Meet The Bobcats Summer League Squad, Starring Darius Miles!



The Bobcats have announced their full list of Summer League Campers, and whoo-boy are there some fun names.

While most of the NBA will focused for the next couple of weeks on the machinations of a once-in-a-generation free-agency class (Lebron, D. Wade, Bosh, Joe Johnson, Amare, Carlos Boozer, Paul Pierce, Dirk Nowitzki), or the summer league debuts of their full-of-promise lottery picks (John Wall, Evan Turner, Derrick Favors, Wesley Johnson, DeMarcus Cousins), the Bobcats are going to be taking a hard look at Darius Miles.

After the Memphis Grizzlies played “the island” to Miles’ John Locke in the 2008-09 season (“Don’t tell me what I can’t do!”), Miles added some more paperwork to his knucklehead file with a marijana arrest.  That, and the fact that Miles apparently managed to corrupt OJ Mayo in the few months they shared a locker room led to Miles being out of basketball for the 2009-10 season.

But Miles resurfaced in May at a Bobcats Free Agent Mini-Camp, where Larry Brown gushed that he’d been angling to get Miles on his team since he came into the league.  Miles stated that the reason he wanted to try to come back was so his 2 year old son could see him play.  That’s nice, but I’ve seen enough Outside The Lines segments to know that it’s code for “I’m broke.”

Challenging Miles for the title of “Shadiest Character Wearing a Bobcats Practice Jersey in Orlando” will be Shawne Williams.  Williams was the 17th pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, but has bounced around the league his whole career, last playing 15 games with the Mavericks in the 2008-09 season.  Why, you might ask?  (Fast-forward to 5:00)

Larry Brown brushed off concerns about Williams’ shady past (present?) by focusing on his need to get in shape if he wants a chance at an NBA career.  Not selling drugs will help, too.

In addition to Miles and Williams, actual Bobcats Gerald Henderson, Derrick Brown and Alexis Ajinca will be in Orlando making their cases for expanded roles in the upcoming season.

And we’ve already touched on Sherron Collins, Denis Clemente, Tyren Johnson and Marquis Gilstrap in a previous post.

Rounding out the list are Alade “Yes, I’m Al-Farooq’s older, less talented brother” Aminu, Antonio “So Close, Yet So Far Away” Anderson (who nearly made the Bobcats roster last year and had two 10-days with OKC this past season), Brandon Bowman, Marcus “Gotta Have a Tarheel, Right?” Ginyard (who’s already bitching about the accommodations in Orlando), Brandon Hazzard, Nathan Jawai, Jerel McNeal, Jeremy Pargo, Pape Sow and PJ Tucker.

Those 19 guys will begin practicing in Orlando today through Sunday, July 4.  Several will likely be sent home before the Bobcats begin actual summer league games on Tuesday, July 5.

-Dr. E

6 thoughts on “Meet The Bobcats Summer League Squad, Starring Darius Miles!

  1. Mike Jones wants to know why he wasn't mentioned in the "Purple Drank" doc — "281-330-8004 BABY!"

    Like I tweeted earlier, Darius Miles is 28 years old. No wonder he's so immature, he came into League when he was nine!

    Looks like the "We're bringing in quality, wholesome individuals into our community" gimmick has been officially trashed. Jordan and Brown finally realized that you have to have a little "eff-you" on the team to win. The Panthers figured that out with Steve Smith years ago. Nice to see the Bobcats are growing up a little.

    I like Antonio Anderson. He's got a little Stephen Graham in him. Sticks with it, works on his game and eventually will sign a year long contract with somebody and put some money away. I wish him luck.

    Don't think that Shawne Williams will make the final roster but could you imagine if the 'Cats made the Arenas trade and signed both of these knuckleheads that they could potentially field a unit of:

    PG: Gilbert Arenas

    SG: Stephen Jackson

    SF: Darius Miles

    PF: Shawne Williams

    C: Tyrus Thomas

    The Bobcats would have to spike the Observer's sports department coffee pot with Purple Drank to have anything positive written about them.

  2. Have you read that Larry Brown isn't even at the practices for the Summer League? There will be a group of guys to get cut that never even get to show their skills for the coach…

    Or, is Asst. Dave Hanners doing a little on-the-job-training?

  3. RobC

    LMAO!!! That last comment was awesome!!!

    However, i would like to see the Bobcats trade for Arenas. How about Diaw, Nazr, and Ajinca or Henderson for Arenas and McGee.

    i might be asking for a little too much, but the Wizards will save over $45M in Cap Space and get at least 1 quality season form Diaw before he becomes an expiring contract.

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