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The Other Side: Charlotte Bobcats


Do we intimidate you? Just checking. (Photo by Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)


The Charlotte Bobcats beat the Boston Celtics earlier this week, which looked like a huge win until everybody - except the Washington Wizards - started beating up on the defending champions. Since that (sort of) impressive, 114-106 overtime win on Tuesday, the Bobcats have lost their last two games.

They lost by 30 points in Cleveland on Wednesday, by six in Philadelphia last night and are looking to get back on track tonight at Verizon Center. When the teams met in Charlotte on Dec. 23, the Bobcats defeated the Wizards, 80-72, as Emeka Okafor dominated them with season-highs of 29 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists. That also was only time this season that the Bobcats won despite failing to reach 90 points. They are 1-18 when held below 90 and 12-6 when they score 90 or more.

The Bobcats are just 3-12 on the road this season, with their three road wins coming in Indiana, Memphis and New Jersey. Since making the trade for Boris Diaw, Raja Bell and Sean Singletary, the Bobcats have gone 6-10.

Here is what you should know about the Bobcats heading into the tonight's game:

1. When Emeka Okafor Plays Well, The Bobcats Do Too
Okafor is generally a pretty good gauge for the Bobcats this season. He is averaging 17.5 points, 11.7 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in Charlotte's 13 wins. He is averaging 11.9 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in its 24 losses. The Bobcats are 7-2 this season when Okafor scores at least 20 points.

2. Adam Morrison Continues To Struggle
Michael Jordan's first draft pick as team president of the Bobcats has been less productive than his first choice as the top executive for the Washington Wizards. Adam Morrison, the third pick of the 2006 draft, has been injured for most of his career. He's healthy now, but can't get on the floor. The Richardson trade was supposed to open up an opportunity for Morrison, but he has whiffed. The first three games after the trade, Morrison played 37, 19 and 19 minutes, respectively, and scored a total of 25 points. Since then, Morrison shot 8 for 33 and scored just 15 points. Coach Larry Brown said Morrison hasn't earned the right to play.

3. Sean May Is Too Tubby To Play
The reason Charlotte had to trade Jason Richardson to get Boris Diaw was because they had no one who could play power forward for the team. Sean May was expected to solve the problems at the position, but he wasn't in proper condition at training camp, when he arrived at 285 pounds. May has been benched the past 15 games because of conditioning problems and tendonitis in his right knee. Now, he is under strict orders that he won't play until he gets down to 260 pounds. May weighs 270.

By Michael Lee  |  January 10, 2009; 11:43 AM ET
 
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Comments

I could just log on everyday and repeat the same things about this fundamentally flawed team which was never intended to include a quality post-player - lay that at the feet of EG.

So enough about rotations (all that matters is giving the young guys some run).

Enough about why Butler is settling for jumpers (it's because he's not interested in exerting/possibly injuring himself for a season like this - would you?)

Enough about being competitive (if they don't do their best to tank the season, they should be tarred and feathered)

Enough about when Gilbert will be back (it's gonna be next year).


I want some Wizards salary-cap-trade-expert junkie out there to explain to me why we can't or should not send Caron Butler, our pick this year (which will be lottery), and some other stuff over to Utah for Carlos Boozer.

Posted by: p1funk | January 10, 2009 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Because the Jazz organization love Boozer, are building around Boozer, and would never trade Boozer, and will probably do everything in their power to keep Boozer there when he's a FA after this season.

Because Boozer will be a FA at the end of the season and there is no guarantee that he will stay with whatever team he is traded to.

In other words, because a trade requires two willing participants who both see benefit in the trade.

Because Boozer likes Utah, feels like he can be part of a contending organization in Utah, and knows he would most likely be starting over, in terms of contending, if he went to another team, since a contender won't likely have the cap space to sign him unless they make other roster moves which would probably remove them from contending status.

Because no one in this league trades big for small.

