Hornets coach James Borrego lays out expectations for Terry Rozier
The Charlotte Hornets had a rough offseason. They lost All-Star Kemba Walker, as well as their second-best playmaker in Jeremy Lamb. To replace the production lost, the team signed Terry Rozier to three-year, $58 million deal.
Now that Rozier has been paid, Hornets head coach James Borrego explained what he expects the point guard to bring to Charlotte in his first season.
“I think he helps us establish more of our culture right now. He’s a two-way guy, plays both ends of the floor. He competes, he works, he’s got upside. He’s young, so he fits with our young group right now and I think there’s a lot of growth for him right now to make another step, to show that he can be the leader, a starting point guard in this league,” Borrego told Roderick Boone of The Athletic.
“And there’s a lot of motivation there for him and this is a great opportunity for him. Obviously, we are going to miss Kemba. But we feel like this is a guy that can step in, grow with our young guys, really compete, defend and bring a competitive spirit every night.”
It’s a tough job to replace a player with Walker’s ability, but Rozier is up to the task. After spending years in the shadow of Kyrie Irving, Scary Terry finally has a chance to prove that he is capable of being the number one option on a team.
Rozier has got a lot of work to do, especially with such a young team. We will have to wait and see if the Hornets did the right thing by making him their main man.