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Primoz Brezec, Bobcats center
Sept. 27, 2006

The best player I ever played with was definitely Reggie Miller. Against? Lots of players, Shaq, Tim Duncan, there are lots of great guys.

Bernie Bickerstaff, Charlotte Bobcats head coach
Sept. 20, 2006

I think we've improved, for the simple reason that we've been together another year. We had some setbacks, where Emeka missed alot of time last year, but we've improved our depth..veterans like Othella Harrington, guys who are good in the locker room.

Brevin Knight, Bobcats guard
Sept. 13, 2006

I'd like to become a more confident three-point shooter and continue to be healthy and have fun and contribute like I have the past two seasons. Those are my personal goals.

Chris Bosh, Raptors forward
Sept. 8, 2006

Our goal that we need to set now, is to compete and try and win every single game. We need to limit our mistakes and push hard in every game. If we can do that, I think we can make the playoffs.

J.R. Smith, Nuggets guard
Aug. 25, 2006

We open up with the Clippers, so it's a great way to start the season, trying to get back at the team that ended our season last year. I really look forward to playing for the Nuggets.

John Starks, New York Knicks
Aug. 23, 2006

A player who may not be like me, but who I really like...is Dwyane Wade. I love the way he attacks the basket.

Nick Anderson, Orlando Magic
Aug. 22, 2006

The biggest moment of my NBA career had to be reaching the NBA Finals. Most people would say the block or steal on Michael Jordan, I can't argue with that too much. But for me, it was reaching the NBA Finals.

Mike James, Timberwolves guard
Aug. 17, 2006

I was excited (to sign with Minnesota). It was a great opportunity. Maybe this is the place where I can lay some roots. I am really estatic.

Ben Gordon, Bulls guard
Aug. 16, 2006

This offseason, I've been working on a mid-range game. A lot of young guys, including myself, are shooting the three or going to the hole for a dunk or contested shot. But this season, I am working on a mid-range game to make it harder to guard me.

Shane Battier, Rockets forward
July 28, 2006

I'm very excited about going to Houston and I think we have a great opportunity, if we stay healthy, to contend for a playoff spot in the West.

Otis Smith, Orlando GM
June 29, 2006

J.J. Redick has the ability to put the ball on the floor and create his own shots, but he also has the ability to come off screens and shoot. So, that's why he was a good pick for us.

Dave Twardzik, Orlando Assistant GM
June 21, 2006

Years ago, every team needed a seven-foot center, and I don't see that anymore. I see teams playing smaller guys in the backcourt too.

Bernie Bickerstaff, Charlotte GM and head coach
June 14, 2006

If we can get Emeka back and Sean back and get our team playing together, and get our group developing together, I expect tremendous improvement in our basketball team.

Nate McMillan, Portland Trail Blazers head coach
June 2, 2006

I like guys who can play both ends of the court and give 100-percent...not just in games...but in practice. I want guys who will do whatever it takes to win. A scrapper. I want scrappers.

Brian Hill, Orlando Magic head coach
May 31, 2006

The one area I really feel we need to work the hardest on and improve in, is reducing turnovers. If we can cut back on our turnovers per game in addition to continue to improve defensively and with our offensive execution, I think we can be a vastly improved basketball team.

Billy King, 76ers President and GM
May 18, 2006

We're going to try and build a team that is competitive and plays hard every night, but the goal is always to make the playoffs and win a championship.

Antawn Jamison, Wizards forward
April 27, 2006

We feel we had enough talent to compete with Miami. It was a rollercoaster season. But in my mind our goal is win a division not to just make the playoffs.

Matt Harpring, Jazz swingman
April 18, 2006

My biggest mentor when I came into the league was Horace Grant. He took me under his wing and showed me the ropes in the NBA.

Raymond Felton, Bobcats guard
April 12, 2006

Everyone talks about the Rookie Wall, but I haven't hit it! I'm going strong.

Charlie Bell, Bucks guard
March 29, 2006

To come back now and have a big role on this team, is something I could barely dream of. It's really been great.

