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October 12, 2013

Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson wearing walking boot after sprain

Charlotte Bobcats center Al Jefferson will spend several days in a walking boot after suffering a sprained right ankle in Friday’s preseason loss to the Miami Heat.

 Jefferson injured his ankle in the third quarter of an 86-75 loss to the Miami Heat in Kansas City. X-rays showed no fracture. The walking boot is intended to minimize swelling and any stress on the joint.

After several days in that boot, Jefferson will be re-evaluated to see whether he should start rehabilitation.

Posted by Charlotte Observer on October 12, 2013 at 07:55 PM | Permalink



Posted by: ttom tom | Oct 12, 2013 8:30:47 PM

21 rebounds for Biyombo? Would like to see more of that.

Posted by: Dano | Oct 13, 2013 7:33:45 AM

looks like Biz is on a mission so far, playing like a monster.

Posted by: David Stern has to go!! | Oct 13, 2013 7:57:53 AM

Would love to see Biyombo work outfor the team. Thise renounding numbers are nice to see.

Even without him the new CBA is doing what the NBA had hoped. Bobcats turning a profit this year is important. Shorter contracts, salaries coming in line. You can recover from a mistake, injury or player that just decides to stop working. The NBA finally figured out what the NFL did long ago. Best part is it sounds like the entire league has MJ to thank being one of the owners pressing for a better CBA. Amazing to see what he has accomplished in his short time as an owner. The team is now in a position to get better and is secure in Charlotte. Wasn't long ago that Johnson was losing huge money and no one knew where the team would end up. Not like there was a long line of suitors then. Of course now teams are naming their price.

Posted by: BBall Expert | Oct 13, 2013 10:36:21 AM

biz is 9 for 10 on free throws in these last 2 games. 5 turnovers is alarming, but getting 21 rebounds against sanders/henson/etc. is more than just getting 21 rebounds.

and dude is what? 21 now?

let jefferson take all the time he needs.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 13, 2013 11:13:10 AM

^^^Huge Biyombo fan

Posted by: The Dark Knight | Oct 13, 2013 11:51:49 PM

I guess....

more of a huge basketball fan who sees the potential there and hoping it materializes. seeing a 52% ft shooter go 9 for 10 in 2 games is something called progress.

for all the hate the guy gets......dude just turned 21. and he's been 8th in the league in blocks 2 years in a row while playing 25 and a half minutes. i struggle to comprehend why others aren't more excited about dude. nobody harped about mutumbo or tyson chandler not having offensive games.

larry sanders sure turned a lot of heads last year in his 3rd year (age 24) and he makes biyombo look like ray allen at times.

everyone wants the fast food meal.....nobody wants to prepare and marinate something real. he and zeller could be something special if clifford doesn't go into win-now mode and completely abandon their development.

Posted by: charlotetan | Oct 14, 2013 1:28:21 AM

Why didn't Taylor play?

Posted by: apauldds | Oct 14, 2013 12:02:35 PM

Comparing Biz to Tyson Chandler and Mutumbo is absolutely ridiculous. Yes, he may have been 8th in blocks, but how often does he not get a block and fail to block out his guy? How often is he out of position on defense after failing to get a block. I hope Biz proves me wrong, but he's just not that good.

Posted by: Jeff Otah | Oct 14, 2013 1:52:12 PM

mutumbo entered the league at age 26. biz was 19.

tyson chandler? he was wearing a bust label until chris paul showed everyone what he CAN do. please look at what tyson chandler looked like physically, statistically, and his teams' win/loss records when he was age 19-23. biz is not going to be hakeem. but expecting him to be tyson chandler/roy hibbert/teetering on mutombo........is a completely accurate comparison.

you won't know what biz will actually be until he's 23-25. if he isn't looking like a stud then, he won't be. but judging him based on 19 and 20 year old seasons....ehh. derrick favors and enes kanter haven't done much either. alex len who everybody raved about pre draft is the same age and didn't do much of anything against weak ACC competition by comparison.

only in charlotte will people want to cut/trade guys like jonathan stewart, thomas davis, jon beason, jake delhomme, john fox, gerald henderson, MKG, biz, and swear that adam morrison is a bust after having been given less than 6 months to return to form after coming back from a horrible ACL injury. awesome.

