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All of those things had been talked about, suggested, rumored, as a manager and as a member of the Knicks organization, I couldn't allow myself to think that way or believe that.
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But at the end of the day I want to do what is best for the Knicks organization.
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Everybody wants to be perfect.
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How can I tell the eighth or ninth man on the team that I want you to work hard every day and I want you to improve and get better, but while you're doing that you're not going to get any minutes?
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I believe in the players and what I've put together and we'll make it work.
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I can't think of any NBA team over the last few years that lost three starters. And we replaced them basically with three guys who really haven't played in this league.
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I love what I'm doing.
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I want to see if the player communicates with his teammates and how he responds to coaching. Another thing to remember is players' bodies can develop better than their skills.
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I would say it's a very interesting draft because we really don't have a great feel with what's happening before us.
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I would still like to get more athletic and have players that can really cover what's going on in the game.
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I'd rather bet on myself. If my career is in the hands of someone else, it is not something I have a lot of faith in.
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I'll continue to try to make changes to better improve the team.
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I'm done discussing Larry Brown.
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I've been in pressure situations before. All my life it's been about pressure and having to get it done. Just because you say it publicly, it does not make me afraid of it or make me shy away from it.
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I've been in this situation before in Indiana where they were rebuilding and the first year they were in transition and a .500 team, and the second year that was when we really started the rebuilding phase and got a little younger and we ended up going to the playoffs all three years.
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If all I'm remembered for is being a good basketball player, then I've done a bad job with the rest of my life.
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If it fills a need, if it fills a rebuilding situation. And my goal is to fill and rebuild and I am not going to be shortsighted.
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If you tell one guy that he's going to play consistently, you're basically telling the other guy that no matter how hard he works, no matter what he does, you're not going to play him. Therefore your team can't improve, because you've guaranteed guys minutes even when they're playing bad.
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If you want consistency, then you perform. This is a performance job. You get paid to perform. Your money is guaranteed, but your minutes are not.
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Instead of me telling them what they need to work on, I wanted to hear from them what they needed to work on.
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It was important to me to believe, because if I don't believe, how can I expect them to believe?
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It wasn't about the X's and the O's and the strategy; it was more about keeping 12 guys focused and committed to a task. That group dynamic, and then helping them to grow as people and basketball players.
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It's been made clear to all of us that a player should never leave the playing field and go into the stands.
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It's hard to get people to overcome the thought that they have to take care of themselves first. It's hard to get players to give in to the group and become selfless as opposed to selfish.
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Larry Brown thought Steve Francis was a Larry Brown type of player.
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Most players in this league say they want consistency.
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My first choice was to work it out with Larry Brown. I needed Larry and I gave him 50 million bucks. This is a situation that I'm in and I'll handle it and I'll make it work.
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My greatest gift that I have in life is basketball.
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My thought has always been completion. Maybe you have to rebound better, shoot better, hit free throws, handle the ball, defend better. You have to do all those things in the course of a game.
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One word is passion. They are passionate about their team. We win we're great, lose and we're the worst. But you can't overreact to the fans.
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So I am confident and very secure in working with young players and helping them develop and helping them move along the path.
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That challenge of working through it, keeping guys motivated, keeping the group together, overcoming obstacles, all of that; I really got into it.
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The biggest difference is in the leadership. It was better for us. We had more coaches and mentors to help us. A lot of the younger players today suffer from a lack of direction.
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The type of athletes we draft still need types of versatility on the defense side of the ball, run the offense. You should still be concerned on the offense side of the ball.
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There is not a player on this roster now, who doesn't understand or believe that if he is not performing, I don't have problems getting rid of them.
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We decided to either try trades or just go with older players. If you do that and let contracts expire you can be in the lottery for about four or five years and expect your fans to be patient.
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We decided to go the way of trading and getting younger players.
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We needed Larry Brown. Me more so than anyone. I wanted Larry to do a great job for us and I thought he would and I thought he could.
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We succeeded in doing what other franchises try to do in terms of rebuilding on the fly. We were changing the engine while flying 30,000 feet above the ground. We did it with young guys who hadn't really played before and a blend of veteran guys who are more or less on the downside of their career.
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We were going to have to experiment, and we needed to develop our younger players. And a lot of the changes were because of injuries. But that's where I give a lot of credit to the group in terms of being able to maintain things.
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When you hear Kobe (Bryant) and Shaq (O'Neal) talk now, it's all about growing, it's all about sharing, it's all about giving. That's what the deal is. My guys were talking like that.
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When you look at the way teams are playing and shooting the three ball, you really have to extend your defense.
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Where we sit now, I don't think we have the luxury of the 20 teams before us. I think we are going after the best players we can get on the board.
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You have to develop your whole game to completion.
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You're always at war with the guy on the other bench. You pick up their patterns. That's what I got the most out of this year. I know what other coaches like to do.
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