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January 28, 2012

Some post-game thoughts on the Bobcats

--Have you noticed that Bobcats rookie Kemba Walker has taken the most shots in each of these three decisive losses? Have you noticed Walker is shooting 16-of-50 since D.J. Augustin was shelved with that big-toe injury?

You might live with this shooting percentage if Walker was getting to the foul line. But he’s averaging three free-throw attempts in that span.

It reminds me of my first season covering the NBA, with the Hornets. I asked then-coach Dick Harter why he so loved Kelly Tripucka and had such disdain for rookie Rex Chapman when they were shooting roughly the same percentage.

Harter pointed out that Tripucka was averaging about seven free-throw attempts and that no one bothered to foul Chapman; they wanted him to shoot more, not less. That’s the deal with Walker right now.

--Based on email and Twitter, many of you can’t figure why Paul Silas won’t play Bismack Biyombo more. It’s Silas’s position that minutes need to go to Gana Diop and Boris Diaw to end this losing streak.

I get Silas’s point, if you care how many games they win or whether they can at least stay competitive. I get your point, that if you use the No. 7 pick on a rookie, you might want to play him.

There’s a solution: Owner Michael Jordan should be frank in saying either the record doesn’t matter or play the veterans. Jordan hates the word “rebuilding,’’ but what else is this?

--I’d love for the Bobcats to be in the hunt for center Chris Kaman. But I wonder how hard it must be to work a trade with the New Orleans Hornets.

George Shinn’s last great business deal was convincing NBA commissioner David Stern to buy the team. But now every transaction the Hornets make becomes a political process. Imagine if Congress controlled the Carolina Panthers; every time they signed someone or traded someone, it would have to survive a three-day debate.

As the Chris Paul deal demonstrated, the Hornets must find the perfect deal to get anything done. Moving Kaman figures to be a real mess.

Posted by Observer Sports on January 28, 2012 at 12:19 AM | Permalink


Oh for god sakes Rick,, I would have waited to have my Rant had I known!!!

Posted by: David Stern has to go!! | Jan 28, 2012 12:25:15 AM

Hard to notice because nobody cares! Hard to use the word rebuilding! To build something you must have a plan! Never turned the game on tonight! First time I have not watched a Charlotte NBA basketball team game in over 23 years! Hard to care about a franchise being run with no heart! No passion! No brains!

Posted by: joe cool | Jan 28, 2012 1:30:46 AM

Rick, I know this is somewhat off-topic, but since the season is already lost, I've been thinking ahead to the draft. I was wondering, what pick(s) do we have from the Gerald Wallace trade?? I don't see them mentioned in any mock drafts and I'm pretty sure we didn't trade anything away. Also, what of the Tyrus Thomas trade a few years back? If I recall correctly, it's this year's draft that we gave up the pick for. Any idea?

Posted by: Josh | Jan 28, 2012 3:05:31 AM

Kemba walker was bad on offense. The cats possibly could live w his chucking if he had some assists to go w it. He had more turnovers than assists . What happened to calling plays for him. Mj wasnt a pt gd but he has to know , a gunning pt gd sucks the life outta a team ,even the little the cats had. This kid just doesnt care to pass . Since you cant call a play on the fastbreak , now he takes all the shots himself , passing up open teammates. Why dont they say anything.

Equally, there were times he let his man go right by him w no effort to stay in front of him. He failed to even run for loose balls at times. What is this teaching this kid or anyone else. Hes become a cancer . The cats will be more competitive by merely keeping him off the floor. ...really. Hes become not only a liability on both ends, he effects team morale by taking the most shots , most of them coming as the result of forcing the shot and not attempting to pass.

Posted by: Ironman | Jan 28, 2012 4:47:52 AM

Why are you so obssessed with the number of shots Walker is taking? He did this at UConn, so I don't know why you are so surprised. He will continue to shoot and shoot until he finds his shot. It's just how competative he is. He wants to win. Everyone else just stands around.
I'm shocked you don't mention how soft the frontcourt players are, or how unprepared they look each game, or how the other coaches on this team are teaching the big guys good techniques down low for rebounding, boxing out, setting picks, rolling properly, foot work, positioning, etc.
All you seem to do is talk about Walker who is the LEAST of the concerns on this team.
Silas and his staff, MJ and this management are absolutely terrible. Like others have said, they lose ONE player (Jax) and they are rebuilding now? LOL.
Another worthless article ragging on Walker. And for you to even suggest bringing ancient Kaman here is very LOL.

Posted by: D.W.G. | Jan 28, 2012 7:35:21 AM

Who cares!!! The Bobcats wont be in Charlotte to much longer. What a joke of a team!!!!