Vladimir Radmanovic, Clippers forward
March 17, 2006

The team accepted me from the beginning and the coaches also gave me a very clear role right away.

Corey Maggette, Clippers forward
March 13, 2006

I think I'll be 100-percent in the playoffs. And I think the team will do great.

Ryan Gomes, Celtics forward
March 9, 2006

Whatever decisions are made, starting, the bench, whatever, I will bring the same intensity and hustle and do everything I can to help the Boston Celtics win.

Gerald Wallace, Bobcats forward
March 2, 2006

It's been a good all-around season for me...I just want to stay healthy and contribute and do my best job each night.

Zach Randolph, Trail Blazers forward
Feb. 28, 2006

Every aspect of my game, I need to keep working on, improving on. My perimeter game, my rebounding, my defense, everything.

Bill Cartwright, Nets assistant coach
Feb. 24, 2006

It's not complicated. When our Big Three ball, Jason, Vince and Richard, we win games.

Pat Garrity, Magic forward
Feb. 23, 2006

My role is to be a floor-spacer who can knock down open shots when teams collapse on Dwight or any of our other scores.

Peja Stojakovic, Pacers forward
Feb. 14, 2006

I guess I'm just healthier now and even though we are still learning on the court, we are getting better.

Travis Diener, Magic guard
Feb. 9, 2006

My favorite player growning up was Michael Jordan. He was the best player ever.

Richard Jefferson, Nets forward
Feb. 3, 2006

My bastketball inspiration was probably Magic Johnson. And then, as I got older, Scottie Pippen and Penny Hardaway.

Sebastian Telfair, Trail Blazers guard
Jan. 31, 2006

The hardest player in the NBA to guard, for me....as a point guard...is Stephon Marbury or Baron Davis.

Hedo Turkoglu, Magic forward
Jan. 31, 2006

As long as I get minutes, it really doesn't matter to me anymore whether I start or not.

Mehmet Okur, Jazz forward
Jan. 26, 2006

I'm focusing on playing well and most importantly I'm focusing on the Jazz winning games.

Delonte West, Celtics guard
Jan. 24, 2006

Out of 15 guys on our team, at least 14 of those guys had to be the class clown at their school!

Shavlik Randolph, 76ers forward
Jan. 23, 2006

I never thought anyone could get 81 points in the modern era.

Jameer Nelson, Orlando guard
Jan. 17, 2006

It's a big difference, because, as a starter, I feel I will be out there a lot longer and earlier and get more chances to get things done on the court. Off the bench, the opportunities to contribute are not as high.

Travis Outlaw, Blazers forward
Jan. 10, 2006

Ha-ha (Laughing) I don't know, it depends on the mood I'm in. I've gotten close when I wasn't tryin' that hard...I've never touched the top-top of the backboard, but you never know....

Martell Webster, Blazers guard
Dec. 27, 2005

Portland is great. It's just like Seattle, where I'm from. And it's very close to home, which is very convenient. The fans have been great to me too, they've really supported me and I'm just concentrating on performing for them and my teammates and doing what I can to help us win games.

Elton Brand, Clippers forward
Dec. 16, 2005

Yeah, we hang out off the court, from time-to-time, we'll hit a nice restaurant. We like to have some good food, get some jokes in and have a good time together off the court.

John Salmons, Sixers guard
Dec. 8, 2005

I would like to be in politics....maybe I can be the Mayor of Philadelphia.

Scottie Pippen, Bulls great
Dec. 7, 2005

Well, I always use my size and speed to defend. I also wanted to get in front of players and fill lanes, and work off the picks. I also wanted to use my strength and anticipation and size to keep focused on what I needed to do for the entire 48 minutes. Even if they could sustain their offense at the beginning, usually by the end of the game, all the effort you put in would eventually pay off.

Tony Battie, Magic center
Dec. 6, 2005

I think our morale is pretty good. The injuries have been tough, but we're still competing.

Antawn Jamison, Wizards forward
Dec. 5, 2005

After I'm done playing, I want to keep doing work in the community and influence kids in a positive way.

Paul Pierce, Celtics forward
Dec. 1, 2005

Of course I love Boston. The people here are very knowledgable fans, very into their sports.

