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January 20, 2011

This Thomas injury is a big mess

This might be a problem without an answer.

          The Bobcats just lost Tyrus Thomas for eight weeks (I had precisely the meniscus injury Thomas has, and while Glenn Perry is a marvelous doctor, there’s only so much you can do to speed that recovery time. So don’t assume Thomas will be back sooner).

          The problem isn’t just Thomas’ value to the Charlotte Bobcats. It’s how poorly structured the Bobcats are to compensate for his loss.

          As general manager Rod Higgins noted Thursday, they already have the maximum 15 players under guaranteed contract. And 13 of those are able-bodied, so there’s little reason to think the NBA would grant the Bobcats a roster exception.

          What Higgins didn’t say, but obviously implied, is it’s not the NBA’s problem that the Bobcats roster is over-populated with 2s and 3s.

          Higgins made it clear that Paul Silas will have to try to make due with the current mix. That means Dominic McGuire and Eduardo Najera must play more and Gerald Wallace will play as much 4 as 3 going forward.

          I was the one who told Wallace that Thomas would be out eight weeks. You should have seen the look on Wallace’s face – somewhere between shock and dread as I asked him what he thinks about becoming a quasi-power forward again.

          Gerald’s response was telling:

          “If he wants me to go some (at 4), fine,’’ Wallace said. “But as far as labeling me a 4, I’m done with those days.’’

          Translation: The more Wallace plays power forward, the faster his expiration date arrives. Colliding with someone 6-7 and 230 pounds is very different from colliding with someone 6-10 and 260 pounds.

Posted by Observer Sports on January 20, 2011 at 11:46 PM | Permalink



Posted by: Bobby | Jan 21, 2011 12:38:54 AM

I agree with Bobby. Could this be chance for D-Brown to get back into the mix?

Posted by: HPCatFan | Jan 21, 2011 12:58:25 AM

Maybe, and that would be great, But it begs a question:
If y'all thought Larry Brown didn't use Derrick Brown enough, and Paul Silas uses Derrick Brown even less than Larry did, then is it possible the problem isn't these stupid coaches, but instead the player who doesn't get activated ahead of Eduardo Najera?
I'm thinking none of you consider that.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Jan 21, 2011 1:35:34 AM

Definitely Brown brings some athleticism but he can't rebound like McGuire and doesn't have the experience like Najera. Is the defensive end slowing him down, like it does for a lot of young guys?

Posted by: ep23 | Jan 21, 2011 1:51:01 AM

The obvious answer is a trade, and why MJ would be satisfied to leave THIS roster untouched is absurd. Frankly, this adds even more push to the potential of trading Gerald or Jax for a nice expiring 4 (see Troy Murphy in Jersey) or a young 4 plus a TPE (see J.J. Hickson in Cleveland) or deal either Jax or Crash + UPS to Sacramento for Landry and Garcia.

Posted by: Bassman | Jan 21, 2011 8:18:39 AM


Not that it will help this season, but where do you think we stand for the draft? What are your thoughts on drafting a big man? To much of a risk?

Posted by: Nick | Jan 21, 2011 8:27:50 AM

let b brown get more playing time and let him play some 4 and give mcguire more time at the 4 as well..hold on bobcats til thomas makes it back..i still see the bobcats getting the 8th seed at worst

Posted by: callingitlikeiseeit | Jan 21, 2011 9:14:47 AM

Do we have any room salary/contract wise to make a trade, or are we pretty much stuck with what we have at this point? The other question is, what player would any team actually want from our roster????

Posted by: pete | Jan 21, 2011 9:20:10 AM

A great win last night and a HUGE confidence boosting game for Gerald Henderson and DJ, but lets write ANOTHER NEGATIVE ARTICLE Rick. We know Tyrus is hurt, but we can focus on something else as well. Dom McGuire is actually less turnover prone, almost as good defensively (if not better), and averages close to our more def/off rebounds per 48 than tyrus. Instead of talking about Wallace being ticked to play the 4 spot, maybe you should have seen how he didnt really even want to play at all last night. He was sluggish, not aggressive on offense, and seemed to not have the heart of the previous years. Maybe an article to motivate him? No, of course not because everything you write is NEGATIVE.

