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Silas and Thomas have locker room altercation

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Silas and Thomas have locker room altercation

To say its been an ugly season for Charlotte would be putting their current situation lightly.

At 7-54, theyre on pace to finish the season as one of the worst NBA teams in league history.

The last thing they need is any in-house disruption, but according to Yahoo Sports, Coach Paul Silas and forward Tyrus Thomas had an altercation in the locker room last week, following a loss to the Boston Celtics in which Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett sat out.

Silas hates losing to the Celtics, and Paul was even angrier that he thought Thomas was acting buddy-buddy with some of their guys, one source said. Thats what got it going. But Paul was yelling at him over his salary, over what they have left to pay him. But it started with him saying, hey, he could live with the losing, but youre going to be buddy-buddy as theyre beating your expletive too?

Silas reportedly shoved Thomas after the forward stood up after the two had exchanged words. No punches were thrown and players did step in to separate the two.

Bobcats President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins met and fined both and acknowledged to Yahoo that there was an incident and both the player and coach have moved on.

Charlotte has lost 18 straight games, following Wednesday's 100-68 loss at the hands of the Bulls and the only consolation for their dismal season is the hopes that it can secure the first pick in this years draft where Kentucky freshmen Anthony Davis is the presumptive favorite to be selected at number one.

Thomas has been underwhelming in his second full season with the Bobcats averaging 5.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 19.6 minutes per game.

Is Luis Robert so good that he'll start the season at Double-A?

Is Luis Robert so good that he'll start the season at Double-A?

Just how good is Luis Robert?

Well, that's the problem. Us on the outside, we don't know exactly.

The White Sox obviously love him, willing to give him big bucks to come play a starring role in the rebuild. Rick Renteria raved about Robert last month at the Winter Meetings, getting White Sox fans all excited by hyping Robert's speed, fielding skills and power.

But as good as the scouting reports sound, is Robert really so good that he'll go from never playing a game in the United States to the higher levels of minor league baseball right away?

That eyebrow-raising possibility was floated Tuesday.

Robert unsurprisingly has plenty of confidence in his own abilities and told The Athletic's James Fegan at the team's hitters' camp in Arizona that his goal is to make it to the big leagues sometime in 2018.

But perhaps the more interesting comment came from Chris Getz, the White Sox director of player development, who said Tuesday that Robert could potentially start the season at either of the White Sox two Class A affiliates, Kannapolis or Winston-Salem, or even at Double-A Birmingham.

Robert is just 20 years old, and he's yet to play a game of minor league baseball in the United States after spending his teenage years playing in Cuba. In fact, his only action since joining the White Sox has been 28 games in the Dominican Summer League. He did fare quite well in that handful of contests, slashing .310/.491/.536 with three homers, 14 RBIs, 12 stolen bases and a sparkling 22-to-23 walk-to-strikeout ratio. But that's not really the point.

The White Sox are in no rush with Robert, or any of their highly touted prospects, for that matter. Not expected to compete for a championship in 2018, there doesn't appear to be any reason to elevate Robert to the highest levels of the minors so quickly without first getting him some experience in the lower levels.

Of course, Getz even mentioning the possibility of Robert starting the season at Birmingham should also show just how good the team thinks Robert is right now. So maybe Robert's major league dream for 2018 isn't as crazy as it sounds?

Meet the Prospects: Luis Alexander Basabe

Meet the Prospects: Luis Alexander Basabe

The White Sox rebuild is in full swing. While it might still be a year or two before the big league team is expected to start competing for championships, the minor leagues are stocked with highly touted talent fans will be eagerly following in 2018. With that in mind, it's time to Meet the Prospects and get to know the future of the South Side.

Luis Alexander Basabe

Basabe, the 21-year-old outfielder, flew under the radar in the trade that sent Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox.

A native of Venezuela, Basabe was overshadowed by Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech in that deal with the Red Sox, but he's a promising piece of the future, as well.

A year before joining the White Sox organization, Basabe slashed .264/.328/.452 with 66 runs scored, 53 RBIs and 25 stolen bases in 110 games with Boston's two Class A affiliates in Greenville and Salem.

Last season with Class A Winston-Salem, VBasabe played in 107 games, slashing .221/.320/.320 with 52 runs scored, 36 RBIs and 17 stolen bases.

As of their most recent rankings, MLB Pipeline had Basabe rated as the No. 17 prospect in the White Sox organization.

Get to know Basabe in the video above.