Just in case you missed it, I figured to give you part of Doug’s rant after that embarrassing loss to the Magic. Here is the full transcript, if you like to read it on CSNPhilly.
I do feel bad for Collins the coach, but I don’t feel bad for Collins the talent evaluator. At the end of the day, this is his roster. He has the final say.
On Team’s lack of effort
“Well I sure didn’t see this effort coming. I thought we played incredibly hard against Miami. I thought we played incredibly hard in New York on Sunday. And this is mind-numbing to me. We went up 29-20, and from that point on, I couldn’t even tell you what occurred.”[Pat Summitt] is one of the all-time great coaches, and she spoke at my clinic when I was in Chicago, and she was incredible. And I’ll never forget what she said. She said when she goes into young ladies’ homes to recruit them, she said there are three things that you have to bring in my program: energy, effort and execution. And I’m in charge of one of them: execution.”
“I think the team that we’ve tried to put together, Gonzo, we’ve never seen. And so I think what happens is, when you take a huge piece away from it, your warts show.” via CSN
On leaving the court before the buzzer:
“I thought the clock was going to wind down. I didn’t realize they were going to take a shot clock violation.”
Did he leave because he was pissed:
“Oh no no no no no. I thought the clock was going to wind down. I didn’t realize there was a differential. I’ve done that before.”
If the players are cool with losing:
“You would have to ask them that. I don’t know. I do not know. The thing about it is, I can’t speak for others. Damien Wilkins — I mean he’s been one of our best players since coming back from break. I told you, I did not think our guys prepared themselves during the break to come back to play.”
Can he change them:
“Can I tell you something? If everybody looked inside themselves as much as I did, this world would be a CAT scan. OK? I mean, believe me, there’s not two days go by that I don’t to go Rod [Thorn], I don’t go to Tony [DiLeo] — what can I do? Can I do anything different? How can I be a better coach? How can I be a better leader? How can I help these guys? Sometimes you’ve gotta help yourself. You know? Sometimes you’ve gotta help yourself. Youth is a very blaming thing.” via CSN
Does he have leaders:
“To me, I’m a day’s work for a day’s pay kind of guy. That all I’ve ever been taught. And the one thing I have to understand is — from me staying up, working harder, not sleeping — that’s not going to help anything. There’s nothing wrong with our preparation.
Media official says a couple more questions:
“Yeah, go ahead, I don’t mind. Hey, I’m having fun. I feel like I’m at the State of the Union.”