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June 20, 2013

Mark Price to join Charlotte Bobcats as shooting specialist

Markprice200p The Charlotte Bobcats are in the process of hiring former Georgia Tech and Cleveland Cavaliers star Mark Price as an assistant coach, in part to improve the team’s overall shooting.

 Price shot 90 percent from the foul line and 40 percent from 3-point range over his 12-season NBA career. He’ll join Steve Clifford’s new staff, which also includes Hall of Fame center Patrick Ewing.

 Since retiring as a player, Price has worked for several NBA teams, either as a coach or consultant, to address players’ shooting – Denver, Memphis and the Golden State Warriors. He specifically worked with Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, a poor shooter coming out of Kentucky, who has since become one of the NBA’s best players.

 Clifford emphasized in an interview with the Observer that while Price can help the team's shooting, that he can do a lot more. Clifford and Price previously worked together in Orlando.

 "Jeff (Van Gundy) used to say Mark was Steve Nash before there was a Steve Nash,'' Clifford said of Price's point-guard abilities. "Player-development is a piece that is critical to us, and he can help us with our shooting and our pick-and-roll. But he can also be a resource on a lot of other things.''

 Rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who struggled as an outside shooter last season, specifically requested the team hire a shooting coach at the season’s conclusion. Price could also be helpful to center Bismack Biyombo, who struggles to have any shooting range.

 Bobcats assistant Stephen Silas will continue on the Bobcats staff, after working under his father, Paul, and Mike Dunlap last season. The Bobcats are also in the process of hiring Bob Beyer, who worked with Clifford on Stan Van Gundy's staff in Orlando. Clifford also worked for Beyer when Beyer was head coach at Siena.

Posted by Observer Sports on June 20, 2013 at 04:16 PM | Permalink


Great hire!

Posted by: PantherHead | Jun 20, 2013 4:25:14 PM

Best news I heard all day great hire

Posted by: Shawn | Jun 20, 2013 4:34:52 PM

Good move. Wait to speak up and ask for it MKG.

Posted by: Timmy | Jun 20, 2013 4:48:35 PM

Our coaches can beat our team in Pickup game. MJ, Ewing and Price.

Posted by: Joe | Jun 20, 2013 4:53:10 PM

GREAT HIRE!! I'm loving this staff Clifford is putting together.

Posted by: Nat Turner | Jun 20, 2013 4:53:29 PM

Great hire. Good job reporting Ricky!

Posted by: Jcv | Jun 20, 2013 4:54:43 PM

The should have hired Dell Curry. He could shoot it and both of his sons can shoot too!!

Posted by: Jon | Jun 20, 2013 5:07:16 PM

Always have had a ton of respect for the guy. I hope he can connect with the younger players. Let Silas go.

Posted by: Sec107CatsFan | Jun 20, 2013 5:14:07 PM

MKG is beyond help....that shooting style is so ugly but if anyone can help it's Price.

Posted by: Scott | Jun 20, 2013 5:20:22 PM

Two words... "Rajon Rondo"... If Price can improve his shooting, he can definitely help MKG !!!

Posted by: MGR | Jun 20, 2013 5:40:08 PM

I am loving the way both the Bobcats and the Panthers are coming together in the offseason.

Posted by: Fabfan | Jun 20, 2013 5:40:29 PM

a shot can be ugly and still be effective. ask shawn marion.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 20, 2013 6:22:26 PM

Have to give it up to the Bobnets this time around.. Added Ewing and Price. They might finally be figuring it out. Slid looking staff so far. Well done.

Posted by: Bobnet | Jun 20, 2013 6:53:00 PM

"Jeff (Van Gundy) used to say Mark was Steve Nash before there was a Steve Nash."

I never thought of that but it is Spot on. Mark Price is definitely one of my all time favorite point guards. How many of us fail to mention Mark Price as one of the all time great point guards? Great Hire!

