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March 14, 2014

Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford now thinks center Brendan Haywood is out for the season

Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford is now working under the assumption he won’t have center Brendan Haywood at all this season.

            Haywood has been out since the preseason when doctors diagnosed a stress fracture in his left foot. Though the prognosis at the time was he’d miss roughly 12 weeks, Haywood has yet to be cleared for weight-bearing activity on the basketball court.

“I just think it will be difficult,” for him to play this season, Clifford said. “Even if he progressed to the point where he could get on the floor, it’s been a long time and he’s a big man. It’s hard to be out that long and get your rhythm to play.”

            With Haywood out, the Bobcats’ best use of the 15th roster spot is a third center. They lost one Friday when Justin Hamilton signed with the Miami Heat after Hamilton’s 10-day contract with the Bobcats expired.

            Clifford said one of the toughest things to do this time of year is find a capable free-agent big man.

“We’re working on,” Clifford said. “We need a third center and it’s hard to find those guys.”

Posted by Observer Sports on March 14, 2014 at 06:02 PM | Permalink


Forgot he was even on the team. Shame though he's a solid big

Posted by: jason | Mar 14, 2014 7:31:37 PM

Why didn't they resign Hamilton?

Posted by: martymcflyy85 | Mar 14, 2014 8:46:16 PM

Big AL!!! Now that the have a bench that can give them solid minutes, this team is looking good. This post all-star performance is impressive.

Posted by: Dave | Mar 15, 2014 8:10:48 AM

They could have used Haywood . At least he tries some on defense and provides some help defense . One of the number one things the playoff opponent will do is abuse either McRoberts or Jefferson . Pek was injured last night so their schemes were off . Plus the Wolves are not a playoff team . Kemba is back to his old selfish ways . This is not the time for him to try to be the hero . His scoring will go down bc of the usesage of the three ball shooters and the need to get near double digit assists at the rim on the break or half ct sets . And to play defense ESP in the pick and roll . Last night he selfishly missed teammates forcing shots . You can't do this now trying to selfishly pad stats . Taking the last second three ball will not be forgotten by the Wolves either which is a no no .

Posted by: Iron man | Mar 15, 2014 8:57:55 AM

^^^^has anyone ever mentioned to you that you are a moron?

Posted by: Dave | Mar 15, 2014 11:02:37 AM

Contact Wimbledon. Centre Court might be available.

Posted by: Bob | Mar 15, 2014 1:56:16 PM

Ironman's grammar is as bad as his roster analysis. Go back to Pittsburgh to the D-league and the NFL Pittsburgh Pussycats.

Posted by: ironmanisSTUPID | Mar 15, 2014 4:32:57 PM

there aren't a lot of 5's available that are playoff eligible. as bad as haywood is... at this point, he's experienced and probably the better option should al or biz get hurt/suspended/in foul trouble.

cody can obviously play minutes at the 5 in that situation also, but we also don't have a 3rd 4 man since we traded adrien away.

detroit is sitting 8th in pre lottery draft order right now, so looks like there's a good chance we won't be picking until the 20s. awesome.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 15, 2014 5:53:26 PM

I was asking the same question, why didn't they keep Hamilton? Haywood should retire now or get cut, I want say anymore to keep from being cruel.

Posted by: BigTyme Bryan | Mar 15, 2014 8:55:08 PM

Uh oh. Rick brought up the Wallace trade in one of his stories. How dare he.

Posted by: John | Mar 15, 2014 9:15:28 PM

cody is above 40% fgs now. keep in mind kemba shot 36.6% his rookie year. TS 46.4 for kemba, cody currently 47.5%.

end of tunnel.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 15, 2014 9:42:45 PM

Team is rolling. Home winning steak. Road victories. Young guys playing key minutes. They are also in a real win win with that Detroit pick. If they get it, it will be around 10. If not, it will probably be even higher next year. Two number ones next year worst case. Unbelievable how far they have come since that 7 win season. Cho has done a great job putting this thing together and MJ should finally get some credit for brining him in.

