“You’re entitled to absolutely nothing in this game!”
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“You’re entitled to absolutely nothing in this game!”
“If you’re not talking, you’re not playing defense.”
“Ray Allen would take shots from here, here & here, the same thing every time. They’re very routine & that’s helped them a lot.”
“Do you want to stand out, or do you want to win? For young guys, that’s hard to understand that if you win, you do stand out. Or, you can stand out alone and you’ll get a lot of accolades, but you won’t win and that’s an individual thing. For us, and I don’t know our guys yet, but for the young ones – that’s DeAndre (Jordan), Blake (Griffin), and Chris (Paul) – that’ll be the key is sacrificing even some of their games for the good of the win.”
On his new head coach Doc Rivers:
“Everything has a purpose. He expects a lot of us. He allows us to be pros and men.”
ESPN.com Boston, on Doc Rivers talking defense with his team. Doc also gives props to new Celtic, Courtney Lee:
We talked about it, as I told you before the game, we had yet to showup defensively,” Rivers told reporters following Thursday’s win. “And tonight, that’s us. That’s our defense. And trying to convince them, with all the scoring we have, if we get stops, we’re going to score. We’re going to score in transition more, we’re going to score in a lot of different ways and you can see that tonight.”
“Courtney was the best defender on the floor, he was terrific tonight; ran the floor, which he does. He does a lot of tough things. He’s really buying into everything. All of them are, really. They’ve just got to get used to it. But, again, Courtney’s important for us. We want a defensive unit to start games.
“We thought [Lee] was [a good defender]. When he was in Orlando — the last winning team he was on, yes, he was a heck of a defender. And now, he’s getting that back again, which is good.”
Bernard King’s Journey to Springfield: As a rookie with the New Jersey Nets Bernard purchased 25 season tickets for a spot in Piscataway Arena where the Nets played their home games called, ‘King’s Korner‘. This was a section for underprivileged kids. “If I can possibly enlighten some kids and help them learn to respect themselves and keep their problems in the past…show them that the thing is to not try to be what you can’t be but to realize your own potential.”
1-I attended the BCAM coaches clinic this weekend and had an enjoyable and productive two days. Every coach should attend at least one clinic per year. Keep learning.
2-Alex Kennedy of Hoops World on Arron Afflalo of the Orlando Magic.
3-SF Gate.com on Warriors rookie Draymond Green. I love this guy out of Michigan State. Just read some of his quotes. “His basketball IQ is far beyond any rookie I have ever seen come into this league,” said Pete Myers, who played nine seasons and has been a coach or scout in the league since 1999. “He knows himself, he has a mental toughness and a physical competitiveness. It’s going to be hard to keep him off the floor.”
4-Bob Finnan of the News-Herald on Luke Walton trying to stick with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He really knows how to play the game of basketball,” Cavs coach Byron Scott said. “He has a high basketball IQ. He’s looked that way from Day 1. I was surprised with his conditioning when he came to camp. He picked up where he left off (from last year). His experience is invaluable. He’s a guy who’s won (two) NBA championships.
5-Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe on Doc Rivers and his approach with a Darko. “You can see that he gets frustrated easy,” Rivers said. “So we’re trying to eliminate those episodes. Our thing right now with Darko is to play forward. From being around for a short time, as a coach I can probably feel he’s played his career backwards. He lives in the past a lot and we’re trying to get him to live in the future. I told him (Friday), the only time I’ll take you out is if you make a mistake and make another mistake because you’re thinking about the last mistake. I won’t take you out for making a mistake. So hopefully that works.”
A week ago someone said you almost had to play a near-perfect game to beat Team USA.
In Sunday’s gold medal game Spain didn’t play a perfect game but they did play their best game of the 2012 Olympics.
It’s too bad it wasn’t enough.
The Americans were just too much. Too many weapons. Too athletic, too good.
In the end, the United States of America pulled out the victory and captured their second straight gold medal.
Kevin Durant showed once again why he is the best outside shooter in the world by pouring in 30 points including 8-18 from distance.
“Defense won the game for us,” Durant said afterwards.
The Americans have now won 5 of the last 6 gold Medals in Olympic competition.
LeBron James showed why he is the best player in the world by taking over down the stretch once again. James scored 19 points on 8-13 shooting. James also had 7 rebounds and 4 assists.
“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. We didn’t want it easy,” LeBron James said. “A lot of teams have won gold easy. We didn’t want it that way. We’re a competitive team, and we love when it gets tight. That’s when our will and determination kind of shows. It was the same way in ’08.”
James joins Michael Jordan as the only players to win the NBA title, regular-season MVP, NBA Finals MVP and Olympic gold in the same year.
Not too shabby, huh?
“It’s more than the names on the backs. It’s all about the [USA] name on the front,” said James.
USA led 97-91 at the 2:44 mark when James drove to the goal for a thunderous dunk. On the next American possession he calmly banged a deep three from the top of the key to make it 102-93 with 1:35 to play. It was over right there.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski has said he is retiring from coaching at the International level finished his career with a 62-1 record.
Kobe Bryant won his second gold medal said he will not be back in 2016. After the game, Doc Rivers said, “Kobe is the hardest working guy in the NBA.”
USA had only 13 assists on 34 field goals. Spain dished out 22 assists on 33 makes.
Rebounding was even at 35 for both teams.
Spain played a lot of zone throughout the game.
It was interesting to see Spain keep Marc Gasol in the game when he picked up three fouls in the second quarter. He quickly picked up his fourth with 5:20 to play in the first half and had to sit for a long stretch of the game. He only played 17 minutes but scored 17 points.
