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Bobcats focus on guard duo

So which one do you want? The pure shooting guard with the untapped potential or the multiposition player who's also a ballhandler and passer?

That's how Charlotte Bobcats coach Larry Brown contrasts Duke's Gerald Henderson and Louisville's Terrence Williams.

Those two were back in Charlotte on Monday for a second workout before Thursday's draft. Each is well-suited to be the Bobcats' backup shooting guard. Each has potential to be a superior defender at the NBA level. Each is good enough to justify using the Bobcats' 12th pick.

But they are different, as Brown described.

"Gerald, in my mind, is a [pure] two ... and I think he has more room to grow," Brown said. "He's not as far along in terms of his basketball ability. I don't think he's even come close to tapping what he's capable of doing.

"Terrence can play more than one position -- he's a little bigger and stronger [than Henderson] right now. He's like a point forward in some regards who can play [shooting guard or small forward] equally comfortably. I believe he'll bring the ball down against the press against some teams."

It's no given either Henderson or Williams will last to No.12, but it's possible they both will. There is no telling what the Bobcats would do if they have that choice, but it would be a pleasant problem.

"They're both lottery picks, in my mind, without question," Brown said. "I think they're both going to have really, really long NBA careers and be very, very productive."

The Bobcats aren't the only team staging bake-offs between Henderson and Williams. They will both be in New Jersey today for a second workout with the Nets, who hold the 11th pick. Syracuse's Jonny Flynn, North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough and Italian pro Brandon Jennings are also expected to participate.

Bobcats managing partner Michael Jordan attended Monday's workout, adding to the sense of how serious the team is about Henderson and Williams. Jordan hadn't been sighted at any previous workouts this spring.

Henderson took some North Carolina-Duke grief from Jordan and said he wasn't afraid to give it right back.

"He's talking all that Carolina mess," Henderson joked. "He says he had his old [practice] shorts on underneath his jeans. He said if he took them off, I'd be scared to death. He's always talking junk.

"This is definitely Carolina territory. But it's cool -- I can give it back to them."

Williams said he was initially rattled by Jordan's presence.

"Too much pressure. I'm sweating when we're just stretching because he's over there sitting down. It's not reality that I'm here with the greatest," Williams said of the man he called "Mr. Jordan."

"He said he loves how I play -- passing the ball and playing defense. He didn't know my hands were that big -- as big as his."

Big hands are a big deal to Jordan. Williams described what he called the "Michael Jordan Test," where every Bobcats draft candidate is asked to palm a basketball with each hand, moving it to the left and right without losing grip.

After the workout, Henderson and Williams each was asked what they would do best as a Bobcat.

Henderson answered, "Defensively, I can bring a presence -- really defend somebody out on the perimeter. Coach Brown was preaching that all through the workout, and I can bring that."

Williams answered: "Play basketball -- and what I mean by that is defense, rebounding, getting assists. Cheering your teammates up, having fun -- I think I do all those things well.

"There are things I need to tune up, like consistently shooting the ball, but that comes with [growing in] the game. It's [about] taking fewer ill-advised shots."

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