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February 02, 2012

Bobcats' Henderson out 2-4 weeks

On the heels of losing their 10th straight game, the Charlotte Bobcats have also lost their leading scorer.

A magnetic resonance imaging confirmed Thursday that shooting guard Gerald Henderson suffered a strained right hamstring in Wednesday’s loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. The team projects he’ll miss anywhere from two to four weeks with the injury.

Henderson is the Bobcats’ leading scorer this season, averaging 15 points per game off 46 percent shooting. With Henderson hurt, the Bobcats’ top three scorers – Henderson, point guard D.J. Augustin and small forward Corey Maggette – are all unavailable due to injury.

Augustin is suffering from inflammation in his right big toe, and there’s no timetable for his return. Maggette has been out since injuring himself against the New York Knicks Jan. 4. He isn’t expected to start practicing until the Bobcats return next week from a road game against the Boston Celtics.

The Bobcats next play the Suns in Phoenix Saturday night.

When Henderson was hurt recently with a lower-back contusion, Matt Carroll replaced him for two starts and played well. Reggie Williams is now also available at shooting guard, having returned from knee surgery at the start of this four-game trip.

Signing a replacement for any of the injured players is complicated by the fact that the Bobcats already have the NBA-maximum 15 players under contract. Signing anyone else would either mean cutting a current player or getting special permission from the league to add a 16th roster spot.

Posted by Observer Sports on February 2, 2012 at 06:50 PM | Permalink


This team will not win 10 games this season.

Posted by: Kevin | Feb 2, 2012 7:17:32 PM

Won't Stern just let them forfeit the rest of the games???

Posted by: eduardo | Feb 2, 2012 7:20:42 PM

Somebody call Jon Schyer!!!

Posted by: DL | Feb 2, 2012 7:53:07 PM


Posted by: David Stern has to go!! | Feb 2, 2012 8:00:15 PM

Great!!! Let the losses pile up and thus more chances at the number one pick in June.That is the only way, and I mean the ONLY way, for the Cats to get better over the next few years.

Posted by: Mel Ton | Feb 2, 2012 8:04:11 PM

any bobcats fan should be thrilled we aren't 11-12 right now. struggling for an 8 or 9 seed. and praying that our pick in the draft turns out to be the guy.

we want them to play really well the last few games of the year. like insanely well. like winning the last 3 games by 40 points each. but not winning another game until then. that would be ideal.

derrick brown is the only guy really bringing it every single night. i hope he doesn't lose PT when maggette gets back.

Posted by: charlottean | Feb 2, 2012 8:19:19 PM

The Bobcats will not get more ping pong balls by losing more. They are already going to be the last place team.

Posted by: Bozzy | Feb 2, 2012 8:19:20 PM

Rick, in your time as the Bobcats beat writer, have you ever seen the team look this bad?

Posted by: Dook Sucks | Feb 2, 2012 8:25:51 PM

they are only half a game ahead of detroit and last i checked detroit has played at full strength most of the year. only a game and a half in front of washington and new orleans. we are far from having this clinched. one of those teams will only win like 7 games this year.

and the big thing is that if i'm not mistaken you get a guaranteed top 3 pick if you finish dead last. that guarantees barnes or sullinger or davis.

Posted by: charlottean | Feb 2, 2012 8:26:58 PM

They might want to copy the Panthers. Re-sign those on your roster who perform well (Wallace, Felton, Okafor should have been kept, rewarding in house talent). Too late for them, but in the future, draft a corp of solid players, reward performance by resigning them. You build loyalty from the players, and this develops fan recognition of familiar players and loyalty... instead of most fans not knowing who half the players on the roster are as we shuffle players in and out.

They've have good drafts in the last few seasons, and they'll have another this June. They need to reward and retain those that perform.

Posted by: BB | Feb 2, 2012 8:31:06 PM

When will higgins speak up about this team? He is the president and has never been hesitant to talk about the good deeds he has done. Remember him parting himself in the back for mullens and resolving Biz contract. Instead of sort of calling out mj, I think you need to talk to higgins.

With all that said, this team is suppose to be bad enough to get the first pick so why are people surprise

Posted by: crymeariver | Feb 2, 2012 9:05:32 PM

BB, that's exactly what it looks like they're poised to do but I won't believe it till i see it.

augustin, henderson, mullens, white, brown, are all young and keepers and due for extensions this summer or next. Hope to see it happen. stir in that top draft pick and you can build a winner with that group and thomas and biyombo and walker. absolutely no doubt. look at indiana and memphis and okc and atlanta and the clippers. it's cyclical.

it wasn't too long ago that the nets were in back to back finals and the kings were western conference contenders and detroit was in the finals back to back. look at em now. we're in the right position to be on a HUGE long term uptick if we get the right guy in the draft this year and keep the right guys and don't go out and sign people just to sign them. continuity wins in this league.

