If there's a more meticulous coach in the NBA than Larry Brown, I haven't met him.
That's the conclusion I drew from watching five practices this week. The man sees so much more and corrects so much more than most of his peers.
He's done more real teaching – cleaning up players' bad habits – in four days this summer than former Bobcats coach Sam Vincent did all last season.
Simple example: Brown immediately noticed center Ryan Hollins' sloppy footwork, sliding sideways to the basket when he should be running on a straight line.
He told Hollins this four times the other day – not in some harsh, scolding way, but in a tone that conveyed persistence.
And it's cleaning up Hollins' footwork.
If every Bobcat shows up at training camp with an open mind and a conviction to improve, Brown can make a big difference.
Selfishness on the court makes Brown crazy. Here's the mini-speech he gave at the end of practice Wednesday night:
“We get the ball to the open man without exception. If somebody has a better shot than you, regardless of who it is, you throw it to him!''