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December 13, 2011

Higgins reacts to Kwame Brown leaving

Charlotte Bobcats player-personnel chief Rod Higgins said he's prepared to start the season with Boris Diaw and Gana Diop as the team's centers, after Kwame Brown agreed to a 1-year, $7 million deal with the Golden State Warriors.

Brown started for the Bobcats the second half of last season, and they wanted him back, although not for the money the Warriors chose to spend.

Diaw, primarly a power forward, has played center in the past. His strength, heading into the final season on his contract, is versatility.

"Boris will probably play a lot for us at 5,'' Higgins told the Observer Tuesday morning. "I don't think it's a problem when Boris guards a Ryan Holllins -- or even a Dwight Howard. One guy I do worry about in the East is (Milwaukee's) Andrew Bogut.

"Now we've got to get Gana Diop in shape.''

Diop, the only true center on the Bobcats' roster, had surgery in January to repair a ruptured Achilles tendon. It's only been 1 1/2 months since he was fully cleared for physical activity. By Diop's own description, he's overweight right now.

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Comments

Oh boy it's gonna be a long season.

Posted by: apauldds | Dec 13, 2011 12:13:50 PM

rod higgins can go suck a charles dickens novel.

this dude's track record with player personnel is HORRIBLE. he's making david kahn look good AGAIN.

it was a 1 year deal. and you pay diop more than that. you pay boris more than that. you pay thomas more than that. you pay maggette more than that. it's a 1 year deal.

what was your offer? 2 years, 8 million? give him the 1 year deal and then you get over this years free agent splurge and you sign him to the 4 million a year deal but letting him go is absolutely ridiculous.


boris can guard dwight howard? really? last i checked NOBODY could guard dwight howard and kwame was one of the few bodies that could actually contain him a bit. HOW MANY TIMES A YEAR DO WE PLAY RYAN HOLLINS? WHY ARE YOU EVEN TALKING ABOUT RYAN HOLLINS? RYAN HOLLINS DOESN'T EVEN TALK ABOUT RYAN HOLLINS.


eff rod higgins. seriously. go die somewhere dude you ruin basketball.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 13, 2011 12:14:20 PM

The only question is: Do we win at least five games this year. I say No.

Posted by: fleiter | Dec 13, 2011 12:16:32 PM

It's clear that both of our area pro sports teams are in rebuilding mode. The idea that the Bobcats will go into the season with Diaw playing big minutes at the 5 should tell us all that they are playing for a high draft pick again. This is fine, as long as they are truly attempting to build a consistently competitive team in the long run. Diaw should be gone after this season, as the 4 spot is in good shape with two young and atheletic guys at the position. Not sure if there are any good centers in the upcoming draft or if the Bobcats will be in the mix for any of the top centers in free-agency this summer, but I am intrigued to see how they continue the building process. Like the Panthers, the Bobcats should have some exciting moments and glimpses of the future this season, but the losses will likely pile up quickly for this team.

Posted by: The A-Train | Dec 13, 2011 12:19:10 PM

"Now we have to Gana Diop in shape"? What?! That should have been taking place! OMG! This organization....

Posted by: digal704 | Dec 13, 2011 12:27:06 PM

Air Minimum...

...he don't have the dough.

Posted by: George Hanson | Dec 13, 2011 12:32:19 PM

Should go get Hibbert who was waived by the Pacers. A young big body that might still develop into something. Higgins is a load of crap. Frankly he's never done anything to valisate being a GM except to be a friend of MJ. He stinks.

Posted by: Bassman | Dec 13, 2011 12:34:30 PM

I hope our expectations are clear this year. I don't see a worse roster in the NBA besides Cleveland probably. What does this mean? I would say we are sitting with a top 3 pick next June.

