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March 21, 2014

Once-again Bobcat DJ White familiar with 10-day contract life

The bottom line on DJ White: He’s not new to the Charlotte Bobcats or to 10-day contracts.

            The Bobcats filled the open spot on their roster Friday, signing 6-9 forward White to a 10-day deal. This is White’s second stint with the Bobcats, having played here 82 games in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons.

White is the third player to be a Bobcat in two separate stints. The other two were Matt Carroll and Derrick Brown.

            Ideally, the Bobcats would have signed a player with true NBA-center size, but 7-footers with NBA skills don’t hang out on the street corner this time of year. Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said the team worked out numerous players for this spot, and White was clearly the best available alternative.

            “He’s been in this league and he picks things up quickly,” Clifford said of White, who started out with the Oklahoma City Thunder, was traded to the Bobcats, and then played 25 games last season with the Boston Celtics.

            White (he spells DJ with no periods, by the way) said that stint with the Celtics prepares him for coming to the Bobcats this late in a season chasing a playoff spot.

            “I did it in Boston – just be yourself,” White said of playing on a 10-day contract. “I’ve been in this position, last year (fitting in) on a playoff team.”

            White was playing in China for the Sichuan Blue Whales, averaging 20.2 points and 8.5 rebounds and 67 percent shooting from the field. When his China League season ended, White was free to sign with an NBA team.

            “China was OK,” White said after his first practice back in Charlotte. “The culture was a little different and the basketball was not the same level, but I got the opportunity to play (31 minutes per game) and get better.”

            White doesn’t figure to have a big role here, much as his 10-day predecessor, Justin Hamilton, did little more than practice and play a few mop-up minutes. But he’ll fit in – he’s already friends with many of the players – and at least make it easier for center Al Jefferson to get the occasional break from practice as the playoff approach.

            “It’s very exciting,” White said. “Me and Al have competed for years. I know Bismack (Biyombo) and Gerald (Henderson) well.

            “These are good people and the weather is nice.”

Posted by Observer Sports on March 21, 2014 at 01:27 PM | Permalink

Comments

Welcome back DJ !

Posted by: chris in union county | Mar 21, 2014 2:42:29 PM

Maybe Vlade Divac is available...

Posted by: g | Mar 21, 2014 2:49:57 PM

Did we offer Hamilton a contract for the balance of the year? If not, why not?

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Mar 22, 2014 10:06:15 AM

**White was playing in China for the Sichuan Blue Whales, averaging 20.2 points and 8.5 rebounds and 67 percent shooting from the field. When his China League season ended, White was free to sign with an NBA team.

“China was OK,” White said after his first practice back in Charlotte. “The culture was a little different and the basketball was not the same level, but I got the opportunity to play (31 minutes per game) and get better.”**

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That sounds like a wonderful option for Ol' Fumblerooski! Send him to China for a couple years and see if he can replicate the numbers DJ White was putting up.

Slurpers, sit down, take a deep breath...

...Clifford is doling out minutes based on production -- don't be shocked if Fumblerooski slides even further on the depth chart.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Mar 22, 2014 10:15:47 AM

^^^*Great. Let's file that in the who cares column. Powerful insight there!

Posted by: Mike T. | Mar 22, 2014 12:48:47 PM

If Nasturd hates the Bobcats and all of us Slurpers, why is he so obsessed with them?

Posted by: BuzzCats | Mar 22, 2014 2:24:54 PM

Actually NASTAR is obsessed with slurping. A fixation of some sort. But hey. To each his own. Who are we to judge him for something he is into.

Posted by: John | Mar 22, 2014 6:34:16 PM

Wow. Just wow. Big win and improves the Portland pick.

Posted by: Tim | Mar 22, 2014 10:05:53 PM

FING Awesome! 11 or 12 threes to start the 4th!
That was an awesome ASS Kickin that was given!!!! Hell i saw Mcroberts tryin to post up. Put this game on a loop and watch and watch.
No question Portland was down a man and they had bad night, but we moved and moved the ball!

Posted by: DShtg!! | Mar 22, 2014 10:57:56 PM

Hey. The best 3 point shooter in the NBA got one tonight. Congrats to Seth Curry.

Posted by: Mike T. | Mar 22, 2014 11:17:35 PM

Who gives a fuk... We kicked a..., tonight!!!!!!!

