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Bobcats’ Mark Price working on Kidd-Gilchrist’s shot, Walker’s pick-and-roll

Jul 12, 2013, 1:21 PM EDT

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist AP

Mark Price is one of those NBA players where the generation coming into the league now says, “What? Coach played 12 years in the league? Get out of here!”

But Price did play a dozen years mostly because he was smart using the pick-and-roll, and because he had a sweet shooting stroke — a career 40.2 percent from three and 90.4 percent from the free throw line.

Now Price is the Bobcats assistant coach given the task of fixing Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s jump shot. He’s in Las Vegas doing that right now, and working on Kemba Walker’s pick-and-roll decisions as well, according to the Charlotte Observer.

“He’s been through it. I know I have the opportunity to learn from him,’’ Walker said of Price. “We were talking about trying to get guys off-balance – going up with the floater rather than (always) going all the way to the basket….”

The challenge with Kidd-Gilchrist is more fundamental. He arrived in the NBA with a jump shot loaded with flaws: Sidespin off his wrist, a release after the top of his jump. Kidd-Gilchrist attempted nine 3-pointers last season, making two. An effective NBA small forward needs to be a better shooter.

“His wrist and his elbow is his biggest thing right now. But he’s never been taught good footwork and balance,’’ said Price. “Most people believe shooting starts from the waist up and I’m a believer it starts with the feet. If you don’t start right, it’s hard to finish right.’’

Price’s job with MKG is not a remodel, it’s a complete demolition and rebuild. Top to bottom. And that takes time to become smooth, more than just one summer.

But we’ll start to see at Summer League if there is improvement for both of them. Charlotte can be in this for the long play — they aren’t going to be good next season, they just need keep improving and adding talent to the roster. Walker and Kidd-Gilchrist can be part of that future if they come out of this process better players on the other side. If they take what Price said to heart.

  1. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    I hope the Bobcats can change the culture around the team this season. Al Jefferson is the best free agent signing in team history and there’s some decent young talent that just needs a good leader to develop. I used to just keep hoping for a #1 pick but it’s obvious that’ll never happen for Charlotte.

    • loubearkane - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      Mark Price to teach shooting , Patrick Ewing to teach low post. Two good hires.

      • ProBasketballPundit - Jul 12, 2013 at 4:41 PM

        Somebody needs to teach Bismack Biyombo how to play team (help) defense. He’s a great leaper, but he sticks with his guy for too long and follow him too far out of the paint which leaves it wide open for little guards to get layups. If he started helping like he should he’ll help the team big time.

    • nbascreed - Jul 13, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      Meh. Am I the only former D1 athlete on this board who thinks trying to teach guys to shoot at the NBA level is a lost cause. His brain needs to unlearn all of the tens of thousands of times he’s done what he’s done IN GAME SITUATIONS. You won’t get that in 2 hours of practice per day in a summer. Shooting is the one skill in the NBA that is purely mechanical and repetition and one of the hardest to learn and teach.

      Kurt, with all his on-court experience can certainly attest…Kurt???

      • Kurt Helin - Jul 13, 2013 at 7:13 PM

        Are you really trying to say that a guy’s shot cannot be remade? Go ask Jason Kidd about that.

        And while I was not gifted to play the game at a high level as you, I do play pickup once or twice a week so, as my schedule permits.

  2. whitdog23 - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    I love how all these college coaches are horrible and never teach fundamentals. you hear the NFL coaches say it too

    • ProBasketballPundit - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      Haha good point. Based on that “fundamental” logic, NBA teams really should start hiring WNBA coaches and former players.

    • hollywood26 - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      In college they dont really work fundamentals except the off-season and the changes to the number of practice hours have taken a lot of that time away.

    • borderline1988 - Jul 12, 2013 at 7:48 PM

      When star athletes are simply better than everyone else on the court, there’s no need for fundamentals. These kids dominated their high school and college peers simply by running faster and jumping higher.

      Then they come to the NBA, where everyone is as fast and strong, and much smarter.

  3. GT - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Mark Price was a killer, always gave Bird’s celtics a tough time. Same for Larry Nance. His brother Brent also played NBA for awhile, but not as successful. The two probably beat up on everyone in their neighborhood growing up.

  4. mickdamill - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Mark Price was the man in NBA jam!

  5. sellahh - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    MKG’s jumpshot is a must-see.

  6. metalhead65 - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    nice to see young guys willing to listen and learn from a guy who knows what he is talking about. allot of these kids only care about getting to the league and getting their big payday and not improving their game.

  7. genericcommenter - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    The guy averaged around 18 ppg and 8 apg for the bulk of his career. It wasn’t like he was just hanging around as a specialist or something.

  8. uscoach - Jul 12, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Not to say all Pro’s come into the League with a perfect fundamental game, but it’s interesting to hear Price’s take on K-G’s lack of fundies on the jumpshot. We pay homage to these college coaches, but really the middle of the road Big 10 coach, when you take all conferences, the Pros, and other countries into account — is most likely only the 100th best coach out there, if that.

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