- http://www.charlotte.com/bobcats/story/310112.html"]Charlotte Observer[/URL](The black squad, which included all five projected starters, beat the white 84-64 in Sunday's scrimmage in Wilmington.)
Gerald Wallace plays an intra-squad scrimmage like Game 7 of the NBA Finals. One sequence was telling: He exploded through a double team under the basket for a scoop bucket, then sprinted to the other end to block rookie Jermareo Davidson's seemingly breakaway layup.
Raymond Felton is in love with alley-oop passes this season, and Wallace and Jason Richardson are his preferred targets.
Ryan Hollins' confidence is way up. He squared up for a 12-foot baseline jump shot and swished it. A year ago, that might have been an air ball.
Matt Carroll arrived for training camp in exceptional shape, and that's helped him defensively, particularly getting around screens.
Davidson has some very nice moves around the post. He was particularly effective launching a jump-hook that settled into the basket nicely over Emeka Okafor's outstretched arm.
Felton is so much better a point guard in an up-tempo style, and the Bobcats are serious about running more this season.
For one night, anyway, Okafor had no trouble at the foul line. He hit 6 of 7 attempts, so perhaps he's fixing a longtime flaw.
Carroll's shot was off (3-for-10 from the field, 0-for-3 from 3-point range), but that's no indication of the type of camp he's had.
If Hollins looks as good in real games as he did in Sunday's scrimmage (12 points, six rebounds and a block), he will be a starter.
If you want to turn every head in a college gym, have Michael Jordan show up just before tip-off. The royal family doesn't get that much attention in London.
Quoting "If it's up to me, we'd go to Hawaii for camp and play the Warriors and Lakers. Or Europe. Rome! That would be nice." -- Bobcats coach Sam Vincent, joking with a reporter from Wilmington on whether the team would return here for training camp
Can't wait for the season, Hollins sounds like he's gotten much better and is ready to start. 12 points, 6 rebounds and a block isn't bad at all, hopefully we can get two or three more rebounds per game, though this was against the 2nd team...Hopefully though they've gotten the chemistry together, and they can carry it well into the season...