Andrei Kirilenko, Jazz forward
Nov. 30, 2005

I love playing on the computers. It's my biggest hobby. I don't like email, but I like games and the internet.

DeShawn Stevenson, Magic guard
Nov. 22, 2005

I need to consistently knock down that 15-foot jumper and I'm working hard on that.

Gilbert Arenas, Wizards guard
Nov. 21, 2005

A reporter told me the other day, 'now people know who you are because you're winning and you're on TV' and that's kinda true.

James Singleton, Clippers forward
Nov. 8, 2005

I think I can play better in the NBA than overseas.

Caron Butler, Wizards swingman
Nov. 8, 2005

Shaq is just so big and powerful, he is one of the most dominating....if not THE most dominant player.....ever.

Martell Webster, Trail Blazers guard/forward
Nov. 3, 2005

Michael Jordan. I loved watching him play. He is the one who inspired me to play basketball. Before that, I played mostly baseball and football.

Al Jefferson, Celtics forward
Nov. 1, 2005

I can step out and hit the J and go to my left hand if they shut my right hand down.

Steve Francis, Magic guard
Nov. 1, 2005

Every team in the Eastern Conference improved this season. And for us to be competitive we just have to take it one game and one week at a time.

Emeka Okafor, Bobcats forward/center
Oct. 31, 2005

I didn't get as many blocks as I would like last year, and I hope to improve that number a little bit..and by that...I mean alot. (Laughing) Ha-Ha.

Dan Dickau, Celtics guard
Oct. 13, 2005

I'm comfortable scoring and distributing, whatever it takes for us to win games.

James Jones, Suns swingman
Oct. 7, 2005

I'm a good team defender, I'm a smart basketball player and an efficient player. I can fit into any situation.

Allen Iverson, Sixers guard
Oct. 6, 2005

All summer I got everything healed up. I didn't play much, just did alot of shooting so lots of those nagging injuries are gone and I feel great.

Shawn Marion, Suns forward
Oct. 6, 2005

We have good energy and there is good effort out there and good focus and everyone seems to be on the same page in getting going for a new season.

Robert Sarver, Suns owner
Oct. 5, 2005

The feedback I'm getting from the coaching staff and basketball staff is that we have some great new players and we're very excited about the prospects for this season.

Bo Outlaw, Magic forward
Oct. 5, 2005

I hope I can bring a little experience and help out in the basketball knowledge side, in addition to bringing some energy to the team.

Bryan Colangelo, Suns president
Oct. 4, 2005

We feel we accomplished alot last season, but we are not satisfied with losing to San Antonio in the Western Conference Finals.

Mike D'Antoni, Suns coach
Oct. 3, 2005

I think it was enjoyable for players, coaches and fans to play with the speed and ability we had. We really look forward to the game every night.

Lawrence Frank, Nets coach
Sept. 29, 2005

Jason Kidd is a one-man fastbreak and we have some talented wing players, but we need to balance that with effective play in the halfcourt offense.

Brendan Haywood, Wizards center
Sept. 26, 2005

I'd like to average a double-double and I think if I can consistently get 30 to 35 minutes per game, I can put up a double-double most every night.

Doc Rivers, Celtics head coach
Sept. 21, 2005

Consistency is something we need and that is sometimes a problem with young kids. Also, accepting roles is important. Not everyone can be the star. Players need to accept their roles and that is sometimes a challenge.

Maurice Cheeks, 76ers head coach
Sept. 15, 2005

We have young energetic players, but we also have Allen Iverson and Chris Webber who know how to win and lead, and I think we can not only make the playoffs, but go even farther than that.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lakers legend
Sept. 14, 2005

I know a lot about the game, and I've noticed that what I learned in my time, isn't necessarily being taught now and I'd like to help impart that knowledge to a new generation of players.

Delonte West, Boston Celtics
Sept. 9, 2005

After I got drafted, Red (Auerbach) called and wondered if I wanted to do lunch in D.C. And in my mind it didn't exactly click that it was the legend, it was Red.