Posted by: charlottean | Feb 2, 2012 9:10:56 PM

I am so sick of people talking about wallace and felton like they are some kind of superstars. They weren't winning with them and certainly not many people were showing up to see them play. The team was going nowhere fast with them. Getting a top 3 pick this year and then adding a nice free agent then getting another top pick next year is what this team needs.

Posted by: crymeariver | Feb 2, 2012 9:15:05 PM

Another thing, the Panthers are doing well because of one player and one player only. Their #1 draft pick. The cats can't get that if felton and wallace are still on the team

Posted by: crymeariver | Feb 2, 2012 9:21:05 PM

The Panthers aren't "doing well!" They were 6-10, and third in their division!

Posted by: Michael Procton | Feb 2, 2012 9:45:55 PM

.....with a rookie QB and a banged up defense. I'll take going from 2-14 to 6-10, especially with a new coach, new offensive scheme, etc.

I think the Panthers did very well for themselves this year. No one expected them to go from 2-14 to the playoffs, that would have been crazy, but they definitely turned it around.

And if they can get their defense straight, the should be a tough team to handle the next 5+ years. Esp considering they are such a young team with a wealth of talent.

Posted by: Scott | Feb 2, 2012 10:43:34 PM

nah we'll get at least 17

Posted by: keith | Feb 2, 2012 11:56:52 PM

I swear Gerald Henderson and Tyrus Thomas stay getting hurt! Also Felton and Wallace were good players and we did win while they were her. They were also leaders. I can't think of anybody as a leader on this current team, maybe Matt.

Posted by: Digal704 | Feb 3, 2012 4:01:20 AM

Henderson has played every game this year until he got slammed hard to the floor recently on a flagrant foul whc wudda sidelined 100 % of the players in th league. He then tries to play the next game and reinjures his back taking a charge . Outside of tony allen , hes the best two gd defender in the league.

I dont like him much bc hes from duke but calling injury prone doesnt befit him. Thomas is very tall but is as active as a point guard . He lost weight to attempt to play both f positions wich makes him more inclined to get injured but hes only been out for one stint this yr i think.

Posted by: Ironman | Feb 3, 2012 6:03:10 AM

cute idea BB but it doesnt work. if we had kept that felton wallace okafor core going by now we'd have a top 10 payroll and a borderline playoff team. pointless and a waste of money.

Posted by: lol | Feb 3, 2012 10:15:18 AM

I predict that the Bobcats will end up with less wins this season than the Panthers had. I hear the word "rebuilding" a lot in reference to this team. However, I think you have to have been decent before you can be rebuilt.

Posted by: AppGrad04 | Feb 3, 2012 10:19:08 AM


Is this unreal or what? Hornetcats need to get him now.

Posted by: why is bonnell so wimpy? | Feb 3, 2012 10:24:17 AM

Bobcats will draft Barnes with the 1st pick in the draft. Then try to sign a couple solid verterins like Kaman and Gordon. They will try to get Howard - but he isn't going to play in another small market. Keep dreaming on that... Even if you offer more money than any team in the league he isn't coming here. I think Kaman can be had and that would really shor up the center position. They can get Felton back too and maybe Wallace...

Posted by: Dirt | Feb 3, 2012 10:45:09 AM

Why does everyone think draft picks are the answer to this teams problems.We had Okafor,May,Morrison,Felton and it hasn't worked.We are always rebuilding and always use youth and injuries as our excuse.We need someone like Doug Collins who can take what he has and make something out of it.Paul Silas is loved but he is not a great coach.

Posted by: BG | Feb 3, 2012 12:05:58 PM

If the Bobcats wind up with the first pick, they'll take Davis from UK. He's by far the best player available in the draft. Sully and Barnes are a distant 2-3.

Besides, where this team REALLY needs help is down load. Diop sucks. Diaw sucks. Mullens is okay but stinks on defense. Ugh.

Posted by: Curry | Feb 3, 2012 12:23:06 PM

BG...the reason why draft picks will help, is because the new Bobcats GM is the guy who created the OKC Thunders, the Cats never had someone like that.

Also, Doug Collins inherited a team FULL of talent that got some pretty good draft picks (Holliday & Turner), plus they had almost no financial commitment other than Iguodala and Brand. They had a lot of flexibility.

