“We’ve got a group of players that have a lot of grit and a lot of character. We have a champion [in James] who leads them in the right way, a guy that is not only a fabulous basketball player, but he is an experienced winner who’s about the right things and who leads his guys in a way that empowers them and does not belittle them, in a way that lifts them. I just think we really play hard. Even when we’re not great, we’re still playing hard, and we have been. Since January, I don’t know that there’s a harder playing team than us, and that takes you a long way.”


“I put myself out there to help my team, whatever it takes. I know my knee is nowhere near 100 (percent). But at the end of the day if I’m out there I’m going to give it my all and hopefully my team has my back. I’ve been getting a million calls and emails about me, why am I there, this might be the biggest contract of my life. But at the end of the day this game isn’t promised to you. So whenever you’ve got an opportunity to play basketball, a lot of people say it’s bigger than money and it feels like that to me. I cherish this game and I want to be out there fighting, and if I have to fight on one leg, I’m gonna fight on one leg. I can’t let this opportunity pass me by. Eastern Conference finals, playing against LeBron James. I don’t care if I have to do it on one leg, I’ll hobble out there.”


“It’s a fun way to play basketball. Whoever’s on the court, you feel like you matter every single time. Even if you don’t shoot the ball, you’re going to make the pass, you’re going to set the screen. What you do on that possession matters. When everyone matters like that, you actually play harder, you buy in a little bit easier. We don’t have one guy shooting 20 shots a game. We’re pretty balanced, so you know, ‘I’m going to set the screen one time, and the next time someone is going to set the screen for me.’ It’s kind of a, ‘I’ll scratch your back and you’ll scratch mine,’ type thing.”