Posted by: Robert | Mar 16, 2014 5:16:59 PM

while i definitely wouldn't bet on detroit being great next year, if drummond has a break out year and they land a stud draft pick to play with him, that pick could easily be in the mid teens. they have too many good pieces to be horrible next year, too. just need the right coach.

last tough stretch of the season in the next 5 or so....after that it's east coast tank tour. could or rather should finish a few above .500 after overachieving the last 2 months. highly unexpected after being on pace for about 34-36 most of the year. and the schedule didn't get softer (yet) either.

it would be nice experience wise if we could steal that 6 seed and beat toronto round 1 instead of only getting 4-5 games against miami or indiana. it would help for the bandwagon for next year, too. and i know that was the idea.

it's been a lot better since cho has been around (no dampier trades) but there's still a major deficit in the intelligence in our front office compared to par for the league. they failed to get anything out of gordon/haywood/etc. at the deadline. gary neal was solid, but we had the pieces to make a major move. now we won't have those large expiring contracts to swing that.

this entire year has been compromising future contention for business reasons. i've complained a ton, but i shouldn't....simply because any other owner would have moved the team a long time ago. dude needs to make some money this year and next and hopefully MKG grows up to be the man in a few years and it all was irrelevant. games against bk and washington remaining make that 6 seed a possibility.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 16, 2014 6:26:44 PM

Definitely awesome really is becoming so fun to watch. And yeah I believe we get to the sixth.
Glad to see Tolliver where he needs to be and not so sure Ridnour doesnt need to take Pargo's place beside him.

Posted by: 10-4!! | Mar 16, 2014 6:37:18 PM

And i'm no Pargo fan

Posted by: 10-4!! | Mar 16, 2014 6:38:34 PM

^^Oops! Lol those are mine

Posted by: DShtg!! | Mar 16, 2014 7:18:26 PM

Lol. Go right ahead and post about grammar on the Internet , mine included . I don't see the need in such a lax setting , see no linguists here and it won't change one thing substantively about the play of Cats team members .

Yesterday , the Cats almost lost to a bad team . They were hell bent on Jefferson not beating them . Instead of him routinely passing out of double teams , he forced shots and created turnovers . 6 to be exact . Lol . Pass the ball !!!!!! Signal for guys to cut and hit them !!!! If Durant , James , Duncan . Dirk , Bogut , Hibbert , Bynum and Howard can regularly pass out of double teams , so should he . Not once a half to an unsuspecting teammate to attempt to excuse why he's not passing . Do you think Thibbs or Pop would allow this ? No . Pass the ball . Izzo's center failed to make a pass yesterday in the college game . Immediately he yelled at him for all to hear PASS THE BALL!!!!. This should be the same here .

My intent is for the Cats to get to the playoffs and get out of the first round . This will be next to impossible if Jefferson with his high usesage is doubled , forces and does not hit cutters for layups or hit spot up three ball shooters routinely . ROUTINELY . NOT ONCE A GAME . ALL GAME . EVERY POSSIBLE PLAY . If some of you guys have a problem with this which is how fundamental winning basketball is played too bad . It's not me or the age old fundamentals who's the moron .

Posted by: Iron man | Mar 17, 2014 9:00:25 AM

"My intent is for the Cats to get to the playoffs and get out of the first round."

The Promises:
1. a team that regularly advances deep into the playoffs.
2. a championship contender.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Mar 17, 2014 9:44:30 AM

^^^looks like they are well on their way!

Folks we have basketball in Charlotte. Love the criticism of Al. Most national sites have him on their MVP list. Here we have a guy named Iron Man who thinks he is the worlds worst basketball player. Iron Man is not a moron because of the fundementals of basketball. It is because he references things like Howard passing out of doubles when Al averages more assists per game than Howard does.

Posted by: Jim | Mar 17, 2014 10:03:34 AM

"^^^looks like they are well on their way!"