The problem is it's almost like the Observer and the Bobcats themselves try and mask the reality in order to not lose as much money as possible by getting people in the doors. I guess I don't blame them, but at the same time, be honest about where we are. We are rebuilding, and quite frankly, shooting for the best pick we can get in a strong draft next summer. I'd rather hear them say that in honesty than send me 18 emails asking me to buy overpriced tickets for one of the 3 worst teams in the NBA.

Posted by: John | Dec 13, 2011 12:34:44 PM

Higgins is an idiot, for this quote alone, "I don't think it's a problem when Boris guards a Ryan Holllins -- or even a Dwight Howard...", if not for anything else.

Posted by: B | Dec 13, 2011 12:35:40 PM

No way Kwame worth 7 mil. Higgins showing some sense and he might not be through dealing yet. So much for loyalty to Mike.

Posted by: eduardo | Dec 13, 2011 12:37:57 PM

the problem is.......even with kwame, we were playing for a top 10 pick. the draft is a lottery, not NFL style. there are no guarantees. you can't tank the season effectively. now........even if we do win the lottery, get barnes........NOW WE HAVE TO GO OUT AND GET A CENTER. and that's even if biyombo turns out to be legit, he's still young and he's still going to need a backup.

the team as constructed, could have completed a rebuild by drafting barnes next year, but now we're going to be small.

its just weak.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 13, 2011 12:38:50 PM

Why do you people want to overpay for someone that isn't worth the money? Let him walk, and let the Warriors deal with him. I am glad they were fiscal and not willing to overspend. Kudo's to the Bobcat's management. From the beginning he was going to go where the most money was. He was decent, not an all star.

Posted by: DaveT | Dec 13, 2011 12:40:25 PM

Don't really care if Higgins is prepared to move forward without a center but as a fan, I am not prepared to do so. Totally unacceptable.

Posted by: Baldy | Dec 13, 2011 12:41:43 PM

You don't pay Brown 7 million.

Posted by: Brendan | Dec 13, 2011 12:42:25 PM

Brown isn't worth 7 million for 1 year. Let GState deal with it. Looks like this might be another throw-away season for the Jordans. Next year's draft is gonna be deeeeeeep.

Posted by: Bob Loblaw | Dec 13, 2011 12:50:03 PM

Heck...add in the Hurricanes and all 3 of our pro teams are awful this year...

Posted by: WTH_happened... | Dec 13, 2011 12:50:25 PM

What is Rich Cho's role? Higgins has proven to be an idiot.. Why is he still involved?

Posted by: smf | Dec 13, 2011 12:50:28 PM

we have the most depressing roster in nba history.. diaw and diop as our bigs? is this some kind of bad joke? worse roster in the nba and its not even close.. and biyoumbo is only 6'7 man.. he's NO center.. hopefully he has perimeter skills.. my guess is another HORRIBLE pick.

Posted by: red | Dec 13, 2011 12:53:26 PM

The Bobcats will suck. The organization was not smart here. We are small. And no you don't have to pay him $7 mill, but he wanted to stay in Charlotte for a little more then what they were willing to give. He said he would have taken less then $7 mill, but not what the CheapCats were going to give him. Now you have to deal with Diop is overweight and out of shape, but he's getting paid more???? Dumb move

Posted by: Charlotte born | Dec 13, 2011 12:53:29 PM

it's a 1 year deal. it hurts us in NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM. how do you lose on a 1 year deal over paying a guy? how? he IMMEDIATELY becomes major trade bait. he and boris could be turned into something BIG. joe johnson could demand a trade after atlanta falls out of contendership and all of a sudden boris and kwame for joe johnson is a great deal for atlanta to clean the slate.

same could be said for the lakers. it could be bynum. the magic might decline the trade offer so lakers want to clean house for the summer.

but the absolutely worst case scenario? he eats up 7 million of THIS YEAR ONLY's cap that we weren't filling up ANYWAYS. the only thing we need left IS AN EFFING CENTER and there aren't any left.

