Felton, Augustin carry hopes to making Charlotte Brown's town
Take Billups. He was already a prolific scoring guard before Brown took over in Detroit in 2003. The year before Brown's arrival, Billups averaged 16.2 points on a 50-win Pistons team that made it to the Eastern Conference finals. But under the tutelage of the man former North Carolina coach
"As a point guard, he opens your eyes," said Celtics coach
In his ninth NBA stop, Brown now has two skilled playmakers in Charlotte in
"They have two good ones," Rivers said. "Felton is a probing power point guard, and D.J. is a phenomenal shooting point guard."
Teaching is the 69-year-old Brown's forte -- the Hall of Famer has said he thinks of himself as a college coach -- and he has had to do a lot of it with Felton and Augustin, two very different types of players. Felton is a bulldog who attacks the rim with reckless abandon. When Brown was hired before the start of last season, Bobcats boss
"He's always the point guard," Brown said. "I don't want him to worry about going back and forth."
Augustin was already a pure playmaker when the Bobcats drafted him with the ninth pick in '08. Brown has worked with Augustin on game management while pushing him to use his dizzying speed to create more opportunities for his teammates.
"Point guard is such a vital position," Brown said. "You're an extension of the coaching staff. You hope they all realize early on how much we expect from them. I've been blessed to be with some pretty special ones and these two guys really want to learn and want to get better."
Truth be told, they don't have much of a choice. "[Brown] stays on top of you," Felton said. "He has the mentality of a college coach where he screams at you and stays on top of you every play. Even when you do something right, he still finds something you could have done better. That makes you better."
They will need to get better quickly if the Bobcats are to actually reach the postseasonl. In Wednesday night's 33-point, season-opening loss at Boston, Charlotte scored a franchise-low 59 points and the Felton-Augustin duo finished with 10 points, seven assists and six turnovers. New Bobcats center
"We have a chance to get better," Brown said. "I don't know when that will happen. Obviously, we have some people who are going to be big parts of our team that aren't quite ready now. This is just a process."