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December 19, 2013

Jeff Van Gundy: Bobcats should make the playoffs and will make the playoffs

ESPN analyst, and former NBA coach, Jeff Van Gundy says the best course for the Charlotte Bobcats this season is making the playoffs, and he believes that will happen.

            Van Gundy brought Bobcats coach Steve Clifford into the NBA years ago as a scout. He watches almost all their games and says the one thing holding them back this season is a lack of shooting.

            Van Gundy doesn’t buy the theory that losing, to get into the 2014 draft lottery, is the answer.

            “They’ve had a lot of high picks,” Van Gundy said on a media conference call Thursday. “No guarantee they’re going to be stars.”

            Van Gundy said reaching the playoffs would be valuable both to the players and the organization as a whole because there is no replacing what you learn through the post-season.

            “A lot of these guys were beaten down” by two seasons of going 28-120, Van Gundy said, adding a team needs to test itself to grow.

            “There are playoff teams and then there are championship-caliber teams,” Van Gundy said. “(In the playoffs) you get to see what you need to get where you want to go.”

            The Bobcats’ only previous playoff appearance was in 2010 when they were swept by the Orlando Magic 4-0. The only current Bobcat on that roster was then-rookie Gerald Henderson, and he never played in the Magic series.

            Van Gundy said making the playoffs would be valuable to Charlotte fans as well.

            “That fan base has been beaten down, too,” Van Gundy said. “Something has to happen.”

Posted by Observer Sports on December 19, 2013 at 12:22 PM | Permalink


Amazing how the national media views our team now when they like the head coach. All of a sudden, the Bobcats know what they are doing. This from the most wishy washy analyst on tv.

Posted by: Jackson | Dec 19, 2013 12:34:55 PM

Jackson - I don't disagree with your sentiment about the media and how they treat people they know and like, but the reality is that the Bobcats do actually know what they are doing now - they are playing with organization and purpose. They haven't had this in prior years.

Posted by: Fred | Dec 19, 2013 1:00:15 PM

Didn't sound wish washy to me. He was direct and accurate about our one major need: some shooting. Let this team compete and develop, then add some more shooting and maybe a big point guard to come off the bench. We'd be a force in the East.

Question: in order to improve our shooting, how would fans feel about trading MKG to the Warriors for Barnes and cap filler? Or are we better off hanging on to MKG, a valuable stopper in the East against guys like Lebron and George, and targeting shooters in the draft and/or free agency?

I'd hate to see MKG go, but this trade could helps both teams.

Posted by: Jeff | Dec 19, 2013 1:00:24 PM

Kemba for the win. YES!!! He torched Lowery last night and teams are lining up to trade for that guy. Put some additional pieces around Kemba and you have something.

Posted by: Hank | Dec 19, 2013 1:13:03 PM

This is the first time in BOBCATS history that we have a COACH.....we are getting notice because our play reflects this.....this team plays with inteligence!

Posted by: Scott | Dec 19, 2013 1:32:13 PM

Should have got Klay Thompson when we had a chance. Or we should def add a shooter to this lineup. Relying on Henderson, McRoberts, and Tolliver to knockdown threes consistently is a joke.

Posted by: panthersallday | Dec 19, 2013 1:50:52 PM

@Jackson: Van Gundy is not wishy washy. Don't always agree with him, but I think he's one of the more blunt and consistent analysts out there. As for the Bobcats, if you can't see that they are playing differently this year, you must not be watching very closely. Not saying they are an exceptional or special team at all, but they are definitely more solid than last year- especially defensively.

Posted by: PantherD | Dec 19, 2013 2:23:37 PM

The way this organization is going, there is no reason to suck again for another year. Since the entire East wants to tank for a high draft pick, might as well get some playoff experience when nobody else wants to go.

Posted by: Smitty | Dec 19, 2013 2:52:44 PM


No you do not make a panic trade for Barnes. They averaged the same amount of points last regular season. I think MKG was averaging more before he got hurt this year. Just let the kid develop, Harrison will never be dominate. No reason to shake up the team just to shake it up.

