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October 10, 2013

Brendan Haywood, Bobcats' "best basket protector," out 12 weeks with stress fracture in left foot

    The Charlotte Bobcats took their first injury blow of the preseason Thursday when the team announced reserve center Brendan Haywood will miss at least 12 weeks with a stress fracture in his left foot.

            Charlotte-based foot specialist Dr. Bob Anderson diagnosed the injury. Haywood is scheduled to have surgery next week to place two screws, stabilizing a navicular bone. Based on that recovery schedule, Haywood would miss at least the first nine weeks of the regular season.

            Haywood, a 7-footer entering his 12th NBA season, had been limited in training camp at UNC-Asheville by soreness in his left foot. The injury was originally described as a sprain, and he sat out the Bobcats’ first exhibition game, Tuesday against the Atlanta Hawks.

            Haywood was not at practice Thursday.

            Though Haywood would have been third on the depth chart at center, behind Al Jefferson and Bismack Biyombo, this is still a blow because capable centers are so hard to find.

    “First of all, on a personal level, I’ve seen how hard he’s worked all summer to keep his body in shape so he had the best chance possible to be ready for the regular season,’’ said coach Steve Clifford. “Everything was done with a good schedule. You feel for him.

    “From a team standpoint, it’s a hit. He’s our biggest guy, he’s our best basket protector. When he got on the floor the day that he got hurt, he was moving well.”

            Haywood tried participating in practice Monday at UNC-Asheville, but had to sit out.

            Clifford was asked if missing Clifford might induce the Bobcats to bring in another center this preseason. Beyond Jefferson and Biyombo, the Bobcats have free-agent center Patrick O’Bryant, who didn’t play against the Hawks.

    “I think they’ll keep options open. If somebody became available, who Rich (Cho) and Rod (Higgins) thought could help, I’m sure we have the flexibility to add somebody to the roster,” Clifford said.

    O’Bryant is a former first-round pick of the Golden State Warriors who hasn’t played in the NBA since 2010.

    “He’s been fine,’’ Clifford said of O’Bryant. “For somebody like him it’s doubly hard. He’s coming in and learning something totally new. In another situation (where there wasn’t a new coaching staff and new big men also adjusting) there’d be more of an opportunity to learn from the other guys.

    “But he’s a bright guy, he’s got good size and he’s skilled.”

    The Bobcats made their first cuts of the preseason, sending home free-agent guards Troy Daniels and Abdul Gaddy. That leaves the roster at 16, with 13 guaranteed contracts. The NBA regular-season maximum roster is 15.

    The Bobcats leave on a three-game preseason trip, playing the Miami Heat in Kansas City Friday, the Bucks in Milwaukee Saturday and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Canton, Ohio, Tuesday.

Posted by Observer Sports on October 10, 2013 at 02:14 PM | Permalink


clifford was asked if missing clifford would.......

this only hurts because he might have been tradeable before this. Now....probably little value there. We need somebody to get ravaged with center injuries right as he comes back off this.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 10, 2013 4:09:39 PM

For the people that love to say that MJ is losing money. I guess that is a dead topic. Not sure what Bob Johnson was doing, but it looks like Jordan is getting it right. Well done. Big step for this team.


No, the new CBA didn't help them exchange their nickname in favor of the one discarded by New Orleans, but it did help in other ways. The team was projected to lose about $14 million this season without revenue sharing, but with the contributions from big-market teams and various revenue-related adjustments, the team is projected to have a basketball profit of around $6 million.

Operating in the black, plus the changing market for free agents, gave Charlotte options it otherwise would not have had, such as the ability to sign Al Jefferson. When was the last time a big-name free agent -- arguably the second-best available center, behind Dwight Howard -- signed in such a small market? Jefferson is just one data point, but his signing points to the new system being effective.

Posted by: BBall Expert. | Oct 10, 2013 5:39:45 PM

Great information BBall Expert. Sadly, it's only a matter of time before NASCAR comes to dis-credit all you have written.

