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March 17, 2011 at 6:59 PM

Wrapping up Day 1 in Charlotte

Thought I’d compile some of the best quotes from today’s press conferences. Here’s a sampling.

Q. Let’s assume that Kyrie Irving is back on the floor. Can you talk about how that changes the team and changes the dynamic and why isn’t it more annoying to you guys to have a guy not play all year then come back?

I mean, it’s not annoying, first of all, but it’s just like you said, assuming that he comes back and plays, there’s nothing negative to it. I think it’s all positive. He’s good enough player to affect the game in different ways and, you know, if he wasn’t even on the floor that he’s able to do.

Q. Just advantages and disadvantages to reintroducing someone like Kyrie this late in the season after him not playing for as long as he has?
I can only think of advantages. I mean, first of all, he’s a great kid and a terrific talent, and he’s been so supportive of his teammates throughout. So, I mean, our guys welcome him back. He welcomed everybody who came to the bench after they did something throughout the year with a smile and enthusiasm, and the fact that he’s back with us, he’s been welcomed back with a smile and enthusiasm by everybody in our program.
You know, if we can continue to play, he’ll only get better and we’ll get more acclimated to it, but, you know, it’s a no-brainer. If he can’t play, you got to try to figure something out where he can play. He’s that good of a talent and that good of a kid. So I don’t see any disadvantage in that.
Q. Coach, what scares you about the Long Island team?
How good they are. I made this statement and I believe it. I mean, they’re a 15 seed and they’re really good. I really believe that. It’s not coach talk. It’s not Lou Holtz is one of my buddies. This is not Lou Holtz up here talking kind of thing. They’re really good. You look at their RPI, which I really don’t know what that means most of the time. Their RPI is better than a 13 seed, better than all four of the 14 seeds. It’s the best RPI of the other three 15 teams. Their RPI is better than four teams in our league in the ACC. They’re really good.
They have three perimeter shooters who shoot about 40 percent from three-point line. They have two guys that can take the ball to the basket and score. They have a guy coming off the bench that can score inside and block shots. They have two point guards that have tremendous assist error ratio. One scores more from the perimeter. He does a marvelous job of getting it to people. They’re a very good team, and again, you know, you guys going to have every 1, 2, 3, 4 seed say something about that, but I’m saying it, but I really believe it, too. It’s fun — I’ve watched two of their game tapes, and I am extremely impressed with their team.



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