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Matt Carroll
Matt Carroll
Position: None
Born: 08/28/80
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:212 lbs. / 96.2 kg.
The Charlotte Bobcats are defining Matt Carroll’s role with the team and bringing Muggsy Bogues back into the fold. A couple of months ago I reported Carroll, who played 7 ½ of his 10 NBA seasons as a Bobcat, was joining the organization. The franchise didn’t initially define his role. The Bobcats are now calling Carroll a “team ambassador” with a variety of roles. He’s started doing radio color analysis on home games (long overdue Scott Lauer got someone to interact with). Carroll will also serve a variety of community-relations roles with the team.
Matt Carroll liked wearing a blue 76ers practice shirt. And he looked good in it. Carroll, a 10-year NBA player, sported a Sixers shirt while he helped Sixers coach Brett Brown, who coached him with the Spurs as a rookie, during training camp that ended Wednesday at St. Joseph’s. Carroll, 33, contacted Brown after deciding to retire and Brown invited him to Philadelphia. “I’ve been enjoying it,” said Carroll, a Hatboro-Horsham High graduate. “It’s been a great experience with the Sixers and having a chance to work with a lot of young players (including former Temple standout Khalif Wyatt) and learning from Brett and the rest of his coaching staff.”
New Orleans Hornets point guard Matt Carroll, who was acquired in a trade from the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday in exchange for forward Hakim Warrick, still has not reported and is expected to miss Friday night’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. When asked about Carroll’s status after Thursday’s practice, Hornets Coach Monty Williams said there have been discussions going on between Carroll’s agent and Hornets General Manager Dell Demps. Though Williams wouldn’t elaborate on the specifics about the discussions, team officials said they intend to give an update on Carroll’s status Friday.
So Carroll had quite the unique and overwhelmingly valuable existence in Dallas for a player who scored 71 points over 262 minutes in 46 games in a season-and-a-half. Yet every time the name Matt Carroll comes up, it makes Mavs owner Mark Cuban bust out with a smile. “I do,” Cuban wrote in an email. “Because Matt is such a good guy. He makes the NBA better on the court and off.”
Carroll was obtained from the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday in exchange for forward Hakim Warrick, who had seen only a few minutes of action with the Hornets in the first five games of the season. “We can always use guys who can shoot,” Williams said of Carroll, a career 38 percent 3-point shooter, “but I didn’t feel good about having Hakim sitting like that. We don’t feel like that’s right when a guy does what he’s supposed to do every day and not get a chance to play. “In a sense, we’ve made this trade in our detriment, losing a guy like Hakim who can play, but we also felt like it was owed to him to have an opportunity to play, especially in his final (contract) year.”
Gerald Henderson and Matt Carroll have been named captains of the Charlotte Bobcats this season. They’re among the longest-tenured players on the roster (technically, reserve center Gana Diop has the longest tenure). Also Henderson and Carroll were among the most committed players to the off-season workout program new coach Mike Dunlap has emphasized. Henderson appreciated that Dunlap consulted with him about this, rather than just announce captains. “He asked me if I wanted to be captain. He wanted me to take it on,’’ said Henderson, last season’s leading scorer at 15.1 points per game. “I don’t like just being called a captain. I wanted to earn it.’’
Higgins and Cho didn’t discuss who could be an amnesty candidate, but it’s apparent shooting guard Matt Carroll, center Gana Diop or power forward Tyrus Thomas would be the options, based on their remaining salaries and performances this season. Using amnesty on Thomas would be the most extreme move, since they still owe him about $26 million guaranteed over the next three seasons.
The lockout has already wiped out all games in November, vaporizing more than $700 million in revenue. Carroll said the players have done a good job of maintaining unity, but no two players have the same stake in what’s important. “It’s hard for a player who signed a five-year contract to feel the same as someone who’s becoming a free agent this year,” Carroll said. “It’s hard to keep everybody waiting” on a paycheck, “but we knew from Day 1 that the owners could hold out longer than the players.”
Carroll and Thomas said part of the complication going forward is staying in shape, while avoiding injury, with no indication when training camps might start. They’ve both worked out with Accelerate Basketball, a training center in south Charlotte. “It’s hard, because if you got hurt, the team could potentially terminate your contract,” Carroll said of unsupervised training. “Two weeks ago I was training really hard, when I thought we were about to go to training camp.” Carroll said he’s been working out with various Bobcats or Charlotte-based NBA players, such as Gerald Henderson, Antawn Jamison and Stephen Curry. He’s stopped speculating when this will end. “Nobody wants the NBA not to do well – it’s our livelihood,” Carroll concluded. “But it’s got to be a fair deal for everyone.”
Shooting guard Matt Carroll serves as the Bobcats’ player representative to the union. He said he’s done everything he can to convey to his teammates this could be a long lockout, potentially canceling the 2011-12 season. The owners expect hundreds of millions in concessions from the players. “Obviously we know some things have to change. We’re willing to accept something different and understand there’s got to be some middle ground,” said Carroll. “We have not received anything from the owners that they’re budging from the initial proposal.”