September 23, 2008
With Charlotte’s 2008 Training Camp on the horizon, the players can’t wait to get things going as the franchise enters its fifth season, and first under new Head Coach Larry Brown. Over the course of the summer, the Bobcats commitment to improving has been evident at Time Warner Cable Arena, with all 14 players under contract having been seen in the weight room and out on the practice court getting a workout in. Through it all, bobcats.com has been there catching up with the players as they prepare to head to Wilmington, NC, on September 29 for training camp.
Here is what Gerald Wallace had to say about what he expects for the Bobcats in 2008-09.
bobcats.com: Gerald, take us through what you have been up to this offseason and how things have been going.
Wallace: I’ve just been relaxing, having fun on vacation and trying to work on my game. I’ve been trying to strengthen my core and everything so I can stay healthy for a whole season.
bobcats.com:Vacation is over now though obviously with all the guys out here working out. Talk about what’s been going on out here.
Wallace: We’re just playing and having fun playing five-on-five. We want everybody well-conditioned before we go to training camp, so that’s part of five-on-five, plus we want to get used to each other even more than we were last year. We’re just playing a little five-on-five and trying to get accustomed to the kinds of things Larry Brown likes for us to do.
bobcats.com: Talk about the commitment level of these guys to be a month out of training camp and have all the guys in and working out.
Wallace: It’s one thing to have the potential. It’s one thing to say, ‘Well, the Bobcats can or the Bobcats might’, but it’s another thing to do it. Right now, we’re tired of all the talk about what kind of potential we have and the type of the players we have and the things that we can do.
bobcats.com:Does that mean that this team has raised expectations for itself and among themselves?
Wallace: We’re done with all the expectations and setting goals and the playoff thing and all that. All that’s done now. We’re too old for that. Our goal is, first of all, we want everybody to stay healthy. Second, we want to stay as a core group and everybody to play well together. The third thing is that we want to win games. We’ll take it from there and we’ll build off that.
bobcats.com: How excited are you as a a guy who has been here the whole time to see Mek (Emeka Okafor) come back and to keep that core group together heading into this season?
Wallace: It’s real good. I think he’s our centerpiece for the middle. He keeps things going for us in the middle. It all starts with him defensively.
bobcats.com: Any new parts of your game we can expect to see this season?
Wallace: I’m not going to reveal any secrets right now.
bobcats.com: Talk to us about Larry (Brown) coming in and how excited you are about having Larry at the helm.
Wallace:(I feel) very good. He’s a great coach and he has proven himself throughout the years. He’s coming in with a young, talented team. Hopefully he can get us turned around and headed in the right direction and get all 15 guys’ minds on one goal and one set and execute out on the court.
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