let's play a game. which is better..........gana diop getting 34 million over 5 years to sit on the bench........or kwame getting 7 million for one year to start every game and be a 10 and 10 guy and a defensive body.

how is a 1 year contract bad? the guy PROBABLY would have accepted slightly less to stay here........6 or 6.5 would have gotten it done. he is not a guard or forward, dude is a center. dude is a 7 footer. they are a commodity. you have to pay for that commodity. even when they suck. ask greg ostertag. ask luc longley. ask will purdue. ask matt geiger. ask jamal magloire. ask jermaine o'neal who lost his knees in veitnam.


we pay thomas 8 a year, diop 7+, maggette 10, boris 9, and 7 is too much for kwame ON A ONE YEAR DEAL?! you guys are as looney as higgins is.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 13, 2011 12:58:36 PM

Wow, Diop and Boris as the bigs? I was considering buying a package of games but no way in Heck am I going to pay money to watch this roster.

Posted by: James Reed | Dec 13, 2011 12:59:02 PM

If they are truly trying to build something here, you don't sign Brown for 7 million. Period. Yes. We will be bad, but Brown was not going to change that. Where are all the people that ripped the team for signing him in the first place last year? It's all about the lottery now. Anything that jeapordizes that is a mistake. I will take Anthony Davis. Thank you.

Posted by: Super | Dec 13, 2011 1:01:53 PM

I agree that paying Kwame $7million is way too much and the Bobcats were smart not to get in a bidding war with the Warriors for him at those prices. Having said that, settling for Diaw/Diop as your center tandem is not going to work for a season. Surely Higgins is working on some help for the position. I agree that Hibbert would be a good option if available.

Posted by: Woody | Dec 13, 2011 1:03:41 PM

Please, I understand the emotion, but can we watch the language? Thanks.

Mike Persinger
Executive Sports Editor
The Charlotte Observer
(704) 358-5132

Posted by: Mike Persinger | Dec 13, 2011 1:03:47 PM

I left my season tickets go before the strike. I was debating and waiting to see what happened after the strike to see if I wanted back in. They left go of their excitement in Wallace and Jack last year, but was just waiting... Now Brown their only CENTER who is worth a flip is gone. I'm done, save my money until they can prove they can win.

Posted by: PSL OWNER | Dec 13, 2011 1:08:29 PM

When Kwame Brown is Plan A and Diaw/Diop are Plan B, you have a terrible organization.

Posted by: TP | Dec 13, 2011 1:09:55 PM

Why didn't you let your PSL's go too? Like the Panthers and Marty Hurney are doing any better.

That being said, Rod Higgins is doing the impossible...making Marty Hurney look like a somewhat competent front office person and a little less worthless than he is.

Posted by: Ron | Dec 13, 2011 1:11:09 PM

Hummmmmm. Long year ahead for sure. We must get Bismack in the line up!

Posted by: F-TOM | Dec 13, 2011 1:12:08 PM

Charlottean,
You got a point with signing Kwame for a year for 7 million but they can get 2 for the price of 1. If Hibbett is on the market he is worth maybe 5-6 mill for 3 years. He can flat out play defense and score. Trust me they are not going into the season without a big......MJ still wants to be competitive this season. The rebuilding mode is alive and well, but Hendo Tyrus Augustine Walker, and Bismack are the guys you can build around. Just like u said those top pay guys come off of the books next year.

Posted by: tbird | Dec 13, 2011 1:17:11 PM

I find it rather amusing that everyone is jumping off a bridge for not overpaying Kwame Brown. You don't pay an 8 pt, 7 reb guy $7 million a year. You just don't. Those are the moves that got us in trouble in the first place so kudos to Higgins/Cho for making the financially responsible move here.

