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Old 12-17-2010, 12:46 AM   #1
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Default Report: Bobcats shopping Stephen Jackson and Gerald Wallace

ATLANTA -- The Charlotte Bobcats have apparently seen enough.

With the team mired in a disappointing 9-16 season -- which includes two losses by 30 points or more in the past six days -- management has begun to gauge the trade value of a number of its players, including Stephen Jackson and Gerald Wallace, two NBA sources confirmed to the Charlotte Observer Thursday.

Coach Larry Brown, following his team's 33-point loss to the Memphis Grizzlies Wednesday, called his players out for an apparent lack of effort.

"I had to get on them at halftime, beg them to play. That's not what I'm supposed to be doing,'' Brown told the Charlotte Observer. "No effort, no teamwork, guys don't run back. They blame it on the referees.''

As a result, Bobcats management is assessing its trade options. The two sources -- both executives with other NBA teams -- spoke on condition of anonymity to the newspaper because of the sensitivity of the subject.

"It would not surprise me at all'' if the Bobcats move one of their top players, one source told the Observer. "I will say I think they're asking for a lot.''

Bobcats general manager Rod Higgins did not immediately return a phone message left by the Observer early Thursday evening.

Trades have been common for the Bobcats since Brown was hired as coach in April 2008. Since then, the Bobcats have made nine trades involving 27 players. The only players who pre-date Brown's arrival are Wallace and center Nazr Mohammed.
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Old 12-17-2010, 02:01 AM   #2
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Default Re: Report: Bobcats shopping Stephen Jackson and Gerald Wallace

I'm in full support in reshaping our entire roster.

Clearly our core has depleted, and I doubt a simple coaching change can fix such a low team chemistry, for sure the lowest among 30 teams.

Trade Jax for two good 1st rounders, and GW for another 2, we'd be in great shape to compete in the future.

LB's disappointed, but I'm sure MJ won't blame him. Why?

Because since the scenario has deteriorated to the point that LB has to "beg" his players to play hard, there's no excuse on the players, whether or not LB's effectiveness in coaching.
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Old 12-17-2010, 12:16 PM   #3
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I wouldn't go the draft pick route anymore, especially because I'm not seeing any good college players right now who would be great for our team. We need to get rid of all these players who are blaming the games of the refs. This is why it's so hard for me to watch the many babies crying because they got bumped and it didn't get called. I want some players who play regardless of whether or not a foul was called. Unfortunately, I don't think any such player exists.
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Old 12-17-2010, 01:45 PM   #4
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Default Re: Report: Bobcats shopping Stephen Jackson and Gerald Wallace

Here's the link to Rick Bonnell's artricle in today's Charlotte Observer. He basically says the same thing as the article quoted below but it's a little longer.
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