Steve Clifford: Michael Jordan Is Determined To Improve Our Roster
Bobcats head coach, Steve Clifford, joined the Mac Attack to recap the season and to look ahead to next season, including potential roster moves, wearing suits and transitioning to the Hornets.
On looking to acquire another piece to help take the next step: This was part of the plan that was put in place, a couple years ago and some of the moves that were made over that time were to have assets and cap space for this summer and last summer and it’s now coming to fruition. Our owner is determined to improve our roster and we’re in a spot where hopefully that can happen.
On shooting guard: The range shooting part, if you’re watching the teams that are going to go far in this playoffs, your shooting is your spacing in this league. The better defensive teams defend to where guys can shoot from. I believe [Gerald Henderson] can be a three-point shooter. It’s never been part of his game, but he’s still at a stage of his career where he’s young enough to add things to his game. He brings things to our team, he’s very smart, we execute when he’s on the floor but the range shooting piece is something I think he’s capable of and it will be important for him to work on over the summer.
On Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s confidence: I think it’s a consistency issue, in terms of purpose. He has a way to play, right now today, where he’s an exceptional defender, both individually and as a team defender and he has a way to play offense. Even though he doesn’t shoot the ball well, he’s played so much basketball that he has very good feel for the game. He can play off the dribble, he’s an excellent cutter and offensive rebounder. I think some of it is youth, which he has to get by, where he has a consistency of intensity and approach like he did in game two. The bottom line, though, is when he’s not playing, we’re not as good.
On what his team gained by facing the Heat: We got a ton out of it, which I think will play out going forward. We got a lot of it in terms of learning the amount of detail and discipline that goes into playing a playoff series and game. We got a chance to see, up close, how great players become more and more detailed from game one through game four. In film sessions, we were able to show them the adjustments they were making , both individually with their games with the way we defended them and within their team structure. You have to live through that.