Despite finishing the season with the league’s second worst record, Charlotte Bobcats new head coach Steve Clifford is excited with what he sees on his existing roster.
“Kemba (Walker), Gerald Henderson, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Bismack Biyombo,” Clifford listed off to Jim Rome on his radio program. “I watched games from the beginning of the year, the middle of the year, and the end of the year and I think you’ve got four guys there that are young, still at stages of their career where they can make significant growth in their games. Their strengths for each one of them, I would say is being naturally competitive.”
Clifford pointed out that along with skill level you must have the inner drive if you’re going to compete in the NBA.
“You’re either going to have guys who are prideful and want to win and play hard or you don’t,” said the former assistant of 4 NBA teams. “And if you don’t have the right guys, it’s going to be hard to develop a consistent team game that you need to compete in this league. That’s what I saw and that’s what I’m excited about and I’m hoping that will allow us to build the right culture that we need here.”
No one would know more about competing than Clifford’s new boss, Charlotte owner Michael Jordan.
“He’s arguably one of the greatest winners in team sports history, he’s highly competitive and he badly wants us to do well,” said Clifford. “I think when you’re around people like that, as a coach, there’s great opportunity to learn from them. As much as anything, that’s what I’m looking forward to here, my relationship with him, working for him. As I spend time with him and get to know him better, I want to learn the aspects of him that lead to his greatness.”