Posted by: BB | Dec 13, 2011 1:19:06 PM

Well, personally, I would like to see the Bobcats bring in Andre Drummand. The NEXT great center in the NBA and to do that we might need to win the lottery. Davis is solid too - and - if we get stuck with the third pick we get Barnes. This season is already shot due to the lock-out so put a team out there that is fun but doesn't win much and then we get Drummand. Image that dude and Bismack rotating at center! I think the Cats will have plenty of scorers but will be bad on defense due to limited post size. So what - run and gun and wear out the big guys on the other team.

Posted by: Dirt | Dec 13, 2011 1:20:38 PM

nobody in their right mind ripped them for signing him last year, it was a minimum, 1 year deal.

and whoever that clown was that said indiana waived hibbert.......um......no they didn't.


again, he's not worth 7 million, but he IS worth 5. he is. look at every center in the NBA and establish a market for him. he's a top 40 center in the nba. maybe even top 25. MAYBE even top 20 considering there are a lot of 4's masquerading as 5's.

it's a one year deal. that makes it a trade asset. there is no way that deal goes wrong for you. NO WAY.


i have criticized the bobcats for overpaying guys because they pay them long term. we aren't spending that 7 million on anything of quality. so we had an option of 1 year center for 7 million, or NO CENTER. we chose no center. we chose boris. we chose 15 win season while clowns like brook lopez look like all-stars against us.

we had no problem trading for najera's 2 years left on a dead weight deal. no problem taking carroll's 3 years. no problem taking diops 9 years and 2314782390472309487 million left. no problem paying thomas 40 million over 5 years.

yet there's a problem with kwame getting 7 for 1 year? or 6 for 1 year? come on. centers get paid more , everybody knows that.

browns ranks last year (including the time under larry brown):
points 23rd
rebounds 20th
blocks somewhere around 40th
double doubles: 20th
hollinger has him 34th.

keep in mind that there are like 18 centers ahead of him that get paid in excess of 10 million a year then there are another 5 or 6 that are on rookie scale and soon will get in excess of 10 million (like javale mcgee and deandre jordan (already)).

you guys have to consider the market before saying 6 or 7 million is too much. and i swear if he signed for 7 there, he would have signed for 6 here. they didn't even offer 6. weak. no explanation. another horrible move.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 13, 2011 1:22:19 PM

The key is getting Bismack out of his Spanish contract. If he can't play this year then the Cats will win 10 games.

Posted by: Dirt | Dec 13, 2011 1:22:20 PM

This could work out ok - as long as Bismack gets to play. Now - he will gets tons of minutes and that will help him develop. Sure we will lose but he has some serious talent.

Posted by: Dirt | Dec 13, 2011 1:25:20 PM

Mike, while you're here, get some real sports writers.

Posted by: Buckley | Dec 13, 2011 1:26:16 PM

This team is so cheap and winning is not their priority. When other teams are courting free agants, the cats are doing nothing at all but content with the roster that has produce poor results season after season. With the departure of Wallace and Stephen Jackson, the cats will be a disgrace to watch.

Posted by: bobcats.com | Dec 13, 2011 1:28:20 PM

i am all for clearing the roster to let the young guys develop, but that only makes sense when you actually have young guys here to compete. we don't even have biyombo practicing yet. we don't have anybody besides him to push him for him to learn from and to plug in when he gets in foul trouble. you can't develop guys with ZERO veteran talent around them. okc needed guys like nick collison and earl watson and joe smith and malik rose and chris wilcox. we have boris....................................................................and maggette..........................................................................................and diop? seriously?

young guys development will be scarred by not playing with appropriate players. rondo developed greatly because he played with appropriate players. felton didn't because he was played out of position because we didn't have a shooting guard and we didn't even have a real point guard either. this could happen to biyombo. he'll be hurt by not having a kwame around to bounce off of. to compete with. it'll hurt him.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 13, 2011 1:30:48 PM

Alexis Ajinca is still a free agent. He should come cheap too.lol

Posted by: nucat | Dec 13, 2011 1:31:24 PM

I never thought I'd see this much passion out of Bobcats fans for Kwame Brown LEAVING...... with that being said I hope Rod and Cho aren't gonna sit still and go get a big. Diop as our starting C? God help us all......

