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Bobcats’ Dunlap Names Starters For Season Opener

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap says rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft, will start the season opener Friday night against the Indiana Pacers.

Dunlap tinkered with his lineup throughout the preseason, but has decided on Kemba Walker starting alongside Gerald Henderson in the backcourt, with Kidd-Gilchrist and Byron Mullens at forward and Brendan Haywood at center.

The Bobcats first-year head coach says he chose that lineup because of their defensive ability.

Dunlap says “they get after it defensively” and “if we’re going to tilt this thing toward defense you have to do it with your actions, not your words.”

The Bobcats finished with the worst record in the league last season at 7-59 and lost their final 23 games.

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