Posted by: jw317 | Jan 21, 2011 9:25:44 AM

I've noticed that a lot of the rookies have seemed to develop bad attitudes under Coach Silas while the veterans seem to be finally enjoying themselves. Totally opposite under LB. It's visible at the games. I'm not sure what that's about yet, but it is there. D. Brown needs to get his weight up and he needs more practice outside of the paint. There is that weird mix of a lack of confidence mixed with an inborn willfulness that hurts him. That's why he dunks all the time.

Posted by: berry | Jan 21, 2011 10:11:41 AM

I agree with you about Wallace, jw317. What's going on there?

Posted by: berry | Jan 21, 2011 10:12:55 AM

Me, too. I hate it when the weather guy on TV says it's going to rain. It's so NEGATIVE..I'd much rather think it's going to be sunny. Every day should be sunny. And when the Weather Man says it's going to rain, it's all his fault it's not sunny.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | Jan 21, 2011 11:08:28 AM

Do you remember LB tried to send G Hendo to the D League? Oh yeah that is one of the reasons he needs to be fired. Saying we are better without Tyrus is simply dumb. He brings a lot energy and talent to the game of basketball. We definitely needs some guys to step it up. Mcguire is doing better I remember he used to get bashed every night. I always sd he was a solid rebounder and defender but offensively challenged was my gripe. He is in a better system now. The Hawks are a really good team, but I think we match up with them well.

Posted by: tbird | Jan 21, 2011 11:13:00 AM

Wallace's motivation went south when rod Higgins tried to trade him and a first round pick to cleveland for a pack of saltines and a "trade exception". Few nba players continue to perform when they are under trade scrutiny. And if they actually do trade Wallace for less than nothing I will be done with them. My local team, golden state, is more fun to watch anyway.

This front office consistently makes poor decisions in trade and in the draft and that's why we are a borderline playoff team. Overpaying okafor, trading Tyson Chandler for short term relief but long term salary commitments in Carroll and najera , not paying Felton, we just can't seem to figure out a viable salary cap strategy. All they do is react, and react poorly.

Posted by: sf | Jan 21, 2011 11:16:45 AM


You are so misinformed. The Bobcats never tried to trade Wallace to Cleveland. If you believe everything you read, I have a bridge located off South Blvd. in Charlotte for sale and you can get it real cheap.

Your local team Golden State is fun to watch, but not even close to being a borderline anything. Poor decisions, take a look at what Golden State has done with personnel in the same time span as the Bobcats have been around. I think the poor decision award goes to the Warriors.

Posted by: Jackson | Jan 21, 2011 11:36:22 AM

**It is not a good thing we are losing Tyrus. He is the only player on the team ranking in the Hollinger PER top 50 at #37. Big blow indeed. However, here are few side notes you might have not seen due to "Overcast Weather":

So, for you true fans here is some positive news:
-Bobcats jumped to 7th in the playoff race with one win (last night v 76er's). We jumped Philly and Indiana.
-DJ Augustine scored a career high 31 pts and notched 8 dimes.
-Gerald Henderson hit 3-4 clutch shots in the final 3:00 minutes. Played great defense even though he was whistled for some bad calls.
-Monday against Philly Kwame Brown had 15pts and 16 rebs. Have we ever had a center do that?
-Dom McGuire, in roughly 8-9 min a game averages 1 less rebound than Tyrus Thomas.

As always, GO CATS!

Posted by: jw317 | Jan 21, 2011 11:40:00 AM

What about trading Sherron Collins for....anybody at the PF spot just as a stop gap. Collins is worthless.

