Bobcats' Herrmann out 7-10 days with strained foot

Updated: October 16, 2006, 9:57 AM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Bobcats forward Walter Herrmann of Argentina will miss seven to 10 days because of a strained right foot.

The Bobcats signed Herrmann a one-year contract in September. Known for his outside shooting when he played in Spain, Herrmann has missed all nine shots he has taken in Charlotte's first two exhibition games.

Coach Bernie Bickerstaff, speaking before Monday's exhibition game against Washington, called the injury a "good thing."

"It gives him the time off because he's been playing a lot of basketball," he said.

Herrmann averaged 9.8 points for Argentina in this summer's FIBA World Championship, where he scored 25 points and 23 points in back-to-back wins over Venezuela and Lebanon.

"The part that he is not doing is my least concern and that's shooting and missing," Bickerstaff said. "I have no concern about that at all because it's something I know the guy can do. We watched that consistently. We just got to embrace him, put our arm around him and tell him to keep firing it."

Herrmann could be fighting for a roster spot. Charlotte has 16 players with guaranteed contracts and only 15 roster spots.

Bickerstaff said guard Brevin Knight, who sprained his right ankle in the first exhibition game Oct. 10, probably will miss at least another week.

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