The Washington Times-Herald

The "Z" Watch

September 25, 2013

Bobcats feel they're headed in right direction

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The 7-foot Zeller, the fourth overall pick in the NBA draft, is coming off a strong performance in the NBA Summer League.

He's shown he can knock down long jumpers - something he wasn't asked to do much with the Indiana Hoosiers - and the Bobcats plan to use him as a "stretch four" role this season.

Cho said Zeller reminds him of Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge, citing size and ability to run the floor as well as his high basketball IQ.

"Cody can play inside and outside and I think he's a hard matchup for a lot of guys," Cho said.

Along with Jefferson and Zeller, point guard Kemba Walker, recently re-signed Gerald Henderson and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist are expected to round out Charlotte's starting five.

How those five - and a more experienced bench - mesh when the team arrives at training camp next Tuesday in Asheville, N.C., remains to be seen.

That's up to Clifford, a former Orlando Magic assistant whom the Bobcats feel will better relate to young players than previous coach Mike Dunlap, who was fired after just one season.

"Sometimes the beauty is the uncertainty," Higgins said. "We have obviously had some trying years but now making the changes we've talked about and the uncertainty of not knowing who we are, I would presume we are going to be much improved."

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