How do you figure? Think the Boobs should hang a banner for "Almost .500 in 2013-2014"?!?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Mar 17, 2014 11:42:16 AM

nastar - one of the big keys here is.....

the team is still here. anybody else would have moved the team. by DEFAULT that makes him a really good owner for the team.

this city is completely apathetic towards nba basketball. surely they will bandwagon in for the playoffs if we play miami. if we play toronto? maybe not so much.

as much as they've made errors in the rebuild, especially being short sighted and impatient this year.......they're going to finish above .500. They just have to focus on developing the young guys and they have a chance to improve upon that. Not as good a chance as they had if they used more of this year to develop them, but they still have a chance.

nastar nobody said they would be a contender this year. there's still some hope for future years.

Posted by: charlottean | Mar 17, 2014 11:46:47 AM

The team went through a complete rebuild and a 7 win season. jumped to 21 wins last year. Is looking at what 35 plus this year. Have young pieces, extra picks and cap space. Sure looks like they are on their way. I don't know how it cannot look that way. Now if they don't make another jump next year I can understand it. But they are obviously trending upward. And before anyone talks about the East. If you think that conference turns around in a year, even 2. There is no way possible. A lot to be positive about.

Posted by: Robert | Mar 17, 2014 12:27:55 PM

I don't think there's much, if any room for negative comments these days. Tonight the Cats are going for:

.500 overall record
5 wins in a row overall
9 wins in a row at home
12-7 since the beginning of February
Wins against: Indiana, Golden State (twice), Clippers, Mavericks, 3-0 vs. Toronto, Grizzlies

Big Al just was nominated EC Player of the Week
Kemba was voted the same two weeks ago

NBA Power rankings have the Cats as high as 11 and as low as 17/18 in the NBA right now.

ESPN article writes that an Eastern Conference scout currently has the Bobcats as the 4th best team in the conference: http://espn.go.com/blog/marc-stein/post/_/id/1887/scouts-takes-bobcats-among-easts-best

Interest, tv ratings, attendance and buzz are all UP!

Appreciate and enjoy and maybe go and catch a regular season game to root for the home team. Tix are abundant and at great prices. I wouldn't wait, those bandwagoners are going to pay top $ for playoff tickets soon enough.

Posted by: Murdock | Mar 17, 2014 4:26:47 PM

All this and the name returns next year. Really can't ask for more at this point. I will ask for more next year, but this is phenomanol for a team that won 28 games combined the last 2, Forget tanking(rebuilding), already did it. This team has a solid foundation now. Players and coach. Just keep building it.

Posted by: John | Mar 17, 2014 5:30:49 PM

Truth be told, while they all have specific holes here and there, those were 4 pretty decent posts in a row...must be a first. I'd argue a completely unnecessary level of misery was foisted onto the fans but you slurpers seem to forget quickly so we'll move past that...

So, given the way the system is rigged it's almost impossible not to bounce back from a 7 win season -- but now comes the hard part.

Are you guys gonna be pissed if we don't make it out of the 1st round in any of the next 3 years? (counting this year)

Just trying to gauge expectations....

"Now if they don't make another jump next year I can understand it."

Robert says he will be concerned if the Boobs don't make another big jump in the win column next year -- what about the rest of you slurpers? Let's get on the record now...

"this city is completely apathetic towards nba basketball."

^^^That, is a fact, jack....and unlikely to change. The culture of the league and accompanying environment in the "Cable Box" (shoot me, dumbest name ever) is a bad fit for Charlotte and doesn't portend for the Boobs ever luring back the upper class white consumer that really ices the cake from a profits perspective -- simple fact. The Hornets had that segment nailed, locked up...they ain't coming back.

Kudos to Clifford, he's the real deal. You know he was also available year before last...imagine if Air Min, Yes Co. & Cho hadn't wasted an entire year on a college asst. coach who had no head coaching experience anywhere above the Rec League level...uuugh.

What of the game tonight?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Mar 17, 2014 9:34:00 PM

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