Posted by: TherealJD | Dec 13, 2011 1:44:11 PM

I can understand the rebuilding concept, but I can't think of one good reason I should spend a dime to see this team play this season. Entering the year without a center on the roster is a giant raised middle finger to the fans. Hopefully something else will happen soon.

Posted by: Stumpy | Dec 13, 2011 1:48:18 PM

Charlottean... you don't pay that much money for Kwame...period. I don't know what is the whole big deal, every "smart" Bobcats fan knows that they are not playing to win this season. The Bobcats cannot win more than 15-20 games this season if they want to get a shot at one of the Top 3 Picks (and that should be the Bobcats focus...on Picks 1, 2 or 3).


Also...where did anyone read that Hibbert has been waived?

Posted by: RobC | Dec 13, 2011 1:49:07 PM

Well due to our lack of offense what about Troy Murphy and Deshawn Stevenson veteran presence with offensive production. I think Mj will look into free agency marketing. But yeah I piggy backed off the blog thinking Hibbett was on the market but nah he is not going anywhere when I researched it. But they need to act immediately Diop cannot be trusted....

Posted by: tbird | Dec 13, 2011 1:51:36 PM

Alexis Ajinca would be a good pick up if we could get him.

Posted by: Justin | Dec 13, 2011 1:55:23 PM

Hibbert was not waived - don't post false statements.

If you think the bcats shold have matched or pffered anything close to what the warriors offered - you are a reeee-tard. We are REBUILDING. Would much rather have a top 5 pick, than a top 15 pick.

Just a thought - Hasheem Thabeet. Young, tall, & cheap. Him and Bismack could be buddies...

Posted by: johnboy | Dec 13, 2011 1:59:06 PM

A MUCH better option would/could be:

The Hornets and Clippers are looking for a 3rd Team to make their trade succesful. Why not get involved and throw (some combination of) Najera, DJ White, Carroll or Diaw, and a future 2nd Round Pick (Not the 2012) and get Chris Kaman.

I'm sure the Hornets don't want to spend $12M in a backup Center, and they will need a PF (Boris is a PF on an expiring contract). If the Cats are going to spend money on a one year deal, then let's do it in a 7 footer that can put 18 and 10 every night and who's contract will expire at the end of the season. And if he plays well he can also be trading bait, before the trade deadline, to a contender (Celtics?, Heat?, Houston?) for a low 1st Rd Pick.

Posted by: RobC | Dec 13, 2011 2:02:52 PM

The fact they try and bring kwame back and then decide nah were good if he's not available. The fact they know we need to have someone besides diop and are ok with that. Higgins is prepared with diaw and diop.
Well Diop was just cleared not long ago and who knows how long it takes to get in shape or if he will be ok!

There is rebuilding and then there is stupidity.

Posted by: David Stern has to go!! | Dec 13, 2011 2:03:07 PM

Sorry, but you don't pay Kwame Brown $7 million a season. Let him walk.

Posted by: PantherDave | Dec 13, 2011 2:03:45 PM

I guess compared to the two point guards, Diaw does look like a center.... While it's bad that the team didn't address the need a center - and no, Biyombo isn't a center even by Silas' own admission - I'm glad they didn't overpay to keep Kwame. Of course, the team might be able to trade one or more of the 10 power forwards on the team to address the situation.

It may be just me, but I thought they might give DJ White a shot at center. Seems to be closer in size to a center than Diaw, and is simply better than Diop at anything, except being overpaid.

Posted by: Phillip | Dec 13, 2011 2:09:34 PM

So the Bobcats just walk into the season with 6 million in their pocket?

Posted by: David Stern has to go!! | Dec 13, 2011 2:09:55 PM

I thought the Bobcats moved or shut down. We have NBA in Charlotte?