Posted by: charlotetan | Oct 14, 2013 4:16:37 PM

My mind is drawing a blank here...now that Adam Morrison has had a chance to heal up, just what is the name of the team he is lighting up the scoreboard for thus proving he was not a bust as the number three pick?

Posted by: Go Hornets | Oct 14, 2013 4:57:59 PM

he dominated summer league last year. summer league does not equal nba, obviously, but shooting 62% on 3's.....20ppg against nba players isn't something "busts" do. one of the games was against jimmy butler.


kobe even said it himself that adam's career was caused by circumstance. he was there when morrison got hurt. in the preseason going into his 2nd year and he was playing GREAT in that preseason.

larry brown gave him a raw deal and didn't like that dude from day one. he hinted at it in every interview.

the guy wasn't a bust. he never got a shot to comeback. he had a typical rookie season on a BAD team, looked great going into year 2 and then tore his ACL.

it's no different than how thomas robinson was handled last year except add an injury in.

go back and watch tape of 2008-09 and tell me he got a fair shake. he had a 3 game stretch at the beginning of the year where he scored 16, 15, 14 on over 50% from the field, 7 of 17 from 3. how does brown respond to that? he plays 12 minutes. 6 minutes the next night.

larry brown hated that dude. doesn't make him a bust. dude even cut his hair trying to please brown. he got a year and a half in LA where they already had a championship team in place. shannon brown was a better fit there being a role player. morrison was never a role player. and he never got a shot again.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 14, 2013 8:02:36 PM

I do believe Air Minimum, Yes Co. & Cho have planted their very own propagandist!

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Oct 14, 2013 11:33:19 PM

^^^or you could just be wrong....again. What could this idiot be wrong about next? He is wrong so often he should just start doing the opposite of whatever he thinks is right.

Posted by: Bobnet | Oct 15, 2013 2:19:28 AM


Posted by: NASTAR99 | Oct 15, 2013 8:59:49 AM

CBA is working and give these folks some time to develop and I expect 2014 hornets to make a run at playoffs for sure.
Everyone forgets who was coaching Biz or others and showing them the ropes?? vs now with Ewing and some decent support on the court.
No way we will be in bottom 5 this year and that is huge step. Top 5 teams in east have several that will fall off in two years also

Posted by: Season Ticket holder for now | Oct 15, 2013 9:42:23 AM

Armanti Edwards was the Panthers' training camp MVP!!! Must be the same folks keeping him down that are keeping AMMO down.

Posted by: Jeff Otah | Oct 15, 2013 11:42:50 AM

lets just hope ewing is around a while. the coaching turnover isn't helping any of the young guys to develop.

but yea....having jefferson and ewing both to help guide biz should be huge. not sure why there's any speculation of his option not being picked up.....it's for 4 million for a (will be) 22 year old center on a team that will have like 20 million in CAP ROOM and that's AFTER giving him the option and that's with 9 guys under contract, 8 of them rotation guys and brendan haywood.

future is definitely bright. we should have a young team making a playoff push next year while bringing in another lottery pick or 2, and have the cap room to macguyver a move for a young star who somebody can't afford. or at the very least a great complimentary veteran like a ramon sessions (could be back) or a kyle korver/steve novak caliber shooter.

ideally they figure a way to give kemba, taylor and biz extensions and use the cap room to advance them money to free up future cap room during what could be a deep playoff run in 2015-16-17 during those guys' primes. just keep the core together and develop them and tweak as necessary. and fire rod higgins already (for the moral victory at the least).

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 15, 2013 11:44:52 AM

28-128. Wow. he finally got one right. Well done. Not sure nayone else could have come up with that nugget of information. Impresssive work. But then again, that is the only accurate piece of info he can provide.

