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March 11, 2014

Charlotte Bobcat Gerald Henderson says he's good to go against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday

Charlotte Bobcats shooting guard Gerald Henderson practiced Tuesday after missing the past five games with a strained right calf. He believes he’ll be fine to play Wednesday against the Washington Wizards.

“I feel good,” Henderson said after a post-practice game of one-on-one against Jannero Pargo. “It’s tough having to be out in that stretch. But I wanted to get myself back to 100 percent and not have that calf bother me the rest of the season.

“I feel good and I’m ready to go.”

Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said if Henderson is well enough to play, he’ll return to the starting lineup. Henderson indicated the length of his time out was somewhat precautionary.

“I probably could have come back two games ago. But with the pain that was still in there, the calf can get worse,” Henderson said. “You can re-irritate it. I wanted to get all the pain out.”

            Henderson said he injured himself going after an offensive rebound against the Oklahoma City Thunder. He felt something pull as soon as he hit the floor.

“One of my goals is to play all 82 games” in a season, Henderson said. “That’s a tough thing to do. Maybe next year.”

Posted by Observer Sports on March 11, 2014 at 02:25 PM | Permalink


the bobcats have been kinda good with out him bc CDR & Neal havent been afraid to shoot the ball from long range. With that said Henderson your shoot looks better then MGK so stop being afraid to shoot the ball!!

Posted by: tre'4boi | Mar 11, 2014 2:55:31 PM

Wonderful! Now, make sure Hendo takes a seat next to the coach, so he can watch what is needed out there on the court. CDR and Neal have done a fine job at the Shooting Guard position, which only proves Hendo is not very valuable in the starting lineup.
Hendo can earn his minutes coming off the bench, as he fails to impress anyone on the court. He certainly doesn't strike fear into the opponent and he is a liability on the offensive end. Hendo won't be starting next year, regardless.

Posted by: Steve Payne is a pain! | Mar 11, 2014 3:09:30 PM

We are better without him.

Posted by: CLT11 | Mar 11, 2014 3:42:11 PM

UNC fans hating... Henderson is way better than CDR! Neal is more effective off the bench - has been his whole career. Hendo should start and if he is having a bad shooting game then Neal gets most of the minutes. If Hendo is on then he gets most of the minutes. Classic two guard rotation which we have not had since Taylor got hurt and the Cats wouldn't play Gordon.

Posted by: Dom | Mar 11, 2014 3:52:49 PM

BTW - CDR can play some three and have MKG watch from the bench if you want CDR to get more minutes.

Posted by: Dom | Mar 11, 2014 3:54:07 PM

CDR has played well for a few games....henderson has done so for a few years. do you guys not remember anything older than a week ago?

and MKG > all these guys. the kid needs to be playing more, not less. remember what happened when he was hurt?

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 11, 2014 4:00:05 PM

Gerald is what he has been his entire career, a lower to mid level SG. He refuses to give his all, and often times looks disinterested. Our team plays much harder with him out or on the bench. Although Neil and Luke have looked BAD when on the court together, I have not once wished Gerald was back. He offers nothing to the team but 6 fouls and maybe 10-16 points on 20 shots. us giving him 7 million a season was a joke, and it remains so. CDR costs 1/20 the price, and he is double the player and teammate. Go Cats!

Posted by: Go Cats! | Mar 11, 2014 4:22:02 PM

It sucks that this is all the coverage we get for a playoff bound team. So I go to my local paper's web site to get Bobcats information and I see an article on the Lakers and Knickerbockers. If want to hear about these 2 losing teams I can watch ESPN, NBA TV or listen to the NBA Radio on XM. Please give us something on the Bobcats that is interesting or insightful.

Posted by: BuzzCats | Mar 11, 2014 4:28:09 PM

Anyone aware that since the All-Star break the Bobcats are 7-4. In those 11 games, Wlaker and jefferson are playing great.

Walker: 17PPG,8APG,4RPG,1SPG,36MPG
Big Al: 26PPG,10RPG,2APG,1BPG,35MPG

Those are some pretty good numbers at key positions, heading into the most important part of the season.

