On if he has any concerns:
I am always concerned going in to the pre-season especially having a new system and having a lot of new players. I am always concerned. But we have the willingness to push forward and I like the pieces that we have so there is a lot of room for improvement.
On tonight’s defense:
Well, you know, for me, getting out of the old system of dropping back and kind of plug up the middle, this is a show defense. So we’ve got to get on our horse and get out there...
On tonight’s game:
It was a good test. Obviously we didn’t play as well as we wanted to, especially on the defensive end. It takes time to know an offensive system, a new offensive system, and be completely fluent with it and feel completely comfortable. We’re working very hard, but there’s still a ways to go. But defensively we just have to do a better job, making that extra step and just playing with hustle throughout the game. We’ve got to contest shots, there’s no doubt about it. We’ve got to take care of the ball, that led to a few runouts. Twenty-one turnovers is way too many. Obviously we’re trying stuff, you know, it’s a preseason game, but opening night is coming really quick…we’ve got room for improvement. We look forward to watching tape tomorrow, working on stuff we need to work on, and then face this team again on Wednesday.
On being disappointed in the defense
There were a few bright spots but not many because of how bad we were defensively. We got to give the clippers credit for staying with their game plan and executing it.
On how uncontested shots were an issue during the game:
Oh yeah, you know what, if I had more time outs, I would have used them. I would have used them all. But I was running out of time outs. I wanted to call time out plenty of times because of the uncontested shots we gave up, you know. That can’t happen. To me, that sets the tone defensively for the whole quarter if not the whole game.
On Kobe’s condition:
No he’s pretty good physically. He’s done some things in practice that kind of wows you at times in terms of taking the ball to the basket strong and finishing with dunks, traffic and stuff like that. So physically he’s fine. At least, in my opinion.
On team’s performance tonight
Going into every game, you hope for a game like that. But we’re definitely capable like you saw, but at the same time, not every game is not going to go like unfortunately. Like I said, the more we’re together, the more comfortable we’ll feel, and the more comfortable we feel, the better we’ll play.
On Chris Paul and Chauncey making his job easier
Just the way they command attention on the floor. You can’t leave them alone. You saw Chauncey hit big shots and Chris the way he handles the ball and passes, it’s just unbelievable. Like I said, the more we work together, the better we’ll be.
On team’s expectations for this season
We’re not getting caught up in the hype. We still have to go out there and practice every day and continue to get better day by day. We can’t control what happens in the media or people say, but we can control what happens in this locker room. We’re just making sure guys are staying focused.
On comfort level out there
I felt pretty good, I felt pretty good. It’s just going to continue to come with time. We all still have to keep feeling each other out and learn where guys like the ball and different things like that. But tonight I think we did a decent job tonight learning on the fly.
Vinny Del Negro
On preseason win
We just wanted to come out and play hard and improve in certain areas and get a feel for each other. We’ll watch the film and work out some things tomorrow and continually get better. As long as we work hard and work together and stay as a team, we’ll be fine.