Maggette: MJ will turn Bobcats around

Associated Press  |  Last updated April 27, 2012
Forward Corey Maggette said that while the Bobcats have plenty of questions to answer moving forward, owner Michael Jordan's commitment to winning is not among them. Jordan has endured plenty of criticism after Charlotte finished the season with the worst winning percentage (.106) in NBA history. The Bobcats finished the lockout-shortened season 7-59. Despite that, Maggette said players enjoy playing for Jordan and doesn't believe free agents will shy away from signing with Charlotte because ''he's a winner, and will be a winner'' again. Maggette said he's behind Jordan ''100 percent.'' ''I know this is a tough situation where people are kind of bashing him because he's down,'' Maggette said. ''But he will find a way to get on top. And that's what he's always done. If you look at his career and how he's got into this position he's going to be better and he's going to make this organization better. ''The same people that are bashing him now are going to end up praising him later.'' Before that can happen questions will need to be answered throughout the organization, beginning with the coaching staff. Coach Paul Silas's contract is up. It's unclear if Jordan will re-sign him, hand the reins of the team over to Silas' son Stephen or simply move in another direction completely and clean house. Silas has said repeatedly he hopes to coach one more season and get the ship righted. Rod Higgins, the president of basketball operations, did not return telephone calls to The Associated Press seeking comment on Silas' future. Silas has been in an awful situation this season. Not only were the Bobcats a young team, but they didn't have the luxury of getting those players experience playing in organized summer leagues because of the 149-day lockout. And because of the condensed season practice time was limited. The injuries to Maggette, D.J. Augustin and Henderson didn't help. Maggette, who Silas was counting on to be a 20-point per game guy, missed 34 games. Augustin, the team's point guard and best shooter, missed 18 and Henderson sat out 11. Shooting guard Reggie Williams wound up missing 33 games. ''I think Paul did the best he could with the guys he had on the floor,'' Maggette said. ''We went through a year where night after night guys were going down with injuries and you're shooting under 30 percent from the field you just can't win any games that way. That's tough. So hopefully they give him an opportunity to show what type of a coach he is and what he can bring to the table here.'' The combination of injuries, a young team and a shortened season made for a tough year for Silas. ''When you have guys that are out, you want the guys that are in to do a good job, but it's really hard,'' Silas said. ''You have to look at yourself and say `We still have a chance, we're still going to get it done,' but in reality the guys that were second stringers became our starters. Then the guys that were third string become our second string, so it's tough.'' There are also decisions to be made in free agency. The 49-year-old Jordan vowed at the beginning of the season that the Bobcats would be active players in free agency this coming summer. As for the draft, the Bobcats are almost certain to take Kentucky's Anthony Davis with the No. 1 overall pick if they get it. But they're only guaranteed a 25 percent chance of getting it. There are in-house decisions as well. The Bobcats plan to build around Henderson and rookies Kemba Walker and Bismack Biyombo. But they could free up more money to spend in free agency by using the amnesty clause one of their existing big-ticket players. Maggette is due to make $10.9 million next season, while Tyrus Thomas will make $8 million and Gana Diop $7.4 million. Thomas is the most intriguing option. He underachieved this season and was benched midway through the season. But he's due $26 million over the next three seasons, which seems extravagant for a player who averaged just 5.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. Thomas said he wants to return to the Bobcats but added ''That's a question you will have to ask the front office.'' Despite the unanswered questions, Maggette believes Jordan won't rest until things turn around. ''Hopefully he makes a decision in the offseason as far as trying to find some more quality guys who'll help this team,'' Maggette said. ''But you have to have faith in this organization - and I know I do. Mike is going to do whatever it takes.'' As for this being a wasted season, Thomas disagrees. ''It just didn't go as expected, but if in three years from now we're contending for a championship then nothing went wrong this season,'' Thomas said.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Jay Gruden gives out primo parking spots to hard-working players

Report: Colts' Jones suspended four games for PED use

Report: Royals have interest in Nick Markakis

Ezekiel Elliott domestic violence 911 call released

Manu Ginobili talks interest in 76ers before sticking with Spurs


Lakers reportedly have ‘unnamed trade target in mind

Report: Rodman a 'person of interest' in hit-and-run

Draymond Green reaches plea deal in assault case

Evander Kane arrested after turning himself in

Former NFL coach Dennis Green passes away

Michael Vick says he would only sign with contender

Why the Clippers shouldn't break up their big three

White Sox pay homage to Bo Jackson’s bat-breaking skills with bobblehead

Orioles affiliate pay tribute to David Bowie on their jerseys

Report: Rangers pushing trade efforts for Sale

Russell Martin day-to-day after sauna-related mishap

Celtics reportedly unwilling to give up much for Jahlil Okafor

Report: Jay Bruce drawing trade interest

Vitale: Trump’s speech “filled with lies,” might write in Coach K

Report: Nationals ‘want in’ on Chapman sweepstakes

Hornets co-owner blasts NBA, city for taking away All-Star Game

Effect of ban on Russia could span beyond the Olympic Games

Vikings installing massive horn in new stadium

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Effect of ban on Russia could span beyond the Olympic Games

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

QUIZ: Name every city to host the NBA All-Star Game

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

The top NHL free agents available as offseason winds down

WATCH: NBA jersey sponsors that need to happen

Expansion draft playing heavy hand in the current NHL offseason

WATCH: Pop & Timmy have a guys' night out

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker