Looks like Hendo will get more PT this year
from Bonnell (we just need Hendo to get healthy):
And further insight into why Dominic McGuire is on the team:
Brown spells out road map for Henderson to crack rotation
FAYETTEVILLE -- Charlotte Bobcats coach Larry Brown never misses a chance to plant an idea with one of his players, and that includes Brown's pre-game chats with the media.
Wednesday, before the preseason game with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Brown was asked about former lottery pick Gerald Henderson. So Brown publicly reminded shooting guard Henderson how much more he needs to do to play a lot this season.
"He's got a great opportunity. We didn't re-sign Larry Hughes; we didn't re-sign Stevie Graham. So it's right there in front of him," Brown replied. "I think the biggest thing with him is, he's got to figure out how to get minutes. I tried to tell him you defend every play, you run on every break, you get every loose ball and long rebound. And chances are, you'll get to play a lot.
"Sometimes with young kids, that's a big adjustment. Gerald certainly has the ability to do those things…He's a great kid, he's a great athlete; he wants to get better. He just has to understand what his role is."
Henderson is out right now with a hamstring strain. Based on Brown's description, Henderson could miss another week. The message Wednesday: When Henderson returns, he needs to understand how hard he must work day after day after day.
As if that wasn't clear enough, Brown turned a question about the Thunder into another assessment of Henderson:
"I asked (Henderson) if he saw the World Championships. And when he said yeah, I asked him what (Russell) Westbrook did," Brown recalled. "(Henderson) said, 'Well, he defended every play, he played with unbelievable energy, he got every loose ball…
"And I said, 'Well?'
JAMISON ON McGUIRE: Brown has made no secret of his enthusiasm for a relatively obscure free agent, guard-forward Dominic McGuire. Former North Carolina and Providence High star Antawn Jamison, who played with McGuire in Washington, knew instantly why the Bobcats signed McGuire.
"When we practiced against each other, he gave me fits," Jamison said Tuesday, before the Bobcats played the Cleveland Cavaliers. "And he's so defensive-minded. He fits Larry Brown's system to a 'T.' He'll flourish in that system because he's very athletic. And it will surprise people that he has a consistent jump shot. And he has a motor; he always goes to the rack hard. He plays above the rim and he plays physical. And he's willing to pass, to a fault."