PTRW #668 SCOTT BROOKS

From Mike Bokosky,  former assistant coach at UC Irvine on Brooks, the player:

“He wasn’t the fastest guy, but if we did any running drills, he always finished first, just to let everyone know he could win. He had charisma, that competitive quality. He wasn’t loud or going to puff his chest out, but he was a leader really without even knowing it.”

PTRW #665 GREGG POPOVICH

Following a loss in Game 4 of the western conference finals.

“We’ve got to play smarter against such great athletes … small margin of error, and you’d better be smart the way you play. And I think we have to play harder. I think they’re playing more physically than we are. They’re still getting more 50-50 balls and playing with more determination than we did.”

PTRW #664 NORRIS COLE

The combination of what God blessed me with plus my studying, that allows me to be a good on-ball defender. I take on the challenge. I love the competition. If they have confidence in me to do that, that’s great. But also, you have to have confidence in yourself to get it done. Everyone can have confidence in you but if you don’t have confidence in yourself, you’re done.”

“It’s all about winning. If I have to play 33 minutes to win, that’s fine. If I don’t play at all…as long as we win.”