Posted by: spaceman mike | Dec 19, 2013 4:15:39 PM

MKG may be a nice guy but I honestly don't think he is going to get much better. He was a horrible draft pick (that high). Can't justify that pick for a defensive player, which more accurately defines a role player.

Posted by: Richard | Dec 19, 2013 5:00:09 PM

It was nice to seen Kemba ABUSE Lowry. For all his shortcomings as a playmaker, he can flat out score the basketball when he wants to.

About the MKG trade, I don't want to let go of him at all. But I'm not hanging up the phone on teams for him either. If the Sixers offer Young/Turner for MKG/Gordon, I'm thinking long and hard about that one.

Posted by: cornchip | Dec 19, 2013 6:14:16 PM

The Bobcats/Hornets are really making strides. New coach is obviously very good.,last year at this time they were in the middle of a 23 game losing steak. Anyone notice that this is the fastest the team has ever made it to 12 wins in a season? All this and their draft situation and cap space is the best it has maybe ever been, that is one heck of a rebuilding effort. Careful. People might have to start giving Jordan some credit.

Here come the Hornets!!!!

Posted by: Randall | Dec 19, 2013 8:18:42 PM

Kemba is close to being an all star. Love his game.

Posted by: Tyrese | Dec 19, 2013 9:04:37 PM

I wanted Barnes over MKG but now that we have him I think we should give him time to develop. Kids come out so early now you need to be patient, hate to see him knocking down jumpers two years from now for another team.

Posted by: JayTee | Dec 19, 2013 9:57:15 PM

You need a three point specialist . A big stong pass first pt gd and a two way scoring defending sf . The big three can score but only one of the three in Henderson can play defense . If you want to compete w the top teams , all three must score and defend . Kemba gives everything back and so does Jefferson somewhat on the other end . The reason you don't have shooters is Kemba does not give shooters or scorers easy buckets bc he can't pass . If you get easy buckets , shooters see the rim as big as the ocean . If you give them wide open looks and shots in rhythm , shooters will ultimately make shots . This team will go nowhere until you move him to 6 th man and get a facilitator . He's a pure chucker who makes no one on the team better .

Posted by: Iron man | Dec 20, 2013 6:44:53 AM

^^^^he didn't give everything back to Lowry the other night. Put some shooters around Kemba and he averages 8 assists a game. He is giving it to them and they are just missing. Probably should start watching some games. The team is the worst shooting team in the NBA and it is not because of Kemba. No Jamaal Crawfords or Dirk Nowitzkis on this team, but you wold have to watch to see that.

Posted by: John | Dec 20, 2013 7:49:26 AM

If you think the 21st ranked PG is the long term solution at that position for this team you're in for a lot more disappointment...

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Dec 20, 2013 2:19:49 PM

Kemba Walker is ranked 11th best point guard in NBA total player ratings and climbing fast. 3 coaches in 3 years, finally has one that is helping him as a player. Progress has been very encouraging. No doubt the Bobcats best start ever is tied to the new coach and his point guard. Should only improve as they put better players, specifically shooters around him. Right now Clifford's system and team personnel necessitate him being more of a score first point guard.

Posted by: BBall Expert | Dec 20, 2013 2:42:14 PM

Hollinger Ranking is the gold standard.



Posted by: NASTAR99 | Dec 20, 2013 2:57:08 PM

NASTAR, do note that the #31 spot is held down by the starting point guard for the reigning two-time champions. Stats for 26 games are not a very good indicator.

For better results, please flip back to the completed 82 game season preceding this one and check Kemba Walker's stats.

Of all the things in this world that can be depended upon, NASTAR's continued irrelevancy is solid as a rock.

Posted by: MTBinDurham | Dec 20, 2013 3:10:16 PM

In reality, he falls some where in the middle statistically. Neither system is perfect as there are a number of factors unaccounted for. It is interesting to see the PER numbers of key Memphis players decline with a coaching change. So coaching is a factor. There are definitely not 20 point guards in the NBA you would want over Walker and there are quite a few that would not have the success he has had based on his teammates and coaching history.