Posted by: D.W.G. | Oct 11, 2013 9:38:57 AM

we ALWAYS had the opportunity to overpay al jefferson. that wasn't contributed to by the new cba much if any.

arguably the second best center available out of..........2 centers available? marcus camby causing that argument? or sam dalembert?

MJ will feast off of the prokhorov spending spree. all that tax money gets added to the pot for the non tax paying teams.

biggest downfall for bob johnson was targeting the wrong demographic for the city. he ran the bobcats like he was running BET (even said so himself in interviews). MJ made simple logical changes that just about any owner in the league would have.

Not to mention, he's a better sell for endorsements and sponsors. it's absolute night and day from johnson to jordan. and just about any other buyer would have moved the team.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 11, 2013 11:21:15 AM

Thanks D.W.G. Anyone would not be discrediting my info. It is ESPN's. I found it interesting. Can only help the teams prospects. Has to make Jordan happy considering the loses Bob Johnson suffered.

Posted by: BBall Expert. | Oct 11, 2013 12:57:59 PM

Love it! We're a proud of being bailed out by a high class food-stamps scheme! Just awesome!!

July quote from Bonnell: "That’s why Bobcats owner Michael Jordan was such a hawk in the labor negotiations. He knows an NBA team based in Charlotte will never have the resources of the Lakers, the Heat or the Knicks."

Bonnell is a Point Misser extraordinaire (just like like all the slurpers).

Being "based in Charlotte" is not the issue -- the issue is the BOOBcats have an under-financed owner, frankly he's poor by NBA standards.

Swap the owners/mgmt, and Prokhorov still has $16 billion in his hip pocket and the BOOB's wouldn't be, well, the BOOB's...

...they'd be a team that won a playoff series last year and poised to make a serious run this year.

Give Air Minimium, Yes Co. & Cho the reins of the Nets and they'd be, well, a bunch of boobs.

Until ownership changes this franchise will always underperform.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Oct 11, 2013 6:16:36 PM

are you debating market size of nba cities now dude?

or suggesting that prokhorov would have bought an nba franchise NOT located in a major market?

or implying that the nets won a playoff series last year?

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 11, 2013 9:29:51 PM

That guy has no clue what he is debating. The Bobcats are making money. Just another in the long line of things he has been wrong about. The new rant only proves he is a hater. Someone said he was fired by the bobcats. Pretty obvious. That is a long line of people before Jordan owned the team. Which makes it even more ridiculous. Unlikely he even worked for Jordan. Probably Johnson. Sad.

Posted by: Bobnet | Oct 12, 2013 12:07:07 AM

How is this Bobcats making money not a bigger story? Jordan bought this team that was losing big cash. Was a "hawk" in the CBA negotiations and has turned this teams finances around. Meanwhile teams are being sold for record numbers. Ridiculous, Hopefully he reinvests it back into the team. Imagine if they win a few games. I remember people ripping him for making the investment. I was just happy the team stayed. Looks pretty smart now. Now go win some games please.

Posted by: James | Oct 12, 2013 9:39:05 AM

^^^ they will. as critical as I have been about perceived missteps in the past few months or years, they are admittedly MINOR and heavy on the opinion as compared to previous missteps which were major and obvious to everyone with a brain.

they are moving in the right direction, the talent on the roster is just young. you don't win often with young talent.....just like you don't eat unripe fruit. they are a few years and probably 1 young piece away from having a legit core. there's no dead weight on the roster anymore except arguably ben gordon and haywood. gordon has a large, tradeable, expiring contract. haywood has a small, reasonable, tradeable 2 year contract. neither compare to gana diop or matt carroll or nazr mohammed or tyrus thomas or any other bad contract we brought on over the years.

YOOOOOO did ANYONE SEE THAT BIZ WENT 6 for 6 from the line last night?! here's to hoping that's a trend.

on a separate note......i give it 3 months before people start referring to bosh, lebron, wade, and beasley as the big 4. there is NO effing reason why the number 2 pick who was arguably the better prospect than derrick rose.....has a SOLID rookie and sophomore season......gets given away to make cap room for the big 3 signing.....gets money to go to phoenix and then waived after 1 horrible year on a horrible team......gets to come back to miami on a minimum contract while getting paid by phoenix.

miami in the end, got the big 3 AND beasley after having to choose either/or, several years back. dude is 24. how much you wanna bet he carries the torch as wade and bosh move on and bron becomes a different player. beasley is no doubt at the very least....chris bosh level talent.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 12, 2013 11:00:35 AM

^^^you are probably right about Beasley. Unfortunately not to too many teams have the type of players to try to reform him. It is like the Pats in football.