Donyell Marshall, Cleveland Cavaliers
Sept. 1, 2005

From being in the league a long time, I've hard to guard a lot of players ... Garnett, Barkley, Olajuwon, Pippen. I think the hardest was Yao Ming or Shaq.

Joe Maloof, Sacramento Kings and Monarchs owner
Aug. 31, 2005

I love the Monarchs. Gavin and I, when we purchased the Kings, decided to purchase the Monarchs as well. We knew we were getting the finest women's athletes in the world. It is a great sport, a great group of athletes and this is going to be a very successful league.

Robert Horry, San Antonio Spurs
Aug. 26, 2005

I think I probably enjoyed playing with Dream the most of anybody. He was a great talent and he was so amazing. Plus to work with someone from another culture was special. Of course, playing with Shaq and Kobe and Tim Duncan is great too! Oh, I almost forgot. For all you youngsters out there, The Dream is Hakeem Olajuwon and he was a great, great player.

Carrie Graf, Phoenix Mercury head coach
Aug. 24, 2005

I don't know that we underachieved. Our record may not be what we'd like, but we had roster implications early and to our credit we turned it around and now we are fighting for a playoff spot.

Jerry Stackhouse, Dallas Mavericks
Aug. 23, 2005

I definitely feel we will be a better team next year. We have pretty much the same team...except for losing Finley in the Amnesty Rule....so I think we will be even better. I wear No. 42 because my brother wore No. 24 at Florida State, so I turned that around and also, I was always a big James Worthy fan.

Anne Donovan, Seattle Storm head coach
Aug. 16, 2005

The 100th victory to me, means it's just one more step to the playoffs this season. That is our goal, to get back into the playoffs and challenge for a title and every win helps that happen. But, I do acknowledge the accomplishment of getting that many wins as a female coach and I'm very proud of that achievement.

Ben Gordon, Chicago Bulls
Aug. 15, 2005

Coming off the bench last season made me realize it's more important who finishes the game than who starts the game. So, I'm not really concerned with whether I start or not. It's more about getting the minutes and doing what I need to do to help us win games when I am on the court.

Antawn Jamison, Washington Wizards
Aug. 11, 2005

Definitely. I think we're gonna miss what Larry brought to the team, but when you lose a guy, in return you have Chucky Atkins a proven veteran who knows what it takes to be successful in the playoffs. And we all know that Caron Butler is a good player. I think we can get those guys and Antonio Daniels on board, we can actually improve as a team. I think we can do even better than last year.

Diana Taurasi, Phoenix Mercury
Aug. 11, 2005

The All-Star Game was great, to be back in Connecticut and playing with Sue and all the other great players and to get on the court and play with and against them. It was great.

Baron Davis, Golden State Warriors
Aug. 2, 2005

Everyone gets along, so we stay in touch. But we're all individuals and busy with our family and friends, we're mainly in touch over the phone. When we can, we meet up in Oakland and practice together. The offseason is really a chance to chill with the family and friends.

DeLisha Milton-Jones, Washington Mystics
Aug. 2, 2005

One thing is that I have always been taught, and more so now. Michael Cooper always used to say respect all, but fear no one. If you put it that way, it might sit better with people. To say it the way you said it might ruffle some people the wrong way. I understand where you're coming from, and there is nothing wrong with being confident. Just respect everyone.

Bruce Bowen, San Antonio Spurs
July 19, 2005

He understands the game, and doesn't try and make himself bigger than the game. He doesn't try and come up with crazy schemes, he prefers to go at things the simple way, with no gimmicks.

John Starks, former New York Knick
July 15, 2005

It felt good! (Laughing) Obviously dunking on Horace Grant and Michael, in those circumstances, is just an incredible thing to happen. I'm happy I was able to make that play, and I'm fortunate I was in that position where I could make that happen for my team. I'm very happy to be a part of Knicks history in that way.

Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Conneticut Sun
July 8, 2005

Definitely like the first half. Every team in this league is gonna try and improve and we're the same. We want the second half to be better though, we want to improve by addressing some deficiencies in our losses and by having fun out there playing.