Posted by: MELISSA | Dec 13, 2011 2:12:50 PM

Hoping that Higgins stating that Boris Diaw can guard Dwight Howard was a misquote. Boris has a huge ass, but its not that huge. Im sure Diaw could guard Ryan Hollins, he weighs about 125 pounds, but to then state Dwight Howard in the same sentence? While were at it lets just throw Chamberlain, and Kareem in there. Ridiculous. You offer Brown a 1 year 7.5 million dollar deal and then thats that. You dont have the problem of overpaying him for an extended amount of time. To have no problem trading for Diops horrific contract a couple years ago for someone who doesnt even produce, and not give Brown who actually had a decent season a 1 year offer is ludicrous. For those of you stating that 7 million is too much big men who are nearly 7 feet tall and as huge as Kwame Brown do not grow on trees. That would explain how Diop got his contract. Only positive about this is that Tyrus Thomas will finally get a ton of playing time.

Posted by: Jason Warren | Dec 13, 2011 2:16:00 PM

Also Diop probably wont be in shape until late January. He showed up 25 pounds overweight. You dont drop 25 pounds overnight. Just a dumb decision by Higgins. Im sure Cho is too intelligent not to do something like this.

Posted by: Jason Warren | Dec 13, 2011 2:18:10 PM

anyone got a list of remaining free agent centers. On what planet can boris diaw guard dwight howard. seems logical we should trade one of our many power forwards for a center.

Posted by: wayne hall | Dec 13, 2011 2:25:58 PM

cho probably quit by now.

i'm just glad we're basing our philosophy off of whether or not we can stop ryan hollins.

and kwame could have been signed for less than 7. he would have taken a haircut to stay with silas, definitely. he said that much. he was probably given a 4 million a year for 2 years offer and was SERIOUSLY thinking about it. we probably only had to go up like 500k to get it done.


but yes kwame is worth 7 million. anybody that doesn't get that, doesn't get the nba. NAME A REPLACEMENT FOR KWAME THAT CAN BE HAD FOR LESS THAN THAT. i will wait.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 13, 2011 2:27:04 PM

Sign Kyrylo Fesenko for $5M (add a Team Option for next year, just in case the kid has a break-out season) and you have a TRUE 7 footer, huge body, young (24 Yrs), with a lot of potential (specially under Silas) that will most likely be 3 times better than Kwame and 5 times better than Diop.

Then throw the veteran minimum at Aaron Gray and the Bobcats have 3, 7 footers to share the Center duties this season.

Posted by: RobC | Dec 13, 2011 2:29:28 PM

you guy probably could have had kwame at 10 million for 2 years. The guy can defend plain and simple.

It was a mistake not to resign kwame.

mike t.

Posted by: Michael C. Teniente | Dec 13, 2011 2:33:36 PM

aaron gray already signed with toronto. fesenko is probably our best bet, but he's probably going to stay with utah or follow kirilenko wherever he goes. and he's definitely not worth 5 million if kwame wasn't worth it.

that would be the ultimate slap in the face right now if they sign fesenko for 5 million but didn't want to give it to kwame.

YOU CANNOT REPLACE SIZE. there are a million derrick browns out there (no knock on UPS) but there are about 50 legitimate NBA centers. max 60. and we don't have a single one under contract.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 13, 2011 2:41:01 PM

Free Agents Centers:

1.) Kyrylo Fesenko, UFA - from Utah, way better option than Kwame (IMO)
2.) Aaron Gray, UFA - from New Orleans, played very well late last season and playoffs.
3.) Jason Smith, UFA - from New Orleans.
4.) Erick Dampier, UFA - from Miami.
5.) Ethan thomas, UFA - from Atlanta.
6.) Hilton Armstrong, UFA - from Atlanta.

Posted by: RobC | Dec 13, 2011 2:41:19 PM

Guys..chill..we'll pick up a big body off the FA list if Bismack can't get over here in time.

