The Charlotte Bobcats have a new coach, but apparently they have the same philosophy on pre-draft auditions:
Run them until they drop.
The Bobcats auditioned three draft candidates Wednesday morning -- Florida's Corey Brewer, Florida State's Al Thornton and Georgia Tech's Thaddeus Young. Each one said it was by far the hardest workout of their tour of NBA cities.
Sam Vincent now coaches the Bobcats, but that's a refrain team officials often heard when their previous coach, Bernie Bickerstaff, ran these workouts. What's so different and demanding about the Bobcats' routine?
"We went through a series of testing -- push-ups, broad jumps -- before we ever got on the court," Young said.
Bickerstaff liked to virtually exhaust players before testing their skills, to see how they'd hold up. It's different for Vincent. He says he doesn't wear them out quite as much, but he emphasizes checking measurable qualities that go beyond skill level.
His priority is defense, and Brewer would help. Vincent agreed with the perception that Brewer can guard every position but center. Vincent also liked Brewer's ability to create and make big shots during Florida's two national championships. "A lot of times with the game on the line, I had the ball in my hands at the end of games," Brewer said.
This was the fourth workout Brewer has done with Thornton. They're both about 6-9, but Thornton weighs 220 pounds -- about 20 more than Brewer. Thornton has an advantage inside against Brewer, "but he runs me around," Thornton said. "He never gets tired.''