“Chemistry is everything. Everybody has to take their egos — and what they think it should look like — [and put it] aside. Make the right sacrifices to be the best team possible.
The ESPN color analyst with his thoughts on Jeff Hornacek coaching the Knicks.
“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.’’
“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.”
“There are critics? Who are these people? Why would people even say that? Do they have 11 championships to show you when they talk about that? They got a lot of excuses. That’s the way it is.”
“All good players can adapt to whatever system it is. If you’re a ballplayer, you’re a ballplayer. You come to work, you play hard, you’ll be part of what we have going on here. Just like any system, you have to learn.”
“Effort is mandatory. If there is progression toward being a winning team, the consistent effort is going to have to be there.”
“Everybody thinks that it’s supposed to come from somebody else other than what’s inside of the guys doing the job. It doesn’t matter what I said. As a player, you have to decide this means as much to you as anything in life because it’s what you’ve chosen to do.”
“They are adult men and professional athletes” who must “hold themselves accountable to a certain standard.”