Because salaries don't match without including other players, which of course complicates everything.

Posted by: jones-y | January 10, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

And because a lottery pick is undervalued this season since there's no real difference making player in the draft. And because a lottery pick is hard to establish value for, until the lottery itself is conducted. In other words, who would trade their franchise cornerstone for a #13 pick, which the Wiz could very well end up with...

Posted by: jones-y | January 10, 2009 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I dont even know what to say, my guess is we will get dominated again and lose as we usually do

go wiz..

http://www.wizardsextreme.com

Posted by: WizardsExtreme | January 10, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Jones-y - so you basically think that Utah will break the bank for him, but where does that leave Paul Millsap (whom they like ALOT and isn't going to demand max money).

Obviously this would all depend on whether Utah plans to pay him or not. I know Boozer will be an FA after the season, so I'm wondering if it is possible for us to pay him...I'm not familiar enough with our money situation to see that.

True that a Boozer for Caron trade is going big for small, but Caron seems to me to be the kind of player that Sloan would LOVE. Great tough attitude, easy to coach, plays D, and still playing on a value contract.

Posted by: p1funk | January 10, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

"At this point, the Wizards are excruciatingly painful to watch, and the team has less life in it than Drazen Petrovic."

Lol, that's pretty cold Icebreg. :)

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | January 10, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

p1funk,

teams can't exceed the salary cap to sign free agents. Its not possible for us to sign him as a FA. The only chance we have at him is in trade, and hoping he stays on board after this offseason. Both highly unlikely occurences. Its a pipe dream, get over it my friend!

Millsap? their only chance is to move AK47. So they will have one of the following lineups: Boozer+Millsap, Boozer+AK, or Millsap+AK. And I'd bet it will be one of the first two. Their owner, like ours, is adamant in not exceeding the lux tax threshold. Unlike us, they've had consistent success. Which proves that it IS possible, with stability in the front office and at coach.

However, it also for the most part proves that lux tax ceiling = no championship ceiling, as Utah has contended (in the Sloan/Stockton/Malone and now Sloan/Boozer/Williams eras) for most of the last quarter century, but they haven't won one...

Reports are that Millsap will command 5-6 mil or as much as 10 mil this offseason as a restricted FA (meaning that Utah can match any offer - they just don't have the money with AK on the roster), also putting him out of our range. But me personally, I think he's a guy from whom sloan coaxes max productivity. I don't see him being nearly as productive anywhere else. I also don't see him wanting to be anywhere else, especially here...

And CB doesn't play D. Requirement #1 for Sloan.

Posted by: jones-y | January 10, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I meant: teams can't exceed the salary cap to sign free agents, unless they're that team's free agent. Example: us signing AJ/GA this past offseason. AJ signed first, and took us close to the cap. GA took us over (way over) the cap. Since they were both our FAs, it was allowed under the current CBA.

Posted by: jones-y | January 10, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

why should the wizards trade a decent player like butler for another decent one that may not decide to resign at the end of the year?

Posted by: riskus | January 10, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

can't wait for this weeks version of the "RALLY FOR THE PLAYOFFS POSSIBLE FOR WIZARDS" article

Posted by: fnkyniedls | January 10, 2009 5:35 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: erniegone | January 10, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

jones-y = kalo_rama = hopeless

Posted by: Izman | January 10, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

lol now I'm kalorama???? What because I make sense and I make lucid points? IMO the man makes good points... Even if I may not always agree with how he delivers those points.

Me, I try to be cordial and respectful, because: 1. I learn more and get more out of the discussion that way, 2. the discussions are more pleasurable and beneficial to all that way, 3. the fact that your opinion or perspective is different than mine doesn't make you an idiot, and 4. I don't see any tangible benefit in not being that way.

Posted by: jones-y | January 10, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Sure, the lack of play and weaknesses of the players and the Team can be attributal to the Players themselves.

But, a ton of the ineptitude of this team and their lack of success is a direct result of bad coaching and nothing else.

