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March 8, 2011 at 8:10 PM

Thomas: “It’s a new season right now. Everybody is 0-0”

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PROGRAMING ALERT: Live Chat with former UW great Detlef Schrempf noon tomorrow. I’ll host a chat tomorrow night and possibly Thursday afternoon.
Wrapping a long and exhausting day. We’ll break Isaiah Thomas’ interview into two segments. Look for the second one tomorrow. Here’s the first portion in which he talks almost exclusively about Venoy Overton and losing UW’s backup point guard.
There’s also a couple of quotes from Matthew Bryan-Amaning near the end of this post.
(Your thoughts on Venoy Overton) “Basketball out the window that’s tough. It’s sad. I don’t know what to say. Someone close to you like that. In there last year for it to go down like it has, it’s tough.”
(Were you disappointed with him?) “Not really. Things happen. I can’t be mad at him. He knows he did wrong. He knows what was at stake. But people make mistakes. I always feel like you deserve a second chance at whatever mistake you make. Through the bad times and the good times, he’s kept his head high and just tried to push it out the window and play basketball.”
(Was it ever distracting?) “I really don’t think so. When never really talked to him about it. We never really talked about it as a team. We talked about it one time and that was it. We played basketball. It was never distraction for us or for him I don’t think.”



(When you talked about it, did he apologize?)
“We just talked about it as a team. As coaches. Players. That was it.”
(Were you wondering when this day might come?) “Not really. I kind of thought it was over. I don’t know how the law works and things like that. Once they said he wasn’t charged for what had happened, I thought it was over. Obviously it’s not. I just pray to God and put it in God’s hands that hopefully things work out.”
(Was it hard knowing what you knew and hearing what fans had to say?) “You know what fans are capable of doing. Going into anybody’s arena. They hear things that maybe you guys never hear. They find out things and say whatever they want. You just got to be a basketball player and push it out your mind and focus on doing what you got to do for that game. It came to a point where some teams said some things that you just don’t say but people are disrespectful in this world. It is what it is. You put yourself in that position, people think they can say whatever they want.”
(How do you think the team will respond?) “We got to respond positively. Our backs are against the wall once again. (Abdul) Gaddy went down. Tyreese (Breshers) went down at the beginning of the year. It’s been a rough season. It’s been up and down, but I’m not going to give up. It’s a new season right now. Everybody is 0-0. We got Washington State on Thursday. Nobody is feeling sorry for us. I’m not feeling sorry for us. We got to go out and win basketball games. … Our backs have been against the wall before. We know what it takes to win a Pac-10 Tournament championship. We got to play every game like it’s our last because it can be our last.”
(Is it bad timing?) “For me it’s just like dang why did it have to happen right now? But once I get on the court, it’s out of my head. We got to focus on what’s at hand and what we need to do to get in the NCAA tournament. We just need to be really focused and dialed in.”
(Are you ready to play 40 minutes?) “This whole week I’ve been really focused. I feel like lately my play has rubbed off against the team. I put a lot on my shoulders and a lot of blame goes to me for how we’ve been playing the whole month of February. I’m just ready. I’m ready for Thursday. I see what you guys write. I see everybody is against us and it feels like our season may be over, but it’s a new season right now. I’ve been in the gym a lot. I’m ready for whatever coach needs me to do. I’m going to do whatever it takes to get a win on Thursday.”
BRYAN-AMANING:
(Thoughts on Overton)
“We were just supporting him throughout everything that was going on. We know that the team was going to take the (heat) regardless of the situation. We knew that as long as were there and believed in ourselves and supported each other we would be fine.”

(Romar said it’s the toughest year since he’s been here. Have you seen him more somber than usual or does he put on a good face?)
“I think he does. Obviously we know what’s going on with everything. It’s not just him having to deal with it, it’s the whole team. Knowing that if somebody is not doing as well we might not have the same bodies or personnel to help bounce back. He does a good job of staying positive. He hasn’t said anything I don’t think to us as a team. He might have said something to individuals, but he hasn’t said anything as a team. Even though we’ve had all of this, he’s still positive and knows the talents that we do have and our available and still believes that we have a chance to make this season memorable.”
Photo credit: Seattle Times – Ken Lambert

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