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Monty Williams says he appreciates the fans that came out to games this season. ''I want to make these people proud,'' Williams said.
At Cleveland Clinic Courts, awaiting GM David Griffin, player availability.
Williams: Come out of tunnel and see people, know we're rocking.
Williams: Personality laid back; focus always on team.
Williams: All coaches go through fan unhappiness. Part of the deal.
Williams: Good people in this city have always shown me love.
Would highly doubt D-League team will be in Canada given visa issues, but you never know. Doesn’t seem practical.
Wednesday’s Game 5 is at 7 P.M. on YES w/pre and post game, Friday’s Game 6 is at Barclays at 8 P.M. on My9.
Williams: If people are talking about me, leaves players alone.
Monty Williams on not having a first-round draft picks: ''We used our draft picks to get the players we needed.''
Williams: See what's going on in Balt? Attacking major (Balt. native) so things that happen to him with fan unrest not that big.
Williams on no draft pick: Used them to get guys wanted; don't think anybody in draft will help. Would like another A.D. at another pos
Williams: Talks with Demps about needs; doesn't mean they agree, but it's good.
Monty Williams: ''We're acquired talent and we have to make sure we have great chemistry.''
Williams: Try do do best can with Demps philosophy and his own.
Williams: when you're 8th seed, you've got to improve.
Monty Williams says transition defense was a struggle this year and is at the top of list for improvement going into next season.
Williams: Transition defense was struggle; on no one but me.
Takeaway from 27-minute Masai Ujiri end-of-season press conference:
Monty Williams on Eric Gordon: ''He always make the right play, shoots the heck out of the ball and stepped up his play in playoffs.''
Williams: Transition defense will be at top of list for improvement.
Mike Qualls measured 6'6 in shows here, with a crazy 6'11 1/2 wingspan. http://t.co/ybDhh6AbfE
Williams on Gordon: Always makes right play; will get better. Stepped up production in playoffs.
Williams on Gordon: Had best year for us. Think he'll just get better.
Monty Williams says he has been saying for the last three years that Eric Gordon is a good player.
Williams: Gordon played through much when could have sat out. Could have had shoulder surgery and missed season.
Williams on Gordon: I'm not surprised. Been saying this 3-4 years. he's a big-time player. He's healthy. That's the big thing.
Monty Williams says Gregg Popovich continues to mentor him.
Williiams on Popovich: Pushes me to be better. Still my coach in many ways.
Monty Williams says he's under contract - didn't want to discuss contract extension
Williams: Pop will ask me questions about certain situations. Learn I have to keep getting better.
Williams: I get better every years as HC.
Williams: Has to tell coaching staff to go home.
Williams: Staff across board don't take days off when it comes to player development.
Monty Williams says he proud of fan base helped them, especially in regular season finale against Spurs.
Williams: Proud of what players do in community, what they add to the city.
Williams: Beat Spurs on our floor to get into playoffs; fans in full force at the end.
Monty Williams: ''I'm proud of the fact we exceeded expectations to being able to make playoffs and all our players got better.''
Williams: Proud that all players got better; way team made playoffs.
Williams; Rockets did study found SW division toughest in history of sports.
Williams: I'm proud of lot of things. Proud of fact exceeded expectations.
Williams: Wife runs the show. Do what she tells me then I go back to work.
Monty Williams said he was frustrated Anthony Davis didn't get defensive player of the year award.
Williams: Tried golf; couldn't get into 70s; gave it up.
Williams on family time: I cherish that. When I'm done with this, I'm with family.
Williams on Davis: Unique, different player, but will be on him this summer on what he can do to get better.
Monty Williams on Anthony Davis: ''Prospect of his potential is scary, never seen anybody like him. He is a unique, different player.''
Williams on Davis: SO frustrated didn't get DPOY.
Williams on Davis: A special player, more unique player he has been around. Never seen anybody like him.
While we sadly can't see Zeppelin, Plant is on tour. Also John Fogerty, Rush, Steely Dan, Van Mo. Will never be the same when they're gone.
Williams: Hopefully Davis will be part of team, city for long time.
Monty Williams says Anthony Davis has been a dream for him
"It's a real positive time for us. I won't get fined anymore," - Masai on what the future holds.
