Bobcats land shooting guard Williams from Warriors

Associated Press Modified: December 15, 2011 at 9:00 pm •  Published: December 15, 2011
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bobcats coach Paul Silas got what he wanted — a long-range shooter.

Charlotte signed shooting guard Reggie Williams to a two-year contract Thursday, filling one of the team's biggest needs.

But the team also announced Williams will have surgery in the coming days to repair a tear of the lateral meniscus in his left knee. He's expected to be sidelined for approximately six to eight weeks with the pre-existing injury.

The Bobcats finished 29th among 30 NBA teams in 3-point percentage last season at 32.7 percent. Williams should help improve that number. He was eighth in the league in 3-point shooting last season at 42.3 percent while averaging 9.2 points per game for the Warriors.

"Reggie brings outside shooting and that's what we needed," Silas said. "When you're down and trying to get back in the game it really helps you. And it brings the crowd into it."

At the team's media day Thursday, Silas emphasized he expects the Bobcats to push the ball up the court.

That's not a big surprise.

The Bobcats are heavy on athleticism and light on big men.

What's a little surprising is Silas said he expects to play point guards D.J. Augustin and rookie Kemba Walker together at certain points during the game. Walker is 6-foot-1 and Augustin is an inch shorter, so the Bobcats would be taking "small ball" to the extreme.

But Silas views them as scorers he needs on the floor and two guys who can push the tempo if they learn to play off each other.

"We are going to run," Silas said. "We're really going to run."

His players know that as well. That's why several of them said they haven't minded spending extra time working on their conditioning.

"Let's face it, we're not a team that needs to get caught in up in a half-court game," Augustin said.

Silas said the Bobcats have come to training camp with a terrific attitude, a tone set by new veteran leader Corey Maggette.

Not only is Maggette leading by example off the court, but also is showing how things get done on the floor. Silas said he looked at the shooting numbers charted every day by the coaching staff, and Maggette is making 80 percent of shots — albeit uncontested — during shooting drills.



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