Michael Jordan’s Backcourt Vision for Bobcats
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It doesn’t hurt that both Walker and Henderson have a solid rapport off the court as well. Each of these players seem to genuinely like one another and it shows in their chemistry on the court.
“I love playing with Kemba,” Henderson said. “He’s a great guy, first off. He’s a guy I can communicate with and he’s always trying to improve his game, help the team win. The biggest thing I like about him is that he’s always in attack mode. He can score the basketball and make plays so, as his backcourt mate, it’s easy to play with him because he’s looking for you and he’s a heck of a defender too. He just gets after it.”
Dunlap, like Jordan, believes that Charlotte could have something special brewing in the backcourt.
“It’s a good combination, both of them have assets,” Dunlap said. “The thing that Gerald does well is he plays with his back to the basket off kill spots – at 18 feet, 16 feet. He can play on the baseline and do some things that he’s supposed to know and we need that. But the combination of the two over time is just a confidence factor. One is just getting to play off each other. Two is just getting used to what the expectations are of me and getting to know each other in tight quarters when the game’s on the line.”
Beginning his first full season as the starting point guard for Charlotte, Walker exudes confidence when speaking of his teammates. In his mind, there’s no doubt the pieces are in place on this Bobcats roster to be a competitive team in the Eastern Conference this season.
“Yeah, I love my teammates man,” Walker said. “I think we can have a really good year. These guys are great guys. Everyone, everyone has really high character and everyone holds each other accountable. That’s all you can ask for from a team. … We’re thinking playoffs, of course, but we just want to play really well, play together and get better every day.”