Williams: Davis kind of player most would pay to coach.
Williams: Can't talk about being championship team. it's a do thing.
"I won't get fined any more. Everything is positive." Fin.
“For me, it’s a real positive time for us. The base is there and I’m excited. I won’t get fined anymore, so everything is positive."
Blazers Net Rating: Meyers Leonard On-Court (75 min): +11.6 Meyers Leonard Off-Court (117 min): -19.6
Monty Williams: ''If we're a healthy team, I'm excited about having all those guys back.''
Williams: If team is healthy, defense will be better. Corporate equity huge but not always possible.
we're going to look at coaching...managing...we're going to look at players -- says, ujiri. then he rhymes off the +'s from this year
Raptors are in advanced talks with the NBA to determine where and when they'll get their own D-League team. Could be as early as next year
Masai: “I have to hold myself accountable. Maybe I didn’t get a good enough pulse on it. Going to look at coaching, management, players …"
"We're pushing, we're hoping," to have D-League team for next year.
Bruno went from 207 to 220.
Says Bruno is up to 221 pounds. Can’t say if D-League team will be in place next year or not.
Williams: Sure Luke Babbitt didn't think he'd be starting SF this year.
Says he'll use D-League team as their guinea pig.
Says Bruno, Bebe, 20th pick will get an opportunity to develop there. Says D-League team will be used as “our guinea pig.”
Williams: Biggest challenge was to not bail when things got tough midseason.
Mickey Loomis said the Pelicans got two years experience from participating in playoff series, according to Monty Williams.
Masai says in advanced talk with NBA about where and when for D-League team. “We’ve crossed a lot of the big hurdles and barriers."
They're still trying to figure out details, but they've "crossed a lot of the big barriers and hurdles."
Masai says board has approved the purchase of their own D-League team. "I'm super excited about that"
Masai says Raptors will purchase a D-League team. Approved by MLSE board
Williams: Can't duplicate experience team received in postseason this year.
MU says board has approved Raptors purchasing a D-League team.
Masai said he feels good about standing pat at deadline, insists there will be no knee-jerk reactions this summer (re: signings/extensions)
Williams: Ran into best team in NBA shooting ball in playoffs this year.
"The D-League didn't work out so well for Bruno."
Masai says Valanciunas can still be a force in NBA. Says no guarantee whole league goes small and quick. Talented big guys have value.
"Not every team is going to win playing smaller and faster. There are still a lot of big guys that are successful."
Randy Ayers has turned down several offers to remain as Monty Williams' lead assistant.
Williams: Every year someone has tried to hire Randy Ayrers away. Won't leave.
"He's a huge part of our team," MU says of JV. "Those guys are hard to find. … It also takes time. … We feel he got better."
“Those guys are hard to find. You can scour around the world trying to find guys like that. Big guys like Jonas."
Masai on Valanciunas: “A huge part of our team (going forward).” Said he’ll discuss with Casey how JV was used (or misused).
Monty Williams says he would love to have all his core players back.
Williams; ot opposed to making right change to make team better.
"I want to know our players. To study them and know what they can do," - Masai Ujiri
"You want to know what they can do rather than guess."
Mayweather: 10 of his last 12 fights have ended with a decision. Pacquiao: 8 of his last 9 fights have ended with a decision.
Masai said James Johnson had an up & down season, still has to build trust with Casey. Reiterated he's a great talent but has his weaknesses
MU says he feels good about not making a move at deadline. Gave a better chance to know their players.
Monty Williams says expectations are a good thing. ''They didn't have any three years ago and it was boring.''
Williams; When you have this many free agents, hard to say same.
On standing pat at trade deadline: “I feel good about it.” Wanted to see what they had.
Williams: 2-3 years ago no expectations and it was boring.
Related: I suck at 140 characters.
Williams: A.Davis and he have different pressure from others.
Williams: Been in pressurized situations last 20 years.
"As time goes on, Dwane is going to build trust in James," Casey says.
Williams: Pressure and expectations, that what we do.
Williams: Not make everybody happy in this position.
"You guys know me: There's no knee-jerk reaction here." That's all you need to know about this presser
“There’s no knee-jerk reaction here. We’re going to be patient. Where we need to make moves, we’ll figure out how we should get better."