Hope you are right about the Horncats. Looks like they cold have made some better picks, but at least they have a chance to improve now with the new CBA and team that is in the black. Next year is a big year. Between more cap space and multiple picks, they have to make a jump. Another rough year this season could actually help them with this draft.

Posted by: James | Oct 12, 2013 11:50:09 AM

^^^ i agree completely about the pats comparison and not too many teams being a good fit for "fixing" beasley.

but that said, i don't know that he needed "fixing" as much as patience. who expected the 22-23 year old kid to be a finished product? that's absolutely insane. how sacramento is handling cousins is how you are supposed to deal with these young guys that are absolutely LOST in their new found success and status. the guy averaged 26.2 and 12.4 as a 19 year old freshmen in the big 12. with bill effing walker being his sidekick. who was a sophomore.

the only other guy that dominated college basketball like that as a freshmen was durant. beasley's college play makes anthony davis' look like ed davis.

he just had to get drafted to the heat when they had a chance to get lebron. if that never happens, we're never talking about beasley being a bust. we're probably talking about a miami vs. cleveland rivalry, not a miami juggernaut.

some guys had no business being drafted high. some guys got drafted to the wrong team (see thomas robinson) at the wrong time. smart teams take advantage of the latter and scoup them up on the cheap. dumb teams expect 22 year old millionaires to be mature.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 12, 2013 5:30:41 PM

From the article: "The team was projected to lose about $14 million this season without revenue sharing, but with the contributions from big-market teams and various revenue-related adjustments, the team is projected to have a basketball profit of around $6 million."

Key word, "projected".

It's pretty easy to get to an aggregate loss number exceeding $200 million for the BOOB's since inception, as well as high 8-figures of losses since His Minimumness took over -- now with the NBA Food Stamps Program some hack at ESPN "projects" a $6 million "basketball profit" and you slurpers think it's smooth sailing ahead?

The bottom line is the underlying business, in the absence of subsidy, remains highly unprofitable -- and the same lousy management team is in place.


Slurpers, read that. Specifically take a look at the relationship between Championships and luxury tax payments.

Air Minimum promised us regular forays deep into the playoffs and a championship contender...

...does anyone really believe this will happen? Ever? When?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Oct 12, 2013 8:48:30 PM

indiana doesn't pay the tax and they compete. same with OKC. brooklyn isn't winning anything with their ridic payroll.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 13, 2013 11:15:38 AM

Indiana has a smart owner (self made billionaire) who stays out of the way lets brilliant basketball minds like Donnie Walsh and Larry Bird do their thing...

...we have a dumb owner who has given lifetime employment to Rod Higgins, and appointed his completely unqualified brother as head of player personnel.

Indiana has payed the luxury tax in the past and if/when they challenge for a title I betcha they pay it again...see, their owner can afford to do so if he chooses.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Oct 13, 2013 9:24:32 PM

That would be "paid"...

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Oct 13, 2013 9:31:30 PM

no dude.....their owner has adamently stated that they will NOT go over the tax. larry bird made the comment that he is way over the "budget line" this year and that they are "all-in" with the big contracts they have right now.


they paid a SMALL amount of the previous BS tax. but they are NOT going into the new era tax at all. it's not going to happen.

notice how chicago has never made a tax payment either. clippers, new orleans, okc, washington, and if we're being real about it....houston, detroit neither. milwaukee hasn't since vin baker and glenn robinson left town.

obviously there's a correlation between success and spending. but there's also a motivation to go over the tax when you have promise of a championship. what new jersey is doing is without logic because they don't stand a chance at winning anything more than MAYBE a round in the playoffs. the idea is supposed to be.....you have a reasonable payroll and when you have something with promise, you might splurge and push your chips in by adding necessary pieces to compete with the big market teams.

jordan will do that. if that opportunity ever materializes, dude will. he's one of the most famous irrational gamblers there are.......and you're arguing he's cheap because he hasn't gone over the tax line during a rebuild.

you hate the guy. a lot of people do. he's a D in person. but the argument your making (outside of the rod higgins sentiment that I completely cosign) is just baseless. respect yourself and say something true.

