From Kobe Bryant:

“When I turn on the TV and I watch players play, the player that plays with the same kind of emotion and grit and competitive intensity is Russell [Westbrook].”

“When I was young and playing, that wasn’t the perception. The perception was that I was headstrong, obsessive about the game of basketball, but as time has gone on and people have been able to see how obsessive I’ve been about winning, then that’s kind of become, they’ve kind of come to know me as that, right. So there are certain young players out there, I’m sure, that have that mentality, but over time we will be able to see who is who.”

“Russell is going hard. Doesn’t matter who he is playing against, doesn’t matter what the odds are, he’s going, that’s a guy, he is going 110 percent every single time.”

Source: http://clutchpoints.com/kobe-bryant-sees-himself-in-russell-westbrook/


After a recent loss to the Hawks:

“Maybe some guys are starting to just kind of mail it in. I’m not sure. But I’m not going to stand for that. I’ll just find a group of guys that will compete and play hard and play the right way, and play them 48 minutes if I have to. Some of our guys did play with energy and effort tonight. Not enough.”


“To me, when we play the right way, I think that we’re really good. I do. I love watching our team play when we play the right way. When we don’t share and we’re not aggressive and things like that, we can get average, and talent doesn’t prevail with us. That’s why I think it’s so important, the habits of energy and things like that.”


“I don’t like losing, man. I play this game to win. I never in my life played to lose. I don’t know what that feels like. I don’t play like that. I play to win. I felt like that the locker room here was kind of sulking right when I got here. It was sad to be in a professional locker room like that. I didn’t like it. I just wanted to come in each and every day and put my work in and hopefully make guys feed off my energy and take it from there.”


The Sixers keep track of effort plays. Nerlens Noel was asked about it:

Jared Zwerling:  In recent years, Brett Brown has developed an effort chart to “gameify,” as he calls it, different intangibles like hustle plays. How has the effort chart evolved?
They’ve definitely even upped it a little more. I think it does help you to keep track on how much energy you have every game. It’s really based on energy and effort, how much you’re playing with, all the little things that you’re doing—contesting shots, running back on defense, first three steps [which refer to the ones you take after the opposing team secures the rebound and players need to get their momentum in the other direction; the steps are the most important because the goal is for the five defensive players to be ahead of the ball]. It’s all the little things that are going to help you win a game if you do them consistently and with discipline.


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.”