Oct. 21, 2011
Head Coach Frank Haith
"Saw some things we really have to work on with understanding that we have only been practicing for a week. I thought the effort was good, and we didn't have a lot of subs so many of the guys played the whole game. We had some mental mistakes and some executions things we need to clean up, but overall an encouraging first time out."
On the defensive play tonight...
"I thought we played hard defensively. I thought the gold team really played well particularly early in the first half and then the black team picked up their pressure. We are not going to press like last years team but we will have good pressure on this team. We have good quickness and good speed so we'll knock balls loose and get some turnovers. I thought guys like Kadeem (Green) wasn't bad out there today in his first time out with 10 points and 7 boards. We didn't turn the ball over a lot but we got our hands on a lot of balls."
On Kim English playing on the perimeter of this offense...
"When you look at Kimmy and the position he's playing, he's going to have chances to get loose because he's playing the `four' spot, which is a tremendous advantage on one end. But when you look at the other end, we have to rebound the ball better if we want to have Kimmy playing outside like that on the `four'. But it is a great advantage to have a guy like that who can stretch the defense and it will also help guys like Ricardo Ratliffe, knowing you have space to work in the paint."
On how important practice squad guys like Earnest Ross and Keion Bell are to the team...
"They are really important because you look like Marcus Denmon and Michael Dixon and all those guys going up against Kimmy, and those guys are physical guards. They're big and strong, and every day at practice is only going to help those guys get better this year."
On the shooting tonight...
"It's just practice. Shots are gonna fall. We were having fun out there. There are two things I only care about with the Black and Gold Game: staying healthy and getting the win."
On the mismatches on the court...
"Those are the kinds of mismatches we're planning on. We were just spreading the floor, hopefully it should be to my and our team's advantage. We've got to do a better job of holding off big guys. You could probably say that the power forward position is the best in this league, so we have got to do a better job of boxing out down there."
On the first work out...
"We saw some good things out there. Definitely a sloppy outing, but that comes with this. It's still early, and we gotta get back in the lab. But I was definitely excited about some of the things I saw out there."
On the halftime discussion...
"We thought that we executed a few things better in the second after when we came out. We were smaller, so we focused on boxing out."
On Getting Ricardo Ratliffe more involved in the game...
"It's always important to get Ricardo involved. He always shoots a good percentage. When you're feeding the ball to your bigs, they're going to get good looks and good shots, always some boards and some blocks too."
On Kim English...
"I thought Kimmie played great. We really think it's to our advantage to move Kim to the four so we could get three guards out there and run some more. The only thing we have to worry about is on the defense end and the rebounding. There's no four man in this league that can guard Kimmie one-on-one."
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