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February 11, 2011

What a horrible time to boot one

Charlotte Bobcats coach Paul Silas was astounded and perplexed by his team’s lack of effort Friday. This was the most winnable game in a stretch of five in seven nights before the All-Star break.

          How could they play with such disinterest? So little energy? Silas was at a loss, and he appropriately let them have it, both in the post-game locker room and in his comments to the media.

          But it’s interesting that the co-captains – Stephen Jackson and Gerald Wallace – seemed even more upset. Those two value effort, and I’m guessing the only two teammates they’d say brought it Friday were Gerald Henderson and Shaun Livingston.

          D.J. Augustin was awful and Boris Diaw wasn’t much better. Nazr Mohammed looked so flat in the first half that Silas didn’t play him in the second.

          It’s occurring to Wallace and Jackson that their playoff chances are slowly dripping away. This home loss to the Nets negated whatever Monday’s victory over the Boston Celtics counted for. They play 11 road games against teams with winning records and they’ve lost tiebreakers to Philadelphia, Indiana and Milwaukee.

          So, yeah, this can’t keep happening, and they’ll need a few shockers to the positive side to make it to the eighth seed.

Posted by Observer Sports on February 11, 2011 at 11:17 PM | Permalink

Comments

This is real interesting because the Cats were talking about defensive communication to the point they actually beat Boston with that type of effort. What happened?

If you talk on defense it requires energy. No communication and guys start to isolate.

This team has a hearing problem. They don't even listen to themselves.

mike t.

Posted by: Michael C. Teniente | Feb 11, 2011 11:55:38 PM

for the last time......blow up the team, trade jack trade wallace get some draft picks and start over with augistin hendeson and tyrus thomas being your foundation

Posted by: tank | Feb 12, 2011 12:16:16 AM

Tank, that's wishful thinking. D.J. is in a slump (again), which makes me doubt (again) that he can be the point guard of the future for the Bobcats. Prove me wrong, DJ, I'd be happy!
Tyrus Thomas and Gerald Henderson are solid athletic players, who would play about 25 minutes per game in a good team. If they are the foundation for the team's future, that's not a bright future. They can be solid rotation players, but they don't have NBA star potential.

As for Jax and Gerald W., like it or not, they are still our best players.

Posted by: Sandy | Feb 12, 2011 1:09:16 AM

Keep drafting and developing the young players and the Bobcats will be fine. We got some young guys that we can build on (DJ and Henderson). We are sorely lacking big men that can bring it game in and game out and that is evident anytime we play a good C. Forget Dwight Howard from last season, how about tonight against Brook Lopez. Right now we can't do much but play with what we have. Check out a team like Memphis Grizzlies and what happens when you keep drafting and get some low post players. You actually good.

Posted by: ep23 | Feb 12, 2011 6:46:50 AM

They were touting priority playoff tickets for early season ticket renewal last night. Unless they come with plane tickets to Indiana they won't be of much value.

Posted by: Claydog | Feb 12, 2011 6:47:26 AM

This won't be an easy, quick fix guy's. We will have to build through the draft or a lucky trade. Problem is we don't have much trade value and we sux at drafting. So hopefully everyone's on the band wagon for the long haul, of course if they continue to play as they did last night I wouldn't blame you if you jumped off.

Posted by: Chris G. | Feb 12, 2011 9:18:20 AM

Real perplexing. Last night was a lot of what Larry Brown must've experienced. Against weak teams, the prima donnas think they can just coast and the game will come to them. Or at least, they think they can pull it out at the last minute if an extra surge of energy is needed. A shame, as a nice home crowd deserves better. Boris and DJ were just going through motions and barely that. Personally, would rather see some scrubs busting butt than what I saw from some of the 'vets' last night.

Posted by: eduardo | Feb 12, 2011 9:20:32 AM

eduardo:

I agree 100%!

Posted by: Chris G. | Feb 12, 2011 9:37:18 AM

First, effort in the Boston game came mainly from the reserves. Second, if after a coaching change the players are supposedly still not playing hard enough, then it's time to make changes with some of the players. Finally, it seemed to me that the players played harder when Jordan practiced with them. Maybe someone needs to remind them that he watches the games too.

This was just pathetic. You can't have players on a team that don't know how to win the ones they are supposed to win. It's really surprising when it guys like Nazr are part of the problem.

Posted by: Phillip | Feb 12, 2011 10:18:20 AM

Dear Larry Brown:
Is Gerald Henderson still too out of shape to contribute at the NBA level? Should he be playing for the Maine Red Claws so he can learn to "play the right way?" Should he be sitting on the bench in favor of scrubs like Dominic McGuire and Stephen Graham?
Love,
Michael
P.S.: You're an idiot and the game passed you by years ago.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Feb 12, 2011 2:30:03 PM

Sandy,
If your "best players" are carrying you to a .400 winning percentage, what does it matter? At least with younger (and cheaper) "best players," we could hope to be a better team in 3-5 years, not one searching for an identity as mediocre "stars" age their way out of the league. Gerald Henderson is a fine young player who's getting his first month or so of real PT in the league. Worst-case scenario, he's going to be a league-average starter for several years, and there's plenty of room for improvement past that, if he can spend the time and show the dedication to improving his outside shot, a feat that can CERTAINLY be accomplished. For the sake of reference, see Raja Bell, who made a whopping 13 threes at a 27.6% clip over HIS first two years. Your point about the status of the team is vaguely valid, but tank's ideas about blowing it up instead of using expensive, mediocre vets to chase 36 wins and a first-round sweep certainly make more sense.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Feb 12, 2011 2:42:22 PM

Michael, the problem with going into rebuilding mode is that it might be unsustainable. You get rid of the best veterans, you try to get younger players in trades, and you hope for the best with lottery picks in future drafts. In the process, you start losing even more, and you lose many fairweather fans (abundant in Charlotte). This is a money losing franchise, and it could harldy afford to go into even deeper losses.

A rebuilding process can take years before bearing fruits, and it's uncertain, it's a jump into the unknown.

Lottery draft picks are, to a large extent, a matter of luck. I still don't know to what D.J. Augustin will amount for this team's future. I know, however, what we got from Adam Morrison and Sean May... Also, thanks to management, our highest draft pick, Emeka Okafor was wasted like nothing (through the trade for Chandler, and then trading Chandler away). We are left with nothing from picking Felton, too. You see the same around the league, through the years: many high draft picks don't justify the hopes placed on them, and when you get a really good one, the management can still totally waste it.

For these reasons, I want to see a cautious approach; let the trade deadline pass, and see in the off-season what trades and FA signings are possible - with a view to build an improved and balanced roster. I don't believe in any massive shake-up, because it's high risk business, I hope for gradual improvement over a few seasons - and with our talented management, I'm not sure even that is possible.

Posted by: Sandy | Feb 12, 2011 7:05:40 PM

Just so everyone here remembers this fact. Larry Brown wanted to take DJ Augustine in the Draft. Guess who the next pick in that same draft was at #10? Brook Lopez!
Aother draft blunder. I like what DJ has done this yr. (outside of last night and against the Celtics) But, Lopez is probably the 4th or 5th best center in the league.

Posted by: EJ | Feb 12, 2011 8:12:05 PM

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