Message Board Basketball Forum - InsideHoops

Go Back   Message Board Basketball Forum - InsideHoops > NBA Team Forums > Charlotte Hornets Forum

Charlotte Hornets Forum Charlotte Hornets message board forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 11-07-2006, 11:15 AM   #1
Bobcat4Ever
Six Pack Cat
 
Bobcat4Ever's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Clemson, SC
Posts: 4,775
Bobcat4Ever has a near all-star reputation hereBobcat4Ever has a near all-star reputation hereBobcat4Ever has a near all-star reputation hereBobcat4Ever has a near all-star reputation hereBobcat4Ever has a near all-star reputation hereBobcat4Ever has a near all-star reputation here
Default Bobcats build defense, block by block

Quote:
But rebounding has been team weakness
RICK BONNELL
In My Opinion | rbonnell@charlotteobserver.com

ASSOCIATED PRESS
Bobcat Gerald Wallace blocks the shot of Cleveland Cavaliers' Drew Gooden during the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday in Charlotte.
Fowler | Okafor of old a new treat
Nelson's return to Dallas mostly warm & fuzzy
NBA Game Roundup
Some words just don't pair well.

For instance, "Bobcats'' and "defense'' almost never go together without an adjective such as "lacking,'' "porous,'' or the occasional "putrid.''

But these days -- statistically, at least -- the adjective in that sentence would be "best.''

Three games into the season, the Bobcats lead the NBA in field-goal percentage defense, allowing 38.1 percent per game. Not coincidentally to that, Emeka Okafor leads the NBA in shots blocked, averaging 4.3 rejections.

Are the Bobcats really that good defensively? Yes and no. They guard better than ever before, as indicated by Cleveland star LeBron James shooting 3-of-13 Saturday.

However the job isn't finished defensively until a team gets back the ball, and that's the rub: Opponents average 16.6 offensive rebounds -- more than double the Bobcats' offensive boards -- and those extra possessions have been deadly in a 1-2 start.

"We've been really conscious (of defense) this season, in terms of spending time on the simple things,'' coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "We're trying to master (defending) the screen-and-roll.

"It's much better as far as making reads off each other.''

That's certainly true for Okafor, playing mostly center these days with Primoz Brezec out. He's not sure whether three games is long enough to pronounce this defense strong, but he knows if that's so, it's because the core of players is familiar.

To Okafor, defense is about familiarity and trust.

"It's knowing that it's OK to gamble, because if I leave my man, somebody else has got him,'' Okafor said. "We've had pretty much the same group of guys here (from the beginning). That allows you to get used to it, get used to it, get used to it.''

"It'' is a relatively simple style of defense. While the Bobcats double-team, they don't use a lot of gadgets, like constantly trapping the ball. They aren't stealing as well as they have in the past; in fact, opponents hold a 26-18 advantage so far this season.

But that's countered by a 24-12 advantage in blocks. Okafor has one more block (13) than the three opponents combined.

Bickerstaff always thought Okafor could be a superior shot-blocker at the NBA level. At first, he was reluctant to go after blocks because he didn't want to leave his man. Also, the defensive three-second rule meant he had to keep stepping out of the lane, so it was hard to play goalie.

Now something has clicked, and the coach is determined to keep it clicking.

"We always talked about him being a rebounder and the anchor of our defense with shot-blocking,'' Bickerstaff said. "Once you get that reputation, you're going to change a lot of shots because guys know you're there. It's like in football, when they talk about `hurries.' He'll hurry shots.'' IN MY OPINION Rick

Bonnell Rick

http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlot...s/15947239.htm
Bobcat4Ever is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-07-2006, 03:39 PM   #2
Timmeh
Yes, I am a dick.
 
Timmeh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: East of civilization.
Posts: 3,481
Timmeh has a near all-star reputation hereTimmeh has a near all-star reputation hereTimmeh has a near all-star reputation hereTimmeh has a near all-star reputation hereTimmeh has a near all-star reputation hereTimmeh has a near all-star reputation here
Default

Okafor and May are known as rebounding forwards. May especially is known for having really great hands. I believe that even when Brezec comes off the DL, he'll be behind May.
Timmeh is offline   Reply With Quote
This NBA Basketball News Website Sponsored by:
Reply


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 04:12 PM.




NBA Basketball Forum Key Links:
InsideHoops Home
NBA Rumors
Basketball Blog
NBA Daily Recaps
NBA Videos
Fantasy Basketball
NBA Mock Draft
NBA Free Agents
All-Star Weekend
---
High School Basketball
Streetball
---
InsideHoops Twitter
Search Our Site















Powered by vBulletin Version 3.5.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd. Terms of Use/Service | Privacy Policy