We stayed mentally tough the whole game. That was the best feeling.
Our defensive intensity wasn't there. We slacked a little bit.
It feels like high school again. I had a really good team, and I was a much better leader. When I got in college and the NBA, I became selfish. Now, I'm back to my high school days.
That's gonna be fun, ... I love the tension. I love when everything's going wrong ... In the NBA, they don't promote guys like me. They like guys who like Cheerios, good guys. But I find a way to promote myself.
I tried to do what I do. I tried to go out there and play defense. Fortunately, tonight it worked.
It's the first time in a long time that I've been complimented on my leadership skills. Partly it was my fault that I hadn't been complimented in the past. Maybe some people just weren't recognizing.
I made myself into a franchise player there, but I kind of sneaked up on them.
I mean, last season, I was 24 going on 25. Now, I am 25 going on 26. You grow up, you make mistakes and you learn from that. I am trying not to make the same mistakes.
We've been playing really hard at home and guys have been stepping up. Kevin stepped up again. We just need to bring this intensity with us on the road. I think we'll be fine on this trip as long as we play hard.
When we are clicking on the offensive end, making shots, you get your teammates involved. That's what I was trying to do tonight.
"He has this fear of failure, I think it is born out of not wanting to have to go back to Queensbridge without having any status. It's a pride and competitive thing."
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