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December 19, 2011

Bobcats' Silas on Biyombo resolution

Charlotte Bobcats coach Paul Silas said at shootaround this morning that rookie Bismack Biyombo won’t play tonight in the home exhibition vs. the Atlanta Hawks, even if he is signed before tip-off.

Biyombo should practice Tuesday, then would play in Atlanta Thursday in the second-and-last preseason exhibition.

            Biyombo worked out a settlement with his former Spanish team, Fuenlabrada, allowing the rookie to sign with the Bobcats. An Associated Press report out of Madrid said Biyombo will pay a $1.5 million settlement to Fuenlabrada to dissolve his contractual obligation to the team.

            The Bobcats did not make Biyombo available to media following shootaround. But Silas expressed relief that Biyombo -- the No. 7 overall pick in June -- is finally free to sign, a week into training camp.

“He was sitting over there just about as depressed as I’d ever seen anyone,’’ Silas said of the previous week. “Now, when I first walked in, he had his hands in the air and smiling. This is great for him and great for the team.

            What does Silas expect of power forward-center Biyombo?

“He’s a really good defender and rebounder and shotblocker. We just have to work on his offensive game, which he’s willing to do. He’s worked on it already, posting up and that kind of thing. He’s got to work on his shot from the outside. But the energy that he brings is what we really need.’’

            Silas said it’s unrealistic to think Biyombo got much from watching practice last week.

“If you’re just sitting over there, it’s almost impossible to get it. You’ve got to get out there and really do it.’’

Posted by Observer Sports on December 19, 2011 at 11:27 AM | Permalink


Finally some good news.

Posted by: topdog | Dec 19, 2011 11:37:15 AM

scouts are calling this dude "manute bol on acid"

he brings it maniacally

Posted by: Ace Juniper | Dec 19, 2011 11:58:32 AM

Manute was just 7'7 garbage. Bismack play with a hunger to be good.

Posted by: topdog | Dec 19, 2011 12:30:28 PM

GREAT NEWS!... should be a fun season. Young team that can only get better with age. GO 'CATS!

Posted by: Consuelo | Dec 19, 2011 1:32:43 PM

i wouldn't call manute bol garbage......might want to check his shot blocking numbers. dude was just never healthy enough to stay on the floor as anybody that's 7'7.

this guy is NOTHING like manute bol. he's way more mini dwight howard........serge ibaka....kevin garnett with less ball skill......than anything.

and if he's as young as they say he is.....sky is really the limit.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 19, 2011 1:33:20 PM

they selling biyombo jerseys yet ?

Posted by: Ace Juniper | Dec 19, 2011 1:49:53 PM

ok, someone fill me in. Is this guy going to bring something similar to what Mourning brought out of college? Shot blocking and altering shots around the rim? I understand he won't be as good offensivly, I'm just talking defense. Mourning was a beast for the Hornet's.

Posted by: DaveT | Dec 19, 2011 2:43:16 PM

Biyombo isn't as refined as Mourning.. there is no question he is a great defender already though if you watched him in the exhibition games before the draft.

What makes Biyombo different from the usual is that he is pretty fluid offensively - rebounding, catching passes, and dunking - unlike Emeka Okafor, Thabeet and others. He just hasn't been taught how to shoot or post up. If he gets it, then he will start in the league for a long time. Theres no doubt he will see a lot of minutes this season with our poor front court situation.

Posted by: amcoolio | Dec 19, 2011 4:21:25 PM

Sure, as long as you mean he's tall and black. In that case, he's EXACTLY like Mourning. If you meant basketball ability, though, he's nowhere close.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Dec 19, 2011 7:13:45 PM

Procton, you were also down on Cam when he was drafted. I hope your as right about Biyombo as you were about Cam...

Posted by: Procton Vomit | Dec 19, 2011 7:24:30 PM

not to mention, if the kid is 19, he's got a 3 year head start on mourning. like i said, i would compare way more to guys like ibaka, a smaller howard, less skilled garnett. maybe kirilenko with less range? i think he's way more skilled offensively than early ben wallace or biedrins or thabeet or kwame.

john henson at UNC is very comparable but maybe more complacent. I don't think the guy will be an all-star but I think he was a great pick.

i don't remember what his vert was but his standing reach was the same as shaq's if i'm not mistaken. and you know the dude can jump higher and quicker than shaq.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 20, 2011 2:13:31 AM

So I watched a some of the game last night and while Walker wound up with 18 points he appears to take everyone out of rhythmn with his style of play. DJ is clearly the more traditional point guard and it is difficult to see Kemba as a shooting guard based on his size.

Posted by: Bob | Dec 20, 2011 10:50:01 AM


Kemba is a much better point guard than DJ. DJ cant shoot off the dribble therefore is less of a threat. Kimba keeps the defense off balance and his assist numbers will rise once he gets more comfortable with the team. DJ can shoot and thats it. DJ turned the ball over at least 6 times last night. He's a 2 in a point guards body.

Posted by: nucat | Dec 20, 2011 10:41:12 PM

Kemba reminds me of Isiah Thomas.

Posted by: nucat | Dec 20, 2011 10:43:33 PM

Dj also had the 4th best assit to turn rate last year. 1 exhibition is not a career. And I don't see where he can't shoot off the dribble. His game tape would argue against that and win.

Again, stop calling kemba isiah thomas until he starts averaging 9 plus assists per game. That's just not accurate. Way more jason terry or even eddie house.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 21, 2011 12:05:20 AM

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