Pau Gasol scored 24 points and Juan Carlos Navarro had 21 for Spain. Navarro had 19 at the half.
Here’s an idea for David Stern and the NBA: get rid of the NBA all-star game and replace it with USA vs the World. How cool would that be? Or, if you don’t want to get rid of the boring all-star game, add a USA vs the World game on all-star weekend. I have stopped watching. It’s uninspiring and meaningless.
The basketball world lost a good guy. Former Central Michigan University power forward Dan Roundfield has passed away. Roundfield drowned trying to save his wife while the family vacationed in Aruba. He was 59.
Michael Cunningham of the AJC with the horrible news.
Roundfield played for the Chips from 1971 to 1975. In 1975, the Detroit native was named MVP of the MAC.
“I remember watching pro basketball on television as a kid and vowing I wanted to pattern myself after certain players. I would watch a Bill Russell or an Elvin Hayes, and I would tell my friends I wanted to be like them.” (Basketball Digest, December 1979)
Roundfield was drafted by the Indiana Pacers of the ABA in 1975 where he played for the Pacers for three seasons. Roundfield then signed as a free-agent with the Atlanta Hawks where his career took off. The power forward spent six seasons in the ATL.
I first recall seeing Roundfield play for the Atlanta Hawks at Madison Square Garden. The Hawks had an interesting and fun team. Coached by Hubie Brown and Mike Fratello they had guys like Doc Rivers, Tree Rollins and Dominique Wilkins. Roundfield was a tough inside player with some hops. In a game that I watched live at MSG he had a couple of hard dunks. Roundfield could post you up, run the floor and shoot the mid-range jump-shot. Roundfield could defend very well and he was one of the better rebounders in the league. Roundfield was always a guy who was crashing the offensive glass when a teammate missed a shot. To me Roundfield was very underrated during his time with the Hawks. Roundfield brought his hardhat and lunch pail every night; a typical blue-collar guy from the city of Detroit.
Roundfield might not have been the most talented player with the Hawks but he was the backbone of the that team.
People weren’t always trying to get Roundfield to play basketball for them, however. He grew up in Detroit thinking he was going to be a baseball hero and didn’t even begin to play organized basketball until the 11th grade. “My first year was a total wipeout,” says Roundfield. “We lost every single game. I was the shortest center in our division, and we got killed every time.” By his senior year at Chadsey High School, Roundfield’s game was improving, but he was often overshadowed by a couple of other future stars from the Detroit area—Campy Russell and James McElroy, both now in the NBA with Cleveland and Atlanta respectively.
Roundfield was a three-time NBA all-star from 1980-1982. More from the SI story…
Only six or seven colleges bothered to recruit Roundfield, but he chose none of them, electing instead to go to Central Michigan after his parents urged him to apply for a basketball scholarship. Had his parents been less persuasive, Roundfield would probably be a bank teller today. Come to think of it, he is a bank teller today, working at the Fulton Federal Savings & Loan in Atlanta during the off-season.
Roundfield wound up leading Central Michigan to a 1975 Mid-American Conference title and impressed pro scouts by blocking eight shots in a loss to Kentucky in the NCAA Mideast Regional that year. He was drafted in the first round by Indiana, then in the ABA, for whom he sat on the bench most of his rookie season. Roundfield had always been a great leaper, but he wasn’t prepared for one experience. “My second year with the Pacers, Len Elmore got hurt,” says Roundfield, “and I started 61 games for them at center. That was the first year of the merger, so I had to go up against guys like Bob Lanier, Bill Walton and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. I learned a lot that year. I was quick enough to stay with those guys. but I wasn’t big enough to really do battle with them. I had to get by on quickness and jumping ability, which didn’t do me any good most of the time because those big guys would just push me out of the way.”
In 1980 Roundfield made first team all-NBA. In 82-83, Roundfield put up 19 PPG and 11RPG.
Roundfield was also a three-time member of the first team all-defensive team.
Roundfield finished out his career in Detroit and Washington.
His career numbers over 12 years in the ABA and NBA: 14 points per game and 6 rebounds per game.
When you talk old school players, Roundfield would be the guy you would want your players today to emulate.
While doing some research on Roundfield I came across this funny exchange between an NBA official and Roundfield’s coach Mike Fratello compliments of Sports Illustrated.
Earl Strom, NBA referee, complaining to Atlanta coach Mike Fratello after the Hawks’ Dan Roundfield protested a call: “I don’t think he has the right to yell at me just because I miss a call. I don’t yell at him when he misses a layup.”
Thoughts and prayers go out to the Roundfield family.
USA 110 Tunisia 63
I don’t care what the score was in the second quarter.
An Olympic basketball game is 40 minutes long.
You have to give credit to Tunisia; they were not afraid of the Americans. They came out and played hard.
Tunisia’s outside shooting kept them in the game in the first half; they finished 9-26 on the night.
I know a lot of people have Larry Bird & Rick Barry as two of the best passing forwards in the history of basketball but LeBron is right up there with them. LBJ’s two touch passes leading to American buckets were gorgeous. He also made a sweet behind-the-back pass to Kevin Durant for a deuce. No mention of the unselfishness by the NBC announcing crew. If that was Ricky Rubio they’d be going crazy.
Doc Rivers, moonlighting for NBC as a pre-game, half-time and post-game analyst is by far the best basketball analyst we have…On my bucket list I have added, “visit a Celtics practice or two”
Next up for the Americans is Nigeria.
France beat Argentina on Tuesday 71-66. Viva La France…