The Bobcats held a conference call with Corey Maggette today for the media, where Maggette talked publicly about the trade that brought him to Charlotte for the first time. I'll write more about Maggette for Wednesday's newspaper, but here are a few highlights:
-- Maggette said last year in Milwaukee was a "humbling experience," where he came off the bench and averaged 12 points per game. His career average is 16.2 points, and he has usually been a starter, which coach Paul Silas said he will be in Charlotte.
-- Maggette, 31, said he "embraced" the opportunity in Charlotte and hoped to be a mentor to the Bobcats' young players, particularly Gerald Henderson, D.J. Augustin, Bismack Biyombo and Kemba Walker.
-- Maggette said he first heard about the trade while he was on a plane to Chicago to attend a friend's wedding. He was asleep and a friend woke him up to say he thought Maggette had just been traded to the Bobcats. Maggette was originally ecstatic, as he gets along well with Stephen Jackson and thought they were going to play together. When he got off the plane, he found out that Jackson had been shipped to Milwaukee in the same deal.
-- Maggette said what is really missing from his resume is a deep playoff run. Most of the teams he has been on in the NBA have missed the playoffs. "That's definitely something that's missing," Maggette said. "You can score 18, 19, 20 points a game, but it really doesn't matter if you don't get to the big dance."