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January 30, 2012

Henderson, White, Williams all ready to play for Bobcats vs. Lakers

The injury report improved dramatically Monday for the Charlotte Bobcats.

Coach Paul Silas anticipates Gerald Henderson, D.J. White and newcomer Reggie Williams all playing Tuesday night when the Bobcats play the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center. That’s the closest to full strength the Bobcats have been in weeks.

Henderson missed both games last week against the Washington Wizards with a lower-back contusion. He aggravated that injury in Philadelphia, while taking a charge. He didn’t practice Monday, but said the injury was feeling much better, so he expects to play against Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles.

White has been out several games with a knee bruise and a sprained ankle. He fully practiced Monday and expects to play. He would likely back up Boris Diaw at power forward.

Williams, a 3-point specialist, hasn’t played all season, after needing knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus. He was signed as a free agent in December, after shooting 42 percent from 3-point range for the Golden State Warriors last season.

Williams originally wasn’t supposed to play before late this week in Phoenix or next week in Boston. But based on his movement in practice, he was cleared to play against the Lakers. Coach Paul Silas is particularly elated by Williams’ availability. The Bobcats were the NBA’s second-worst 3-point shooting team last season.

“He looked good’’ in practice “and he really understands the game. He’ll really help our offense,’’ Silas said. “How he passes, how he shoots. Two or three weeks from now I think he’s going to be unbelievable.’’

The Bobcats are still without two starters – point guard D.J. Augustin (inflammation in his right big toe) and small forward Corey Maggette (hamstring strain). Neither is expected to play on the upcoming four-game road trip.

Posted by Observer Sports on January 30, 2012 at 02:09 PM | Permalink


Good news! Let's hope we can continue our domination of the Lakers. One of sports craziest match-ups!

Posted by: What goes here? | Jan 30, 2012 2:19:02 PM

Could you please explain to me how Paul Silas is a coach on any level? I watched this guy basically fall asleep in the huddle Saturday night. He sat down in front of the team, put his head down and covered his face up with one hand, and let Derrick Brown shout encouragement to the players from behind him until the horn went off to return to the court. Never said a word and held a blank dry erase clipboard that he did nothing with.

It was honestly the most pathetic coaching move I've ever seen in my life. What is Jordan thinking?

Posted by: Ron | Jan 30, 2012 3:12:50 PM

Obviously this is really good news. However I'm anxious to see what the teanm looks like when finally at full strength. That ought to at least be interesting to see how the minutes shake out when everyone is healthy.

Posted by: mlbriggs24 | Jan 30, 2012 3:13:48 PM

ESPN reports 5 teams have contacted Hornets regarding Kaman.
Would Bobcats consider a Diaw for Kaman trade. Both are on expiring contracts. Hornets would have to take Carroll also to make trade work

Posted by: bflobillz | Jan 30, 2012 4:25:20 PM

lets make it a sweet trade! maggette/thomas/diop for kaman/ariza/henry or vasquez.....can we pull the trigger on something like this? or not good enough? all I know is we could use kaman.

Posted by: 336nda704 | Jan 30, 2012 4:37:12 PM

Bobcats looked into the Kaman situation. Hornets are asking for the moon and the stars. The Bobcats won't give up a bunch of young assets for a guy who becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

Posted by: rick bonnell | Jan 30, 2012 4:37:55 PM

ok, thanks rick i guess on back to dream land, lol

Posted by: 336nda704 | Jan 30, 2012 4:39:09 PM

It will be nice to see what Reggie can provide. Just gotta be careful and not disrupt the TANK!

Posted by: Bassman | Jan 30, 2012 9:14:16 PM

It IS funny how we have owned the Lakers the last few years......let's keep it going!

Posted by: Ray | Jan 30, 2012 9:30:15 PM

I this team would not be at the bottom of the league because they do have the talent. But of course they are young and number one the injuries to maggette, williams, and hendo especially augustin now. I think r williams will be good, but I am like Bassman we definitely need that first pick. On saying that everything should work out for this team just need to continue evaluation talent.

Posted by: tbird | Jan 30, 2012 9:45:31 PM

funny thing is we wont have that number one pick this year....bulls have it

Posted by: cats fan | Jan 30, 2012 10:16:22 PM

cats fan, the pick we owe the Bulls is lottery protected so they won't be seeing it this year.

Posted by: BB | Jan 30, 2012 10:35:52 PM

Y'all need to get off the Kaman-for-nothing platform. It will not happen. Bobcats have moved on.

Posted by: rick bonnell | Jan 31, 2012 1:36:49 AM

Full strength, except for our starting PG and SF, lol. Still it'll be interesting to see what Reggie Williams can provide.

I have to laugh at Ron posting twice about how he was close enough to observe the huddle Sat. night. We're sooooo impressed. (sarcasm alert)

Posted by: apauldds | Jan 31, 2012 9:09:32 AM

Nobody should want kaman anyways. He isnt young enough to fit in with what we are doing. You dont rebuild with old guys.

