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Observations | Rick Bonnell

Bobcats coach Larry Brown says he's reluctant to call Antonio McDyess directly, to lobby the veteran big man to sign with the Charlotte Bobcats.

But there's no maybe how much Brown would like to reunite with McDyess, whom he coached with the Detroit Pistons.

“He would be perfect for this team,'' Brown said pre-game Tuesday. “He's an underrated defender, he can make a shot and he is the best teammate.''

Brown says a team as young as the Bobcats needs a player or two like McDyess, because they're still effective on the court and can act as leader/mentors off it.

Bobcats general manager Rod Higgins has contacted McDyess' agent, as have at least a dozen other NBA teams. General speculation has McDyess returning to the Pistons eventually this season, after negotiating a buyout from the Denver Nuggets.

Brown has heard McDyess would like to talk to him about the situation, so there's still time for the Bobcats coach to make his sales pitch.

“He's a really sensitive kid,'' Brown said, “so I'm a little nervous about joining the ranks of people telling him what to do.''

I hear ex-Bobcat Jermareo Davidson hasn't reported to the Idaho Stampede, which selected him third in the Developmental League draft. Maybe there's some good reason for this – perhaps he's about to sign overseas or something – but if he wants back into the NBA, the best way to keep his name in front of general managers is playing in the D-League.

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