Any time there is any speculation involved he could not be more wrong. They won't amnesty Thomas. Wrong. Won't spend on a name change. Wrong. Losing money. Wrong. Can't wait for the next one. "If everything you say is wrong, the opposite must be right" Nice work Constanza! You finally have ht information to go and be successful.

Posted by: Bobnet | Oct 15, 2013 1:49:33 PM

In his 6th and 7th years of full control of the BOBcats one Air Minimum led the franchise to a 28-120 record -- an NBA low water mark for futility....

....and we need to be patient and allow for "time to develop"?!?

When we the BOOB's win a playoff series?

No explanations slurpers, just name a year.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Oct 15, 2013 3:12:56 PM

Charlottean, I noticed you didn't mention MKG as part of the core.

Posted by: apauldds | Oct 15, 2013 3:57:02 PM

Comparing Biz to Mutumbo or Tyson is ridiculous .. Biz walks , travels , fumbles the ball and can't ever stay in front of his man . The two he's compared to didnt do that half the time they got the ball . He will dominate at times but you will pay a huge price . He's too small to play center but too slow to check power forwards . At his draft position , he's a bust . Faried was the pick who's ten times better .

Posted by: Iron man | Oct 15, 2013 4:09:48 PM

^^^I agree on Faried. To bad no one knew it or he would not have gone 22nd.

What is a slurper and why does Nastar seem to really like that word? I love the full control angle. Since he was wrong about everything else, why should anyone think Jordan was in full control? Safe to say the only people in fill control are owners. Richardson, Cuban, Dolan. Since MJ has actually been in the owner there seems to be a semblance of a plan. Not perfect, but plan. Is that just a coincidence? probably not. Nastar wrong again? Probably so.

Posted by: James. | Oct 15, 2013 6:05:24 PM

James you are wrong....June 15th, 2006, Bob Johnson turned over the reins, just looks it up. Funny quote from June 16th ESPN article -->

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban offered up some immediate advice.

"Welcome to my world, Michael," he said. "Get out the checkbook."


More from the article: "With Jordan now in the mix, he'll have one of the most beloved sports figure in state history by his side. But in giving Jordan the final say in basketball decisions, he's risking a repeat of the same mistakes Jordan made with the Washington Wizards from 2000 to 2003."

See that, "final say"....and boy did those mistakes repeat, again and again and again!


Posted by: NASTAR99 | Oct 15, 2013 7:28:55 PM

You might want to look up sarcasm. Cuban might have welcomed him to his world., but it was around 4 years ago. Don't remember MJ involved in CBA discussions before then. Those are the kind of things owners do. Might as well add this to the list Bobnet had. Love the Castanza reference. Dead on.

Posted by: James. | Oct 15, 2013 8:35:47 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."**


James, wrong again. The Cuban quote was from the article written June 16th, 2006. Jordan had bought in and was 2nd largest shareholder/owner behind Bob and MJ was the Managing Partner of the BOBcats franchise. The deal also gave MJ stakes in most of Bob J's other ventures, they were partners in the truest sense of the word and His Minimumness was the partner in control of the BOOB's. You can't handle the truth can you?

You can read it here: http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2486172

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Oct 15, 2013 8:56:00 PM

PS...of course you "Don't remember MJ involved in CBA discussions before then" because Abe Pollin fired him in May 2003 and Air Min was out of the league until Johnson sold him a pig in a poke in 2006 -- the previous CBA was ratified in 2005 when MJ was off donating funds to golf hustlers.

You're probably not old enough to remember the previous CBA negotiation when MJ was on the players side, another great quote: "In the midst of the 1998-1999 lockout, it was Michael Jordan who reportedly shouted "If you can't make a profit, you should sell your team" at Washington Wizards owner Abe Pollin during a negotiating session."