Excited to get guys back, interested to see how the numbers play out minutes wise. 15 Guys, augustin and maggette still out......diop, najera, and carroll most likely candidates for dnps. When augustin comes back, higgins will sit but it will still create a major playing time crunch with williams in the mix now. Same with maggette. Before, thomas was out. Now.....im guessing brown is the casualty and thats rough because he has played well in his role. No need for maggette at all.

Posted by: charlottean | Jan 31, 2012 9:28:52 AM

Just before you all start salibating about the possibility of the Bobcats trading for Kaman....step back and breathe.

I really doubt (big time) such a trade will happen. Not because of the Bobcats, but because of the Hornets. The Hornets are owned by the NBA League and they will not trade Kaman for expiring contracts, they want to get something in return (Picks or GOOD Players).

That being said, the BObcats should trade none, neither our picks, nor any of our good players for Kaman. Unfortunately, the NBA thinks Kaman is Dwight Howard and their asking price is ridiculos. The Warriors contacted the Hornets and the NBA asked for Stephen Curry and a 1st Rd Pick. That is crazy.

If the Bobcats could give Boris, DJ White and a 2nd Rd Pick, that would'nt be so bad, but I'd still be careful.

Posted by: RobC | Jan 31, 2012 10:35:25 AM

I hope Reggie is a beast tonight!!!
as far as trading goes the people we should keep... both DJs, kemba (needs to learn to pass), henderson, mullens, bismack (hope), higgins good back up! brown is a good fill in defense...

people to drop - Matt (high contract), Diop(big for nothing), Diaw (one of my fav players on the team but not consistant at all), maggette (I dont even know why we got him), Najera (ODD- maybe a keeper), Thomas is not a SF.

Posted by: MAJ | Jan 31, 2012 11:08:45 AM

kaman is getting ready to turn 30 in april. he has been to the playoffs once (05/06). he was an all-star once (09/10). he has a below average career PER. you're talking about a guy that has missed a ton of time in 3 of the past 4 years due to injuries.

if you can get him for boris and one of the young'ns like brown or white or a pick NOT this year (which is almost impossible since we owe a pick to chicago already, but we are owed a pick by portland) great. but based on the nba's dealings it's ridiculous to think.

and chris kaveman is not the answer to our problems. the answer is telling byron mullens, he needs to play better than kaman or he's going to lose his shot at a career. he's already better offensively skill wise. kaman has a GREAT back to the basket feel for a hook shot and a nice baseline jumper but i mean he can't finish like mullens, he can't drive like mullens, he can't pass like mullens, he doesn't have the range or accuracy of mullens. but he rebounds the S out of the ball in comparison. that's all we need is mullens to put on a LITTLE muscle (5-10 pounds) and go learn to rebound from kevin love's dad, mom, sister, whoever taught that guy to rebound. or paul silas.

but bringing in a 30 year old for a rebuild is idiotic unless the 30 year old is a glue guy.

Posted by: charlottean | Jan 31, 2012 11:21:21 AM

Dont trade white is this the one player that has been all alround good for us ... but I do agree as far as getting Kaman...

We need BALLS on the team... prob the softest team in the NBA

Posted by: MAJ | Jan 31, 2012 11:52:51 AM

Look, we're not touching a thing. We have the team in perfect position to obtain the number one pick, provided luck and the ping pong balls are on our side. We get the Center we need, and there's no king's ransom paid when you have the rookie wage scale.

Everything is good from a financial standpoint.

Posted by: Michael Jordan | Jan 31, 2012 3:25:19 PM

Sounds good MJ. Just don't let the players get healthy. You might win a few games too many.

Posted by: Skip | Jan 31, 2012 6:02:56 PM

i just cannot understand for the life of me why bobcats fans (or charlotte sports fans in general) get so caught up in asking for trades for mediocre players like kaman or monta ellis or brook lopez. none of those guys are any franchise player bringing in banners or anything.

the motto should be "draft a franchise player" because that is the only proven formula in basketball. and we've drafted in the top 5 3 times and basically let all 3 guys go for nothing or next to nothing. and did a horrible job developing all 3.

no trades. just draft the guy. when we find the guy, then you make trades to build around him (but not idiotic moves like orlando has done; think chicago). if you draft a guy and it doesn't work out.......you keep trying. eventually you get the guy. look at chicago. post jordan, they drafted brand, fizer, curry, williams, heinrich, gordon, aldridge (thomas), and noah before they got to rose.

it's as if you guys don't even watch the sport and you just spew ish on the internet. kaman is a solid post player but he does NOTHING for our franchise.

Posted by: charlottean | Jan 31, 2012 7:13:05 PM

Glad to see Reggie back on the court. I'm a VMI grad who has followed Reggie since he was a "Rat" at the Institute. What you will get is a solid guy....hope they break him back in over a few games and not expect instant results......It might happen but ....give him some time and he will be a fan favorite....he can flat dial it up....
DTB VMI class of 1969

Posted by: DTB | Jan 31, 2012 9:34:51 PM

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