Posted in Basketball, Chris Douglas-Roberts with tags on April 20, 2014 by hoopscoach

“When I was out of the league I was lifting, running, riding a bike, shooting. I never worried because I worked so hard. When I was at home, when nobody was interviewing me, I was diligently working. I created my own ice bucket with a garbage can. I felt when you’re in debt to the game, success is expected. Your time is going to come. And I always knew when it came I’d be ready.

“I never wanted to be a liability. I never want a coach to look at me and say, ‘He can’t do this.’ So I want to shoot high percentage from 3s, high percentage from the field. I want to defend the best player. I just want to be somebody that has to be out there. If I’m not out there it’s because somebody is having a better night, not because of something I’m not doing.”

Bobcats head coach Steve Clifford:

A lot of it just goes to the basic nature of who he is. He’s highly competitive, he’s very bright and he’s tough. And he’s really seen it all, right? He’s hungry. And the other part about him, he puts the work in to prepare to play well. He’s always in here. Look, he’s being rewarded for all his hard work.”


Posted in Basketball, Kawhi Leonard with tags on April 20, 2014 by hoopscoach

From Gregg Popovich:

“He has a great capacity to absorb things and he works hard. He comes early to practice. He stays after. Our development guys work with him constantly and he wears them out. So he really wants to be good and he’s got some talents to work with, so that’s a good combination.”


Posted in Basketball, Joe Dumars with tags on April 20, 2014 by hoopscoach

“On good teams, coaches hold players accountable. On great teams, players hold players accountable.”


Posted in Basketball, Draymond green with tags on April 20, 2014 by hoopscoach

On his head coach Mark Jackson:

“He saw the good in me over the bad, the times I struggled shooting the ball and couldn’t buy a basket. He continued to believe in me and whatever it was I was doing good. Most importantly he never lost confidence in me.”


Posted in Basketball, Paul Pierce with tags on April 19, 2014 by hoopscoach

Following the Nets game 1 win over the Raptors:

You just get that feeling in the game and I’ve been in those situations a number of times. You know, I don’t get rattled in fourth quarters or down the stretch in playoff settings. I’ve been in pretty much every playoff setting that you can imagine so I just try to stay calm and bring my calmness to the game and just try to compose the rest of the guys and I thought we did a great job today. But the most important thing, I thought we did a great job defensively. It wasn’t about our offense, even though we executed; the defense was great tonight in the fourth quarter.”


Posted in Basketball, Damian Lillard with tags on April 19, 2014 by hoopscoach

“I know that being myself is good enough. I don’t have to go out there and try to do all these special things. I believe in my heart that being myself is good enough. And if we can win games, that will attract people’s attention. People will respect that more than if I go out there and try to do all these great things and we don’t win. So I’ll just go out there and be myself.’’


Posted in Basketball, Chuck Daly with tags on April 19, 2014 by hoopscoach

On Dennis Rodman:

“He doesn’t know anything else but playing hard.”


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