We're ust oin to pla, defense the wa, we're &apa+le of pla,in./A0H M00A#E: (t's la&) of fo&us ( thin). "ot doin what we need to do. And ( *ean it's )ind of ust )illed us the last &ouple of a*es. We ust otta et +a&) to the +as)et+all we were pla,in pla,in toether as one unit and otta et that +a&).RO DE!" MAR#$E: ( thin) we've +een a+le to *a)e so*e adust*ents. We're &o**uni&atin +etter as far as pra&ti&e leadin up to this point. ( thin) ,ou'll see a hiher ener, level. (f this doesn't e2&ite ,ou and eneri3e ,ou as a pla,er then ( don't )now what will.
Q. $ll three of you, this is the first *+$$ Tournament &owa has played in since '-. ave any former &owa players reached out to any you, sort of ivin you advice or offerin their hand at all oin into this ame"
RO DE!" MAR#$E: ('ve tal)ed to Matt re&entl,. He rea&hed out to *e. ('ve also sta,ed in &onstant &o**uni&ation with u,s li)e Ar&hie and E. Ma, and %arr,d 0ole. 1o the,'re all supportin us and we appre&iate it and the,'ve iven *e different words of en&ourae*ent that ('ve definitel, ta)en into &onsideration./A0H M00A#E: eah sa*e prett, *u&h. ('ve +een rea&hed out +, Matt 4atens and %arr,d 0ole and Eri&. And 5indis&erni+le6 a&tuall, te2ted *e and ust told *e to pla, ust et our tea* read, to o pla, with ener, stuff li)e that and leave no rerets out on the floor.ME$1AH" #A1A#E: ( have spo)en to Devon Ar&hie as well as %arr,d 0ole +ut ( alwa,s spea) to the*. The,'re li)e *, +i +rothers. And then a&tuall, Dev's dad even thouh he was pla,in in the '78s he's +een a *entor person ( tal) to a lot so that's a for*er pla,er that ( was spea)in to ust a+out the stae and how it wor)s.
Q. Dev, your coach is in a touh spot with his personal situation. Do you see that as !ein any kind of rallyin cry for this team, or are you ust oin to !e there and support him !ehind closed doors, let it o at that"
RO DE!" MAR#$E: ou said so*ethin a+out rattlin9
Q. e's in a touh spot personally with /atrick. &s it a rallyin point, not rattle, rally !ehind him"
RO DE!" MAR#$E: eah of &ourse. 0oa&h M&0affer, is our u,. We love hi*. We're all li)e fa*il,. at is a u, that +asi&all, at pra&ti&e with us ever, da,. He's li)e our little +rother. 1o ( thin) as a unit we will rall, +ehind it and hopefull, we ever,thin oes well for the*. The,'re all in our pra,ers.1o ( )now li)e ,ou said he's in a touh spot so we're ust tr,in to *a)e this as si*ple and eas, for hi* as possi+le.
Q. This one's for %ach and Mel. Tennessee has a pretty ood inside player in 0arnell 1tokes. What have you seen of him on video and what's your challene oin up aainst him"
THE MODERATOR: /a&h first and then Mel./A0H M00A#E: O+viousl, a +i +od,. 4u,s we haven't seen in our leaue. The,'re ver, ood offensive re+ounders and ust on the lass &onstantl,. 1o it's so*ethin we haven't seen. #ut ( thin) we're prepared. We )now what we need to do. The,'re reat pla,ers and the, +rin a lot of ener, to the a*e. 1o we ust otta *at&h that and +rin even *ore than we have in the past. 1o it's ust a *indset a*e and we ust otta +e aressive with that.ME$1AH" #A1A#E: O+viousl, %arnell is a ver, talented pla,er. #ut li)e ( said the #i Ten has +een prett, ood *, four ,ears here so ('ve seen ever,thin fro* 1ulliner to Dra,*ond 4reen and Adreian a,ne and #randon Dawson and all those u,s. 1o ('* used to &o*petin aainst hih-level +i *en. And he presents his own &hallenes +ut ( thin) as lon as ,ou pla, the* &orre&tl, and +rin the proper intensit, and ,ou've ot to reali3e when that shot oes up it's oin to +e a war for the re+ound ( thin) we're a+le to et it done. We ust otta have &onfiden&e in our own e2perien&e our own a+ilit, while respe&tin our opponent as well.
Q. %ach, not to harp on the #attle for $tlantis, !ut you uys played well in that tournament. ow would you compare how you played at that point to these last few ames you've !een in" Do you think you can et !ack to that point in another tournament settin"
/A0H M00A#E: eah ( *ean definitel, it's a different t,pe of environ*ent there and tourna*ent settin and ( usuall, pla, *, +est in tourna*ent settins.
visit our archives at asapsports.com