Posted by: Who Cares | Jan 28, 2012 8:56:24 AM

Kemba needs to stop smiling when he commits a turn over. I want him to have some passion and start communicating when they are on offense.
he always smirk when the team is loosing which is lame by the rookie

Posted by: Vinh | Jan 28, 2012 2:24:06 PM

I agree the stories you write about kemba make it just seem like your putting all the blame on him. There's a reason he's out there gunning...cause this roster SUCKS! I'll admit he hasn't played well. But the reason we are losing isn't because of kemba walker. Its because we have "big Men" out there who just can't play.

Posted by: j | Jan 28, 2012 3:28:19 PM


Bobcats received 2 1st round draft choices for Gerald.

from the 2011 draft we took Bismark with one of those 1st rounders.

The other one is in the 2013 draft as long as Portland isn't one of the worst 12 teams in the league (i.e. top 12 protected in 2013-2015)

And not that is matters much at this time, but for the record, Charlotte owes Chicago a #1 for Tyrus Thomas (protected top 14 in 2012, top 12 in 2013, top 10 in 2014, top 8 in 2015, unprotected in 2016)

great website for this stuff:


Posted by: bobfan1 | Jan 28, 2012 5:32:09 PM

Kemba looked good tonight w/some structure.
Mullens rolling to the basket,KILLER!
Diaw with enthusiasm!
TT is what he is "THE SPARK PLUG!!"
Diop a Stud, just relax have fun.
Matt "energy". Giddy up!!
UPS need too just relax, be smooth... Stats mean nothing, just go BIG MAN!

etc... coming.

Posted by: David Stern has too go!! | Jan 29, 2012 1:16:14 AM

Kemba for once actually looked like a point guard. Outside of him and Mullens they are bad. Bismack should get all of Diop minutes.

Posted by: Yoda | Jan 29, 2012 9:11:50 AM

Quote T-Bag; "Get on the train, Get on the train".
Andree Drummond is the eye of the future or Anthony Davis. With kemba at the PG we will be better off drafting center that can create shots and run the floor. with that being said T-time will likely be a three and mullens at the PF and the future draft pick at the C.

Posted by: Vinh | Jan 29, 2012 1:01:37 PM

I don't understand the knocking on Kemba. Last night he played much more like a PG. Yea his shot selection wasn't all that great at times but he's trying to find his shot. And someone actually said he wasn't hustling?? Come on. How Do you explain him having a triple double with 10 rebounds? Kemba is the least of their problems now. Free throw shooting or lack there of is a good place to start along with the fact they can't stop a 3 point shooter.

Posted by: PantherDave | Jan 29, 2012 1:14:26 PM

The Bobcats can get better by doing one thing, Draft the best big man out there to dominate the key!

Posted by: Bubba C. Bubba | Jan 29, 2012 6:44:06 PM

I'm thinking silas should start diop at center and have mullens at the scorers table at tip off. Diop fouls someone immediately and mullens comes in. As long as the tear aways get torn after the tip, this guy is money. At 22, you have to be excited about this kid.

Pantherdave, last night was the first time, thats why. He hasnt shown an inkling of the play he showed last night. And he's STILL shooting too much at 18 shots plus a few fouls drawn but given that he started out hot he gets a pass.

That was a phenominal game all in all by him. But philly was another horrible horrible game. Hopefully this is a turning point for him.

Return of diaw, mullens, and continued good play by brown, carroll, and thomas. But....you have to take away all of the good of this when it is against the wizards AND you still lose. But still progress given wednesday matchup and keeping in mind augustin and henderson and white being out.

As soon as biyombo is rebounding as much as diop, and not fouling excessively, that is going to be a huge difference for this team. Diop is just entirely too inedpt at everything else.

Minutes are going to get ugly when guys get healthy. I assume carroll, brown and bismack will all sit in favor of williams, maggette and white but i cant say i am a fan of that. Also cant say that i want williams or white to sit either. Maggette can sit though.

Posted by: charlottean | Jan 29, 2012 8:23:45 PM

Kemba gets a triple double in only the 4th start of his professional career and all the CO can do is criticize. How many rookies have a triple doulbe this year? That's right, one. This team is bad. We might not win another game this season. But don't hang the blame on the rookie who plays with fearlessness and strives to improve. Use this opportunity coach Silas to develop Kemba, Mullens and Biyombo (got to give him more minutes). It's not going to be pretty, but it will pay off next season.

Posted by: apauldds | Jan 30, 2012 9:08:50 AM

Dude they criticized the guy before the triple double, and it came against washington AND we lost AND he played absolutely horrible in the 3 games leading up.

That game was great. If he brings anything close to that consistenly, he will be an nba point guard. But he hasnt shown any of that prior. I hope this was the turning point for him.

