Bobcats can now rest and regroup
(Sports Network) – You won’t see many Charlotte Bobcat players in Las Vegas
this weekend. Hopefully, most of them will be at home watching the game with
their feet up.
With the Bobcats’ players having zero participation in the main All-Star
festivities this weekend, the club can use the down time to regroup and get
Four Charlotte players are currently battling through injuries right now.
Guard Brevin Knight missed 24 games because of a torn abdominal muscle, but
returned for the team’s 108-100 overtime loss to Portland last Friday. He then
played the next day against Houston, but didn’t hit the floor for the team’s
100-85 win against Chicago on Wednesday.
Also, guard Derek Anderson has missed the last five games because of a
sprained right ankle, forward Sean May has been out since January 27 due to a
sore right knee, and forward Othella Harrington will be out until at least
late February after having left knee surgery in late January.
Those four players combine for just 31.6 points per game, but Anderson, Knight
and Harrington all have at least nine years of experience in the league,
making them valuable, experienced role players for Gerald Wallace and Emeka
May, meanwhile, is a first-round pick in 2005 who has struggled to stay on the
floor so far in his career.
The Bobcats have two solid building pieces in Wallace and Okafor. Wallace is
netting 16 points per game, while Okafor is coming into his own with 15 points
and 11.4 rebounds per contest.
Charlotte, which is 19-33 heading into the break and last in the Southeast
Division, has a good core of younger guys when you throw rookie guard Adam
Morrison and second-year player Raymond Felton into the mix. However, the
young guns need some older guidance on the floor, something injuries have
prevented the Bobcats from doing the last two years.
So, it was no surprise when the club sent fifth-year forward Melvin Ely to San
Antonio for 11-year veteran Eric Williams, the 14th overall pick by Boston in
1995. Charlotte also got a second-round pick in 2009.
Williams has appeared in 16 games for the Spurs this season, averaging 2.6
points in 5.5 minutes a game.
For his career, the 6-foot-8 forward has played in 653 games for San Antonio,
Toronto, New Jersey, Cleveland, Denver and Boston, averaging 8.6 points, 3.3