Andrew Bogut, Milwaukee Bucks
June 30, 2005

It's been great. I went out to eat yesterday and when I walked in the people there started applauding. It's a real treat and I look forward to doing my job on the court to return the great feelings I've been getting from the fans here.

Dr. Sheila Johnson, Lincoln Holdings LLC, Washington Mystics part-owner
June 29, 2005

I love this question. Games usually start at 7, and I get to the lockerroom about an hour or two beforehand, sometimes we go to chapel together beforehand. And, after the game, I'm in there too....win or lose. It's harder after a loss, because these girls really put it all out there and try their best and they feel it when they lose. But I'm there to support them...either way. That's what it's all about here.

Stephanie White, Indiana Fever
June 9, 2005

I think I came to the final decision, probably mid-March and it was extremely hard. I spent the whole offseason having to decide what I wanted to do, and in the end, it was a decision I had to make to commit fully to coaching. It came down to that and I decided it was time to do it.

Steve Patterson, Trail Blazers President
June 1, 2005

Seung-Jin Ha made a great deal of progress this year, if he were coming out of his freshman year in college, it would be considered a good first step for him. We look forward to him continuing to mature, but we think that will take time and it could be a few years away before he is an impact player in the league. But he works hard and is very dedicated to the game and we like that.

Pat Coyle, New York Liberty head coach
May 17, 2005

I think the talent level and the athletic ability of the players coming in has really increased. We have very athletic players now, who might not make a roster, because that talent level has really increased over the years.

Darryl Dawkins, Director of Scouting
May 17, 2005

Best part about narrating on the DVD is looking at over 50 years of basketball in Philadelphia. I got a chance to watch Wilt, Dr. J, Moses Malone, Mo Cheeks, Charles Barkley AND myself! And the other thing, was seeing basketball from where it started in Philly, from the Syracuse Nationals and Warriors all the way up to today's Allen Iverson Sixers, which was pretty cool.

Alana Beard and Rookie Temeka Johnson, Washington Mystics
May 12, 2005

Temeka Johnson: I agree. Playing with Alana and my other teammates, I think we can be really good. It should be a great experience competing with the other guards in the league and I'm really looking forward to it.

Betty Lennox and Lauren Jackson, Seattle Storm
May 6, 2005

Lauren Jackson: The toughest center to guard, one of the toughest is Margo Dydek, because she is so, so tall. She can just stand there and block your shot! Lisa Leslie is a good player and Cheryl Ford is so strong, she is hard to guard too.

Kevin Pritchard, Director of Player Personnel, Portland Trail Blazers
April 29, 2005

That's another very good question. I think the most important thing a coach can do is analyze the skill sets of a team. When I opened the hood on this team, I kinda saw a racehorse engine. Sebastian has open court skills and speed. Darius Miles as a three/four is one of the fastest players in the league. And Pryzbilla is another guy who can play an up-tempo game. With the new handchecking rules, if you can get in transition and get easy baskets, you can win in this league. Plus, it's more fun to watch! These are the greatest athletes in the world, so why harness them and slow them down? That takes some of the excitement out of our game.

Richie Adubato, Washington Mystics head coach
April 28, 2005

Yes there is. We started with Hubie Brown and a guy named Al Labalbo, who went on to coach with Louie Carnesseca. Mike Fratello. Brian Hill. Herman Kohl. Dick Vitale, Rollie Massimino. Most of us were in high school at the same time...except Hill and Fratello who were a bit younger. But we really had a great group that lived basketball as much as any group of coaches in the country. One story, I recall, was when we came out of a sports bar one night at 2 am. It was me, Hubie, Fratello, Dick Vitale and Kohl around Paterson, NJ and we were moving garbage cans around talking about how to cover the pick and roll. We got so loud the cops came over, thinking there was a riot, but we were just passionately trying to figure out the best way to defend that pick and roll! The cops knew us, let us go, and we continued the heated debate later on in the diner, using the salt and pepper and sugar shakers.

Chris Webber, Philadelphia 76ers
April 28, 2005

Hmmm. Man. We can feed off the home crowd. And we can get stops that lead to breaks. Allen is so fast, that when he has the ball and we break, it's Tarzanish.

