HoopsHype Steve Clifford rumors

September 20, 2013 Updates

Steve Clifford: "Cody Zeller has a lot of physical ability, his basketball IQ is through the roof, he has great intangibles and he’s young. I don’t want to limit him in any way but I want him to progress at his own rate. I don’t want to put demands on him, because he’s so team-oriented he’d feel undue pressure. I’m going to watch him, let him be comfortable and see how he goes. For us to be good, he’s got to be a really big part of it. But he’s a young guy and I don’t think he needs undue demands." Raleigh News & Observer

August 10, 2013 Updates

The little bit of basketball Zeller has played so far as a Bobcat went exceedingly well. He was named to the all-tournament team at Las Vegas Summer League, after averaging 16.3 points and 9.3 rebounds in four games. New Bobcats coach Steve Clifford gave Zeller plenty of freedom to experiment offensively away from the basket. Zeller was pleasantly surprised how much NBA rules (defensive three-seconds and no-handchecking dribblers) opened up the lane for his drives. “First time in a while it didn’t seem like there were six or seven guys waiting for me in the lane,” Zeller said. Charlotte Observer

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So while Clifford was getting adjusted in his move from an assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers to the new coach of the Bobcats, Walker was busy playing detective. "If I've learned anything the past two years," Walker said, "it's that things can change, with a quickness, and not always for the better. We went from Coach [Paul] Silas to [Mike] Dunlap and this third time ... well, you want it to be the charm. So yeah, I absolutely did my homework on Coach Clifford. I talked to guys around the league that I knew he worked with and it was all good. All good. I just wanted to make sure. I understood what it is he'll expect from me as his point guard and what guys who have played for him before think of him and know of him, because if we're going to turn a corner and become the team we want to be, we've got to have a coach that's ready to take us to that next level." NBA.com

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Ewing will join the coaching staff of new Bobcats head coach Steve Clifford. Ewing and Clifford have a strong professional and personal history together. Sacramento Kings coach Mike Malone also tried to hire Ewing for his coaching staff. Yahoo! Sports

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