Dampier, Charlotte May Stick Together

by July 18, 2010
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We turn to NBA.com: “Erick Dampier began his pro career playing for Larry Brown. He’s not opposed to finishing it playing for Brown again, even if the Charlotte Bobcats void the final year of his contract. The newly acquired center indicated Friday the Bobcats would get the first chance to re-sign him – presumably for a much smaller salary – if they decide to wipe out the non-guaranteed $13 million due in the final year of his deal to clear salary-cap space. ‘I would obviously give Charlotte the first opportunity and see what they say, see if they’re interested in me or not,’ Dampier said. ‘Then we’ll go from there. If they’re not interested in me I’m sure there are other teams out there that could possibly be interested.’ The 6-foot-11 Dampier’s career began in Indiana when he was the 10th overall pick of the Pacers, then coached by the well-traveled Brown. ‘Practices were hard. He was hard on the rookies, but he’s a good coach,’ Dampier said.”