Posted by: RobC | Mar 11, 2014 5:03:31 PM

Yes I believe that J Pargo needs to come off the bench as opposed to Luke Ridnour. I like the way CDR plays the game of basketball. But I do think Hendo is a better player, but that does not separate him from getting a bulk of the minutes. Al continues to play like the All Star that got snub from the game.

Posted by: tbird | Mar 11, 2014 5:38:50 PM

I agree with Go Cats comments on Gerald Henderson. He has ability, but for some reason he is not consistent. He should have averaged 20 points on some of the awful Bobcats teams, but he always around 15-16 points a game.

Posted by: Jon | Mar 11, 2014 6:19:48 PM

***Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford will decide rotation on merit***

By Rick Bonnell

Charlotte Bobcats head coach Steve Clifford made it clear after Monday’s victory over Denver that playing rotations for the rest of the season would be decided more on merit than on player development.

Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford believes he has a playoff team, and he plans to function like a playoff coach. That means no more choices weighted toward “player development” or massaging egos.

“He made that very clear,” Jefferson said. “He wasn’t coaching no more to keep guys in rhythm. He was going to play the guys who deserve it.

“Guys who don’t get it are going to sit down. One thing that’s been very clear about coach: He means what he says, and he says what he means.”


Slurpers, there it is in black & white, "player development" is out the window, adios, seeya!

B-BF-B = 5, 6, 2, 17, 8
M-CSS-KG = 25, 15, 23, 20 16

CDR = 24, 28, 32, 30, 33
Josh = 25, 34, 38, 21, 34

Josh alone is getting more minutes than the #2 and #7 combined!!

Josh, the 5 time washout...wow.

Heck, CDR, the d-league call up, he TOO is getting more time than the #2 and #7 COMBINED!

Sonofagun, add the #4 to the mix and combined the D-league call up and the 5 team wash-out are getting 50% more minutes than the #4+#2+#7...

...slurpers, The Plan is o-f-f...t-h-e...r-a-i-l-s.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Mar 11, 2014 10:49:14 PM

Was Corey Higgins part of the plan? I would like the Bobcats to succeed, but I never bought a ticket after that debacle, Told me all I needed to know about what kind of a decision makers they had over there. If it is a joke to them, then there is no reason for me to spend my money on it. Glad they are getting better, but that kind of poor judgement makes it hard for me to imagine they will ever be a real team.

Posted by: Lou | Mar 11, 2014 11:34:03 PM

Lucky Lou....he's a smart one.

Lou, if you decide to visit the "Cable Box" (is there a dumber name for an arena) just for old times sake, tickets can be had on stubhub for like $4 each. Beers are double or triple that, just an FYI...

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Mar 11, 2014 11:59:43 PM

Glad you think I am intelligent. Based on your previous comments it is for the wrong reasons. Your criticism of their "plan" could not be more off base.

Any "plan" needs to be inherently fluid. There are a number of factors that can influence your approach. Conditions can fluctuate wildly. Expecting a business to strictly adhere to any plan is naive at best. The real success stories stem from how you react to changing conditions. My only contention is that any company that has made so many poor decisions like signing Corey Higgins (wrong on to many levels to go into), Tyrus Thomas, poor draft record and or player development, etc is not equipped or prepared to make the type of management decisions in an ever changing environment to be successful.

They have actually developed a reasonable "plan". That is the easy part. Acquiring draft picks, opening up cap space. However what you do with it and how you react to how your picks preform, how you develop young players and vets, how you work through an ever changing free agent landscape will eventually dictate your success. Based on their track record I have no reason to believe they create a championship level team.

Posted by: Lou | Mar 12, 2014 8:30:59 AM

Big game tonight!

Posted by: Jim | Mar 12, 2014 8:32:47 AM

Team has done well with hendo gone but we need him back and everyone healthy to end the year everyone in a groove together.
I want to be so badly a Hendo and BB fan but they just don't deliver at all. I think we need to trade Biz next year and just suck it up. Hendo is really a Good 2nd team guy with Neal and him coming off the bench. SG or PF is our prime need since MKG at SF can't shoot at all.
With a decent playoff showing we could get another FA signed and that would be huge.

