i did forget about the sick part though. and he played well.
Just seeing how the guys are responding to a competent (if not exceptional...love me some Dunlap) coach should reinforce that somewhat.
In no way is Kemba a finished product. He's getting better and showing some flashes of brilliance though...no denying it. That should excite the hell out of all of us. Maybe you're confusing that with thinking I and others are looking at him as "the man"?
Nobody is saying he's perfect. But he is progressing rapidly, and we've seen what he did to the last league he was in. He progressed yearly there and ended up dominating it on the way out. why not be happy he's on the right path. And I don't care what anyone says, last year doesn't count for Kemba. I consider it a really really long preseason.
Kemba had 5 turnovers, 5 blocked attempts it's fair to say he didn't have his best game. And that stepback jumper just made me think of that Pitt game which I was so lucky to be able to catch. Looking back then I thought he'd be a heck of a player and after seeing man up and take the last shot even though his game hadn't been great up until then makes me believe in that even more.
(edited for clarification) - I want to make it clear that I don't think Kemba is there yet. I'm not saying he can quit now and retire a legend. And I'm not saying beating yet another team with all of its star players missing means that the Bobcats have it turned around. What I think is this: The Bobcats are getting better, believe in them selves and the last player on this team I'm worried about is Kemba. and these things make me happpier than 3 turnovers in the 4th make me sad.
I don't want to speak for Chef, but I don't think he disagrees with everyone, he was just pointing out that Kemba can and will learn how to get better at late game situations. This will come with experience, and last night was a great lesson.
I think what happened at the end was because we had been jacking a lot of 3s and bad long range 2s early in the fourth. Dunlap said we're best as a rim attacking/free throw team, and you obviously can see that's what he told them with the way Sessions and Kemba kept attacking the paint. I just don't think Kemba realized how long and quick Kirilenko actually is, and there hasn't been much film on him since he's been gone the last few years.
Anyway, I'm actually glad things happened the way it did last night. It reaffirmed that Kemba does have gigante cojones, and a huge reserve of ice water running through his veins. A lot of teams struggle at the end of games because they don't have a go to player, someone willing to step up and take the big shot. This is a very important player, something many teams struggle to find. I think Kemba showed he is that kind of guy.
First MKG shouldn't have seen the floor last night with his back. JT steped up and showed good value on defence . Reason our points was getting blocked was no out side shot. With Gordon and Hendo both out . They just packed it in the lane. Kemba still finished the game with one of the best crossover jumpers ive ever seen. The biggest difference in Kemba i see now is confidence . And coaching
i think we just disagree on how much getting nba reps affects a rookie's development. you say it is more dependent on quality coaching reps, i say it is more dependent on any type of rep as long as it is actual games. that is a completely fine argument to have. i would elaborate more on my kemba thoughts but again, i am reserving judgement until mid season of his second year (sorry just had to throw that last one it for chuckles).