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News » Charlotte Bobcats Getting Inside 2009-10-02

Charlotte Bobcats Getting Inside 2009-10-02

Charlotte Bobcats Getting Inside 2009-10-02Charlotte Bobcats coach Larry Brown has sent a message to second-year big man Alexis Ajinca. Is he listening?

Brown spent part of his summer watching two of his players -- Ajinca and Boris Diaw -- try out for the French national team. Brown was shocked how little effort Ajinca expended to make that team.

"I was going (to France) to drink the wine and eat the food and enjoy myself. After watching him, nothing tastes good," Brown recalled. "He showed no interest in making their team or playing hard. It was almost like he didn't think he had a chance to make the team, didn't understand why he was there. I looked at that as a wonderful opportunity. Boris (Diaw) approached it that way and played for 10 weeks."

This was Brown's way of saying Ajinca has lost his way. The Bobcats traded into the first round in the 2008 draft on the reasonable assumption that they'd get a decent big man with Denver's 20th pick. Brown said that draft night that Ajinca would have been a top-five pick a year later, but that's not how this has turned out.

Ironically, there's great opportunity for Ajinca in Charlotte. The Bobcats have no backup power forward and are close enough to the luxury-tax threshold that there's little money to sign one. If Ajinca gets his act together -- and that means rebounding and blocking shots more -- he can't help but get minutes on this team.

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Added: October 2, 2009


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