I don't claim to know Matt Carroll well. I don't know any of the Charlotte Bobcats well. But when we talked, he was always interesting. He's funny, smart and unpretentious, and he has something to say. He reminds me, in that way, of Jared Dudley, whom the Bobcats traded to Phoenix.
Carroll is gone now, too. The Bobcats traded Carroll and Ryan Hollins to Dallas today for DeSagana Diop. Carroll was one of many at shooting guard, or wing. His skills are similar to Adam Morrison's.
The Bobcats don't have anybody that plays Diop's position. His position is Giant Guy That Takes Up Space. Diop is 7-0 and weighs 280 pounds. When he's in the game, Emeka Okafor, a center in a forward's body, no longer will have to guard players that are taller and bigger than he is.
Carroll hit some big shots for the Bobcats, and he hustled, and he knew the game. But he was expendable. And so far, every move the Bobcats have made since Larry Brown has become coach has worked, or will work.
Every team needs a Giant Guy That Takes Up Space.It's a position that has been lacking in this town since Stuart Gray left the Charlotte Hornets. The Bobcats finally have one of their own.