Hornets coach James Borrego calls Terry Rozier a ‘great competitor’
Terry Rozier is set to play a big role for the Charlotte Hornets this season. After publicly saying that he has long been ready to lead his own team, the pressure is on him to walk the talk.
While most people are pessimistic about his ability to be a star, head coach James Borrego has complete confidence in the 25-year-old.
In an interview with Taunton Daily Gazette’s Jim Fenton, Borrego said that he wants the Hornets to be competitive next season, and Rozier is what he considers the human embodiment of competitiveness on the team.
“The biggest thing for our young group is to compete and that’s who he is. He’s a great competitor. He’s bought in from day one. He’s done everything we’ve asked of him. I look forward to him growing during the season,” Borrego said.
Borrego added that Rozier is an easy player to deal with.
“He’s very coachable. He picks stuff up quickly, understands what we’re trying to do and competes at a high level. He’s been everything I expected and more.″
Everyone from the Hornets organization seems to say the same thing about Rozier. Aside from Borrego, general manager Mitch Kupchak has also praised Scary Terry for his skills and potential.
In his first preseason game for the Hornets, Rozier finished with nine points, four rebounds and eight assists in a 107-106 loss against his former team, the Boston Celtics. While his numbers don’t stand out, it is worth noting that preseason games really don’t matter. Besides, he played in only 23 minutes for the team.
Rozier has a lot to prove in the 2019-20 season, and it’s all up to him if he can live up to expectations.