What Mike Dunlap had to say at Media Day

Rick Bonnell has a collection of Dunlap's most intriguing quotes here.

Dunlap hopes to change the Bobcats' offensive modus operandi from last year, which centered on high post screens to create space. However, it did not create space at all and teams crowded the paint forcing the Bobcats to take midrange jumpshots. In fact, they took the most shot attempts of any team in the league from 16 to 23 feet. And they also made the fourth-worst FG percentage from that location. Dunlap knows this, too. "I'm not big on middle jumpers. The Bobcats took more of them last year than anybody in the NBA. They're the least-valuable shot you can get, where the most valuable is the free throw."

Rather, he wants to bring the offense back to the paint, getting shots at the rim and taking advantage of open three-pointers. Offensive efficiency is the name of the game. Another part of this is free throws. As he said, they're the most valuable shot in the game. Unguarded 15-footers and they have a negative effect on the opposition.

We have to go into the pick-and-roll game on the move - keep the defense moving. A lot of times older players in the NBA don't like (guarding) a cutting offense. ...Our talent is good enough to be competitive offensively and defensively. But we have to bring a different package to the NBA because we don't have (such) talent that we can just sit them on their spots and allow our opponent to rest. We have to go after them in a fitness way.

Do you like screens? I hope so, because I expect a lot of them. Pin-downs, double-screens you name it, it seems Dunlap wants the Bobcats to implement a lot of physical offensive standards to free his players in the paint for vertical passing rather than the horizontal that they got stuck on last year.

Defensively, he aims to bring the pressure we have expected. Dunlap wants a high level of conditioning, and at this point he says most are at that level, but a few will need to improve their fitness.

I hope that we pressure the heck out of the ball. And I hope that when we get deflections or steals, we run. But we have to run smart. We can't turn over the ball after working that hard to get it.

In this way, Dunlap wants his team to be a cohesive unit, capable of starting the offense from the defense without much hindrance. This will of course require much dedication and discipline, but Dunlap is no stranger to that.

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