Posted by: #1 Bobcats Fan | Jan 21, 2011 11:45:33 AM

Go grab big Brenda Haywood from the Dallas Mavs- bring him in to anchor down the Center Position- then we can use Kwame and/or Nazh as backups...

When Tyrus Thomas, who is back up Power Forward but PF of the future comes back, he will be coming back to a much better team!

Haywood is getting older in the league- but he is still one of the few solid options the team could grab to add to a mix with DJ, Henderson, Jack/Wallace, and T-Time- Brenden practiced with the Bobcats this past summer as well I remember reading... Chandler is eating his minutes- and he just signed a 6 year- somewhat cost friendly contract... Maybe we should wait after the NBA Negotiations to go for a BIG- but we gotta address that lack of talent on our roster- I love Nazh and Kwame and even Diop but GEEEEEZE DJ and Tyrus and Henderson look so young and good and promising and YOU JUST GOTTA ADD A LEGITIMATE CENTER TO THAT MIX!!!!

Posted by: Tim | Jan 21, 2011 12:56:31 PM

Imagine a land where the Magic took Emeka Okafor- The Bobcats Landed Dwight Howard- The Next Year- they took Chris Paul.

It was the best land ever.

Sorry to get us off topic- I know this post is pointless : )

Posted by: Anony | Jan 21, 2011 1:02:51 PM

With respect to need at PF...imagine the undersized small forwards McGuire, Naraja, D Brown(6'8 235 soaking wet) going against Baby Davis, Shaquille ONeil or Dwight Howard. Yikes! Trade, baby, trade.

Posted by: Ralphie | Jan 21, 2011 2:00:00 PM

Two words - Charles Oakley

Posted by: Jaybird | Jan 21, 2011 3:30:30 PM

As I said earlier

OAK needs to be "tutoring" D-Brown after school and fast.

Posted by: Davis Stern has to go!! | Jan 21, 2011 4:05:11 PM

OAK needs to suite up not tutor. Tyrus is the only big who plays defense with heart, without him in there teams can attack the basket with no worries. Speaking of heart has anyone seen Gerald "Crash" Wallace lately???

Posted by: Chris G. | Jan 21, 2011 8:26:02 PM

Hey I agree, but realistically.... If no trade, than D-Brown needs some "Cram" courses.

After Wallace showed what he can do when he wants.... And Diaw with his "o" help when he wants. We are looking at some hard long games.

I have been Holding back on Diaw for a while. Here it is.

Diaw by far could take over a game at anytime he wanted.... with out a doubt we have seen the streaks where he was unstoppable. He can play any position, well. He can do anything he wants to at anytime(create any shot, point up and shoot from anywhere, D-up, steal, block, get physical to a point, just a monster if he wanted!) but we need a consistent shooter(which he could be and chooses not to) and he chooses not to, with his RARE!!!! talent. So for that I am sick to death of it... I could care less what you purist think.

I want to WIN, I don't appreciate a potential talent!!!!
Maybe They can find someone to do his job and maybe more if asked to... NOT HOPED FOR GAME TO GAME. IF SOMEONE HAS THE ABILITY TO MAKE A HUGH DIFFERENCE IN ANYTHING.... And they choose to, do it when they feel like it. Stop it already! It's disgusting!

Let's see how much Diaw contributes now he knows Thomas is out for a while! But Pheonix is coming up.

As far as I can tell everytime we roll around to play the Suns.. MR.Diaw makes a hugh improvement from weeks before. Check last year when he went off for a few weeks when it was time to play PHEONIX.

Posted by: David Stern has to go!! | Jan 22, 2011 12:45:31 AM

Let's hear it! what is the excuse???? For DIAW.

Posted by: David Stern has to go!! | Jan 22, 2011 1:32:12 AM

With Diaw's ability we could look at a potential triple dbl... how many times a year????? Now Think about it.

Posted by: David Stern has to go!! | Jan 22, 2011 1:37:39 AM

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