It's not like we do not have all the correct position players on this Team.

The coaching philosophy has at least half of the players playing OUT OF POSITION!!!

AB, DSON, ET, AJ, CB, MJ, DM, all play OUT OF POSITION.

And it is one thing to play all these players OUT OF POSITION, the problem is manified when they are OUT OF POSITION and playing the WRONG COACHING STYLE for their talents.

So, a lot of the negative comments about the players in my book is unfair. Surely players can do the things to make themselves better, (AB's bad habits) but it will not make a hill of beans difference with Bad, Bad, Bad, philosophy.

And Yeah, the Wiz need to be first to fire an interim coach. Why the hell not. Is anybody gonna stop laughing cause we are keeping the one we got. I don't think so.

LarryInClintonMD.

BulletsFan78, you know the Ole Man is never going to sell. Our only hope is to get someone smart enough in that organization to bring miracle-like achievement to the Bulle'.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 10, 2009 11:58 AM

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 10, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

There is no reason to continue to waste this season away with this interim coach.

Not bringing in someone right now only puts on hold your goal to win a championship.

If you want to win, start now, not next year. If this interim coach was competent and taking the Team in the right direction, then fine.

But to wait until next year when this guy is wreaking your car is Fools Gold. Next year you gonna have to buy a new Car. You cannot replace this Car next year.

You must start now, becuase if you keep this interim in charge, this Car is going to the Junk Yard and it will take years to get it to the Yard and start all over again.

Fools Gold to the idea of not firing an interim coach. Why the hell not?

Winning now in case some of yawl don't know means putting the proper pieces in place to win.

To go a whole season without putting the proper pieces in place that are within your control is unfair to the Fans, the Organization, and most importantly the Players.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 10, 2009 12:36 PM

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 10, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

I hope I am wrong about this Wizard Team.

But this is getting close to two fatal decisions made by the Redskins and they have not recovered to date.

The first:

The Squire, Mr. Cooke, should never have had his foundation sell the Team to the highest bidder, thinking that his son would have the money to outbid everyone else thereby teaching his son a lesson about economics. Strategy, failed.

The second:

Hiring Charley Casserly as the General Manager. The decisions made by CC spiraled the Redskins to the Team they are today. The man who should have gotten the position of General Manager was Bobby Mitchell.

Bobby Mitchell new that organization through and through and he knew football players. He should have been hired for all the reasons they hired Charley Casserly, a man who had learned the tenets of the organization from within and had proven he had the kwowledge to run it.

The first bad decision under Charley's watch was to allow the best three Tandem receiver set in the NFL to be broken up too soon. Sure they were older vets but they were still getting the job done.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 10, 2009 1:22 PM

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 10, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Jones-y,

A lesson from the playbook of Red Auerbach.

He made trades for the benefit of his Team. He never gave up anybody of value to anyone else.

I would not go against that Rule if I were the Wizards.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 10, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

I just switched to the game. Have JM and AB deen playing together. Update Please.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 10, 2009 7:44 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe what I'm seeing. Did Etaps get his butt whupped while he was in the dressing room last night?

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 10, 2009 7:58 PM | Report abuse

BulletsFan78, you know the Ole Man is never going to sell. Our only hope is to get someone smart enough in that organization to bring miracle-like achievement to the Bulle'.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 10, 2009 11:58 AM

Larry,

Just got done watching the Ravens game. Wouldn't be nice if Steve Bisciotti bought the Wizards?

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | January 10, 2009 8:09 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Jones-y, that Auerbach lessson was meant for P1Funk.

LarryInClintonMD.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 10, 2009 8:22 PM | Report abuse

78, that would be some kind of coup.

The NBA would have to give the Wizards a new franchise. Bisciotti would rename back to the Bullets and take them back to Baltimore for sure.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 10, 2009 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Hope we come back with both JM and AB for the 4th.

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 10, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

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