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Posted in Brett Brown with tags , on October 27, 2014 by hoopscoach

On defense:

Every little piece, every breath I take it is about that. It is the only way we will do anything of significance is if we just never let it go.

If I hold it dear they (team) will too. It is a massive word with a lot of pieces all under the one umbrella of accountability and pride. I have to do a good job coaching this team to defend.

We have a bunch of guys who don’t know the NBA. As athletic and energized as they are, that only counts for 60 percent. It is not just ‘play hard,’ and that is why sometimes I get upset.

They will play hard but there is a whole other thing going on that is sophisticated and studied that defines the great defensive teams. It is way more than being young, athletic and playing hard.


Posted in Stan Van Gundy with tags on October 1, 2014 by hoopscoach

On what it takes to play defense:

“First of all, that’s something any team can do well. It really doesn’t take anything other than a commitment to do it and great effort.”


Posted in Basketball, Defense, PJ Tucker with tags , on February 23, 2014 by hoopscoach

“Nobody says nothing about defense. Nobody thinks about the defense. It’s so important for our team. When we play defense, we are hard to guard because we get stops and then we’re one of the best fast-break teams.”


Posted in Basketball, Brett Brown, Defense with tags , on February 3, 2014 by hoopscoach

On playing defense:

You either play it or you don’t. You do or you don’t. It’s a mindset, it’s a way you see the sport and we need to see the sport from that lens or we’re going to have those types of nights. We think that we’re going to do something offensively to get back in it and we’re getting tricked, we’re going to get caught and then that’s it. Until you approach the game to where scores are a problem . . . You have to feel it is a problem. Until you feel like every score is a problem, you should want to seek answers, you want to have an accountability where it’s a group thing, a team thing. Until you really do that you are going to have these types of nights from time to time.”


Posted in Basketball, Brett Brown, Defense with tags , on January 31, 2014 by hoopscoach

“We have to play better defense, but I’m tired of hearing myself. I think a layman says that you just [have to] try harder, and it’s so not true. My parents try hard, but they’re not going to come out and play great defense. There’s a lot more to playing an NBA defense than trying.”

“We’re in the wrong floor spots, we miss rotations, we foul shooters, we throw the thing away, our pace catches up with us. We go through patches where it’s deflating, you feel like you’re playing hard and somebody scores. I think the defensive intelligence and how we’re guarding, combined with the effort they give most nights, I’m proud to be their coach most nights. But at the end of the day, that all sounds great. We have to do a better job of playing defense because we’re going nowhere down the road unless we do.”


Posted in Basketball, Defense, Energy, Jeremy Lamb, Scott Brooks with tags , , , on January 10, 2014 by hoopscoach

On Jeremy Lamb:

“We expect him to give us great energy on both ends. He can score the basketball. He can help our team score the basketball. But we like what he does defensively. We want him to continue to improve in that area because that’s what we build our success on.”


Posted in Basketball, Defense, Shannon Scott with tags , on January 9, 2014 by hoopscoach

I think as a team standpoint, we’re taking pride in our defense now. It’s not just me and Aaron … it’s everybody now. The fact that we’re all taking pride in that makes it a lot of fun for us to play defense and hopefully we can keep doing it in the Big Ten and keep going from there. Coach Matta talks about it a lot, about every game, that we’re the best defense in the country. We really want to have that in our heads that nobody should be able to score on us … From a viewpoint of other teams speaking of us as a problem on defense, we really want that to happen. We want them to be scared to play against us. As long as we can keep doing that, it’s going to make our game a lot easier.”


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