Posted by: DShtg!! | Mar 23, 2014 1:23:25 AM

What was the difference ??????? Jefferson passed quickly out of doubles , hit cutters and played some defense . Once he passed , it opened up the offense bc they couldn't double him , leave shooters open , had to cover guys going back door and the Cats got easy buckets . W the great ball and man movement , the Blazers were slow in rotations . The Cast as a team rotated much better. Since his return from an injury , sg Henderson is shooting a much better shooting per centage from the floor . He's spacing the floor much better too making the Cats a tougher out . If Jefferson continues to pass , score and play some defense , no one will want to face them . He will for once be a serious candidate for MVP bc he's doing all the other things stars do and he never did at the other three stops .

Mkg got points off cuts . This is how to play him . Let him bring the ball up in transition , not Kemba . He's bigger , sees the floor better and finishes way better . He rebounds and doesn't have look for Kemba who slows transition overdribbling killing the break .

Posted by: Iron man | Mar 23, 2014 2:26:03 AM

MKG does not dribble the basketball very well. Several times this year, he tried dribbling, which resulted in a STEAL for the other team. MKG needs to practice more shooting free throws, FOR MKG TO STAY ON THE FLOOR, HE CAN ONLY MAKE ONE FILE PER QUARTER ALL REMAINING GAMES. He must continue to slash and cut to the basket. Al will find him for his points. Al can always find K. Walker for his points. With ten games remaining, the Starters should play an extra 3 to 5 minutes so THEY CAN GET THAT SECOND WIND(Ok). INCREASE THE MINUTES FOR NEAL and ZELLER ON THE FLOOR. Zeller needs to stay close to the basket for his POINTS.

Posted by: Shedrick Williams | Mar 23, 2014 5:59:49 AM

Forgive my language please.
If the guys arent moving AL cant pass!!!!!
Al is doing his job ,guys not moving and jackin up threes not Al, problem!!!!

Posted by: DShtg!! | Mar 23, 2014 6:33:33 AM

When Kemba shoots it well this team is very good. He is averaging 20 per game when they win. A little more consistency from him and this team might get out of the first round. Indiana and Miami are not exactly playing great basketball right now.

Posted by: Mike T. | Mar 23, 2014 8:31:28 AM

From Bonnell's article: What got into Al Jefferson and the Charlotte Bobcats in a 124-94 blowout of the Portland Trail Blazers?

“My boss was out there tonight!” center Jefferson said of team owner and basketball icon Michael Jordan sitting next to the team bench.

And what effect does that have?

“You’d better run through a wall,” Jefferson replied. “He isn’t taking any less.”

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Now THAT, is funny....!!

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Mar 23, 2014 10:31:42 AM

That is really the big difference in this team. Attitude. Jeffersons comments are refreshing, that is how you should feel. No more grossly overpaid marginal players like Gordon, Thomas, Jackson, etc. these guys were from the inflated salary era in the NBA that is coming to and end. They were being paid to much and had an inflated sense if self worth. Clifford has a bunch of workers. I am sure the owner appreciates it as well. It is clear the players appreciate MJ when the best player and team leader makes those comments. Impossible not to like this team.

Posted by: Jim | Mar 23, 2014 11:51:48 AM

Jim, you are correct, almost to a man they all have good attitudes. Good group of guys on the team, pretty much all solid citizens.

“He isn’t taking any less.”

That statement, however, is factually incorrect! And hilarious!!

Remember, he's The W.O.A.T.!!!


http://www.cbssports.com/nba/story/18932942/jordan-hasnt-just-failed-as-an-exec-hes-the-greatest-failure-ever

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Mar 24, 2014 2:10:10 AM

Gosh I'd forgotten how funny (and accurate) that article is, ya'll really should read it. Just to get you started, here's a snippet:

"Mike tried, and Mike failed. But Mike being Mike, he couldn't fail just a little bit. He doesn't do anything just a little a bit. Gambling, golf, baseball, basketball, failure -- if he's doing it, he's doing it as big as it's ever been done.

Michael Jordan, running a basketball team?

Failure as big as it's ever been done.

This is statistical fact..."