Steven Hunter, Phoenix Suns
April 22, 2005

We feel fine. We want people to keep underestimating us and saying we can't win with our running style. That will make it that much sweeter when we win it all. We won like 29 games last year and now 62 games this year, but somehow people don't respect us. But that's OK, we're just gonna continue to go out there and win games.

Josh Childress, Atlanta Hawks
April 19, 2005

Ha-Ha (Laughing) A little bit. I'm sure Josh does, because he hears it so much! But yeah, that is a nice thing and it pumps us up.

Sandora Irvin, Phoenix Mercury
April 18, 2005

Ha-ha (Laughing) Um...hmmm...I better watch this. He's pretty strong, I try and take him more outside. But down low, he needs to go with a lot of up and unders, because I will block his shot. Either up and unders or fades. But, I'll take him outside and beat him there.

Tyronn Lue, Atlanta Hawks
April 18, 2005

I guess my best highlight, would be the Knicks game last night, where we scored 139 points and we beat New York in overtime. I also tied my career-high with 32 points.

Josh Smith, Atlanta Hawks
April 15, 2005

Our trainers from the Hawks thought it would be fun, and it was a total surprise to 'Nique. It was great, because when I did it, I think 'Nique was even happier than I was, he was smiling ear-to-ear.

Linda Hargrove, Washington Mystics
April 15, 2005

I love to evaluate talent, that is a great part for me, to watch players progress through the season, and look at them at the Final Four and the Combine. I really enjoy that part. The other thing I enjoy, is looking at other rosters and seeing how we can make the Mystics better via trade or free agent signings. I enjoy looking for the correct pieces of the puzzle and trying to build a winning team here.

Seth Sulka, Phoenix Mercury
April 15, 2005

Kendra Wecker has been all season, my favorite player in college. The tough situation for us, is twofold. One, will she be available at the third pick, and Two, it's the last position on the planet that we need to fill with players like Penny Taylor, Anna DeForge, Belinda Snell and Diana Taurasi. But, if she's the best player available when we draft, we'll take her.

Coach Dan Hughes, San Antonio Silver Stars head coach
April 14, 2005

(Laughing) Well, I took over here in January and I wanted to get acquainted with the draft class quickly. I sound like a Steve Martin and John Candy movie, but I've traveled by car, train and plane all over this country from big cities to the plains of Kansas. I can't even tell you how many people we've seen, and then when you add in the video tapes and TV games, there hasn't been one day since I took the job that I haven't been looking at players.

Viktor Khryapa, Portland Trail Blazers
April 13, 2005

I like playing with Damon, because he has lots of experience in the NBA. Back in my first game, he gave me lots of advice and helped me. He helped me adjust and learn about the game. Sitting on the bench and studying tape can only do so much, you have to do it on the court and Damon has helped me with that. For the second part, since I've been playing the fans have really supported me. They know that when I get on the floor I try my best. I also like seeing them off the court at charity events at hospitals and things like that. It's been great with the fans here at Portland.

Dale Davis, Indiana Pacers
April 7, 2005

I think, for one, Reggie is very outspoken. He was and is a true entertainer. He has style. And he hits those big clutch shots. But he will be remembered for his style and his clutch shooting. You could treat him like the enemy, but he would cool people off by hitting those clutch shots.

Elton Brand, Los Angeles Clippers
March 10, 2005

Ha-Ha (Laughing) You know, that depends. It depends. They all have their days, when Wilcox has his Snoop Dogg braids he's good. Then Shaun blows out the 'fro, and then you got Kaman with his own thing, how can I describe it, um....unorthodox? But they all have their own flavor!

Jameer Nelson, Orlando Magic
March 10, 2005

You have to find a way to make yourself gain an advantage. In a way, being small can be an advantage. Also, most importantly, the harder you play, the bigger you are.

Bobby Simmons, Los Angeles Clippers
March 7, 2005

Ha-ha (Laughing) I get alot of open looks on the baseline, so I really practice that shot! Once I got a chance to play, I've been able to make name for myself in the league and now that I have, I will keep practing that baseline jumper and other things to keep improving and getting better.