This team is not as bad as people think, its just inexperienced and young. All these guys have elite pedigrees. Almost all of em are mcdonalds all americans. Several of em were 1st team all american college stars. Guys that have all shown promise and non of whom look like a cancer to the team. Thats a big thing, these kids all look like good attitude, hard working, etc. Just young as hell.

Posted by: charlottean | Jan 30, 2012 10:04:48 AM

Tnx Charlottean you beat me to it. Nobody is blaming Kemba for the losses but up until Saturdays game he has shown no clue of how to play with the other guys on the floor. Somebody above said everybody stands around, well it is obvious to the other players that when Kemba puts his head down he has not intentions of running a play just playground shake-n-bake for a shot. I wouldn't get too excited about Saturday night as the saying goes even a blind squirrel can find nuts once in awhile.

Posted by: TrueBBallFan | Jan 30, 2012 10:36:51 AM

I know Rick was talking about the 76ers game. My point was that Kemba has only been the starter for 4 games (3 at the point of Rick's thoughts) and is a rookie. The guy is capable of learning and improving as he showed Sat. night. He's gonna make rookie mistakes and of course won't get any calls as is the custom in the league. But he has a huge upside and it's way, way too early for people to say he isn't an NBA point guard.

Posted by: apauldds | Jan 30, 2012 11:35:18 AM

Kemba Walker is the second coming of Brevan Knight, but he's not even that good. He's a midget shooting guard with no NBA-level PG skills. Stood right beside him Saturday night, there's no way the guy is even 6 feet tall. Last I checked 5 ft. 10 in. shooting guards don't last very long in this league.

This team won't even get lucky and win 1 game with Augustin out.

Posted by: Ron | Jan 30, 2012 1:37:18 PM

And on another note, someone please explain to me how Paul Silas is a coach on any level? I watched this guy 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.

It was honestly the most pathetic coaching move I've ever seen in my life.

Posted by: Ron | Jan 30, 2012 1:39:28 PM

brevin knight was a WAY better shooter and passer. He just wasn't as explosive as kemba. way more nate robinson than brevin knight. knight wasn't grabbing mad rebounds. walker is top 10 in point guard rebound rate.

I know what you mean. I am trying to be patient with him. But what I hate is that, adam morrison was playing just as good as a rookie. augustin played just as good if not better. and everybody (majority) is giving kemba passes where they didn't with ammo and augustin. I think all 3 are typical of rookies with potential but ammo got dumped, augustin looks like he's about to, and kemba is getting the benefit of the doubt? and of the 3 he looks the most out of place position wise. AMMO looked off because the expectations were bird and no rookie lives up to that kind of expectations ask ben gordon or harold minor, etc. walker might be putting too much on himself. that might be the problem.

and he hasn't started many games, but he's played good minutes in most every game. so starting vs. not doesn't mean much. he's still turning the ball over more than assisting and not shooting good %'s and not running the offense well. that being said....

i kinda disagree with truebballfan...

This MIGHT be a turning point for him where he "gets it". it might be that for mullens and diaw also. that lineup of walker, carroll, thomas, diaw, mullens was REALLY effective offensively. not so much defensively but you have to figure that if you sub in henderson for carroll that helps a little and if mullens improves OR if you are mixing in biyombo for diaw or mullens here or there, that core group of 7 or 8 when augustin gets back could be VERY NICE.

I think this COULD be a positive sign from walker. You are completely right that we can't read into it too much but it was a big jump. i mean YES 2 or 3 of the assists were passes he made with 2 seconds on the shot clock and somebody (diaw) bailed him out AND gave him an assist. BUT, 10 assists compared to 3 is a huge jump. i just hope it keeps up. and I hope it doesn't affect augustin's standing because augustin has had these kind of games on multiple occassions and his bad games aren't as bad.

EVEN as a rookie. i mean augustin put up 28 and 12 as a rookie. early on. they are basically having the same exact career path and i would hate to give up on one of em when we SHOULD keep em both. you gotta have 4 guards. augustin, walker, henderson, williams/carroll. done. you gotta have 2 small forwards......either thomas and brown or barnes and thomas/brown. you gotta have 5 bigs. mullens, biyombo, white, maybe a sullinger/davis/drummond and maybe a diaw or other veteran.

we look GREAT long term. we just have to trim some fat (maggette and diop), teach the young'ns (mullens, biyombo, walker, maybe brown), develop the young veterans (augustin, henderson, thomas, white) and draft the right guy.

but walker looked great. it was against the wizards in a loss but positive movement nonetheless. triple doubles beat the hell out of 4 for 19 4 assist games.

Posted by: charlottean | Jan 30, 2012 1:51:20 PM

Regarding silas....i am positive you are referring to a time out where his son stephen was drawing up a play.

Mike brown used to be absolutely non existent in ALL cavs huddles.

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

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