In the whirlwind that has been amnesty/free agency/trading/free agent signing, our Charlotte Bobcats have been fairly quiet. Our biggest need/concern is the center position. At the end of last season, Kwame Brown became a free agent. Kwame joined our team last summer, and he was met with tons of skepticism. I, for one, had complete faith in him. Maybe it was blind faith, maybe it was a hunch, but I just had a feeling that he would fit in nicely here in
This became very evident with the arrival of Coach Silas and his staff. The Silas era is where we got to see Kwame begin to grow as a player. One of Paul Silas’ greatest skills as a coach is his ability to instill confidence in his players. That could be one of the most valuable skills that any coach could ever have. If you can get a player to believe in himself, there’s very little that they cannot do. Kwame went from being a 1st round bust and bouncing around the league as filler at center, to becoming an effective starter for the Charlotte Bobcats. He continued to grow as the season came to an end. Now we are at the end of the road. We are 1 full week into the new CBA, and many players have been signed to their old team, a new team, cut from their team, amnestied from their team; you know, it’s been a mad house. The dust is starting to clear, and our Bobcats are sitting with 1 center on the roster. Kwame said that he loved being with the Bobcats and Coach Silas was the first one ever to tell him to shoot the ball. Kwame knows that he has grown by leaps and bounds while with the Bobcats, but he also knows that the clock is ticking on his basketball career. He knows that his days to be with a team that could gain him a championship may be numbered. Whatever the case may be, Kwame hasn’t signed anywhere yet. We have seen several teams shake up their rosters, and the Bobcats started shaking theirs up at the end of the season, and didn’t stop until the 2011 NBA Draft was in the books. Now the question on everyone’s mind is whether Kwame will jump ship to gain a ring or if he’ll re-sign with the Bobcats and be our starting center for a few more years.
I would like to see him sign again. I believe that he still has more confidence to gain while playing for Coach Silas, and you could see his game improve a bit more. I also believe that he has more than 3 years left in the tank. He came straight out of high school and has been in the NBA for a while, but he’s not that old. He’s also never had any catastrophic injury that could shorten his career in the long run. I really believe that if Kwame could come back to
Kwame, you need to sign with us, and you need to do it now. There is less than a week before the preseason games start, and 2 weeks before the season starts. You tested the waters and I have no idea how they were, but I can tell you that you have a home here on the Bobcats, and we’d love to have you home for Christmas. Ink a deal and learn some more from Coach Silas. Be an old school player and stick it out with 1 team. Stick it out with the Bobcats.
If anyone disagrees with me, comment about it. Let us know. I’d like to hear what folks are thinking. If you think there is a better center out there that we can get for low cost, but be as effective as Kwame was last season, share it with the Trade Street Post Fans. There might be a stocking stuffer in it for you.