Posted by: charlotetan | Oct 14, 2013 1:39:56 AM

Herb Simon will pay the tax if the situation calls for it, just watch. That situation would be putting the last piece or two into place to seriously challenge for a Championship.

I don't hate Jordan, that's ridiculous (I don't "hate" anyone). In fact, when he was tacking on Championships 4, 5 and 6 I was totally pulling for him!

My point is that on-court success highly correlated to ownership/management intellect, and wealth.

Rich and smart are a recipe for success (Buss, Holt, Arison).

Rich and dumb can at least be entertaining kind of like a train wreck (Dolan).

Dumb and poor guarantees long-term failure (Jordan).

That the NBA ever approved Michael Jordan as an owner is on of the great gaffes in league history and this franchise will never excel with him at the helm, that's just the facts, ma'am.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Oct 14, 2013 11:28:51 PM

dude they ARE competing for a championship and he has been ADAMANT about not paying tax. you are not speaking based on facts, you're speaking from speculation. he did it in the past when the tax wasn't anywhere near as punitive as it is now.

here's the big difference......you pay the tax, you get effed. but you get double effed because by paying the tax, you're giving up on the huge payout of prokhorov's money that all the non-tax teams get.

simon is NOT paying the tax. if he does.....i guarantee you its done at the trade deadline, involves being less than a million over, looks like a complete coup for them, and probably involves lebron james suffering a season ending injury or dying.

again, you are mad at jordan not paying the tax during a rebuild. even though he amnestied tyrus thomas and made the ben gordon trade (deals that proved he wasn't being frugal in the least) and then absolutely overpaid al jefferson with a godfather contract.

he does all of that and you continue. jordan isn't that smart. i'll agree with you on that. but curtis polk is. david falk is. fred whitfield to some extent, is (when we're talking in comparison to rod higgins and jordan).

the team has made huge improvements business wise since jordan's purchase. while jordan might not have the worth of the old guys.....he's making 80 million a year off of endorsements and bullish. they aren't. wealth is accumulated with time and jordan bought the team for a lot less than what it's worth now.

jordan is 50
herb simon is 84

obviously the 84 year old is going to have more wealth accumulated.

just admit that you're mad and move on. cause you aren't stating any valid information any more.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 15, 2013 11:58:52 AM

Herb's age is a non-factor. He was smart when he was 50, and he's smart now. MJ is, and always will be, dumb.

If Herb wants to win a championship he will pay the luxury tax, just watch. You probably didn't think Rivera would ever go for it on 4th & 1 every single time either ;)

Where does David Falk factor in? Polk is either a non-factor, or not that smart....how else do you explain the fact Higgins has lifetime employment?

What improvements has the team made? Whatever they are they don't show up in the bottom line --- team is a perpetual money loser.

Dream on brother!

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Oct 15, 2013 2:06:21 PM


It's impossible that business has improved during the Kemba Era.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Oct 15, 2013 2:12:26 PM

age doesn't matter in wealth accumulation? right. i guess the next 30 years x 80 million a year and interest and dividends and then some won't have anything to do with jordan's net worth at 84 vs. his net worth now.

he's not paying the tax. http://newsok.com/larry-bird-talks-luxury-tax-limitations-for-small-market-teams/article/3860300

call me when he does. no small market team will. ESPECIALLY NOT IN A REBUILD.

curtis polk is the vice chairman. aka the brains to jordan's jordans. if you're asking what david falk's role is.....you must have missed how jordan made/make's his money.

i left off rich cho, but he's a smart dude too. no sam presti or daryl morey, but he's no rod higgins either.

keep ignoring the facts and continue your parade.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 15, 2013 2:49:27 PM

Of course I'm aware of the history between Falk and MJ...

