SK: ...Is this as good as it's been as far as maybe the way you feel in the off season.
Monty: Yeah, I think so. Mostly because we have some guys that have been with us for a couple of years. Tyreke's gonna have another camp, he's been with us for a year. Ryan is going on his 3rd year, even though he had a setback last year, he knows what we expect. But more importantly Anthony Davis is a guy that he continues to improve. This will be his 3rd year, we all know that he's the guy and yet he has some guys that are right behind him as far as experience and how they are viewed in the NBA. Couple that with Russ and we've got some X factor guys that could have a huge impact on our team in Jimmer and John Salmons. I just feel like this is a really good time for the organization, and you know, like all of our fans, we've been through a lot. And it's good to have this feeling going into the season. I just feel like we have the pieces and the people to have a vast improvement this season.
No it doesn't.
Monty: It's something that ummm, do we have a prototype small forward? No, but I have to be able to make some adjustments at that position. I'm not gonna reveal what I'm going to do just yet, but I do feel like we have the people around on our team that can allow me to maybe play a bit differently than other teams, but because of the defensive moves that we've made, especially getting Jrue back, it might not be your prototype line up that you see out there from time to time but it's going to be an effective lineup just because of who we have on our front line and the experience that we have and our pace of play is something that we feel like has gotten better over the last couple of years and I think we're going to be even better this year. It always starts on the defensive end. We don't have a prototype Small Forward, but nobody has a perfect team. You have to make the most of what you have and we have some really good guys and that's something that I'm looking forward to.
quote:Yep, that was one of the first things i noticed about him. He immediately looks to push the ball up the court after a rebound.
I was surprised at just how good he is. He finds his guards really fast once he gets the rebound.
Is it that same arrogance that got him hand picked to be an assistant for Team USA??...... I'm sure you know much better what it takes.
quote:Plus, we were around the top 10 in pace last year before the injuries really started.
What's faster pace than a Tyreke one man fast break off a rebound or steal? Not to mention thanks to Holiday's injury, the last 2 years have seen Greivis "needs 3 picks to get into the lane" Vasquez and Brian "Let me dribble the ball until me shooting is the only available option" Roberts have spent most of the minutes running the point. I really don't think slowing down is what we're going to see.
Special = 3 guard lineups
But "it starts with defense"
"we want to play at a fast pace"
Actually it does because you don't "get out and run" off a made basket where the D can set up.