Posted by: nucat | Jun 20, 2013 7:27:46 PM

i don't know about all time "great". he only played 9 real seasons and of them.....3 of them were very mediocre.

he kind of falls in with a brandon roy type where they might have been all time great had they been healthier. 6 really good seasons on some decent cleveland teams doesn't equate to "all time great" in my book. looking back on the 90's now.....that was the era of centers and 2 guards.....not a lot of elite point guards outside of stockton, payton and kidd. kevin johnson and price are next in line, maybe mark jackson but look at how that compares to the westbrook/rose/rondo/nash/williams/parker/paul/holiday/irving/rubio

guys like conley, wall, lillard, walker, and hill, maybe even lowry fall right in line with the KJ's and price's of the 90's. truly a stacked position right now.

dude was a prolific free throw shooter though.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 20, 2013 8:30:38 PM

are the Bobcats going to go after Jarrett Jack????

Posted by: JC | Jun 20, 2013 9:13:52 PM

OK Charlottean. I may have exaggerated as far as an "all time" great, but he was definitely an above average pg. Had he stayed healthy he could have had a storied HOF type career. He was an All Star if I remember correctly. I'm sure he could teach Kemba Walker a few things to help him get even better.

Posted by: nucat | Jun 20, 2013 10:11:14 PM

Exactly what Shorty needs...his performance at the FT line is just embarrassing. 100's if not 1000's of high school girls in Indiana are better from the line than Shorty.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jun 20, 2013 10:29:31 PM

Silas family must have some pictures...

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Jun 20, 2013 10:30:22 PM

no.....young silas is the snitch that got dunlap fired.

and nucat, yeah........4 time all-star actually. but again....that was because of how weak it was back then....specifically in the eastern conference. western conference had all the pgs after isiah retired. penny was hurt all the time.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 20, 2013 11:00:07 PM

Kemba shot around 80% from the line. Not too bad but yes he could definitely improve.

Posted by: nucat | Jun 20, 2013 11:55:58 PM

Charlottean...I agree but I remember Mark Price dominating the ACC at Georgia Tech. It's Ironic that no one thought he was big enough to do the same on the NBA level. He can help Kemba a lot. Just ask Kenny Smith.

Posted by: nucat | Jun 21, 2013 12:18:33 AM

The NBA was a much better league 1985-2000 tha it is now, but I am still a big NBA fan.
If college kept the student athletes ae least 3 years the league would be better, but I understand the reasoning. I love the staff the HORNcats are putting together. I'm calling the team HORNcats next year. It is better than bobCATS, but not nearly as good as HORNETS! It is definitely the best coachig staff in team history. I think in the next 3 years we will be in the playoffs on a regular basis. The hive will come alive!

Posted by: Hugo Panther | Jun 21, 2013 1:18:42 AM

Wow...for the first time in years this team has what it seems to be a legit and solid coaching staff.

Steve Clifford
Patrick Ewing
Mark Price
Bob Beyers
Stephen Silas

All the key guys in this staff are use to winning and will bring this winning mentality to these young Horncats/Bobnets.

JC, I doubt the Bobcats will go after Jarret Jack. He was pretty solid last season, in part because of his supporting cast, but I think Ramon Sessions was as good as Jarret, up until he got injured. Sessions and Jack are very redundant.

I would try to go after Shaun Livingston as a 3rd PG in this team, since he can actually play along Walker and Session without giving too much on defense. He played very well in Charlotte and Cleveland the past two seasons and will be a lot cheaper than Jarret Jack. The Bobcats need a scoring big men...they should also draft Alex Len.

Posted by: RobC | Jun 21, 2013 10:26:19 AM

Charotte is not playing at all. They are hiring the right people. The right coach, the right assistant coach, Patrick Ewing, a hall of fam cener that can work with the big men and the right shooting specialist that can work with the players especially the shooting guards. All we need is to get clear salary cap by getting rid of Diop, Gordon. Maybe we can trade Ben Gordon to Golden State for Jarrett Jack....We also need to draft smart. They may be the laughing stock but in the end The Hornets will get the last laugh...

Posted by: Tracey | Jun 21, 2013 3:03:18 PM

^^^ diop is already gone.

the hires are names that people recognize so they are appealing to most people just because of that. doesn't make them any better hires than dunlap's staff (which was pretty solid in my book.)

but ewing is a great asset. price remains to be seen but he will surely be spending more time with guys than dell curry would in his tv role. would love to see kemba all of a sudden become a 50/40/90 guy with 8 assets over 2 turnovers. it would be a dream.

Posted by: charlottean | Jun 21, 2013 3:33:56 PM

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