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As the 'Cats hit the floor for the first time early in the 2013-14 season, one aspect of the Charlotte locker room that has changed drastically is their head coach's focus on his individual players.
Highlighted by Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer is Clifford's focus to put each player in a position to be successful.
In order for them to play as well as they can play, it’s about a confidence level. They’re going to feel most confident doing what they do best.
So our communication has to be that: If I see things I think they’d do well with, I’ll throw it out. But the one thing I don’t want to do is put them in things they aren’t comfortable with.
How exactly can Clifford concentrate on each individual without sacrificing one player's strongest area? Reserve guard Ramon Sessions offered a simple answer to that.
Each player has a play just for their optimum performance. Not just a play that gets them the ball, but puts them in the spots they most want to be to score.
Attention to detail appears to be the most vital aspect of Clifford's preparation process. If he can utilize that type of work ethic for the upcoming season, it's hard to see him not succeeding as a long-term option for the Charlotte.