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What Can Brandon Haywood Provide For Charlotte Bobcats Upon Return?

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The name Brendan Haywood hasn’t been heard since the Charlotte Bobcats‘ 2012-13 season, but he might regain some notoriety after he returns soon from his major rehab stint. Haywood hasn’t been in the Cats’ active lineup at any point this year after fracturing his foot prior to the start of the season. The 7-foot, 12-year center is hoping to make a return to the court within the next few weeks according to various sources.

It has been reported that the one-time NBA champion (2011) has been cleared for more activeness in recent time. Light jumping, jogging and shooting have all come easy for Haywood as of late, and he is ready to step back onto the hardwood and suit up for Charlotte once he feels 100 percent ready to go.

Luckily for Haywood, he has a good sense of how to approach returning from the serious injury. A fracture isn’t an injury you can just rush back onto the court from. Its takes a little more time than most would think. You never want to see a player return and then get re-injured because the bone hasn’t healed to its optimal strength.

Though the 34-year-old rim protector will not have a primary role, he is hoping to play 10-15 minutes per game upon return. It would be a little crazy to assume he would make an immediate impact. Steve Clifford will most likely slowly ease the aging veteran back into a role he feels comfortable in.

Haywood was originally declared out for a 12-week span in early October of 2013. With his key experience and savvy, it would wrong to think the big man won’t get to see any significant court time eventually. Just about two-thirds of the way through the season, Clifford might find a way to use his height and rim-protecting presence to aid this playoff contender.

Daniel Carney covers the Charlotte Bobcats for rantsports.com. You can follow him on Twitter @dan_jcarney, subscribe to him on YouTube where he talks sports, and add him on Google+.

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