wallace, and also the rumors regarding the Mavs' interest in Stephen Jackson?

Posted by: Stan | Jan 17, 2011 2:47:08 PM

It's sad really, the local paper and beat writer mention nothing of the Yahoo! sports report that Cavs and Bobcats have had serious discussions involving trading Wallace for merely cap relief. If that happens, what message is MJ truly sending to this town?

Posted by: JayKay | Jan 17, 2011 4:32:28 PM

The message would be that overpriced small forwards that can't shoot don't belong on the roster of a team that needs to rebuild. If we are ever going to have a real team MJ is going to have cut some salary and add some picks. Anyone that wants this team to ever be more than an 8 seed should be fine with it.

Posted by: Gary | Jan 17, 2011 4:47:29 PM

Gary, unfortunately the report says we would also owe the Cavs a lottery protected 1st rd pick. So we would not be adding any picks, just trading Wallace and a 1st rd draft pick for salary reduction.

Posted by: JayKay | Jan 17, 2011 5:16:56 PM

2 things that may happen in the near future for the Cats: I hope Paul sticks around for the job but w.out a major trade this team is doomed.
I see MJ hiring Pat Ewing for a coaching job.
I also see MJ trading GW for a offensive player before the deadline or end of a lost season.

It does look this way.

Posted by: tbird | Jan 17, 2011 6:55:24 PM

As far as Stephen Jackson is concerned, he would be sent to Dallas for Jason Terry's expiring contract. The 2 best players (sad huh?) gone for absolutely nothing. Way to win the town over MJ.

Posted by: BarelyCareAnymore | Jan 17, 2011 10:32:23 PM

First of all. The team can't trade the 2011 pick because 2012's is already gone. Can't go without a first round pick in back to back years. So that first rumor is false. Second. I would take a Jason Terry's expiring contract for Jack immediately. We get a better player and shave 8 million off the cap. Forget winning the town. Giving us a team in 2 years that can really contend. I can't beleive how short sighted people are.

Posted by: Gary | Jan 18, 2011 1:10:06 PM

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