Posted by: NASTAR99 | Oct 15, 2013 9:10:15 PM

^^^hey. Did Tyrus play last night? He had to be out there. You said Jordan would never amnesty him could not afford it.

That ultimate betrayal really impacted Ramon Sessions and Al Jefferson. One more for the list. Wrong again and again and again. You really keep piling them up.

Keep on hating Castanza! Hurry up and bet on the NFL teams you think will lose this weekend. They are sure to win.

Posted by: Bobnet | Oct 16, 2013 7:15:16 AM

biz is the same size as dwight howard with a slightly longer reach and slightly less vert so....yeah. that's your number 1 center in the game. his standing reach is higher than most centers in the league.

and the hindsight on faried is great....he's also 3 years older than biyombo and not as big.

appaulds, i didn't leave mkg out of the core, I was mentioning players eligible for extensions next summer/preseason. mkg would be the following year.

nastar is of course ignoring the fact that while jordan was making the decisions as an employee, johnson was cutting the checks as the owner. so anything involving money - staffing (scouting and front office specific), payroll, arena amenities, etc. were not up to par. jordan was working as a decision maker (not his strength) as opposed to hiring decision makers (polk, cho) and paying them to let him play more golf and gamble away his expendable income (his strength).

this dude hates jordan. if jordan came out and said "I haven't done anything at all related to basketball in all of these years. Polk really did the job for me while I was busy goofing around and doing underwear commercials" dude would melt.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 16, 2013 9:48:35 AM

Thanks Bobnet. Who has the time to write all that garbage in the first place? I can just assume his information is wrong again and move on. Very helpful.

Posted by: James | Oct 16, 2013 11:36:03 AM

"nastar is of course ignoring the fact that while jordan was making the decisions as an employee, johnson was cutting the checks as the owner. so anything involving money - staffing (scouting and front office specific), payroll, arena amenities, etc. were not up to par. jordan was working as a decision maker (not his strength) as opposed to hiring decision makers (polk, cho) and paying them to let him play more golf and gamble away his expendable income (his strength)."

Frankly I can't see where anything at all has changed for the better, if fact, the team is playing MUCH worse.

Polk already worked for Jordan so no change there.

Cho was fired by the Blazers, he came on the cheap.

Higgins has lifetime employment, great decision?

Which great decision maker decided to hire Dunlap?

charlottean you said David Falk has a key role, what is it?

Any of you Slurpers who want to argue that His Minimumness was not in control under Johnson can't simultaneously make a case that Cho has control of the BOOB's...

...which is it?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Oct 16, 2013 10:19:23 PM

Oh yeah, Air Min's 5'5" brother is now a key decision maker as Director of Player Personnel, awesome!

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Oct 16, 2013 10:29:28 PM

david falk is jordan's agent and long time business partner. the same way he lined up endorsements for jordan (and still does), he lined up marketing partners for the bobcats. he can't have an official title with the team because he's still an NBAPA licensed agent. they get away with it because jordan appears in a presby commercial and now it's an endorsement just like hanes or gatorade. if you think that's not a real thing, you really know less about the team than I thought you did.

and you don't see changes? the team got intentionally worse....cho said he was going to blow it up when he got there. how are you disappointed by that? look at the roster right now......any tyrus thomas-nazr mohammed-gana diop-eddy najera-matt carroll type contracts? any? only thing even close is jefferson or gordon and both of those come with major caveats and benefits. not to mention both are wayyyyyy better than any of the above mentioned.

there's better food in the arena, there's better entertainment in the arena, there's better staff at the arena, there's better staff working the ticket office and season ticket sales, there's better prices, there's better accommodations and amenities, there's better and more sincere or at least close to sincere community outreach, there's less racism spewing out of the owner's mouth, there's less talk about the team being in financial disarray or on the brink of being moved or sold and then moved, there's less complaining from opponents about how horrible the visiting locker room is, etc. etc. etc.