Posted by: BBall Expert | Dec 20, 2013 3:26:42 PM

I don's know where Kemba ranks, but he is the best player on this team. They are much better with him on the court. Has already had some great performances this year and has to have the worst supporting cast of any point guard in the NBA.

Posted by: Russ | Dec 20, 2013 3:40:52 PM

That dang Al Jefferson now there's a dude I pull for!! Putting his repertoire on display here in 4Q!!


Posted by: NASTAR99 | Dec 20, 2013 9:47:48 PM

Kemba making some people look ignorant here. Maybe more ignorant is actually appropriate.

Posted by: Jim | Dec 20, 2013 11:01:55 PM

That is great of Nastar to pull for someone that he said the Bobcats should have never signed. Shaqtin a fool. Guy could be on TNT every night with his stupidity. Kemba could really put up some numbers in the Italian league Nastar had him playing in by now. Anyone want to add anything?

Posted by: Skip | Dec 20, 2013 11:20:24 PM

Don't trade MKG.

Posted by: Dude | Dec 21, 2013 1:08:37 AM

Fun to watch so far this year. Even alot of the losses have been entertaining. Can't wait till tonight!

Posted by: Season Ticketholder 2 | Dec 21, 2013 5:56:45 AM

I'm going to stop being so critical of this team and this coaching staff.

That win over Detroit last night has put all doubts out of mind about these players. I am sorry Cody, Biz, and MKG. I will be more patient with you guys. You all deserve our cheers and praise. I won't nitpick about the line ups, the coaching, and the front office anymore.

Posted by: D.W.G. | Dec 21, 2013 6:21:48 AM

Cody is on the Threshold of getting it....
Warching this Defense is like watching the Panthers when they LOCK DOWN!
Thet 51% was not gonna last either.

Posted by: 10-4!! | Dec 21, 2013 6:37:26 AM

Kemba got off to a bad start. Played hurt and still shooting it better from the field than Lilliard, Irving, Westbrook and Wall. There are some real idiots that post here. That kid can flat play and has improved every year.

Posted by: Sam | Dec 21, 2013 10:43:52 AM

Oh you band wagon bobcats fans look at what you talking about the bobcats are a better team then they have been in the last 10 years so setback and watch the team develop. I'm sure neither one of you have been a coach or GM or player so sit back and chill and watch them develop.All of them. ps.. Stick to your video games.

Posted by: Melvin | Dec 21, 2013 11:20:02 AM

I am on the bandwagon. Though these injuries have me concerned.

Posted by: Russ | Dec 21, 2013 2:55:39 PM

To the guy that asked about MKG for Barnes, I would take that deal immediately. I love MKG's work ethic and his attitude and all but honestly, Barnes has all of that too as well as more potential and an actual jump shot.

Posted by: Jake | Dec 21, 2013 3:25:30 PM

Barnes would be a perfect fit for the Bobcats ( Hornets) ... As for Jordan pulling the trigger on this deal, Barnes is a NC alumni as well.

Posted by: yanni C | Dec 21, 2013 5:01:48 PM

i wanted barnes on draft night.

mkg has every bit the potential that barnes does. GS is a better franchise and are putting barnes in better positions to succeed or were until they signed igoudala. it's actually a deal that makes sense for both teams....MKG is way more of a glue guy defender TODAY than barnes and that's a way bigger need for GS than barnes' ability to score.

i would go either way with the 2 of them......people absolutely sleep on MKG's ability. the guy is an absolute stud prospect. just because we don't have the right management to develop talent doesn't mean the players we have brought in weren't and aren't talents.

if MKG is going out for anything less than a barnes level talent....it's a horrible trade.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 21, 2013 6:03:15 PM

Skip you're a moron.

I've never said anything bad about BiG Al nor did I ever say they shouldn't have signed him.

Stick it in your ear a-h*le.

Posted by: NASTAR99 | Dec 22, 2013 12:02:58 AM

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