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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.