If we are doing the things the right way, who knows? If we play hard, if we play the right way and give yourself a chance every night, who knows?
“I’m so far past that,” he said of his 2012 run as a New York Knick. “From the outside, really during the season, I don’t read anything, tweets or comments or articles or what this commentator said. So expectations are going to be the same for me.and I’m going to go in and keep my mind right. play for God and I think the last couple of years, I’ve been able to live with the results.
“I played, I think, the right way and that’s the way I want to play in Brooklyn.”
“We have a bunch of fighters on this team. Everybody’s still playing hard, playing with each other. Nobody’s looking at it like, ‘There’s 10 games left. It’s my contract year. I’m going to go out and shoot every time I touch it.’ Everybody’s still trying to play the right way.”
“It takes a lot of effort to win in this business. It’s not easy. You can’t play when you want to play. You’ve got to play every night, every minute.”
We always like to say, “effort affects outcome.”
“The most important position in the game today is the point guard position, that’s the coach on the floor. That’s the guy that has to get everyone rallying in the right position. So if your point guard is not demanding and is not accountable and is holding everyone else accountable, your team is going to struggle.”
On guarding Carmelo Anthony:
“I just tried to contest everything he shoots. I knew he was going to get his attempts up, and I just wanted to make sure I had a hand up before he goes up instead of after he released it. With a guy like that it’s tough because he has so much to his game, so I just tried to keep a hand up at all times.’’
“We could be better. Every season presents its ups and downs, and we’re no different than that, when you’re trying to perfect your craft. We’re a hard-working group, a young group, a group that wants to be better. So we’ve got pluses and minuses, just like anybody else. Every year is different. I could sit here and make up a bunch of excuses, but at the end of the day it’s about playing and executing. We’re trying to get better at executing. We’re a younger team, not that much experience, but the fight we [have] gives us a chance to win every night. I want to say yeah we can turn it around, and I hope so, but it’s about the work you put in.’’
“It’s changing attitudes, it’s getting everyone to buy in, it’s getting everybody to believe and trusting each other. You hear all coaches talk about team, and it’s not easy to get going, especially with a more veteran team when all the players have had success doing it their own way. To then get them to do it a little bit different for the group, and make sacrifices for the group is always difficult.”
“Whatever the situation is, I’m going to do it. I’m a coachable guy, I’m not a selfish guy, so whatever we do, as long as it works, guys will be for it.”