To use the coach's words, Sean May won't be playing for the Charlotte Bobcats for “a while.''
May, a 6-foot-9 power forward, went from starter to inactive for Saturday's home opener against the Miami Heat.
This is not a one-game situation. Coach Larry Brown said May would be out until “he's in the shape to play as well as he's capable of.''
Brown started 6-foot-7 Jared Dudley in May's place, making the Bobcats' front line significantly smaller.
May missed all last season, following micro-fracture surgery on his right knee, and has struggled to reach the kind of conditioning Brown expects.
“Obviously, I'm disappointed,'' May told the Observer before Saturday night's game. “The inactive list is not a gratifying deal. But I'm trying every day to get better, and hopefully this is not a long stint.''
May was penciled in as a starter before training camp opened. He met with Brown Saturday to discuss this decision.
“He said he's got to see a better effort,'' May recalled. “He said when he envisioned me playing, it wasn't what he's seeing now.
”It's taking longer (to reach game shape) than either they or I thought."