The Charlotte Bobcats had one of the NBA’s better defenses this season, despite coach Steve Clifford minimizing the number of special-situation coverages in his first stint with the team.
That will change with most of the current roster returning next season.
“We need to do more things defensively – great-player defenses,” Clifford said at his season-closing news conference Wednesday.
Clifford has said the difference between good and great defenses in the NBA is the ability to throw wrinkles at a LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony during the fourth quarter, when superstars take over games.
Clifford said there were things he would have done differently this season had he and the players been more familiar with each other. He believes in teaching defense slowly, so basic concepts are retained throughout.
Clifford said the impact of center Al Jefferson and the improvement of point guard Kemba Walker were the obvious highlights of the roster. Other postseason impressions from Clifford: