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January 5, 2010 at 5:54 PM

Lorenzo Romar: “Nothing wrong with being cocky if you handle it the right way”

Short wrap-up from coach Lorenzo Romar’s weekly press conference today. Not much news. Everybody is healthy, including assistant Jim Shaw, who missed Saturday’s game because of a stomach illness.
Romar talked at length about playing on the road and UW’s game at Arizona State on Friday. He addressed the need for improved post play, the USC situation and Abdul Gaddy. We covered most of these topics last night in a blog after the coach’s radio show.
When asked if the Pac-10 champion would have six defeats, he said may be 4-5.
Romar also re-addressed the issue of whether the Huskies are too cocky, which seems to be one of the burning topics this week.
(Quincy Pondexter said after the Oregon loss the team has been too cocky at times this season. Have you noticed that?) “We need to understand that we need to go out there and get it done as opposed to just saying and thinking we’re going to get it done. We got to go do it.”
(Do you say that to the team?) “Yeah. But if you want to talk about cocky, the cockiest team we ever had was 2005 with Will Conroy and Nate Robinson and those guys. Those guys brought it though. Every minute. They brought it. They were coming at you. And I don’t know if any successful basketball player that’s not cocky. Now it manifests differently. Michael Jordan and Larry Bird talk so much trash. You talk about cocky. They backed it up. What you don’t want is someone that’s saying what they’re going to do and they don’t do it. When times get tough, the tail goes between their legs. That’s what you don’t want. You don’t want a false cockiness. But in their own right, in some kind of way, every big-time athlete is cocky.
“You have to have a certain belief I’m the baddest dude out here and we’re the best team out here. Or else you can’t go on the floor and be successful at a high level. So there’s nothing wrong with being cocky if you handle it the right way. I’m one to believe my all-time sports guy was Muhammad Ali, let your game do your talking for you.”
(Did the offense become stagnant in the defeats?) “Here’s where we’re at I believe. I believe that when things don’t go well for us right now, whether we’re not making shots or a team goes on a 10-0 run or we begin to turn the ball over, I believe we start to think I got to do it myself. And I think we start to watch maybe someone else do it themselves.
“We have to be more mentally tough when those things happen. We don’t stop with the little things. That’s what I think happens with us offensively in those situations. And it leads to us standing around and watching in a lot of instances.”
(Do you expect to get more out of your post play, specifically Matthew Bryan-Amaning?)
“Yeah. We want Matthew to step up. But again, I learned with young players like Quincy, Justin Dentmon and there were times with Jon Brockman, Nate Robinson was a sophomore and shooting 27 percent from the field at time and had a negative turnover/assists ratio. Young guys to through certain periods. You just have to continue to work and continue to get better.”

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