...you tell me what Falk's current role is, and how he helps the BOBcats?

Simon may not pay the luxury tax...but if not he won't win a championship -- the two come hand in hand (yeah yeah, I know about the Spurs, Pacers ain't the Spur s, nor are the BOOBs). I never said anything about age relative to wealth accumulation, I said his age is not relevant to analyzing who is a qualified owner, and who is doing a good job as an owner. Mark Cuban's age isn't a factor either despite him buying the team at 42 (he was a billionaire already) and paying $150mm in luxury tax payments in order to secure a Championship for the FANS! Now there's a high quality owner who can AFFORD it, and is willing to do what it takes to field a WINNING team, year after year after year...a guy who fans can depend on.

BOBcats likely won't ever pay one either because they'll never challenge for a title...at least not as long as Air Minimum owns 'em.

PS...I can assure you I am not "mad" about anything. In fact, I find the whole situation hilarious! You must admit, the whole charade known as the BOOBcats is perfectly laughable, like a textbook on How Not to Do It!!

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Oct 15, 2013 3:37:47 PM

Here's a great article for you Slurpers to read, goes to the character of Air Minimum: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2011/nov/30/nba-lockout-michael-jordan-owners-players

Word is a lot of NFL players are telling their agents not to talk to the Panthers because Jerry Richardson was such a tool during the labor negotiations, same dynamic hurting His Minimumness.

From the article: **Henry Abbott of ESPN.com called it a "flip-flop" while the always controversial

Jason Whitlock of FoxSports.com was a bit more to the point, labeling Jordan a "sellout."

He explains: "This is the ultimate betrayal. A league filled mostly with African-American young men who grew up wanting to be like Mike is finally getting to see just who Michael Jordan is. He's a cheap, stingy, mean-spirited, cut-throat, greedy, uncaring, disloyal slave to his own bottom line."**

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Oct 15, 2013 8:46:26 PM

if you think players ignore teams offers based on anything other than money you are oblivious about life.

you continue to ignore bob johnson's role in the laughing stock that WAS the bobcats inception and subsequent years.

if herb simon doesn't win a championship in the next 3 years, it's because of lebron and bad luck, nothing more. he has built a championship caliber team who would beat ANY other team in the league in the playoffs except miami, and still MIGHT beat miami. they took miami to 7 games last year with 13 million of their payroll playing a total of 74 minutes the entire year.

I'm not arguing that money can't buy you a ring in the nba. I'm arguing that you CAN pull it off without hitting the tax line in the new CBA. there will always be a prokhorov type and he will always fail the way dan snyder failed. then there will be a buss type who will win because he combines the intellect with the spending to create juggernaut teams. I get that. miami currently fits that bill, they have nba starting caliber players, top 5 draft picks fighting for the 15th roster spot.

but you CANNOT expect a team with the market size of charlotte (~2 million) compete with those of new york and los angeles and chicago and houston. you just can't. that's not reasonable to expect that.

saying all of that........if indiana's roster were ours.......i bet you jordan would pay the tax chasing a ring before simon would.

okc nearly won a championship with a bottom 5 payroll in the league a few years ago. there's proof to the contrary. they aren't outliers persay, they are just the minority. it's 5 times easier for the big market teams, but every single year there's 1 or 2 small market contenders. every year. and every year there's a big market flop. last year there were several.

don't give me the "miami isn't a big market"....metro area is 5.5 million and the per capita of that area is significantly higher than charlotte's and entirely inflated by the celebs that claim residence there to not pay state income tax. their whole basketball team is funded by that lifestyle. we don't have that luxury. bankers are slightly more fiscally responsible which is why NOBODY paid what johnson wanted people to pay.

also why we have a better overall business environment and cost of living v quality of living.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 16, 2013 10:02:42 AM

"Almost" counts for nothing.

What is Falk's current role in helping MJ and the BOOB's?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Oct 16, 2013 10:14:53 PM

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