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May 12, 2011

Higgins confident on Henderson's recovery timeline

I spent much of this afternoon with Charlotte Bobcats general manager Rod Higgins, for a story in Sunday's Observer on the team's draft preparations.

I asked Higgins if he had any concerns about Gerald Henderson recovering from recent hip surgery. Higgins said he spoke with Henderson by phone Wednesday. That conversation, plus the medical reports he got, leave Higgins' confident Henderson will be ready for the start of training camp.

"He's in good spirits and highly motivated to get back,'' Higgins said of Henderson, who had the procedure in Vail, Colo., Tuesday. "We anticipate him being ready for the start'' of camp.

Henderson will be on crutches the next eight weeks. His recovery time is projected at four to six months.

Posted by Observer Sports on May 12, 2011 at 04:14 PM | Permalink


Hey Rick,

Any word on possible draft strategies. How about your picks for the Bobcats, would you dare to speculate on what would you think are good options with our picks? Comm'on!

Posted by: TARHEEL FAN!!! | May 12, 2011 4:54:51 PM

Tarheel fan:

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | May 12, 2011 6:03:51 PM

I hope they take a good look at that 6'6" Burks kid from Colorado. He can get to the basket. Also a great rebounder for his position. Run him as a combo guard with DJ and Henderson.

Posted by: DeLaQuest | May 12, 2011 10:29:04 PM

We need scoring, rebounding, and blocks coming off our bench with these two 1st round picks....likely 9 and 19. I hear this Alec Burks kid can really score and very athletic. Also a couple of these foreign big men could be possibilities...7 footers who can play inside and out and knock down the 3 consistently (Dirk). We don't need a good draft, for the first time in our history, we need a great draft ! And then after we make the playoffs as a 6 or 7 seed next year, DWIGHT HOWARD will follow CP3 to CHARLOTTE and CHARLOTTE WILL ONCE AGAIN BE IN LOVE WITH BASKETBALL ! Sorry guys........I just woke up.

Posted by: Elliot Motaleb | May 13, 2011 1:54:32 AM

Burks is definitely on their radar.

Posted by: Rick Bonnell | May 13, 2011 7:34:19 AM

Thanks, Rick!!

Posted by: DeLaQuest | May 13, 2011 12:06:24 PM

Elliott M.,

That 7'0" Donatas Motiejunas kid is interesting with his offensive abilities. We definitely need some scoring punch, and I love big men like him who can stretch the defense. Unfortunately there are some concerns with him possibly being lazy and not much of a rebounder/defender. Don't know....

Posted by: DeLaQuest | May 13, 2011 12:12:20 PM

Would any Bobcats fans out there take Jimmer Freddette at 19? Of course he's a risk, but man do we need scoring. And before anybody says "the next Adam Morrison", remember, Jimmer's very bulky/strong, and he doesn't have the diabetes affliction.

Posted by: DeLaQuest | May 13, 2011 12:16:04 PM

DeLaQuest: Where was Duke's Reddick drafted, now Orlando?

Posted by: whollar | May 13, 2011 8:40:54 PM

Insert "Jimmer" below -2006 John R. Wooden Award as the nation`s top player...Also 2006 Naismith Trophy as the Player of the Year...Two-Time First Team AP All-American...Two-Time ACC Player of the Year...The ACC`s all-time leading scorer as well as Duke`s top performer, while ranking 16th in NCAA history (2,769 pts)...Finished his college career with the most three-point baskets in NCAA history (457), while ranking second in NCAA history in free-throw percentage (.912)...He is a pure shooter with NBA range...His mechanics are top-notch and smooth as silk...Most players would love to have his quick release...Exceptional from the foul line...Lacks desired NBA size...Not very athletic...He will struggle defensively against quicker, stronger pro guards...His ball-handling and distribution skills could use a little work...Redick is as sure as it gets when looking for a pure shooter.(took 4 yrs. to get to ~10 ppg)

Posted by: whollar | May 13, 2011 9:01:26 PM

I say we trade up to get Enes Kanter and in the 2nd round draft Marshown Brooks, an athletic shooting guard and 3rd best scorer in college basketball last year from Providence or draft Jamie Skeen.

Posted by: jah p | May 13, 2011 10:23:45 PM


I think Jimmer is a little better ballhandler/creator, while Redick has probably made himself a far more adequate defender than Jimmer ever will. Is it worth it to take an off-the-bench 15-minute-a-night shooter at 19? I think so, if you look at the history of first round picks.

The thing I like about Jimmer is that he does his thing with a lot of weight/bulk/muscle. If he needed to develop more quickness, it's possible he could make that tweak by losing 10 pounds. Possible.

Posted by: DeLaQuest | May 14, 2011 1:07:55 AM

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