We were playing well.
That's not why they came here, to win a Western Conference championship.
They're athletic and young and they're all freewheeling. They're playing really loose, so it's going to be a good challenge.
[The Bulls] are all athletic and young and they're all free willing. They're playing really loose. It's going to be a good challenge. We just can't let them come in and try to steal one in Miami. It's going to be a tough young team that is never going to quit playing.
We've got to expect a war. Everybody's overlooking this team, but this is a very good team.
It felt good to come out and get a welcome like that, ... It makes you feel like you?re at home.
We want to win basketball games, and not let our egos get in the way. Everybody on this team has, at one point, been a star or a starter or a bigger part of their team. ... We have to understand that we are talking about wins, not who is going to have the points.
I'm going to try to help Jason as much as possible. He has never had a guy like me to guide him. When I come into camp, I'm going to try to help him. I'm not going to try to beat him up or beat him down.
We have a lot of new guys coming in that are going to have to learn the system. And we are going to have to get it together right away. I think that is where a lot of people are concerned about us. We have a good shot, we have a lot of talent here and we have to get cohesive very quickly.
I think Pat realized he didn't have that maturity. With Shaq getting hurt and Wade getting hurt, I think he needed someone who could make big shots and big plays. I think he went out and did that.
It's been very hard coming from where I come from, starting all my time. But right now it's not about that. It's about what we have to accomplish to get to a championship.
I didn't like him as light as he was. He should have been a little bulkier. That's when he's Shaq Diesel. .
Heck no, ... We're all the man.
He's got a natural stroke. He's a rhythm-type shooter. If he gets hot... and starts feeling it, he's going to fill it up.
I think I can still play with a lot of people in this league.
Nah, ... The trash-talking cost me a lot of money, now... .
But I'm not going to go too many more places. I'm not going to keep changing to different area codes. This [next move] is going to be the last for me. If it happens again, I'm going to have to just hang it up then.
A lot of guys are stepping up, a lot of things are happening for us that are good. Everybody's stepping in and playing their roles, so all we think about is winning right now. We're starting to jell a little bit.
You really can't guard him. You can't stop him, you've got to contain him. And that's what we did on Christmas. We contained him. I tried to get him tired. That was about the only thing I could do. This time I think he's going to be a little bit more assertive with his game.
My oldest brother and my middle brother would always beat me up and take the ball from me. I used to cry a lot, so I used to come in here and get my dad. He used to be on my team, so he used to hold them down and let me score the basket.