But like many rational fans have said: "You DONT pay Kwame $7 Milly"...u just cant

Posted by: Bobcat Terry | Dec 13, 2011 2:49:14 PM

Fesenko under Silas will be as good as Kwame and he will never be worst than Kwame. So yes, at 24 years old, a 7-1, 280 pound Center is the best answer.

If the Bobcats wnat to waste $4-$7M for a 1 year deal, I would definetly go with Fesenko. And if possible add a Team Option for 2013, just in case he has a break-out season under Silas, just like Kwame did.

Posted by: RobC | Dec 13, 2011 2:50:13 PM

No way Brown is worth $7 million! Just like Peppers wasn't worth $1 million a game! We'd be drafting top 3 pick with or without Brown! Let him walk!

Posted by: DL | Dec 13, 2011 2:53:42 PM

James, how exactly will the Bobcats lose money?

They are saving "A TON" of money in payroll and other expenses.

Attendance, believe it or not" will be quite similar as last year. Two years ago they got a lot of Corporate Sponsors, those are all multi-year deals.

They will get an additional $40-$60M from the new revenue sharing agreement.

I bet you this will be the first year the Bobcats will actually make a rpofit at the end of the year.

Posted by: RobC | Dec 13, 2011 2:54:49 PM

kwame isn't worth 7 million a year on a multi year deal. but this year? for one year? yea he actually is. and we wouldn't have had to pay that much either. we said he wasn't worth 5. several other teams disagreed.

we're sitting over here salivating at kyle fesenko right now to replace him. we're about to get in a bidding war over kyle fesenko.

and again, aaron gray already signed a 1 year deal with toronto. prob for like 4 million.


problem here again is....higgins reacting instead of proacting.


the best possible move we can make right now is signing morrison and ajinca to minimum deals and let silas undo what brown did to them. that would be the best case scenario right now.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 13, 2011 3:10:51 PM

Not renewing your season tickets or not buying a package deal for tickets based upon Kwame Brown not re-signing is hilarious. This isn't going to be a winning team this season. That needs to be accepted. Endure the bad contracts and rebuild through the draft. Until then, why spend $7M/year on a center that may make the difference between going 10-72 and 15-67?

Posted by: Sambo | Dec 13, 2011 3:19:06 PM

i dont blame kwame brown for leaving i would leave this stupid ass team too! there full of shit. they just call it a rebuilding process easy excuse why they cant produce a successful team.

Posted by: James | Dec 13, 2011 3:34:15 PM

Has Nene signed with anyone yet?

Posted by: apauldds | Dec 13, 2011 3:40:31 PM

The Bobcats' rebuilding year will be about as long as the LA Clippers' rebuilding "year": 1985-2006. The interesting thing is this team has the potential to have the lowest win percentage of any team in NBA history, and may not win more than 5 or 6 games all year.

Just to win 10, it'll take a Rookie of the Year-like performance from Walker and a lot of hot nights from Maggette and Henderson.

Somehow, the Carolina Panthers, at 4-9, are easily the Carolinas' best pro sports team. Hurricanes and Bobcats made it easy on them.

Posted by: Bro Jackson | Dec 13, 2011 3:46:05 PM

Do us all a favor Bobcats, go back on lockout...I for one didn't miss you...Go Panthers!!!!

Posted by: C.Bax | Dec 13, 2011 3:51:59 PM

They gotta sign someone to man the five. I'd be surprised if Gana "Double" Diop ever dresses again for an NBA game. In fact the only thing Gana is going to dress come the start of the season is a Christmas turkey. His fat a$$ belongs at a booth at Showmars, not courtside at Time Warner.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't Boris starting the starting PG at one point last season. Par le vous defense?

I'm expecting big things out of Rufus this year. So pathetic.

Posted by: Dave | Dec 13, 2011 4:13:13 PM

I could only imagine the reaction from fans if we actually gave Kwame the 7 mil....

