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News » Charlotte Bobcats Getting Inside 2009-11-01


Charlotte Bobcats Getting Inside 2009-11-01


Charlotte Bobcats Getting Inside 2009-11-01Tyson Chandler has a long way to go before the trade that brought him to the Bobcats looks like a good deal.

Coach Larry Brown anticipated Chandler being rusty after missing all summer and most of the preseason following ankle surgery. But through his first two games, he had more fouls (nine) than points (six). And considering how little he strays from the basket, his shooting (3 of 13) has been awful.

"This is his exhibition season," Brown said of understanding Chandler's struggles. "I'm comfortable with him. We just need to figure out ways to use him. And he can't be so hard on himself."

Brown was referring to the pressure Chandler might be feeling, considering he's replacing Emeka Okafor, the franchise's first-ever draft choice.

"He cares. He's replacing a player who was a really huge part of our team," Brown described.

"I'm not exactly sure what his role was with New Orleans, but he rebounded, defended, blocked shots and made layups. (Chris) Paul did such a great job of getting him the ball where he didn't have to do much (to score).

"He's a young kid; I want him to expand his game, get out on the floor and shoot it and dribble-drive a little bit. Be a low-post threat and not as an afterthought.

"That's a lot of what I was asking from Emeka, and I saw his game grow."

Chandler at least raised his point total for the season to more than his foul total when he scored eight points and committed two fouls Saturday, and he made 3 of 5 shots from the field.

CAVALERS 90, BOBCATS 79: The Bobcats are so bad offensively (last in the league in points, shooting percentage and 3-point percentage) that the last thing they can afford is constant turnovers. They committed 19 turnovers Saturday -- seven in the decisive third quarter -- to go 0-10 all time in Cleveland.


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Added: November 1, 2009

 

 
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