What a great time to be a Bobcats fan! Exciting trades, fresh new faces, and no 30-point losses to remind you of how catastrophically disastrous it was to choose this team to root for—one of many ill-fated decisions you’ve made in your troubled existence that will haunt you night and day, with the only relief being your own inevitable death. It’s great! With that in mind, I’ve created my own Summer League Awards:
Best Coaching Move: Mike Dunlap’s 2-2-1 press.
Coach Dunlap believez in the trap, be-lievez in the trap. And at least for the Summer League, I was totally with him. The biggest reason for the Bobcats’ 4-1 record in Vegas was because their defense harassed more than Clarence Thomas, forcing 113turnovers in five games. I understand the importance of developing players in a more realistic defense rather than coaching for wins, and 99 out of 100 times I would argue the same thing. But coming off a 7-win season is that 100th time. Besides, even Dunlap doesn’t argue that they’re going with this look full-time when the regular season starts. “When you get into the season, we can take it off; we can do it at times versus certain teams,” he said in Friday’s ESPN Daily Dime. So long as he can switch defenses as nimbly as he switches speaking in the second person to the first person, we’re all set.
Biggest Bummer: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s injury.
So hero-starved are Bobcats fans that Kidd-Gilchrist’s bravura debut against the Kings was borderline sexually arousing. 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting, 8 boards, 5 assists, 4 steals, +28 for the night. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better…it didn’t, because he tweaked his knee and we never saw him again! Still, I don’t care if it’s Summer League, I’m anointing Jesus Gilchrist as my personal savior.