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October 01, 2012

Charlotte Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap, entering his first training camp

Some highlights from new Charlotte Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap’s news conference at media day. Training camp starts Tuesday morning at UNC Asheville:

On his intended style of play: “I hope that we pressure the heck out of the ball. And I hope that when we get deflections or steals, we run. But we have to run smart. We can’t turn over the ball after working that hard to get it.’’

On mid-range jump shots, which the Bobcats took so often last season, to limited success:  “We really want to play off the rim, the paint and the open 3(-pointer). I’m not big on middle jumpers. The Bobcats took more of them last year than anybody in the NBA. They’re the least valuable shot you can get, where the most valuable is the free throw.’’

“You need to attack the rim in one manner or another. Getting to the free throw line says that you’re doing a lot right.’’

On Tyrus Thomas: “Defensively he’s a tremendous rotator. He knows how to put people in traps. Secondly, he gets a lot of deflections off the ball: He’s long and he’s athletic.  Offensively, he has some wonderful 18-foot kill spots (i.e. optimum shots). You give him the ball in transition, and he finishes well around the rim because he’s so long.’’

On new Bobcats guard Ben Gordon: “He’s an absolute killer when it comes to that last shot to get you a win.’’

On who starts: “Over the next month we’re going to have an open competition for all spots. There’s nobody who has their spot locked down going into training camp. We’ll try a lot of different (combinations).’’

On the high level of conditioning he expects, to run and press: “We have a couple of guys we have to work on in terms of fitness, but the majority are at a high-high level.’’

On whether the Bobcats have sufficient talent: “Absolutely we have the talent to be competitive. But we have to be competitive in a way that we’re a hard (team to) scout.

“We have to go into the pick-and-roll game on the move – keep the defense moving. A lot of times older players in the NBA don’t like (guarding) a cutting offense. …Our talent is good enough to be competitive offensively and defensively. But we have to bring a different package to the NBA because we don’t have (such) talent that we can just sit them on their spots and allow our opponent to rest. We have to go after them in a fitness way.’’

Posted by Observer Sports on October 1, 2012 at 02:26 PM | Permalink


It's going to be a fun season

Posted by: PantherHead | Oct 1, 2012 2:34:47 PM

“Over the next month we’re going to have an open competition for all spots. There’s nobody who has their spot locked down going into training camp. We’ll try a lot of different (combinations).’’

Sessions beats out Kemba for starting PG.

Posted by: BG | Oct 1, 2012 2:40:41 PM

MKG is gonna thrive in this system.

Posted by: apauldds | Oct 1, 2012 2:48:49 PM

Starting 5 opening day I see


Assuming Thomas plays the right way. This squad gives us the best chance to win early in the season.

Posted by: Ocracoma | Oct 1, 2012 2:54:39 PM

Blah Blah Blah, No news here. Bobcats blow!

Posted by: JD | Oct 1, 2012 2:55:21 PM

Yeah, he was great in college, and this is basically a glorified college system.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Oct 1, 2012 2:56:44 PM

He will quickly find out that you can't press full time like you can in college. Ask Rick Pitino how that worked out for him.

Posted by: Jason Warren | Oct 1, 2012 3:58:44 PM

Don't be so quick to judge Kemba. Based of the garbage team we had last season, we really can't judge how good or bad he's going to be. This is a system he thrived in college. One thing he can do great is get to the rim at will.

Posted by: j | Oct 1, 2012 4:45:06 PM

JD is a racist on every comment in any blog. We don't need racist spewing hate.

Posted by: McClatch | Oct 1, 2012 5:51:20 PM

we can judge kemba safely on how he played last year and how he played in summer league. I hope he turns into something that he's not.....a point guard. far more likely he's at the end of someone's bench in 2 years.

that said, the starting 5 should be the summer league team swapping hendo for taylor, but i have heavy doubts that happens. but it should. don't see how haywood is the starting center on a running team or why you would want him to play starters minutes (not sure how that helps biyombo). 20-25 mpg.

mullens and thomas should split time.....it means more if thomas succeeds because we have so much invested in him, but mullens has a far better shot of becoming something big.

i hope all that anti-mid range ish is ignored by hendo. everybody else needs to abide by that rule but henderson thrives in the mid range. he starts jacking up 3's all the time and he immediately loses value.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 1, 2012 7:19:58 PM

I don't think Dunlap being anti-midrange means Hendo will jack up 3s now, at all. It's something he's worked on in the offseason, yes, but I think it's far likelier that Dunlap wants him attacking the rim more often and getting to the line.

Posted by: MikeW | Oct 1, 2012 8:50:33 PM

Kemba was at the top of summer league in assists. Also in assist to turnover ratio. Is that how we should judge him?

Posted by: Skip | Oct 1, 2012 9:20:23 PM

There are no stars on the Bobcats. Minutes must be based on productivity.

Posted by: Airbrush87 | Oct 1, 2012 9:32:38 PM

OCRACOMA you are crazy. You think Gerald Henderson is going to come off the bench ????? And BIYOMBO will probably start over Thomas unless Thomas did a lot of soul searching over the summer and is a completely different player than he was last year !

Starting 5:

Kemba Walker
Gerald Henderson
Bizmack Biyombo
Brendan Haywood

Posted by: Elliot Motaleb | Oct 1, 2012 10:12:22 PM

So much Kemba hate. lol. I guess you guys want timid lil Augustin back. Sessions is a career backup PG. He will not be the starter. Like it or not, this is Kembas team.
And for you Procton, go to the New Orleans Hornets sports page. You are not a fan in any way whatsoever. You continuously troll and leave pointless, ridiculous comments, but when the team starts winning, you're no where to be found. You're a coward, just like coach Rivera.

Posted by: defensewinsgames | Oct 2, 2012 7:33:09 AM

Jason Warren - I don't think Dunlap is saying he's going to run Pitino-ball. I think he means that he wants our guys to push back on defense, not just fall back to the backcourt and let other teams pick us apart. I don't think he wants to run 1-3-1 full-court traps for 48 minutes. He just wants to pressure more. I think the additions of the 2 draft picks and Gordon make that possible, since Hendo, Kemba and Byambo don't have to play 45 minutes a game anymore.

Posted by: J | Oct 2, 2012 8:16:47 AM

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