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January 31, 2012

Bobcats' Matt Carroll leaves an impression

Last week, when the Charlotte Bobcats injured list went on forever (five guys, including three starters and two more rotation players), coach Paul Silas had a chat with those who still
could play.

Silas reminded them what an opportunity this represented: How this was their time to shine, with abundant playing time for everyone. He told them to leave an impression, so that they’re not forgotten when all the injured guys come back to reclaim their minutes.

Based on performance, only one Bobcat took that to heart: Matt Carroll. He seized the opportunity, and it will be interesting to see how much or little that affects the rest of his season.

Carroll was having just an awful season until Gerald Henderson hurt himself in an ugly crash with New York Knicks forward Jared Jeffries (Jeffries was called for a flagrant foul as a result of the play).

Through 15 games, Carroll was shooting 13-of-48 from the field and 1-of-15 from 3-point range. It’s fair to say if Carroll isn’t making shots, there’s no reason to play him.

Then he got an unexpected start in Washington, and shot 7-of-10 for 17 points. Next game in Philadelphia, he shot 4-of-7 for 11 points. In another start, at home vs. Washington, he shot 4-of-13, but got to the foul line five times, so he finished with 13 points.

All that caught Silas’ eye. It might not make a huge difference, because Reggie Williams is now available, and Silas wants to use him extensively. But there’s no question Carroll changed Silas’ impression of how Carroll could help.

“I’m so proud of him,’’ Silas said of Carroll. “He showed he can get it done, and I expect him to come with it whenever I can get him into a game.’’

I talked to Carroll about this on Sunday, and he made some interesting points about making your living in the NBA as a rhythm shooter. Carroll said that when he was playing five minutes in the first half, and maybe none in the second half, he was pressing.

As Carroll described it, if he misses his first four shots, he feels he’ll make his next four. But if his first four misses mean he never plays in the second half, then his shooting doesn’t even out. Starting those two games lifted pressure, and helped him perform.

Carroll doesn’t expect minutes, and certainly won’t demand them. But the last week shows he still can help the Bobcats, and it’s gratifying to him that Silas sees that, too.

Posted by Observer Sports on January 31, 2012 at 11:13 AM | Permalink

Comments

Great for Matt. We should sign him to a ridiculous contract for his efforts. Oh, wait...sorry.

Posted by: apauldds | Jan 31, 2012 1:29:15 PM

i'm excited about reggie williams

Posted by: Vinh | Jan 31, 2012 4:01:57 PM

i am too. he's such a wild card for this team. he's 25 and 6-6 with ball skills. If he can develop some passing, point guard skills....he might be the perfect compliment to walker on the 2nd unit.

as for carroll.....the guy has shown time and time again why he is one of those perfect end of the bench veteran guys. sure he's overpaid to us but big market teams would think he was a steal at 3.9 million this year and 3.5 next. we SHOULD keep him as long as he can play at this level. not at 4 or 5 million a year but at 2ish. not to be in the rotation but as the perfect end of the bench guy to fill in when there are injuries or struggles.

Posted by: charlottean | Jan 31, 2012 6:46:16 PM

Jordan who is deeply under water by 300 million getting worse by the day, will be definitely be forced to sell this god awful albatross and move out of his high rise penthouse crib living the life of a bling king and into either the homeless shelter or subsidized Sec 8 housing.

Does anybody know if George Shinn who got the ball rolling in 1986 is dead of cancer yet living in his S Florida ritzy beachfront mansion? If not Stern needs to get on the horn to call him to take over this embarrassment thats worse than even the Panthers who are luckily on life support with PSLs and league cable revenues.

Posted by: Jordan 2 Sell Out Soon | Feb 1, 2012 8:50:42 AM

Please get rid of this team! Its on a matter of time. Sorry excuse for a basketball team. They couldnt beat the Duke Blue Devils.

Posted by: Who Cares | Feb 1, 2012 2:17:42 PM

jordan is not in trouble financial. the team is poised to break even or actually make money this year and going forward because of the new CB. not to mention he got the franchise at a good price because of all the damage bob johnson did to himself.

and yes the team is bad now. that makes you a bad sports fan. this city is littered with too many out of towners that while i appreciate them helping boom our local economy by moving here, they need to become local sports fans or STFU. you don't pull for the lakers, yankees, and patriots and call yourself a sports fan. that makes you a bandwagoneer.

if you are rooted here, you cheer for the panthers even when they are rebuilding. you cheer for the bobcats until they finish re-re-rebuilding. you cheer for uncc, davidson, maybe the carolina/duke/wake/nc state depending on your pick. you cheer for success of those around you and those in your community. you cheer for the success of your city because you are part of that.

yes the bobcats are horrible. yes they have been horribly mismanaged for years. but they are finally starting to get some things right and the bitching and moaning is coming by the masses. have some patience. this team is going to be GREAT in 3 years. GREAT. these guys are younger than everybody else. the nba is won by 27-32 year olds. we are littered with ages that range from 19-25 in our core. we have a few 29 year olds on the fringe of the rotation with expiring contracts this year or next. everybody else is 19, 22, 21, 23, 24, 25, 25, 25, 24. those are the guys that matter, those are the guys that are playing.

we look like atlanta did 6 years ago. like indiana did 2 years ago. like okc did several before. or chicago. or memphis. we're finally doing it right and more people are complaining than before. learn basketball before commenting. as good as the duke team is and as bad as the bobcat team is. the bobcat team would trash duke. you think rivers is checking henderson? or kelly checking mullens? f outta here. be realistic. there is more talent by age level on the bobcat roster. you have all kinds of ncaa all american 1st teamers like augustin, walker, i think white was as well, not sure about henderson or thomas but both guys were up there.

Posted by: charlottean | Feb 1, 2012 6:14:23 PM

Posted by: charlottean | Feb 1, 2012 6:14:23 PM

sounds like some hillbilly cracka diatribe wantabe who dosent know has ass from a hole in the ground.

jordan is not just broke, he is in the hole hundreds of millions and counting. he is losing 10 million a month or more.

he might be like you one day as a welfare gumint recipricant on food stamps. at least we would get our arena back.

Posted by: a real charlottean | Feb 2, 2012 9:32:16 AM

shows how little you know. do you have any idea how much worth his brand alone carries?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2011/09/22/the-business-of-michael-jordan-is-booming/

thanks for not being smart.

Posted by: charlottean | Feb 2, 2012 9:04:01 PM


Charlottean
Normally I agree with you on most things as I have acknowledged in other posts but the comment below is F^&&N stupid.

I've been a Yankee fan for over 50 years and criticized the moves the Boss made in the 80's paying big bucks for has been players. Rooting for a team that was a big part of your childhood and life after you move from that city does not make one a bandwaqoneer. Criticizing a team that you follow in your new city doesn't make you against the new city it represents the passion of sports fan. There is no reason for anybody to STFU as you say, clearly not everybody has taken the Kool-Aid that you have which is what makes sports talk fun.

Charlottean says:

"appreciate them helping boom our local economy by moving here, they need to become local sports fans or STFU. you don't pull for the lakers, yankees, and patriots and call yourself a sports fan. that makes you a bandwagoneer"

Posted by: TrueBBallFan | Feb 3, 2012 12:51:00 PM

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