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Mar 24, 2014 2:21:16 AM

Oh what the heck, here's one more little passage for ya:

**Same goes for losing as an NBA executive. He did it, and not just a little bit. He did it all the way.

This guy is something out of The Unnatural, a reverse Roy Hobbs. When he walks down the street, people will look and they'll say, "There goes Michael Jordan, the worst NBA executive there ever was."**

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Mar 24, 2014 2:23:22 AM

In his 4 years as majority owner, he has this team headed in the right direction. Much much different approach since he was an executive with a fraction of the team ownership. Rebuilding is a difficult process. But to be looking at 40 wins 2 years removed from a 7 win season is solid work. All without sacrificing the ability to continue the improvement. Thanks Cho. That is just real.

Posted by: Real | Mar 24, 2014 3:50:48 AM

This team has been different since MJ became the legit owner and brought in Cho. No more straight up none headed moves that plagued this them. Not over paying players or bringing in over paid players. Gordon is the exception, but we know why they acquired him. Held firm on Hendo and got him for a nice number. A couple of very nice trades. Team is better and they still have picks and space. MJ will never be confused for RC. But that is not his job any more. It's Cho's. As the majority owner of the team. I like the work he has been doing. Or lack of work. Whatever it is. Definitely a different script they are following.

Posted by: Mike T. | Mar 24, 2014 6:43:50 AM

Great game Sat. night. It felt almost like a playoff atmosphere in the arena. Tough 2 games coming up and then the schedule softens in the stretch. I think it's important to get above .500. Even if we can't get out of the 7th spot, having a winning record heading into the playoffs would be a nice psychological boost.

Posted by: apauldds | Mar 24, 2014 7:55:30 AM

As usual you slurpers are d-e-l-u-d-I-n-g yourselves.

"Much much different approach since he was an executive with a fraction of the team ownership."

Absolute nonsense, 100% rubbish.

Qoutes from The Unveiling of The W.O.A.T. on June 16, 2006.

"Michael is the second-largest shareholder in the team next to myself..."

"Michael is not a day-to-day employee – he’s not an employee at all. He is an owner who I have given the authority to oversee all of basketball player personnel decisions. "

(On how decision making from a player personnel standpoint is to be divided between the General Manager and owner/supervisor of player personnel)

"It’s real simple. Michael is an owner. Bernie is the General Manager and Head Coach. General Managers and coaches report to owners. Michael has the decision-making authority."

It would be impossible to spell it out more clearly!

Slurpers, from June 15, 2006 to the present The W.O.A.T....OWNS IT!

Why do you all continuously make excuses for this buffoon?

Oh yeah, that's just what slurpers do...my bad.

http://www.nba.com/bobcats/johnson_transcript_jordan_060615.html


Posted by: NASTAR99 | Mar 24, 2014 11:17:40 AM

May 31, 2007 -- "The Charlotte Bobcats added another crucial piece to their front office Thursday as Managing Member of Basketball Operations Michael Jordan announced that former Golden State Warriors general manager Rod Higgins will assume a similar role for the Bobcats, effective immediately."

Coincidence? Not!

A hand pick by The W.O.A.T.!!

http://www.nba.com/bobcats/higgins_gm_070531.html

Slurpers, disavow yourselves of this notion that the clock started when His Minimumness became majority owner -- that's a fantasy...


Posted by: NASTAR99 | Mar 24, 2014 11:28:27 AM

If you don't see a difference in how this team has operated since Jordan became the Majority owner. You would have to be blind. Hiring Cho from outside his "circle" was big. Getting off the bad trade cycle that just added bad contracts was another. Too many more to count that were just different than the way the operated in the past. Getting picks, clearing contracts, etc. You can chalk it up to whatever you want. But the path they are on looks deliberate and seems to be working. When does the past not matter any more? Probably always will to some people. I put him on the clock when he stepped up and bought this team from Johnson. Based on that I am happy. Kept the team here and is improving it. Just like to see it keep going!

Posted by: John | Mar 24, 2014 12:53:52 PM

"I put him on the clock when he stepped up and bought this team from Johnson."

So he gets a free pass from 2006-2010? Why?

Becoming "majority Owner" is not a relevant milestone because since 2006 he already had 100% control of all operations. If you see some sort of demarcation line there it's simply a coincidence...

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Mar 24, 2014 4:55:08 PM

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