There's no knee-jerk reaction here. We're going to be patient. -- Ujiri
Ujiri backs Valanciunas and Ross again. Says Ross won’t go to line, he’s a shooter. Defence regressed though. “It takes a while."
"We love their upside," MU says of Ross, JV. Says Ross fell back on D a little bit. JV protected rim a little bit better.
Williams: Tell guys Only guy who can't take day off.
Monty Williams says from coaching the national team to now, he's probably taken two weeks off.
Williams: I haven't had a day off in the past year. From national team until now 2 weeks off.
BREAKING: Ujiri pledges days of cursing in public are behind him. Wife and Wayne Embry not happy.
Williams: One thing a coach has to do is grind.
“It’s not something I want to be doing every playoffs, I don’t think."
Masai on S-bomb: "I got scolded by the commissioner, I got scolded by my wife, I got scolded by Wayne Embry. I'm not going to do it again."
Ujiri gives the Wiz credit for kicking Toronto's butt.
Masai said like Pierce, he’s a competitor. What he doesn’t say: Raptors didn’t have enough people like him.
Our end-goal is to win a championship -- Ujiri.
"I got scolded by my commissioner. I got scolded by my wife. I got scolded by Wayne Embry. I'm not going to do it again." - MU on PP comment
This is Carmelo Anthony, Baltimore native, on the events unfolding in his hometown. http://t.co/O9s2wJJYpc
Williams: More guys who are 2-way players better team will be.
“I got scolded by the commissioner, I got scolded by my wife, by Wayne Embry. I’ve learned my lesson. The playoffs is all about the players.
Masai: “IT was my way of supporting our team, our fanbase, which is something I’ll always do.” On responding to Pierce.
On Pierce: "I believe in those old-school guys. They're phenomenal. They want to cut your head off. … It was my way of supporting our team."
Masai: "I knew who Paul Pierce is. He's a killer. He's one of those guys you want on your team"
Took two minutes of the Bulls lazing through their opening possessions to know they'd lose last night. They reveal themselves early.
Monty Williams says he feels like they have got better with his type of players.
Williams: Last thing coaches talk about is contract and jobs.
It’s very important that our franchise and organization is relevant -- Ujiri
"We knew we were going to get punched in the face. It's not all doomsday for us," - Masai on his team.
Williams: I'm under contract; well paid to do what I do. Not something I think about.
Masai believes Lowry ran out of gas early in the year when DeRozan was out, plans to study how to better conserve his energy thru the season
Masai says July will be very telling. Very important to become relevant, build a culture that will attract players to Toronto.
"It's very important that our franchise and our team becomes relevant. We feel like we're getting there, that we can attract some players."
“Studying the money in 2016, our flexibility. It’s a good time for us, that’s the best way to put it. Putting ourselves in good position."
Williams: As more players added that fit his style, got better. Has to be partnership there.
Masai says he'll be "very mindful" of 2016 when spending this summer. "It's a good time for us."
Williams: Never doubted my ability to coach.
Williams: Hard to tell Holiday in Boston he had to come off the floor. (Took place early January)
Do you feel as confident in Lowry now as you did when you re-signed him? Masai: "Oh, yeah. 100 percent. Even more confident"
Masai says he has even more confidence in Lowry now than he did when he signed him last year.
Williams: Will work with Holiday's docs in L.A. to get him on floor.
"You can't control how a player like that plays. Kyle is a competitor and Kyle wants to win," - Masai on his confidence for Kyle Lowry.
Monty Williams says there is concern about Jrue Holiday's injury situation.
Williams: Medical staff evaluating how to get Holiday on floor.
Williams on Holiday: There is concern there.
Monty Williams was impressed with both Quincy Pondexter and Dante Cunningham.
Williams: Have to evaluate SF to see if current players fill need or another addition needed moving forward.
"You can't control how a player like that plays. That's what makes him good."
"He's a competitor. We just have to find out the right recipe for his body, and figure out maybe what pace he plays at."
Williams: Cuningham, Pondexter did great job filling in at SF.
"His back was a little hurt. I think he'll get back to being 100 per cent in the summer."
"Did he run out of gas? Then he tried to comeback. Kyle is determined to get back to where he was," - Masai on all-star Kyle Lowry.
