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November 06, 2012

Charlotte Bobcat Gerald Henderson out 2-4 weeks; full quotes, ramifications

By Rick Bonnell


                Charlotte Bobcats co-captain Gerald Henderson was actually relieved by what he heard from the doctor Tuesday.

    Losing 2-4 weeks with a left mid-foot sprain is no bargain, but Henderson feared worse – a ligament tear that would have required surgery and jeopardized his season.

    “It had potential to be worse where the injury was,’’ Henderson said, his foot wrapped in a protective boot. “It’s pretty painful to walk on. It could have been broken. ..

    “It could have been a higher degree of tear of ligaments; I could have had surgery. Not anything like that. So I was happy to hear what he said.’’

    Henderson, last season’s leading scorer at 15.1 points per game, injured his foot in the second half of Saturday’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks. He left the court in pain and was immediately taken to the training room for X-rays that came back negative.

    “I drove down the middle of the lane and got fouled. I slipped, and my foot kind of dragged on the ground and turned a little weird,’’ Henderson described. “I got up and felt something was wrong. I just couldn’t put a whole bunch of pressure on it, so I knew something was wrong.’’

                The Bobcats will be scrambling to fill all the things Henderson does. Along with being the starting shooting guard he’s been the backup small forward this season. He’s third on the Bobcats in scoring at 12.5 points per game and sixth in the NBA in steals at three per game.

                Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap said he won’t decide who to move into the starting lineup until Wednesday, when the Bobcats host the Phoenix Suns. Dunlap told the Observer he’s considering Ben Gordon and Ramon Sessions. Also, rookie Jeff Taylor figures to have a bigger role in Henderson’s absence.

    “We’ll do it by committee. We have plenty of young guys who need (playing time). Also we have some guys on the second unit who can step into that chair,’’ Dunlap said.

    While Henderson is a big part of the Bobcats this season, Dunlap said it’s important as coach to send the message this isn’t cause for panic.

    “Our focus is always ‘Next play, next guy up,’ ’’ Dunlap said. “There’s just no value in talking long about adversity. It’s more addressing the question: Who are your candidates for tomorrow night? You know who they are.’’

    The Bobcats are relatively deep at shooting guard. Gordon, acquired in trade from the Detroit Pistons, is this team’s most experienced scorer. Sessions is a point guard who can defend shooting guards. Reggie Williams can play either shooting guard or small forward. Matt Carroll is available.

    “I feel like I’m a huge part of what we’re doing, but injuries are just part of the NBA. Somebody goes down, then somebody has to step up,’’ Henderson said.   “We’ve got some good wing players, so guys are going to play, score the ball and play defense. I’m confident they’ll do a good job.’’

Posted by Observer Sports on November 6, 2012 at 01:44 PM | Permalink


Good gawd, can any pro team in this town ever catch a break? This is really getting old, reading at least 1 story every week where a key player on either the Panthers or the Bobcats goes down for a significant amount of time.

I'm worried about Gordon because he plays no defense. I'm worried about Taylor because he's already got a rep with the refs and gets called for a foul when an opponent sitting on the bench changes sitting positions. Good thing we're playing a rotten team tomorrow night.

Posted by: J | Nov 6, 2012 2:03:32 PM

Here come the injuries. Already starting to look like last season...

Posted by: jason | Nov 6, 2012 2:28:50 PM

the ONLY silver lining to this is getting the opportunity to see if williams really has anything to bring to the table and or getting taylor on the floor a bit.

I would rather see them start taylor or thomas than gordon. thomas vs. beasley is a good matchup.

i might be eating my words about dion waiters if he has more games like he did last night. 7 for 11 from 3? thus far chris grant is looking like a genius with that reach for waiters.

oh and mayo went 6 of 8 from 3 last night to have 32 points. so it wasn't just us. dude is just stepping into his new role something fierce.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 6, 2012 2:36:49 PM

Does this mean more playing time for Cory Higgins?!?!?! *slowly starts to cry*....

Posted by: TheRealJD | Nov 6, 2012 2:47:48 PM

charlottean, I agree 100%. Mayo just hasn't been missing shots...period. It made me feel a lil better about him lighting us up, but he's been lighting everybody up this season.

Posted by: TheRealJD | Nov 6, 2012 2:54:09 PM

i wish this team would just fold, or move out of town. then possibly we could get yet another NBA franchise and try yet again. Jordan has and will make this the NBA version of the Kansas City Royals. Small market team that refuses to spend.

i was at the home opener, G Henderson was introduced last. it's so pathetic that he is considered the "headline" player. he wouldn't even start on any other team, and wouldn't get playing time on most. This franchise is garbage and going nowhere.

Posted by: Fast Freddie | Nov 6, 2012 3:12:55 PM

Fast Freddie nails it.

When just about any sliver of hope is squashed because a player the calibre of Gerald Henderson is out for a month, you know you have a serious problem.

Posted by: George Hanson | Nov 6, 2012 3:19:42 PM

This just makes the decison to let Henderson go at the end the season easier. He is not a starter in the NBA. That will be Henderson, Diop, Carroll, Williams and likely Thomas via amnesty all gone next season. Team needed to be completely rebuilt and that is happening.

Posted by: Bball Expert | Nov 6, 2012 3:49:36 PM

fast freddie should be run out of town with our group foot to his rear

Posted by: fastfreddie is always wrong | Nov 6, 2012 4:24:40 PM

I agree that Henderson is not a Star and "might" (hopefully I'm wrong) never be the All-Star some people predicted. But to say he doesn't belong in the league or won't get playing time in any other team is absurd.

Gerald Henderson will make a career in a role similar to Tabo Sefolosha (OKC) and Danny Green (SAS), a solid defender at the wing. Although Hendo is only 6-5, but he is a better offensive player than both Tabo and Danny.

Also, if you ask teams like New York, Chicago, Detroit, Memphis, Phoenix and even Atlanta or Minnesota, ALL of these team would trade ANY of their current SG for Henderson and henderson will most likely start in any of these teams.

Henderson weaknesses have been exagerated by the fact that he's been asked to carry the fate of a HORRIBLE team in his back. That is pretty unfair since for the past three years (including now) we always knew the Bobcats were going to be among the worst teams in the league, regardles of how great Henderson played. Henderson is good and a solid NBA player, he is just not your #1 guy and i think we all knew that since he was drafted.

The 2009 Draft was super weak overall, only two players (Blake Griffin and James Harden) may be consider Superstar. The rest is just Ricky Rubio, Steph Curry, Taj Gibson, Tyler Hansbrough and Jrue Holiday. Solid NBA Players but none of them will ever be Stars.

I think we should thank NJ (Brooklyn) for drafting Terrence Williams, Henderson is by far the better player of the two.

Posted by: RobC | Nov 6, 2012 4:50:44 PM

spending has not been the issue for the bobcats. getting or developing a guy worth spending on has been the issue. they've spent plenty of money on the wrong guys over the years.

under nba rules it's hard to spend a lot of money until you get a team good enough to be worth spending on. you could clear the deck and sign 3 guys like new york and miami did and then sign a ton of minimum and exception level players or you can constantly trade to maintain a high payroll like LA has done. but spending is not the issue.

OKC had one of the lowest payrolls in the league last year. so did indiana. it was something like 7 or 8 out of the 16 playoff teams were in the bottom 15 in spending.

the problem has been player development.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 7, 2012 11:50:28 AM

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