Posted by: Season Ticket holder for now | Mar 12, 2014 10:25:39 AM

Gotta love it when guys take the time to click on Bobcats blogs and tell us all why they're not gonna support the Bobcats....

Posted by: TheRealJD | Mar 12, 2014 10:38:16 AM

Whether the Hornets will become a "championship level team" or not is impossible to tell now.
I'm happy with a team that competes, wins tough games, shows improvement compared to previous seasons and aspires to further improvement.
How far will this improvement go? Will it result, in the next few seasons, into a title contender? No need to rush to judgment now.

Signing Corey Higgins became a punch line. But, it really became insignificant at this point. It wasn't really "poor judgment" in the regular sense of it; it was favoritism, which is rather commonly practiced in the corporate world. It was a trivial thing, because who was the 15th player on the roster never affected seriously the team's performance.
You can complain about it on ethical grounds, and that's fine. But, about making poor player personnel decisions, this franchise has known much worse ones.

I think that, beginning in November 2012 and continued in 2013, the decision making process improved a lot, and it shows much more maturity. They seemed to have learned a few lessons from getting burnt with the results of their bad, or at least dubious and controversial, decisions in past years.

There was a whole string of decisions that helped the team: trading Matt Carroll (who wasn't getting playing time) for Hakim Warrick (PF, position of need), then trading Warrick for Josh McRoberts (who single-handedly made a big difference in the way the offense was run late last season), then re-signing Josh, exercising Kemba's, MKG's and Biyombo's contract options, amnestying Tyrus, re-signing Henderson (remember, he played great after the All-Star break of 2013), signing Al Jefferson, firing Dunlap and hiring Steve Clifford, drafting Cody Zeller (who has very high potential), bringing in CDR for depth at SG, even trading Ramon Sessions, who was doing a heck of a job for this team, in order to get a player who helps spacing the offense better.

That's a long string of decisions that helped improve the team. Evidently, there is plenty of room for further improvement, next season and afterwards.

My point is that this is now a more mature management, that makes more deliberate and solid decisions (versus shooting from the hip with some dubious and risky steps) than what we have seen before 2013.
They have put the team on the right track, and that's why I trust the management at this point much more than in the few past years. Again, learning from past mistakes plays an important part in this.

There is no question that 1. Rich Cho is a big factor in this improvement and 2. he too is growing in the job. Some of the decisions Cho impacted before 2013 have also been on the dubious/risky/rushed side.
All that was reported on the current management decision making process indicates input from both Cho and Higgins, with Michael Jordan having a huge role in deciding the course to take (as in: we had enough of losing and tanking, this season we built the team to actually compete) plus evidently, keeping his "right to veto".
It's team work, and it appears to be on the improve.

Posted by: Sandy | Mar 12, 2014 10:38:17 AM

I should've added Anthony Tolliver's signing as one of those good management decisions.

Posted by: Sandy | Mar 12, 2014 10:45:36 AM

Lou, if "management" has a proven track record of draft failure how can their plan be deemed "reasonable" if the key variable is -- the draft?

"All that was reported on the current management decision making process indicates input from both Cho and Higgins..."

Sandy, where do we read about that? I've not seen or heard a peep out of Cho in a loooong time...

Out of curiosity, which "dubious/risky/rushed" decisions do you think Cho owns?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Mar 12, 2014 11:37:17 AM

After Winning 28 games in 2 seasons, getting shafted in the lottery twice and making terrible draft picks, overpaying for a ball hogging center that plays no defense, depending on a short PG that can't shoot along with worst front office in the NBA. How is it possible this team will finish close to .500 and make the playoffs?

Posted by: BuzzCats | Mar 12, 2014 11:47:25 AM

NASTAR, Rick reported more than once that both Cho and Higgins bring their player personnel ideas to big boss. Cho is part of the decision making process. They brought him here because he is sharp-minded, and they were aware that they took some really bad steps before hiring him.
But, he's not (usually) the "public face" of the FO; that's mostly Higgins' role.