Amazing that in 2015 you can still see these bands live: The Dead The Stones The Who U2 Van Halen AC/DC Neil Young Steve Winwood
Williams:Evans had ton on his plate this year.
D-Will was great last night, but he and especially L Hollins, why are they acting like the criticism is unfair? Hollins is in his own world.
Masai: "Now we have to go back to the drawing board and decide..."
I wish Mayweather-Pacquiao took place 5 years ago but I'm not sure it's possible to hype it up any more than it is currently being hyped up.
Williams: Had to put Evans in small forward position this year.
Monty Williams: "Omer Asik is highly valued by organization."
Masai blames defensive slippage more on injuries than on Casey. “He was forced to play maybe a certain way to survive (injuries)."
The pain & turbulence in Baltimore is a reminder of how much we have to grow as a society. But it’s not a reflection of how far we’ve come.
Masai talking up position organization is in, as he should. There's no competitive reason to do otherwise.
Williams: focus is to be best team can be.
Masai: "We've had to be patient with a couple expiring contracts we've had to wait on and now we're excited (to have flexibility)"
Williams: Asik added great value to team.
Williams: Early season schedule was tough.
Williams: From defensive standpoint, Asik key part of improvement.
"Our struggle was not only the playoffs. Right after all-star we started. … A lot of that was on me. Maybe I didn't get a pulse on team."
Williams: ''Biggest challenge is health''
"We want to win here. We want to keep building. We got kicked in the face," - Raptors GM alluding to the playoffs. http://t.co/H0JKNVmFmR
Ujiri indicates if Casey was gone for sure he’d probably come out and say it now. Still not decided.
Williams: Basically a different team every year the last four years.
In-laws in TOR sent Raps-themed baby clothes. Arrived yesterday. Note says clothes ensure baby roots for right team in playoffs. So, umm...
"There's no doomsday here. It's not as dramatic as we're making it. … You sometimes get kicked in the face. We got kicked in the face."
“The process is sometimes you get kicked in the face. We got kicked in the face."
Masai won't speak specifically to Casey's future, says he still needs time to evaluate. "There's no doomsday here."
“Everything is going to be evaluated and we go from there. There is no doomsday here. We want to win here, we want to keep building."
Ujiri said he met with Casey yesterday about what they did well, what they didn’t. Does not commit to Casey one way or ever.
Masai says he's going to evaluate when asked about Casey. Expectedly noncommittal.
Monty Williams: ''The last thing I want us to get drunk off intoxicated off what we've done.''
Masai on Casey: “I think everything is a process. Should be doing this press conference normally in a week couple of weeks."
You can watch Masai Ujiri's presser live on TSN.ca, by the way.
Monty Williams said they exceeded expectations and players got better.
"We feel we're in a good place as an organization. But the ending … was tough for us."
Monty Williams said he felt season was a great success
Masai: "It's been a very disappointing ending for us and we take full responsibility for it. It's not acceptable."
“We take full responsibility for it. It’s not acceptable. I think we owe our fans a little bit better."
"It's been a very disappointing ending for us. We take full responsibility for it. It's not acceptable…"
Masai: “Didn’t think I’d be talking to you guys this soon. It’s been a very disappointing ending for us."
"I didn't think we'd be talking to you guys this soon."
Masai coming to the podium.
Stop it. Just read off the teleprompter. (2/2)
To be clear, for the third time, I'm not advocating on behalf of Casey, I'm saying firing is the less important half of the equation
This Burger King ad with the chicken telling its parents that it's pregnant with French fries baby is just a little too much
Christian Wood looks so much better in pickup environment. His length is crazy.
The pop-up defender. http://t.co/GLV9DiIBwr
There are people in their fourth decade of life who have no memory of the Spurs without a two-way HOF big w/ impeccable character.
And that's how incredibly fortunate you've been Spurs fans: You went from Robinson to that. True greatness, on/off, for 26 straight years.
Casey is flawed, but so is the roster. He doesn't deserve to stay no matter what, but the catharsis of firing him would be short-lived.
Factor absolutely everything in -- never forced trade or fought w/ teammates, longevity -- you can make case he's greatest cornerstone ever.
Good quote from Doc in previous RT. Duncan's play is off charts, but intangibles are even better: Work ethic, leadership, toughness, etc.