Dirt...if the BObcats waste the 1st Pick in Barnes, over Davis or even Drummonds, they deserve to loose. Barnes should be the 3rd-4th Pick, he will be a better version of Danny Granger or Luol Deng at best, he will never be Lebron James, so is not worth it. The Cats need a big man, like Davis or Drummonds (maybe not the same as Dwight Howard, but definetly the 2nd best thing) and then make a serious push for Jeff Green or Michael Beasley to play SF.

Green or Beasley are as good or better than Granger, Deng or Gay, and significantly younger. You pair them with a dominant big man (Davis/Drummonds), a SG that can score and defend (Hendo) and two defensive minded PF (Thomas/Biyombo) and you got yourself a Top 4 team in the East. We still need to sign a real PG that can play defense, DJ could be a great backup and Walker will be a 6th Man of the bench (ala Jason Terry).

Posted by: RobC | Feb 3, 2012 12:25:04 PM

Sam Presti molded the Thunder. Cho was his assistant.

Posted by: Jason Warren | Feb 3, 2012 2:02:56 PM

This season is nothing more than real world training camp for the young guys. Hopefully they learn a lot this season and use it next... (for the 'Cats of course.... I'M TALKING TO YOU KWAME!)

Posted by: on and on | Feb 3, 2012 4:29:01 PM

Y'all are crazy if you think the Bobcat management knows how to draft or trade. The first thing they need is a competent scout. This years draft set us back three years in a three year rebuilding plan. Other schools play ball besides Carolina.Barnes needs another year in college besides this one. Walker is a waste. You don't draft an under 6' player who can't shoot or pass.He's useless. Byombo has potential but by the time he reaches it he will be ready to go to another team. The rebuilding has to start all over again next year!!

Posted by: SuperGuru | Feb 3, 2012 8:27:59 PM

Bobcats need a big man to stop the scoring in the paint, and someone else who can actually make a basketball.

Posted by: Bubba C. Bubba | Feb 3, 2012 8:31:52 PM

Some of you who wanted the point turned over to Walker have gotten your wish. Walker may eventually be a very good point guard but we really need DJ. While his defence left a little to be desired (so does Walker's) DJ can score and does a good job at setting up others to score. We will not be a good team this year but you will see increased scoring and better games as soon as DJ returns.

Injuries and inexperience has really hurt us this year. We haven't had a rotation in place since the first couple of games of the season. Things will get much better when we have a healthy team..even this year.-***

Posted by: jmurr | Feb 3, 2012 8:56:30 PM

Ok, I mentioned something about Diaw being a bright spot Sat. when we play the Suns! Something of Diaw scoring 20 to 25 ETC... 8 ast., 9 reb.,... close to a triple!

I! Want TOOO now why? So IF this happens, I Don't care who is asking the questionS, I want to know WHY! and Why not MORE games?, not every game!!!

If you Don't ask the question then you should RESIGN! And don't take a "GOOD VIBE" as an Answer or "MANY FRENCH PEOPLE FEEL"!
STEP UP AND let it go!!

IF Someone "in paticular" rants AND makes excuses for certain people AND even begins to "spout"..... NO ONE IS LISTENING to it!!I am not Bottom line is you either "put it out" or you CHEAT YOURSELF AND EVERYONE ELSE!!

Anyone can help and be productive enough.. It is working harder and to be the best that makes teams(any business) special and that is what people that are trying to run a Successful Business, everyday look for!! Not someone who can be an "efficient average" person/employee/basketball player".

Posted by: David Stern has to go!! | Feb 4, 2012 12:31:43 AM

*Too Know Why*

And sorry just can see it coming and just.......

Posted by: David Stern has to go!! | Feb 4, 2012 12:38:24 AM

You dont have to "know how to draft" in the nba. Ask the clippers. They got gordon and griffin and jordan by constantly picking high and eventually getting lucky.

You build through the draft because it is the only way you land a top 10 player in the league in a market like charlotte. But once you get him.....you enjoy 15 years of success and then somebody else might come here.

Name all of the championships won by teams not built through the draft. Even the heat drafted wade. Only detroit in 04 was a thrown together potluck team. It's called history. Everyone who wins, drafted a great player.

Posted by: charlottean | Feb 4, 2012 3:36:28 AM

Bobcats need a new coach, new general manager, and new owner.They are terrible.

Posted by: robert troup | Feb 6, 2012 10:08:25 PM

The Bobcats have to get rid of Tyrus Thomas. He is garbage!!

Posted by: Jon | Feb 7, 2012 8:29:30 PM

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