“We’re not losers,” said shooting guard Gerald Henderson at media day on Monday. “We have a losing record and we’ve had it for a few years now, but that's not the kind of character guys we are.”
Henderson has seen his fair share of roster changes since Charlotte took him out of Duke with the14th overall selection in the 2009 draft. There have been so many he is now the most tenured player on the team at the ripe young age of just 25.
“We feel like it begins with us,” he said. “If we want to pull ourselves out of that, we have to bring it. That’s what we’re going to try to do.”
The Bobcats made a number of high profile deals in the offseason; one of them was re-signing Henderson to a lucrative three-year contract that will pay him a reported $6 million per.
“The free-agency thing was new to me this summer; it’s a crazy thing with all the stuff that goes on. You go back and forth with talks and it takes a little time, but this was the place for me and I am happy to be back. It should be a great year.”
Henderson likes the makeup of the team, especially the additions of Al Jefferson, who gives the Bobcats their first legitimate low post threat, and Cody Zeller, the team’s first round pick. While he still considers the Cats to be undersized overall, they are light years better than last season with Jefferson at 6-foot-10 and 289 pounds and Zeller coming in at 7-foot and 240. However, “the bigs,” as Henderson put it, need to get help in order to be effective.
“I need to be a better rebounder,” he said. “I don’t rebound well for my position so it’s something I need to improve on. I think the guards need to get in there and clean up a lot of shots that come off the board.”
Rebounding and three-point shooting are Henderson’s targeted areas of improvement.
Notes: The Bobcats added three players to their training camp roster, undrafted guards Troy Daniels and Abdul Gaddy and center Patrick O’Bryant, a former first round pick in 2006. He has played in 90 games in his NBA career with the Warriors, Celtics and Raptors. The roster now stands at 18.