Things have not gone as planned for the Charlotte Bobcats this season and they were dealt another blow when it was announced that center Brendan Haywood will miss the remainder of the season due to stress reaction in his left foot.
The 33-year old University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill alum had missed three of the last four games with left ankle soreness and had an MRI yesterday. A CT scan ordered by foot specialist Dr. Bob Anderson confirmed the stress reaction.
The 7-foot-0, 263 pound eleven-year NBA veteran was averaging 3.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 19.0 minutes in 61 games this season. He will be in a walking boot for the next four weeks.
In other team news, Bobcats Sports & Entertainment President & Chief Operating Officer Fred Whitfield, along with FOX Sports Carolinas/SportSouth Senior Vice President & General Manager Jeff Genthner, announced the two organizations have joined together for a $200,000 sponsorship of Y Achievers, a YMCA of Greater Charlotte program that operates in partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.
Along with the $200,000 sponsorship, the two organizations will honor one student each from West Charlotte High School, West Mecklenburg High School and Vance High School with a $5,000 scholarship to help fund their educational goals after high school.
“We recognize and understand the importance of education in today’s world,” said Whitfield in a release. “As an organization, we take pride in fulfilling our obligation to help our youth in the Charlotte community reach their potential and achieve ultimate success.”