Head coach Dwane Casey:
We need more guys who are going to dive on the floor for loose balls, take charges, get back in transition, do the hard things hard. That’s what we’re trying to establish here, because if you don’t play that way, we’re going to be like we’ve been the last 4-5 years. And if you’re satisfied with that, you’re in the wrong place.
We’re going to be a team that’s going to play hard. That’s one thing the City of Detroit is built on, the Pistons’ history, tradition is built on, and we’re not going to change now. We’re going to be a hard-playing team.
If they’re not doing it, they’re coming out of the game. They have to be. You don’t want to coach that way. You don’t want to have to coach effort, focus and energy, I’m not saying every one of our guys are like that. We got a few that are playing hard, but we have to have more.
“When adversity hits, you go back to the habits. When you build that resiliency, that attitude, that sense of purpose, good things happen. It doesn’t take talent to run the floor hard, to screen, to box-out on a rebound.”
“If you look at it, nothing crazy, nothing flashy, right? But we move the ball, we’re moving the bodies, we’re playing the right way, cutting. Once we have unselfish guys and play the right way: We’ve got shooters, we have guys that can attack, guys with speed. It’s a good mix of guys out here.”
“If you play the right way, you play hard, you’ll be in many games.”
Happy birthday to the shooting guard from Brooklyn.
Following the Detroit Pistons loss to the Brooklyn Nets:
“We just don’t play hard on a consistent basis.”
Avery Bradley on Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy:
“The first thing they would all say is, ‘You’re going to love Stan. With your personality and how hard you work, you’re going to love Stan. You and Stan will get along perfectly.’ We all know Stan’s a very good coach. He’s very intense. I feel like he’s just going to help me be a better player, help me get out of my comfort zone, which is going to help me go to the next level in my game.”