Bill Russell, NBA Legend
February 28, 2005

One thing I want you to understand, Wilt and I were never rivals. We were competitors. In a rivalry, one is a winner and the other vanquished. Neither of us were ever, vanquished. We were both winners and successful. Wilt and I were friends, even before he came into the NBA. When I went to his funeral, his nephew came up to me, and said he had a list of people to call in the case of his death, and I was No. 2 on that list. That's Wilt and me, we were friends. We would talk and discuss things, rarely about basketball.

Gilbert Arenas, Washington Wizards
February 22, 2005

Ha-ha (Laughing) Yeah, that was the first one to hit two treys....I went 0-for-7 and he went 2-for-10. Every time I went to take a shot, somebody's ball would hit mine and stop it from going in...there were like 20 people shooting. But, yeah, Shaq got me.

Pat Riley, Miami Heat President
February 16, 2005

That's a hard one. I've been blessed to be involved with great organizations..the Lakers, the Knicks and the Heat, who were committed to winning and not just having superstars but guys who are like diamonds in the rough too. The Michael Coopers of the NBA, a second round pick, a sixth man, was one. Kurt Rambis was another guy, John Starks and Anthony Mason in New York who came up from the minor leagues. Bruce Bowen and Keith Askins. We have a guy now, Udonis Haslem who has won a starting forward job and hasn't given it up in the last two years. Players who have heart and guts and put it out there every night are the ones who I feel are under-rated.

Stan Van Gundy, Miami Heat head coach
February 15, 2005

Ha-ha (Laughing) Let me first say, when Jeff and I played one-on-one, it wasn't great basketball, no matter who won. But when we did play, I was two years older, so up until around high school, I mostly won. But Jeff was the better player, so as he got older, he was able to beat me. For some reason, we didn't play that much after that! Once he could beat me, it seemed we didn't play as much anymore!

Emeka Okafor, Charlotte Bobcats
February 15, 2005

I think college is a time to be a kid. It's a good transition to adulthood. You move away from home and learn and mature and pick things up and become an adult. I was confident when I left college that I could handle whatever I put my mind to.

Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
February 14, 2005

Ha-ha (Laughing) I told him to have no fear, but I don't call myself Flash! I did tell him, "Don't worry Big Fella, we'll pull out the win."

Tony Allen, Boston Celtics
February 10, 2005

I think it's very impoprtant that the Celtics and Amtrak are celebrating Black History Month. It is important because Black people before me did so much so I can have freedom and the ability to be free and express myself. For all of us. It is real important for us all to remember that and doing it for the month is a good step in honoring all those who came before us and paved the way.

Hedo Turkoglu, Orlando Magic
February 7, 2005

Just keep shooting! (Laughing). When you are a scorer and a shooter, that is why you are playing. You can't think about the shot you missed, you have to think about the next shot that you will make!

Marc Jackson, Philadelphia 76ers
February 3, 2005

Being vocal doesn't help MY confidence, it helps the TEAM'S confidence. It helps me direct the team from the floor, almost like a point guard does. I want my guys to know when a pick is coming or a situation is developing and being vocal is a great way to do that and help the team.

Joe Ash, Director of Scouting, Indiana Pacers
February 2, 2005

Yes, I was. That was probably one of my more memorable scouting experiences. I traveled to both Beijing and Shanghai to watch Yao in games and practices. It was a rich, unique experience to see him playing there and to try and project how he may fare against NBA players. It was very interesting working with the Rockets in making that very clear choice. He was the No. 1 pick there was no debate about other players. It was Yao. There may have been some doubts by people who hadn't seen him play, but it's no surprise he's progressed and excelled the way he has.

Ha Seung Jin, Portland Trail Blazers
January 25, 2005

I'm very proud, very honored to be playing in the NBA and representing my country and my people. I consider it a great responsibility to provide motivation to young Korean players. I take that responsibility very seriously and I will do my best to succeed for me and for all the people back in Korea watching me on television and following my career.