Mike Dunlap needs to do his job as coach of the Charlotte Bobcats. One of those jobs is to sit down with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and tell the No. 3 overall pick in the NBA draft that he has to start showing some signs that he’s about to break out of his slump and play somewhere close to his potential.
Everyone knows a certain amount of patience needs to be shown with rookies, but a certain amount has expired in Kidd-Gilchrist’s case. For whatever reason, Dunlap needs to find out why Kidd-Gilchrist has decided not to give 100 percent and show some of his potential.
In Saturday’s 105-86 loss to the Boston Celtics, Charlotte got another poor performance from Kidd-Gilchrist who played for 24 minutes and got six points plus two rebounds.
He was 3-of-7 from the floor and Dunlap needs to show him more confidence to set Kidd-Gilchrist up to get more shots. Watching the shots go in is the only way to boost a player who has lost his confidence.
Earlier this month, when Kidd-Gilchrist had back-to-back games of 17 points apiece, it looked like he was on his way to a strong finish to the regular season. But in his last five games, he’s totaled 23 points and is 11-of-36. His rebounding hasn’t been too bad, but Kidd-Gilchrist has gone five games having forgotten how to score. He’d better get his memory back real soon.
That’s where the organization, starting with the head coach, comes into play. Sometimes one little move to serve as a wake-up call can get a player like Kidd-Gilchrist back on track. It’s up to the coach to determine what that wake-up call will be.