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Nazr Mohammed Quote

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Nazr Mohammed: I have a vivid memory of something that Coach Terry Stotts (now Head Coach with the Blazers) told me when he was my assistant coach for the Atlanta Hawks. And it’s something that makes a lot more sense to me now than it did back then! One night before a game he said, "Nazr, just give me your ‘B’ game today. I don’t need your ‘A’ game." At first I thought he was crazy, but it’s funny because now I understand what he meant. As a young player, I was out there trying to show off all my moves and put on a low post tutorial during games lol. But that’s not what my team needed from me. Coach needed me to rebound, challenge shots, run the floor, set screens, play good individual/team defense and finish plays. He needed me to do a lot of the things that wouldn’t show up in a stat sheet or a highlight reel. You always have to give your ‘A+’ effort in terms of preparation and doing your best, but most importantly, you have to give what the team needs. Some people may get their opportunity earlier to show what they can do, but if you’re a player on a good team, you’re probably going to have to sacrifice your playing time, shot attempts or style of play in order to be part of a winning environment.

http://nazrmohammed.sportsblog.com/posts/6272106/the-keys-to-nba-career-longevity-part-1--sacrifice-now-or-be-sacrificed.html

Marc Gasol believes Edy Tavares has great potential. Here's what he had to say:

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"I believe that Walter Tavares can be successful in the NBA (with the Atlanta Hawks). He’s been training in Memphis and people are already saying great things. His mobility, his looseness on the court…many things stand out about him. He has had very good trainers and also good teammates around him that have helped him get here. Everything else now depends on him and his work ethic. I believe, though, that he is in a very European franchise. There they have great teamwork and everyone plays well together. This first season will be as important as anyone’s in the United States."

Marc Gasol cree que Walter Tavares puede triunfar con los Hawks | SomosBasket

Police Spokesperson provides more detail

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Per the New York Times, Thabo Sefolosha "charged at an officer," and Pero Antic "physically grabbed another police officer" during the course of the incident in New York.

Jeff Teague comments on Shelvin Mack

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"He's the consummate professional. He's always ready whenever his number is called."

Jeff Teague on Shelvin Mack who scored 12 points off the bench in Atlanta's win over Miami

Mike Budenholzer on rebounding

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"I think for us it was a mantra last year and going forward if we are going to be good we are going to have to be good rebounding and our guards are going to have to contribute. Our guards are going to have to participate. I don’t think we did that to the level that we expect and we want."

Mike Budenholzer on Hawks rebounding issues in Toronto

Angel McCoughtry on loss to Liberty

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''We'll regroup and get back to winning again,'' McCoughtry said. ''We relaxed a little bit when we built that lead and they jumped on us.''

From WNBA.com recap

"I can’t get extended," Smith said. "They didn’t give me the money; I had to go get it. That’s...

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"I can’t get extended," Smith said. "They didn’t give me the money; I had to go get it. That’s something I have to play it out and see how it goes from there."

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"I don't want to pre-judge on what the recommendation is going to be," [Commissioner David] Stern...

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"I don't want to pre-judge on what the recommendation is going to be," [Commissioner David] Stern said. "But as a fan, he obviously bumped him. And you know what happens with respect to that...we have a hard and fast rule. Unless somebody trips you and sends you into him, nobody touches a referee. That's the proposition."

McMillan and Crawford had several conversations, and according to McMillan, none of them centered...

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McMillan and Crawford had several conversations, and according to McMillan, none of them centered around the Blazers and the desire to win. Crawford instead wondered about himself: How much would he play, how many shots, what style of play? When McMillan told him he would have to play defense, Crawford blanched.

From Jason Quick's excellent recap of Nate McMillan's last season with the Portland Trailblazers

Also remember that Drew played Tracy McGrady 22 minutes the very next game after he publicly...

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Also remember that Drew played Tracy McGrady 22 minutes the very next game after he publicly complained about his playing time and 15 minutes in the game after that. McGrady’s subsequent reduced role was about his declining production and withdrawn demeanor, not his gripes. McGrady has been noticeably more engaged lately and, what do you know, he’s getting more time (and playing better).

AJC Hawks beat writer Michael Cunningham