Alvin Gentry

Markieff Morris

Jermaine O'Neal

Keith Smart

Thomas Robinson

James Johnson

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Head Coach Alvin Gentry

On Preseason Opener

"We had some good things that happened for us. Some concerns that we have. Obviously the rebounding problem we are going to do a better job with. Sixteen offensive rebounds is way too much. We have to do a better job of keeping them off the line. They had 34 free throws. I thought that for the first time out and all new guys I was happy with majority of the things that went on."

On Markieff Morris

"I think Markieff has really worked hard. He’s made himself a better basketball player because he spent the time in the summer working and improving his skills and improving his game. I think he will take a leap this year."


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Markieff Morris

On Thomas Robinson

I’m just happy to play against him. I stayed at his house last night and we talked about it. We talk and he just needs to let the game come to him. It’s his first NBA game and he played the game cool."

On Team Improvements

"I got together with my team. We bonded for a couple of days and worked on a lot of stuff together."


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Jermaine O'Neal

On Joining the Suns

"I wanted to go somewhere where I can have fun playing. Sometimes when you’re playing on a really good team and you’re kind of like the new guy it’s not as fun. You don’t have as much impact. Here, I’m basically the voice of the locker room."


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Head Coach Keith Smart

On Preseason Opener

"Well, I thought, for the most part, our guys did a good job considering when you go into your first game you don’t know what it’s going to be like. You don’t put a whole lot into your game, but like I said in the pregame presser, the focus would be on what our guys are doing from a defense standpoint."

On DeMarcus Cousins

"I think this man is a unique individual. You don’t find too many guys that love to rebound, but can also shoot from a distance. He’s a unique guy. You don’t find that many guys that can do some of the things that he does."


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Thomas Robinson

On His Debut

"It was cool – I thought I played with a lot of energy on the defensive end. I think that was just my main focus tonight, just to guard them and try to be a good defender. That was pretty much it."

On Team Success

"Defense. That’s going to be our main focus this year. We’re a young team…offense is going to come. You go to multiple guys to score but when we can use our age and speed on the defensive end, we become a good team."


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James Johnson

On Team Togetherness

"The ropes course thing we did, the rock climbing thing or the wall or whatever, we were seeing who was going to be on the bench cheering for their team if they did good and who was going to be cheering if we did bad. Everybody came together; everybody knew what time it was."

On Thomas Robinson

"For being a rookie, coming in like he did, he showed no fear. You’ve got to expect him to be like that with everything he’s been through. Just for him to step up like that when someone scored on him, he went and got his bucket back."


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