Steve Clifford On The Season And His Relationship With Ron Rivera
Bobcats Head Coach, Steve Clifford, joins Mac and Jim after last night’s big win against Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors.
Coach Clifford and the guys opened up the interview talking about last night’s game.
On the team’s defense: We have the ingredients to be a good defensive team. We have good quickness on the perimeter. When we’re all healthy we have very good individual defenders on the perimeter that we don’t have to double (team) for very often. We have three power forwards who naturally make multiple efforts. People don’t realize, they look at Josh McRoberts as an offensive player, but he’s a very good team defender. Our centers, this has been a bright spot. Al wasn’t known as being a very good defender, but so far our defensive numbers have improved quite a bit since he’s come back.
On rebounding: Going into last night’s game we were first in defensive rebounding. Last year, we were 28th or 29th in defensive rebounding and I was concerned with that because rebounding isn’t something guys typically get a lot better at. Usually, guys that rebound when they’re young, rebound when they’re old and guys who don’t, don’t. Coming into to this year, the only two guys who were even average rebounders for their position were Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Al Jefferson. Our perimeter players have done a good job of committing to rebounding and Bismack Biyombo’s rebounding effort has gone way up.
On Gerald Henderson: He’s such a smart player. When he’s on the floor, we play mistake free and we can execute everything and he’s a great communicator with his teammates. Even though he wasn’t scoring much early, he was playing well. Now, if you look at the last nine games, he’s much more in rhythm and his numbers are going way up.
On Ron Rivera: I told him in the off-season I want to go over there (to the stadium), because I think there are, not just leadership or coaching things, but game plan things that we could take from them. I’m definitely going to try to take advantage of that and pick his brain.
Coach also discusses Kemba’s performance, a Riverboat Ron-esque nickname for him and gets mad at Mac for not asking him about their shared love of the Orioles.