PTRW #900 DeMarre Carroll

“My main focus in these playoffs is keying in on defense. I’ve got to stop Joe (Johnson). I can’t let him get going. The rest will take care of itself.”

“My whole motto, my whole mindset throughout my life is someone can have it worse than you.” 

From Lionel Hollins:

“He was an energy guy, flying all over the court. But he was young and immature. A lot of guys come into the league with a higher opinion of themselves and expecting a bigger role. It takes time.”

From teammate Kyle Korver:

“There are a few guys in the NBA where you’re like, `Man, that guy’s got so much in the tank. If he could just be untapped’. He’s always been a guy who just wants to go out there and hoop, ball, play hard, get offensive rebounds, a one-man, full-court press. That’s been his mantra his whole life. But he came here and learned fundamentals, too.”


After a 25-point loss to the Golden State Warriors:

“We have to have consistent effort, consistent energy. We have to be able to go out tomorrow and start, hopefully, a slew of games where we can be consistent. It’s our effort, our consistency we have to work on. We go from having a great effort to a medium effort. We go from a great concentration to poor concentration. We have to shore that up.  I always felt as a player it was your job to bring your effort. It doesn’t mean the ball is going to go in. It doesn’t mean the pass is going to be perfect, doesn’t mean every defensive assignment is going to go your way. Everything we do there seems to be a definite link between things going well offensively and our effort being higher or things not going well for us offensively and our effort not being good. You can’t be so fragile that your effort depends on if the ball goes in or not.”


“I’ve never seen low-energy players be competitive. So, if you have low-energy guys who consistently start out lethargic, you’ve got the wrong guys. You have to have energy and urgency and aggressiveness. That has to be part of your DNA. No coach is going to change that.

“The idea that this guy’s a great motivator and that guy, there are no such things as great motivators. You can’t motivate the unmotivated. You can help in certain situations with a guy’s habits. You can help with his routine. But if you have to be the one who consistently has to prod a guy to play with energy and assertiveness and aggressiveness and passion, you’ve got the wrong guys and you’ve got to move on.”

“It’s one thing if you’re a young team and you’re just not there yet with your reaction time or you don’t have your schemes down. But the first part of it is, you’ve got to have the commitment of the best players that, yes, it’s important to us because we care deeply about winning. If you have that, eventually they’ll get it. The players know it’s important to win. Now, the question is, is winning important to them?”

“Some guys can do it once every five games, some guys twice, some three times, the rare can do it four times, and the ultra-elite do it on a nightly basis. It’s what separates players.”

“You have to have the talent and skill, but mental makeup is so critical into how much you can improve. Are you tough-minded? Are you physically durable? Does the game mean something to you? … Until you know those things about a player, it’s really difficult to know how much he’s going to improve.”


If you build the right habits and take care of the right things, then you’re going to be in a position to perform at as a high a level as you can, because so many other things come into it that you have no control over.

I’ve been really honest with them. There’s a laziness to our team. There is. It’s not that guys won’t work. They come out here and they work every day. So I’m not saying they’re lazy people. But we have some lazy habits in our game that – until we correct them – we’re going to have a hard time winning.

Our energy level in general, at both ends – half court, full court – needs to improve. We’ve talked about that a lot as a team. It’s probably the No. 1 priority and encompasses a lot of things. We’ve got to get a higher energy level, a better motor. I don’t totally know how to do that. A lot of that is within you. If I could only change one thing and I could wave a magic wand and change it, that would be my thing. We have to play with higher energy because it would take care of a lot of things. We do a lot of walking and jogging.”


After getting 12 offensive rebounds against the Chicago Bulls:

“It’s just being active, whatever it takes to win. See ball, get ball, that’s my motto.”

From Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt:

“Tristan is an energy guy. He’s a blue-collar worker. He’s a guy that’s willing to do the dirty work, and he’s very, very effective and efficient. He’s a fighter. He’s the kind of guy that you want to have on your side.”