I could keep going on this. The tv coverage is improved, the security at the arena is improved, the training camp is improved, WE HAVE EFFING SUMMER LEAGUE TEAMS EVERY YEAR where before johnson skipped out when he could to avoid the expense, we have a legit scouting and player personnel department. WE HAD 2 MEMBERS OF THE SCOUTING DEPARTMENT ONE YEAR.

just admit you're mad you are no longer a part of it.

rod higgins and his brother have fluff positions now. they don't actually have power or real work to do. rod higgins probably sits at his desk and plays with toy cars and blocks all day. i wish he wasn't in the building too, but as a businessman who hires people of convenience to do menial tasks.....I get the reason. I've never walked in those shoes, but I walk in shoes. You must walk in sandals.

and dunlap was a great hire. even if he was the absolute worst coach ever......what would be the point in hiring a good coach to coach a horrible team if the good coach is going to cost 23857309847502938745 more, not take a 1 year contract, and you would lose his energy on a team going nowhere fast. If clifford really is the guy, you will be happy he wasn't here last year. i personally think dunlap is a great basketball coach who was handled poorly by the organization. but I'm open minded about clifford - especially since ewing and price came on board as assistants and since henderson was resigned and zeller drafted.

the progress is obvious.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 16, 2013 11:34:16 PM

"david falk is jordan's agent and long time business partner. the same way he lined up endorsements for jordan (and still does), he lined up marketing partners for the bobcats."

That statement is 100% false. David Falk and Air Minimum have no business relationship whatsoever and have not for some time. As a registered NBA player rep Mr. Falk is precluded from representing an owner/team.

Why would you just make something like this up?

Falk's office number is (202) 686-3263 if you want to check it out.

Funny post there about visitor's locker room, arena security (was there a problem before?), etc...

...not one word about on court performance which is what really matters isn't it?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Oct 17, 2013 3:06:19 PM

i mean if you want to call forbes, sports illustrated and bloomberg news (among others) of mis-stating facts.......sure....go for it dude.

you've been nailing "facts" left and right for years.

he donates money to have the school of ecology renamed for him at syracuse. at the ceromony....he is introduced as "the agent that represents michael jordan"

not past tense.

and I stated the conflict of interest above and how they've managed to get around it for years.

ask phil knight who he deals with. now call up falks office and ask them how many shares of nike does he own.

they aren't business partners? polk and falk have been business partners since like 92. jordan has been with falk since college. falk probably negotiated the sale of the team for jordan.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 18, 2013 6:26:24 PM

he probably negotiated his divorce and his prenup to his new wife, too.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 18, 2013 6:28:52 PM

There is no longer any business relationship nor has there been for quite some time. If you don't believe me call the number and ask them. You're wrong on this one.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Oct 18, 2013 7:41:46 PM

i did and they laughed.

the articles referenced are from 2013. not 1998. you're going out on a limb and calling basically every major journalist in the US wrong on this one. not me. I just go off of credible sources.

& on court performance? you're again criticizing the team's record IN A REBUILD. what is not understood about REBUILDING. he hired rich cho (improvement over higgins) and cho came in, looked at the mess of a roster we had and said "let's blow it up, it's going to be a mess but then it will resemble a legit nba franchise"

and that's exactly what has taken place. they've stockpiled young talent, reasonably priced veterans, (outside of jefferson), cap room, trade chips, draft picks.

and the price for that was the w/l record. for all your biyombo hate, that dude JUST turned 21. same age as most of this year's rookie class. you're bliiiiiinded by the hate.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 19, 2013 8:03:51 PM

No you didn't. Falk has 9 clients and Jordan isn't one of them.

Produce a single article that says Falk represents Jordan, I dare you.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Oct 20, 2013 10:13:57 AM

As for the "rebuild", they have no clue what they are doing. Air Minimum is on the record saying he never expected to finish DFL, much less twice. Yeah yeah, they won one more fame than the Magic, same thing.

There's rebuilding and then there's the single worst record in NBA history -- EVER!!!

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Oct 20, 2013 10:18:40 AM

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