DERRICK ROSE ON DEFENSE

“Our defense is everything with this team, nothing else. Offensively we’re going to be fine, we’re going to find spots. We’re going to find spots to really play our game. It’s defensively, everybody playing on a string, everybody communicating, and everybody being on the same page [that is important].”

TALKIN’ ‘BOUT MY GENERATION

Via Phil Jackson:

“Today’s players simply lack the skills to play the triangle. They know  how to play one-on-one, catch-and-shoot, and they’ve mastered crossover  dribbles, spins, playing off of screens and step-back shots. They don’t  know how to execute things like inside-reverse pivots and other basic  footwork. They have no sense of timing or organization. They don’t  really know how to play five-on-five basketball. It’s strictly  generational.”

HUBIE BROWN

The ESPN color analyst with his thoughts on Jeff Hornacek coaching the Knicks.

http://nypost.com/2016/05/31/ex-knicks-coach-jeff-hornacek-can-only-fix-so-much/

“The hiring of anybody taking over a bad team that has limited talent and needs definite additions at key positions, you have to be lucky and fortunate that the players who are there can buy into the system and give it 100 [percent] every single night. I would expect he comes in and gets that. I know they’ll be more accountable. That’s key anytime you come into a bad situation. You’re not going anywhere without accountability.’’

 

CARMELO ANTHONY

“What I would like to see happen, is we get a competing attitude. I think everybody deserves that from their organization. Everybody needs to figure out a way, how we’re going to compete at a high level, day in and day out. Not just sometimes – and not just being OK with being mediocre.”