HYPED BENCH

Love this picture of Duke’s women’s team.  Have to be happy for your teammates when they do well.

Duke

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MIKE HOPKINS

Men’s head basketball coach, University of Washington:

“The most important thing for me was to let these guys understand that we can win if we play the right way with a lot of energy and we do it together. That’s been our motto the whole year, ‘tougher together.’

THE BEST IN THE GAME

LeBron James following the Cavaliers win over the Brooklyn Nets 119-109.  Cleveland has now won six straight games. James scored 23 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter – including 18 straight for Cleveland. 

”Just trying to make plays, be assertive, help my team win.  You can’t force it. You’ve got to let it come to you. It’s times when you wish you can do it and sometimes the ball just doesn’t go in. But I put a lot of work into my craft and I believe that every shot I take is going to go in.  Sometimes it’s being aggressive and picking your spots and other times it’s, `Get the hell out of the way’.”

WIN BY 2?

Nah…

Tied up, 10-10. Straight 11. Winning by 2 is soft. Next point wins.

Kyrie Irving on the Celtics 16th win in a row…

“It’s just like being in a park 7-7 and game is 8. Someone else calls win by two and you’re calling straight up. That’s when the defense just starts to crank up and you see some unbelievable plays.”

RANKINGS DO NOT MATTER

RANKINGS:

They mean nothing at this time of year. High School. College and NBA. It’s all about improvement. Get better each day. Compete. Be a great teammate. Do the right thing. Enjoyable and productive. Dig down. Always PLAY THE RIGHT WAY.

2010-11 U Conn Huskies – Unranked. Picked 10th pre-season in Big East

All they did was go out and win the NCAA championship…