From Jeff Hornacek:

“Tyson’s been the defensive anchor for all these teams that he’s played on. Won a championship. He knows how to play the game. He knows how to protect his teammates. How to talk to his teammates. Our biggest problem probably last year (defensively) is we didn’t have a lot of guys that talk. Tyson’ll be the director back there. He’ll tell our guys what defense we’re in, what the rotation is.”


Denver’s Defensive Demands:

1-Take Away the Corner Three:

“That’s the highest percentage 3-point shot in the league, below the break, the easiest shot in the game. So when we try to make sure everything we do defensively in our rules and our philosophy, they understand that we don’t leave strongside shooters. If the ball is dribbled at you on the baseline, don’t get sucked in. Start inching out to take that shot away.”

2-Clog the Paint:

“The biggest thing is we want to protect the paint, first and foremost. If you get beat in the paint and those high-percentage shots around the rim, it could make for a long night, and that starts in transition.”

3-Defend Without Fouling:

4-No Gambling:

“I don’t mind steals, because if we can defend then run that’s great. But we’re not a team that’s going to get up and deny in the passing lanes. We’re more of a shrink-the-floor team, protect that paint. If we want to protect the paint, you can’t get up and deny everything because you’re going to open yourself up to back-door plays. So our mind-set is let them catch the ball, keep them in front of us and then contain the basketball, contest and rebound. Now, if we can get a steal within our defensive rules, I’m all for it.”

-Coach Finamore


“Being on the same page is probably the No. 1 thing defensively. If you eliminate confusion and everyone knows what they’re supposed to do, it’s really simple. If everyone is on the same page, you’ll be a top-14 defensive team at least, and obviously you can get much higher. As a general rule in the NBA, if you overcomplicate things and players are thinking instead of reacting, it’s hard. But if you can keep it simple, you know exactly where you’re going to be every single time. You want to eliminate confusion and them thinking about ‘Should I be here or there?’ Just really try to keep it simple and play to their strengths.”


From Kelly Olynk:

“He just changes the pace of the game, especially on defense. He’s up on people, making plays on the defensive end, whether it’s steals, a couple of charges, or just making it tough, wearing guys down.”

Evan Turner:

“His defense. His tenacity. You can tell a lot of other guards don’t like going up against him, for the most part. Once they feel his strength and stuff, they look back and kind of say, ‘This kid’s for real.’”

Marcus himself:

“I eat and sleep basketball and it was taken away from me for a while and it felt good to finally be back with these guys and make an impact tonight.”


Talking trust, work and defense…

“Trust is work. That’s how you build trust. You gotta know what you’re doing. You have to be tied together. You have to work at it. Where you get trust is from the work. The magic is in the work. It’s working together. It’s timing. It’s being tied together. One guy being off is going to hurt. You need everyone working together. And it doesn’t end. You’re not going to have it figured out in three days. You’re trying to do something great. Nothing great was ever achieved without great work and great ethic. It’s really that simple.’’