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Bismack Biyombo and Kemba Walker Introductory Press Conference

NBA Season Preview: Charlotte Bobcats


Last season: 34-48, three games out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

Head Coach: Paul Silas, who will get his first full season at the helm after taking over for Larry Brown in December of last year.

Key Departures: Stephen Jackson and Shaun Livingston, traded away to Milwaukee in a draft day deal.

Key Additions: Corey Maggette, lottery picks Bismack Biyombo and Kemba Walker.

Best case scenario: A run at the eighth seed in the East and a spot in the playoffs. Before you laugh, consider that it hasn’t taken much to get into the postseason in the East — in fact, Indiana got in last season with a record of just 37-45.

For that to happen: The team will have to win with defense, and hope that Maggette can improve his scoring efficiency. The team will also need rookie Kemba Walker to stand out fairly quickly, and overtake the starting point guard spot from D.J. Augustine, who is a huge liability defensively. Walker should be able to help out on the offensive end, but again, that’s a lot of responsibility  to place on a rookie, even one as talented as Walker.

It’s unclear what if anything Biyombo will be able to bring to the table, as he is still awaiting his buyout from Spain to be completed and hasn’t yet participated in training camp. He’s going to need time to develop, so the lost camp time is going to hurt him more than most.

More likely the Bobcats will: Hover five or so games out of that final playoff spot, which is actually fine. The team entered rebuilding mode when trading Stephen Jackson last season, and as long as Silas can get the team on the same page and begin to develop its rookie lottery picks, the season will be considered a successful one in Charlotte.

Prediction: 26-40, out of the playoffs.

Silas plans to use zone defense, play Walker and Augustin together

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From the AP’s Mike Cranston:

#Bobcats coach Paul Silas says he’ll likely use more zone defense next season so he can play Kemba Walker and D.J. Augustin together.

The Bobcats were one of the best defensive teams in the league in 2009-10, but lost some of their defensive edge early last season before Silas replaced Larry Brown. After Silas took over, the team played a slightly more up-tempo (but still fairly slow) style, and finished with a respectable record under him. It looks like Silas is going to try to push the pace even more next season now that he has two young, talented point guards on the roster. Time will tell if it will lead to the Bobcats getting back to .500 next season.

Lockout messing with Stephen Curry’s wedding plans

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The NBA lockout is messing with another wedding.

Last time it was Chris Bosh, but the league gave approval for some Miami Heat coaches and officials to attend his wedding.

Now Stephen Curry, who is getting married this month in Charlotte, is running into the same thing, according to Marc Spears at Yahoo. He’ll have a number of players there, but…

He’s still waiting to see if Warriors’ front office officials and Bobcats assistant coach Stephen Silas, a former Golden State assistant, can get cleared by the NBA to go. Miami Heat officials were recently given permission to attend Chris Bosh’s(notes) wedding.

“They all sent their regards and petitioned the league to come to the wedding, so they’re not breaking any rules,” Curry said. “As of right now, they can’t come. I don’t know how the process is going. If they show up, they show up. If not, I understand why.”

You’d hope the league would approve this. I don’t know Curry’s fiancé, but you can bet she is not going to allow Curry to sit down with coaches for a lengthy discussion of defensive strategy on her wedding day.

Bobcats may shut Stephen Jackson down for season

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The Charlotte Bobcats are the 10 seed in the East as you read this, three games back of the 8 seed Pacers with a dozen games to play. So, not impossible to make up. It’s also not impossible you are going to win the Mega Millions lottery. Doesn’t mean you should start spending the money.

With the long odds, coach Paul Silas is thinking about shutting Stephen Jackson down for the season. Jackson is trying to play through a strained hamstring during the playoff push, but he is clearly hobbling and his shot has been effected.

Not that he will go quietly — Jackson wants to play, reports the Charlotte Observer.

“If they shut me down the rest of the season, it’s their decision,” said Jackson, the Bobcats’ leading scorer this season. “It won’t be mine.”

Due to the injury Jackson is not putting up points for the offensively challenged Bobcats — nobody is, Kwame Brown led the team with 16 points in a key loss to the Pacers Wednesday. You read that right, Kwame Brown. When he leads your team in scoring, you have issues.

Jackson’s hamstring is also hurting the Bobcats on the other end of the floor, where he was unable to guard the Pacers Danny Granger, who proceeded to go off for 33.

The Bobcats may not be ready to throw in the towel yet, but they will be soon. And when they do, it’s time to sit Jackson. No reason to put him through that, to risk further injury, for games that are increasingly meaningless.

Bobcats to get Tyrus Thomas, Stephen Jackson back Wednesday

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The last couple of games the Charlotte Bobcat offense has been… how can I put this in a family-friendly way… ugly. Phyllis Diller without plastic surgery ugly. Keanu Reeves doing Shakespeare ugly. No Gerald Wallace anymore and without Stephen Jackson and Tyrus Thomas due to injuries, the Bobcats just had no good way to generate offense.

But that is about to change Wednesday.

Jackson and Thomas are expected to return to the lineup against the Bulls, according tweets from Mike Cranston of the Associated Press. Jackson missed a couple games due to a strained hamstring, Thomas had missed 23 games after knee surgery. Here was what coach Paul Silas said to Cranston:

“It’s a godsend that (Jack) and Tyrus are coming back at the same time because I think we’ll have a chance.”

That would be a chance at making the playoffs. The Bobcats are currently the nine seed in the East, 1.5 games back of the Pacers for the eight and final playoff spot. (They are not catching anyone ahead of that, the Sixers are hot, the Knicks are just better.)

They do have a chance. The Pacers are 3-7 in their last 10 and are fading (especially on offense) after the new coach smell has worn off the team. The Bobcats are 4-6 in their last 10 and having Jackson around to take on the offense the last couple games and that might be higher.

That the Bobcats have a legit shot at the playoffs speaks more to the depth in the East than anything. But that doesn’t matter, if you get an invite to the dance you get an invite (and you can bet Michael Jordan would love that extra revenue from a couple home playoff games.