For the third time in as many years, the Charlotte Bobcats will be playing their season opener with a new head coach. This time around, they point to Steve Clifford. For Clifford, this will be his first head coaching job. However, he has been an assistant coach in the NBA since 2001. Prior to joining the Laker’s staff last year, he was an assistant coach for the Orlando Magic.
Clifford is considered a defensive specialist and we have certainly seen that affect on the 2013 ‘Cats thus far, holding seven of eight preseason opponents to ninety points or less. That is a very impressive statistic from a young team and shows that they are buying into his strategy.
Bobcat’s fans certainly hope that he can lead this team to a bright future, but we aren’t the only ones for General Manager Rich Cho and President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins also wish for sucess. The ‘Cats front office has been criticized for a long time and only time will tell if they have made another poor decision.
Clifford will open his head coaching career this Wednesday as his Bobcats take on Dwight Howard and the new look Houston Rockets. This is a nice first matchup for Clifford as he previously coached Howard in Orlando and Los Angeles, thus fully aware of Howard’s capabilities and weaknesses.
- Al Jefferson remains a question mark for Wednesday night's game. His ankle will not be 100%, but it all comes down to how much pain he can tolerate.
- If "Big Al" can’t go, look for Bismack Biyombo to step up and play a tremendous role in shutting down Howard. Howard is a tough matchup in the post for anybody, but the young Biyombo has showed a consistent ability to guard him in their previous meetings. Ultimately, the outcome of Wednesday’s game will come down to the foul situation for the Bobcats best low post defenders.
Bobcats Vs. Rockets:
Where: Toyota Center (Houston Texas)
When: 8:00 PM (7:00 Local Time)
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Lead Hornets Writer: Jonathon Hoppe