Before I started in 2013 making positive comments on those good management decisions (as above), I had some critical posts on decisions that were known to be Cho-inspired.
Sorry, I'm not rehashing those points now, simply because that would be re-starting some old arguments (and this is why I also referred to some decisions I didn't agree with as "controversial"); re-arguing that old stuff is needless as hell.

Even if I didn't think we should've gotten here some of the players we got in 2011 and 2012, at this point what matters is to make the best use of these players (whether on the court, or as trade assets).
OK, just one example. Even though we are in "win now" mode, I still think Biz deserves more minutes than what he's getting lately.

Nonetheless, I think Steve Clifford does a great job with this team. I don't have to agree with every single one of his rotations calls in order to be able to appreciate him.

Posted by: Sandy | Mar 12, 2014 12:18:35 PM

Charlottean, what has Henderson proved? He is NOT even close to being a stable starter, let alone about to be considered for a spot on the All-Star team. Henderson cannot be counted on to score in the clutch and he tends to disappear on offense.
Quit letting your Dook fandom warp your feeble brain, because Henderson isn't any better than CDR. The Bobcats need scoring, and lots of it. If Neal and CDR can deliver over 30 points per game between the two of them, and they work well in the system, there is no need for a guy like Hendo. a guy that is a dime a dozen in this league.
Hendo is going to end up like DJ Augustin, hopping around from team to team until he finds a small role with a winning franchise.
Keep CDR and Neal rolling out there and avoid throwing a wrench like Hendo into the equation. Hendo can't be trusted to score 20 points per night, and he usually can be found on the side of a milk carton on most nights.

Posted by: voice from the cheap seats | Mar 12, 2014 1:38:35 PM

The draft is simply one variable. Many teams best player or players were not draft picks. Draft picks are also currency that can be used to facilitate a trade for instance. The "plan" of adding picks and opening cap space to create flexibility that can be used through the draft, free agency or trades is reasonable. I am surprised at how rudimentary and linear some people's thinking is.

Posted by: Lou | Mar 12, 2014 3:52:04 PM

The game tonight is big. The Wizards have been steadily improving and have a good young core. The Cats have not played well on the road lately and could really use the win as a springboard going into the playoffs. All the things Clifford has been preaching this season (limiting turnovers, protecting the paint, getting back in transition) will come into play.

I think it's a given that any playoff experience this season will be short-lived, but given the right matchup (Toronto), the Cats could easily win a game or 2 and have a positive experience heading into the offseason.

Posted by: apauldds | Mar 12, 2014 4:44:18 PM

"NASTAR, Rick reported more than once that both Cho and Higgins bring their player personnel ideas to big boss. Cho is part of the decision making process."

But Sandy, all the slurpers say Cho is in charge and MJ has stepped aside to let Cho run the show...

...which is it?

Aside from that, in the beginning Cho was regularly quoted and pictured in Observer articles...I cannot remember the last time his name was even mentioned. Something has changed...

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Mar 13, 2014 1:54:15 AM

I'm not concerned with the myth that "Cho is in charge". It's team work, at management level. Something has changed? Maybe, somewhat, but don't read too much into it.

Although I didn't go into details here (I did it when it was relevant), Cho's choices in '11 and '12 were not the greatest for the team. That's a reason not to give him free reign, not to let him be "THE ONE in charge". Of course, I never thought he should be.

But, don't be kidding yourself. Cho was hired, and IS General manager, for a reason. He is competent, and a really sharp mind.
The Cats' management is better for having him and his advice. The results - the good decisions made in 2013, compared to previous years - bear this out.

Evidently, he's not running shop all by himself - nor should he.
But he's a very valuable member of this management, and the important thing is that all of them have been learning from past mistakes, as the improved decision making shows. This is why the team is better now.

Coach Clifford has a great merit in this, so does Big Al, Cody is gradually coming along too, etc... Those who brought them here did a good job.

Posted by: Sandy | Mar 13, 2014 12:19:23 PM

Of course, it's "free rein" (not reign).

Posted by: Sandy | Mar 13, 2014 12:25:58 PM

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