Posted by: TherealJD | Dec 13, 2011 4:27:05 PM

I like Kwame, but not for anything above $5 million per season. Why should a rebuilding team be overpaying? Evidently, the Bobcats have no chance to be in the playoffs this year, so, why overpay?

Still, even a lottery-bound team has to be decently built, and capable to compete in this league. So, I agree it's ridiculous to go through the season with Diop and Diaw only at center. It's not fair to Diaw to expect him to play out of position in his contract year, and - for all those who don't care about Boris - it's certainly not a good solution at 5 for the team.
If Biyombo is cleared to play this season, that solves the problem; getting about 20-25 minutes per game would be great for developing this player. If he's unavailable, there are not many good options in free agency. These are, IMO, Fesenko, or Jason Smith, or one of the top centers in NBDL, before he's called up by another team. Brian Butch is doing very well there (and he was pretty good in NCAA too, at Wisconsin). The Bobcats should make a quick move, or the few available decent options will be gone soon.

Posted by: Sandy | Dec 13, 2011 4:37:51 PM

There's also Elson, a good defensive center, but he's already 35.

Posted by: Sandy | Dec 13, 2011 4:53:06 PM

I'm glad they didn't let kwame make a fool out of them twice. He is not worth anywhere near $7m. We need a top 3 pick. Brown could have cost us that by winning 3 more games for us. Thank you cats for being smart. Let the crybbabies cry!

Twitter would have been blowing up about how much of a sucker mj is because of kwame.

Posted by: crymeariver | Dec 13, 2011 6:47:50 PM

sandy,

i think they could have had him for 2 years 10 million. supposedly he had this offer for days before deciding and the bobcats wouldn't offer 2 years 10 million. they supposedly offered like 2 years 7.5 million or something.

i don't think he's worth 7 million a year over years but for a 1 year deal....in comparison to the alternative he's absolutely worth it. the alternative is nothing. it's not like we're landing some stud replacement. it's not like we had a respectable backup on the roster. it's biyombo and small ball and biyombo won't be practicing until near the season's start. he'll prob. miss most of the exhibition games.

it's just dumb management AGAIN.

I AM for the record glad we didn't over pay kwame, but I am not glad that he was giving us discount pricing and we let him walk on a 1 year deal. it wouldn't have hurt to give him the 1 year deal. no way does that hurt us. no way.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 13, 2011 6:56:59 PM

I'm from the Bay Area and we are very upset with getting Kwame dumped on us.He will be backing up Biedrins who used to be pretty decent lost Barron Davis and now is afraid of his own shadow and shooting 25% from the free throw line. Yes, that is not a typing area and that is 25%. He also makes 10 million American dollars per year. We have languished in the hinterlands of the NBA for so long it's actually rather gratifying to witness first hand a franchise that makes the Warriors look good. I am shocked at what Bobcats' management is suggesting fans pay hard-earned money to see. Magette will get to the line all day, fill his stat sheet and the moment he gets the ball all mvt stops - it is really ugly to watch.

Oh did I mention our new coach Mark Jackson. Good player, great TV analyst with zero and I mean zero coaching experience and he is Kwame's new leader. So you think you've got it bad. One last comment: It is going to be very very ugly watching Boris getting torched game after game. At about the 20 game mark he will quit and then the real ugliness will begin.

Have a good year and good luck in the lottery. Good News your in the east so I'll give you 13 wins.

Posted by: Warriors Fan | Dec 14, 2011 12:15:28 AM

my preseason stance is: i'll take maggette over jack.

interesting to see what mid-season and post season stances are. jack was black hole that shot too many 3's and got too many technicals and pouted too much instead of getting back on D. maggette will be a black hole that gets to the free throw line. seems like a better deal for guys that shoot about the same %'s and score about the same. i bet maggette will rebound a bit better.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 14, 2011 10:51:22 AM

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